How to… Ex­tend a short drum hit’s tail

Future Music - - FEATURE -

Many drum ma­chines and sam­plers have a loop func­tion, and a cool way to ex­tend the length of a drum hit is to loop the sus­tain sec­tion af­ter the ini­tial tran­sient; so once that cru­cial ‘crack’ has fired, a short tail sec­tion is smoothly ex­tended and sus­tained. Once the loop is cor­rectly set up, you can tweak the am­pli­tude en­ve­lope’s ADSR set­tings to shape the drum’s vol­ume re­sponse over time. Not only does this loop­ing trick work as a cor­rec­tional tool for too-short drum sounds, it can also be abused to cre­ate gran­u­lar-style buzzing ef­fects – re­duce the loop length to ex­tremes for ul­ti­mate con­trol.

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