Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Tuesdays Tech Tips: Drum Programming

Basic Drum Programming.

In part two of this Ableton Live tutorial series on creative composition and production techniques, Professor Nalepa shares some great tips for drum programming and sequencing he picked up from fellow Dubspot Instructor, producer Matt Shadetek. It is a simple and efficient technique you can apply using any software or drum machine to get your ideas down fast when you’re inspired. This method involves creating a linear 2, 4 or 8 bar drum pattern, duplicate it, and add some variations – the key is making sure something interesting is happening every 4 or 8 bar. This is a fundamental lesson in drum programing for all electronic music genres; add variations from bar to bar, even if they’re slight and subtle changes; avoid sounding loopy.

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