A lay­ered beat to set the pace

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Steve kicks off the track in Able­ton Live, and shows us a break he’s cre­ated to get things mov­ing. It’s made of layer upon layer of loops and hits that Steve’s pulled from his mas­sive sam­ple col­lec­tion: breaks, a ride cym­bal, tam­bourine, two shak­ers, an ex­tra snare layer, some re­verbed per­cus­sion, and a hi-hat loop. The el­e­ments have been au­di­tioned and se­lected to work well to­gether by ear. Steve has col­lected the lay­ers into their own group, and he quickly brings it all to­gether with a bit of pro­cess­ing. “What I’ll of­ten do in Able­ton is add a com­pres­sor, just to tighten it up a bit. Able­ton’s Glue has this fan­tas­tic Mix Gel pre­set – it’s re­ally sim­ple, it just tight­ens it all up a bit.” Steve leaves the com­pres­sor at its de­fault set­tings, main­tain­ing fo­cus on build­ing the track rather than get­ting bogged down in the lit­tle de­tails.

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