Chapter 6. Programming Drums


This lesson takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.


Program a drum pattern in Ultrabeat


Add rhythmic accents


Randomize note velocity and position


Create drum rolls

In most popular modern music genres, drums are the backbone of the instrumentation. They provide the foundation for the tempo and the groove of the piece. In recording sessions, when not all of the instruments are tracked at the same time, drums are usually recorded or programmed first, so the other musicians can record to their rhythmic reference.

With today’s high production standards, producing drum tracks usually involves using several techniques such as live recording, programming, sampling, audio quantizing, and sound replacement. For that ...

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