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Creating a Beat in the Drum Machine: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tutorial | Nov 30, 2020

In this video, I'm using a drum machine to create a beat. I'm using four hi-hats and a clap, and then I'm experimenting with quantizing and layering different sounds in order to create a more natural and chilled out beat. I'm also using a synthesizer to create a kick drum and I'm adjusting the levels and the speed to create the exact sound I'm looking for.

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Questions & Answers

Maybe you dont watch the video, here are some important takeaways:

What drum machine is being used in the video?

The drum machine being used in the video is a XO drum machine. It is capable of creating random patterns and includes a variety of hi-hats, claps, and kicks.

What is the purpose of synthesizing a kick drum?

The purpose of synthesizing a kick drum is to create a unique and custom sound that is tailored to the particular song. Synthesizing a kick drum allows a producer to craft a sound that fits the song perfectly and gives it an individual sound.

What is the difference between using samples and synthesizing a kick drum?

The difference between using samples and synthesizing a kick drum is that samples are pre-made sounds that have already been created by another artist or producer and are often used as a starting point for making music. Synthesizing a kick drum, on the other hand, allows producers to create a sound from scratch that is specific to the song they are creating.

How can a producer use a drum machine to create a unique sound?

A producer can use a drum machine to create a unique sound by combining pre-made samples with synthesized


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[00:00.000] Okay, let's use the drum machine here, which I never use.
[00:07.040] The recent streams I always used XO, but the extract with the XO works also with the
[00:11.980] drum machine.
[00:12.980] So I'm just using four hi-hats here in my library, because I have a lot.
[00:24.820] I just drag a bunch here into the drum machine, which creates a lot of pads here, then I can
[00:34.020] step in and make some random patterns.
[00:39.020] Yeah, let's just start.
[01:07.540] Okay, like this, then maybe here I bring in some in the three ghost notes.
[01:34.620] Okay, so I'll use a clap here, let's see what I have, let's call a clap.
[02:04.540] Clap, clap, clap.
[02:11.540] Are you simple, mostly, to kick two seems more like for EDM stuff?
[02:28.900] Yeah, true.
[02:30.540] But before I search for the right kick drum in my sample library, most of the time faster
[02:37.780] just synthesize my own kick drum.
[02:46.180] After feeling the title was just paid, it could be, yeah, sorry, I mean, you all know
[02:57.660] how it did, if I write something in the title, which is in the video itself, no one clicks
[03:06.340] it.
[03:07.340] And if I write some bullshit title, everyone clicks on it.
[03:14.740] Hey, AJ, thanks for tuning in, nice wipe, yeah.
[03:26.620] So you're able to 10 years or no, I used it before for a live acting on not live acting,
[03:33.420] I'm used it for DJing, but this was 10 years ago, ideas, it's better, the samples, but
[03:46.940] if you know what kick you want, there's kick to faster, yeah.
[03:51.100] If you know exactly what you want, some kind of deep bass drum, it's, yeah, it's easily
[03:58.540] done with the synth plug-in.
[04:02.980] But it's not that I don't use samples for kicks, I also use samples a lot for kick drums
[04:09.460] or layering, so let's use this clip here, no, it's a nice clip, oh, it's a kick track
[04:31.180] why, why is that?
[04:49.220] I maybe cue this bit here to remove the low end, and maybe the clip is too much, maybe
[05:00.380] a half time, maybe also here the heads are too much, over the long run I want to keep
[05:13.940] it chilled, you know, not like, I don't want to have a clap tune, that's maybe too much
[05:28.420] here.
[05:56.260] Maybe you want to humanize this a bit here with the quantized function a bit of travel.
[06:23.620] Yeah, use a second.