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Swing 16ths on Dance Beats

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Swung 16ths are tricky, if you swing too hard it can sound cheesy and date. If you swing too little then there’s no real effect. That’s my opinion. The mastery of a good swing feel comes from a sense of imperfection and control, simultaneously. This can be tricky to program when putting in notes on the grid, I find that using your ears and just feeling the right placement of the note is key. Check out the tutorial video for more on this. [Read more]

Use Good Ingredients

Sugar Loops
In this tutorial I demonstrate how to build a massive sound by starting with one drum loop. The important thing to keep in mind is that your original drum loop should be of great quality and feel. Then everything else will sound good. [Read more]

Convert Stereo Drums into Midi

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Glass negative, quarter plate, dance band drummer at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom, Tom
Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 23 October 1935
There’s a very cool feature on Ableton Live, which allows you to convert a stereo acoustic drum loop into separate midi parts. in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to do this quickly and effectively. You’ll then reap the benefits of being able to layer drums and get that new, Pop sound that’s everywhere. [Read more]