How to… Use arpeg­gia­tors and note re­peat

Future Music - - FEATURE -

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.

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