Tutorial: How To Build A Great Drum Track Without Loops
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IntroductionMost popular music of the past century, from top 40 to Drum 'N Bass, is centered around a basic 4/4 rhythm. The challenge, of course, is for electronic producers to make drum tracks appropriate to the genres and tracks that we make. In this tutorial, I will describe how to produce basic rhythm tracks without reliance on pre-recorded loops. To begin, you will need to have a sequencer or DAW and some way of producing percussion elements and combining them with other musical elements.
ConclusionMaking drum tracks can be a very exciting process, and like composition and arranging, it is a constant source of learning as you improve your skills. Also, there are no hard and fast rules to constructing the drums, adding fills, etc. While I mentioned the creative options of MIDI drum tracks, loops can be used to great effect to enhance your tracks. The tools you have at your disposal today offer nearly limitless creative control. It is important to remember, however, that drums and percussion are something that mankind has had in our soul for millenia, and technology does not replace soul.
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