Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a human feel and/or groove, part of EDM Production Techniques: Drums.
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…One thing that people ask me a lot is how I get my drums to sound and feel organic.…This has to do with a few programming techniques that I'll explain here.…Unless you're going for a completely robotic sound, which is fine, then…these techniques should help you accomplish…that human feel that you're looking for.…The first thing I'm going to show you is programming different velocities.…Now this is pretty easy; it's something that I've actually showed…you in a different video, but I'm going to cover it again here.…When drummers play drums, they're not…always playing the same velocities and sounds.…So it's important to go through and make sure…that you have different amplitudes on each of your hits.…
So I'm going to show you how to do that in this old loop battery here.…I'm going to play this without it.…Notice how all the high hats are hitting at the same velocity?…Well, that's why it doesn't sound natural.…So I'm going to go through and start adjusting these velocities, so that…you get a little more of a a unique feel to it.…
This course features Ableton Live and Native Instruments' Battery drum sampler, but you can use these techniques in any DAW of your choice.