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In this video, I'm going to show you a quick way to create a drum loop using MIDI. We'll start with the stereo instrument track with Xpand2 on it. So here we have got our track, Xpand2, and I have selected Session Drums for the patch. I have also added a Click track, which you know you can come down here from Track menu and choose Create Click Track. I have got the Transport window open, and I want to select Loop layback. So I right-click the Play button and choose Loop. Note that this is not Loop Record, and what I'm going to do is use Wait for Note and MIDI Merge as part of this recording process.
I also want to activate Input Quantize, which you can choose from Event > Event Operations > Input Quantize. And check off the Enable Input Quantize button right there and we'll use 16th note as the Quantize Grid. So I'm going to make it two bar drum loop. So I'm going to highlight two bars and what I'm going to do is record one instrument at a time. So I'm going to record the kick drum first, then the snare drum, then the hi-hat, all on top of each other using MIDI Merge and Loop Record. And you will see how this process works here in a second. So I'm going to Record Enable this track and I'm going to test out the sounds.
(Music playing.) There is our kick. (Music playing.) Snare. (Music playing.) Hi-hat. I'll keep it at the default 120 bpm and 4/4 signature and now let's try and layer these parts. So I'm going to hit Record and it will be on Wait for Note, so the first kick drum note that I will hit will start recording this in loop playback mode. Check it out. (Music playing.) So how easy is that? Recorded one instrument at a time, all three layered on top of each other because of MIDI Merge and they are all aligned to the grid using Input Quantize. So with just a few steps, you can be creating beats that are locked to the tempo grid and sound great.
Practice this technique and revisit this video if you have any questions about the steps involved. But most importantly, have some fun making some beats!
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