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1O TIPS for better beat programming

Pretty much every tune hangs around a great beat, but if you don’t have access to a drummer then, fear not, your DAW has it all. However, it’s very easy to program soulless beats in your DAW, unless you follow these ten drum programming tips, that is…


1 Imagine you’re a drummer

No, we don’t mean for you to start flaying your arms and legs around and grow your hair long. What we mean is, if you want to make human sounding beats, then imagine what the physical constraints of being a human being are and how a drummer works within them. You usually have access to four limbs and drum kits tend to be set up in similar ways. So don’t program simultaneous beats that are impossible to play or cymbals and toms that are impossible to transition between.

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!