How to… Use arpeggiators and note repeat
When programming grooves, there are traditional positions for most hits – the kick on the downbeat, hats on the offbeat, and so on – and so you can easily subvert expectations to elevate your drum machine programming into more creative realms.
One great tool for this is the ‘note repeat’ function found on devices such as MPCs, Ableton Push, Maschine and Komplete Kontrol. Set a rhythmic division, hold a note, and the device will repeat the note at your chosen speed. Flick between speed settings to create rhythm-shifting hi-hat rolls, snare fills, or even hypnotic chord patterns for genres such as techno.