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#1 Haef



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:19 PM

So when i sample drum breaks off tracks I find it much much harder to complete the beat, because it feels like you are bound to a certain rhythm. Anyone make beats by sampling drums and then writing instrumentals over it? Do you find it more challenging?

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:20 PM

comes down to careful choice my man...........few pointers that i hope will help you.

if you think the break you sampled is limiting your creativity, chose another break, or chop it out different and re-create another groove using that break - a lot of what Dilla (yea - here we go, another dilla moment :) did was take overused / oversampled breaks and approached them differently than those before him.

Are you writing original music over the top? If so, try not using drums when creating, maybe use a kick on the thirds instead, then create the drums after the tracks done............

i find with original music, an experienced drummer will hear the music and react accordingly, so if you start creating and your first thought is "i dont like this groove" - then change it.

Try not to over think it dude :P

Edit: that said, my drum game is something i am really trying to build in!

Edited by Tacitus, 23 September 2013 - 09:49 PM.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:53 PM

Yeah, some people like to start with drums, but a lot of times I've found that it kinda steers a song in a certain direction. I generally do them last or after I have some sort of main melody to the song. Sometimes I'll throw up a mock beat with a kick on the 1 and 3 count and a snare on the 2 and 4, just to use as kind of a metronome (because metronomes drive me crazy like alarm clocks).

Definitely experiment. If you feel something isn't working, you can always mute it, add a new channel and try different drums, then compare the two or use parts from both of them.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:59 PM

very helpful advice guys thanks

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:58 AM

When you chop your breaks up, do different combos, like the kick and the Hihat, or snare and Hi hat, or layer 2 breaks over each other, export that then chop it as 1 kit. I pick by the sounds I want and like rather than someones elses groove. Got to make those breaks yours, if you feel bound to something, it means there is a limit that your going to have to work through to evolve.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 01:53 PM

chop that shit up, man!

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unless you're a beginner learning how to make beats in general, quit with that straight-up looping shit; this ain't the '90s lol.

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