Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video How to count music, part of Programming Beats in Ableton Live 9.
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Male 1: Before we start making beats, I'd like to take a few minutes to show you…some basic music theory, specifically rhythm, how we can…understand rhythm, or how we can count music. Well,…one thing we know to be true, all music is played in a linear fashion. Over time.…And for the most part, maintains certain rhythmic pulses.…In order to have a common language between musicians,…we use two basic elements for recognizing and talking about rhythm. Music is counted…by musicals bars and beats. You may have also heard bars referred to as measures.…
A group of beats, makes a musical bar. A group of musical bars, combined…in succession, makes a musical phrase. A…group of musical phrases, makes a full song.…To help us count the beats, we are going to use a metronome. Chances are, you…already have a built in metronome in your…music software. Locate it and turn it on. In…Ableton Live, the metronome is the two dots…icon on the top left side of the screen.…
The tempo, or speed, is set to 120…beats per minute by default in most music softwares.…
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