Join JK Swopes for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a drum pattern, part of MASCHINE: Beat Making.
- Now that I have my basic idea for my melody,…I wanna look at adding some drums.…I usually add at least a kick, snare, and maybe a hi-hat…just to get the foundation for my drum pattern.…Again, it's all about experimentation…and going with what sounds right.…I heard some sounds in that original kit that I used,…so I'm just gonna copy this to a new group.…Next I just kinda mess around with some patterns…until I find something that I like.…(drum patterns)…Sometimes as I'm making my beat I wanna go in…and mix things and kinda adjust the levels,…just based on how everything is fitting together.…
(drum patterns)…So I like something like that, let's do a four bar.…This one I wanna make sure…that my step grid is off.…We'll just do something like that.…(drum patterns)…So again it's all about experimentation…and finding what you feel fits the beat.…
For me, I just threw in a kick, snare,…and then threw a hi-hat over it.…And I think I got a good foundation for my drum patterns.…
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