1. Develop a Workflow That Works Best for You
You can also sequence your drum hits using audio samples, MIDI samples, or a combination of both.
In addition, Live has many features to help you in your creativity. You can do this:
Cut an existing drum loop with the Convert command. This method creates MIDI that you can use as a starting point for new music.
Use Live’s Drum Rack presets as a starting point. This method is ideal for creating a drum beat quickly.
You can mark beats on a timeline instead of manually sequencing MIDI notes or samples.
Use Live’s arpeggiator to create rhythmic patterns from incoming MIDI notes or chords. This method is ideal for creating unique hi-hat patterns.
Ignite your first creative spark with preset MIDI samples and files. Lots of online content will inspire you instantly!
This tutorial shows how to create a hip-hop rhythm using Live’s Drum Rack in Session View.
2. Adjust Speed
Various factors determine the style (or genre) of music, including the sounds, patterns, and tempo used.
Half-time and double-time rhythms are more common in hip-hop, trap, and R&B. This approach makes it easier to get a faster drum roll with a hi-hat, snare, etc.
Doubling the tempo does not change the time signature. Just change the feel of the beat. There are always four beats per measure in a double measure.
3. Charge a Battery Rack Presets
One of the fastest ways to create beats is to sketch them live using the Drum Rack presets. Live comes with a variety of drum rack kits. To optimize your creative workflow, you need to know how to find, use, and manipulate these sounds.
It’s fast to use presets and then change drum and percussion samples once you’ve built the bass. Avoid slowing down your creativity by worrying about selecting samples before the drum pattern is done.
4. Draw a Drum and Breast Pattern
The kick and rhythm of the trap form the basis of your rhythm. The bass drum emphasizes the downbeats and provides the tempo. The drum serves as a background beat and is usually played in a relaxed state.
5. Add a Charlson Pattern
Hip-hop also relies heavily on the hi-hat to create rhythm and energy.
Hip-hop rhythms use a combination of closed and open hi-hat patterns. Closed caps usually alternate between 16-, 32-, and 8-note models. While open caps often play with the unusual.
Triple fills are also dominant in modern hip-hop. Triplets are great for transitions and add energy to keep the pace exciting.
6. Double Loop and Add a Variation
Repeating this two-measure loop throughout the track will feel repetitive and boring. Make your rhythm interesting by adding variations.
The best way to add variety is to imitate the loop and change the pattern. Repeat this process until you have an eight or sixteen-measure drum loop.
Edit your designs by rearranging, deleting and adding notes to create variations. But don’t overdo it. Make sure your rhythm is flowing without any uncomfortable rhythm changes.
7. Human Your Drums
Humanizing your rhythm is fundamental in hip-hop. Adding human character to your music can improve expression and realism.
A real drummer won’t have perfect timing and will never play every kick drum, snare or cymbal at the same tempo. Subtle variations and imperfections give beets a natural feel. In contrast, programmed MIDI drum sequences appear robotic, repetitive and lifeless.
Music is all about movement, and humanizing drums is a great way to move an audience.