Breaks with per­son­al­ity

How can you freshen up clas­sic drum grooves to ap­peal to mod­ern au­di­ences? Pro pro­ducer Ed:it shows you how in this ses­sion

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When start­ing from scratch, I usu­ally be­gin by lay­ing down drums. It sets the pace and groove of things to come, and gives you a solid foun­da­tion to build on. Be­ing a DnB head, I love to slice up clas­sic break­beats. They’re prob­a­bly the defin­ing el­e­ments of rave, DnB and jun­gle; and have paved the way for all the tracks you hear to­day. Sam­pling one of th­ese es­sen­tial cuts can help get a groove rolling.

In this tu­to­rial, I’ll demon­strate the sig­nif­i­cance of adapt­ing a sam­pled break, us­ing only seven DAW chan­nels to achieve a sim­ple yet well­rounded drum sound. I’ll layer in­di­vid­ual hits for weight, then EQ and com­press for max­i­mum ef­fect. Th­ese tech­niques can pro­vide punch and fat­ness with­out ru­in­ing the break’s orig­i­nal flavour.

As you (hope­fully) al­ready know, the most es­sen­tial step is find­ing the right break to be­gin with. After that, you’ll prob­a­bly want to re­se­quence it to your needs. In terms of pro­cess­ing, ev­ery drum hit and break is unique, so lis­ten care­fully. In most cases, less is more, and sub­tle treat­ments go a long way. In some sit­u­a­tions, though, you may want the ag­gres­sive sound that comes from heav­ier ma­nip­u­la­tion.

I’m not in­clud­ing any files or video with this ses­sion, since I’m us­ing a copy­righted break­beat, but it doesn’t mat­ter – ev­ery break is unique, so tai­lor my ad­vice be­low to your own sit­u­a­tion.

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