Beat Construction

Constructing drum beats and laying down grooves can be daunting for those without drumming abilities.

Fresh new drum breaks can be created in many ways however! Sampling from vinyl, slicing the samples to get individual hits and then rearranging those slices to form a new beat is a common method. Working with pre-existing commercial loops or programming rhythms using a MIDI editor are also viable approaches but THE most powerful technique is to extract both timing and notation information from a commercial beat and to use them with your own custom sounds to create completely fresh new grooves.

In this category I show you how to create unique drum beats and groove templates using the above techniques as well as how to polish the results using dynamics processing and other effects.

11 Tutorials available


Programming Beats using Cubase's Key Editor Beginner

Learn how to Program Drum Beats via the Key Editor in your DAW.
Duration: 16 mins

Topping and Tailing Ripped Beats Beginner

How to top and tail drum sounds extracted from a beat.
Duration: 6 mins

Chopping Beats Using Recycle Beginner

How to chop/slice drum loops using Propellerheads Recycle.
Duration: 10 mins

Combining Ripped Beats to create new Beats Intermediate

A sound design Technique covering how to rip two different beats, at different tempos, replace all the drum sounds within the beats and then mash them up together to create a new beat!
Duration: 7 mins

Creating a beat and effect from a loop Intermediate

A sound design tutorial in how to create a beat and an effect from a single drum loop
Duration: 9 mins

Importing REX Files and Constructing New Beats Intermediate

Learn how to import Propellerheads Recycle REX files into Battery and how to then create new Midi Beats and Samples from existing content.
Duration: 7 mins

Extracting Audio Slices from any Beat and Converting them to Midi Intermediate

How to extract timed audio slices from an existing drum beat and converting them into Midi data to use in your Beats
Duration: 5 mins

Kick processing for Mash-Ups! Intermediate

How to process a Sub Kick to blend in with a Ripped Beat!
Duration: 7 mins

Extracting Drum Sounds from a Beat Intermediate

How to Rip Drum Elements using Drumagog. How to replace Drum Sounds within a Beat with Drumagog.
Duration: 9 mins

Snare Processing for Mash-Ups! Intermediate

Using Drum Replacement software to create new snares and to mash them up with a string of dynamics!
Duration: 7 mins

Ripping Timing Information from any Beat and creating Groove Templates Advanced

Rip timing and feel information from any beat and use it as a quantise template on your beats.
Duration: 5 mins

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