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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 3. Rhythm and Drum Programming

Chapter 2 discussed the importance of having a good general knowledge of your own particular genre(s). In this and subsequent chapters, we will become much more specific and will begin to start focusing on particular areas of music production. One of the most important of these areas is rhythm and drum programming. The importance of this area cannot be underestimated. This is because in one way or another, issues of drum programming have a direct relevance to virtually all known styles of modern computer-generated music tracks.

It is also an important place to start your study of musical production simply because, when creating a complete musical project, many people—including myself—like to put down a beat ...

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