How to… Gen­er­ate ideas with drum ma­chine se­quenc­ing

Future Music - - FEATURE -

In a re­cent Steinberg Stu­dio

Ses­sion video, drum ’n’ bass pro­ducer Heist broke down his track Grebe. The tune is brought to life by a bunch of weird 16th-note per­cus­sion skips. To cre­ate them, he se­quenced five sounds in Mas­chine, and recorded his ran­dom pad-play­ing to cre­ate a shuf­fling ef­fect. He then used the same MIDI to trig­ger com­pletely dif­fer­ent sounds, to cre­ate a sec­ond vari­a­tion – and so on.

This il­lus­trates the power of drum ma­chines as in­spir­ing se­quenc­ing tools. Don’t be afraid to load a bunch of ran­dom sounds, then punch in se­quencer steps or record your play­ing to gen­er­ate some­thing new.

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