How to… Generate ideas with drum machine sequencing
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.