Join JK Swopes for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a drum pattern to go with the sample, part of MASCHINE: Beat Making.
- Of course a beat wouldn't be complete…without some drums to go behind the samples,…so now I'll go through and kind of audition…some different kits and drum sounds…to play it against my chops and see what I find…that I think fits the feel of the track.…[smooth rhythmic music]…[synthesized drum beats]…So as you can see I'm just going through different sounds…and trying to find something that I think fits,…has a little bit more of an organic feel to it.…
Not too modern, just really nice.…Maybe a vinyl or acoustic sound.…[smooth rhythmic music]…[synthesized percussion]…So I kind of like how that sounds.…
Let's do four bars for this.…And for my grid I want to go into my step grid.…Make sure it's off.…[synthesized percussion]…[metronome counting in]…[smooth rhythmic music with percussion]…Again, I'm just going through, messing with the sounds,…trying to get a nice balance between the sounds,…adjust some different levels.…
Maybe even pan a few things just to…kind of let things fit together.…[smooth rhythmic music]…So as you can see it's all about experimentation…
In Chapter 3, JK uses the same techniques to make a new sample-based track—a great way to make custom sounds you won't hear anywhere else. Start watching to learn how to make your own beats with MASCHINE.
- Quantizing beats to align notes
- Making a simple drum pattern
- Adding groove to beats
- Using MASCHINE expansions
- Creating melodies
- Adding bass, percussion, and FX
- Creating pattern variations
- Arranging songs
- Making beats from samples