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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Apr 2019 > the WAYS TO GET A GREAT DRUM SOUND

the WAYS TO GET A GREAT DRUM SOUND

Last time, we looked at how you can create a rock band with technology, but the drumming aspect really deserved its own piece. So here it is: how to fire your drummer with tech!

(…without a drum. Or a drummer.)

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Last time around, we looked at how to create an entire band with technology; how to replace human musicians with hardware and software. Okay, it wasn’t quite the dystopian future of music-making implied by that sentence; there was a little tongue-in-cheek humour in there, but there’s no doubt that music-production technology is now advanced enough to handle the core elements of band production. That’s because, to a certain extent, it can cover the parts that require you to learn how to move your hands, feet, arms and fingers in a certain way to make notes. In our last piece, we looked at the tech alternatives to both acoustic and electric guitars, bass players, vocalists, even guitar effects. We did drums, too, but then realised that there is a wealth of options to replace your drummer and all of their physical instruments. That’s because drums were pretty much the first thing that technology tried to replace decades ago, possibly because beats are short and therefore relatively easy to replicate and less resource hungry. Now though, your options are many and varied. Well, at least there are the following six, anyway…

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Aside from the art of writing a melody, crafting the perfect lyric and finding the most suitable chords for your music, beatmaking (or sculpting the rhythmic elements of your track) is perhaps the most important stage to get right, particularly if you work in the EDM arena. It’s often, however, something that can start to feel quite ‘samey’ and characterless for some, as those musical elements tend to take priority. In our cover feature this month, Martin Delaney explores a variety of routes to making your own distinctive beats in unique ways. Follow his do-it-yourself guide and before long, your tracks will have extra oomph and rise above the din to sound unlike anybody else. Also this issue, we speak to the fascinating Cleaning Women, a Finnish band who adopt a similar DIY approach to beat and music-making. They have built their own instruments out of former household appliances and have performed with them for over 20 years. Elsewhere, we catch up with Alexander Archer, a young producer who is currently working with some of the industry's hottest names as he engineers recordings for Vevo UK. On the review front this month, we dive deep into Native Instruments’ veritable ocean of delights, Komplete 12, as well as Ableton's latest hefty point update to Live.