Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding extra percussion sounds, part of Programming Beats in Ableton Live 9.
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Male 1: For dubstep, we often want to build our beat with as…much energy as possible. This energy can…be injected with fast percussive patterns, which…in many cases, also add a sense of a shuffled groove to the beat.…Let's start with the closed high hats. I've chose a collection of closed hats.…You can chose any sound you want, but make…sure it is a short sound so you can sequence…all the sounds using a fast paced pattern. I'm…going to start placing the hats on the second eighth…of the first beat all the way to the…third beat. I am going to randomly pick a different…hat for each sixteenth note, and then repeat for the…second and fourth beat of the bar. Let's begin in…placing them, double-click, and instead of double-clicking everywhere I want a note,…I'm gonna hit Cmd-D to duplicate, and reposition the note by hitting the…up and down arrow keys. Cmd-D, Cmd-D up, Cmd-D down, Cmd-D down.…
And now I'm gonna move them with my right arrow key, and bring down.…It's much faster doing it this way than manually with the mouse.…
First get some basic rhythmic theory, including counting music and note subdivisions, and learn how elements like cymbals, percussive instruments like congas, and even homemade sounds from cans, bottles, and counters contribute to your beats. The following chapters tackle the particulars of house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop. In each of these chapters, Yeuda discusses how to choose the appropriate tempo and drum sounds for the style and how to sequence the kick, snare, and cymbals. The course closes with some pro mixing techniques that balance punch and presence, so your drums will cut through the mix and sound their best.
- How to count music
- Using a piano roll editor
- Choosing the right tempo and samples for various genres
- Sequencing your drum elements
- How to program house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop beats
- Adding extra percussion sounds
- Adding breaks
- How to mix your beat for presence and punch
- Adjusting levels and panning
- Adding reverb to your beat