Six beat pro­gram­ming tips to gen­er­ate ex­cit­ing ar­range­ments

Here are half a dozen ideas to help you take your lis­ten­ers off the beat’n track

Future Music - - ALBUM REVIEWS -

1 Even just ba­sic vari­a­tions in rhythm can in­ject life and in­ter­est in even the most repet­i­tive of tracks – and they don’t come any more ba­sic than the tried-and-tested tech­nique of kick drum ed­its. At the end of ev­ery eight or 16 bars, sim­ply add or re­move kick notes to sig­nify change. 2 Al­ter­ing the length of drum hits can be sub­tle, but none­the­less ef­fec­tive. If your track has a clap with a long, re­ver­ber­ant tail, shorten the hit and cut off the re­verb at cer­tain sec­tions to al­ter the drum groove’s flow at key points. 3 As we’ll touch upon later in the fea­ture, fil­ters are great pro­ces­sors for dulling or thinning el­e­ments – es­pe­cially when you need to al­ter a song’s mo­men­tum. Cut bass from a track’s kick at key points, low-pass your hi-hats, or even au­to­mate a band-pass fil­ter’s cut­off over the en­tire drum bus. 4 Want to let the lis­tener know that some­thing’s re­ally about to change? Then it’s time for a drum fill! Ei­ther pro­gram your cur­rent drum groove to speed up or al­ter at the end of a sec­tion; throw in ad­di­tional per­cus­sive el­e­ments or loops; or mute all the beats and re­place with a pre­made drum fill sam­ple. 5 Pro­cess­ing ef­fects are great for em­bel­lish­ing rhyth­mic el­e­ments al­ready present within a drum groove. A clas­sic house trick is to send your track’s snare or clap to a cav­ernous re­verb on the last beat of an eight- or 16-bar seg­ment, then al­low this to carry over into the next sec­tion. 6 The den­sity of a drum groove is an­other vi­tal ar­range­ment tac­tic. Si­lence all of your per­cus­sion, and the dance­floor will cool down as the lone kick car­ries all the rhyth­mic mo­men­tum. Throw in ex­tra rides af­ter 16 bars, and things will step up a notch.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.