Drum Beat (DnB basics)

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  1. TheMadStuntman

    TheMadStuntman TheMadStuntman

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    Hey people.....just started messing around with reason, but I can't make a decent DnB drumloop.......all mine just sound......well kind of flat....some just don't sound right!
    any tips?
    I kind of know its all about the high hats
    Ta for any help!
     
  2. kama

    kama benkama.net

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    sample a drum break from some tune to spice it up. Then add EQ to blend it with your original beats.
     
  3. TheMadStuntman

    TheMadStuntman TheMadStuntman

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    Thxs!:cowbell: gonna give it a go
     
  4. rwafish

    rwafish New Member

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    Personally it took me a few years to be able to program good drum loops.

    IMO its all about the velocity. Get some "ghost" snares in there for the real DNB sound and mess with the velocity till you get it right.

    Try using Battery2 drum machine, its awesome for natural sounding drums and is infinately tweakable.
     
  5. TheMadStuntman

    TheMadStuntman TheMadStuntman

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    Cool! I think thats just what the problem was!!! :beers: :beers: :beers:
     
  6. Noxxus

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    A nifty trick of mine is programming simple rhythms and beats with minimal ghost snares, dont crowd it.

    Then run the main beats through a sync'd delay unit or plugin. Voila, instant beatage.

    I have normally got two or three kick drum samples - the main one being the most predominant and loud ones are usually mixed dry, dont put too much delay on hats or kicks or it gets too much.

    Have fun.
     
  7. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    i try to make all sounds interesting, right now im sort of steering away from hihats that go 'tick' and so forth.
     
  8. Noxxus

    Noxxus Master baiter

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    no need to steer away.... just vary your sound. i have many different hihats of varying sound but keep them all pitched within similar ranges. sometimes i have some pitched higher, some lower. all about fucking around till you've found the right sound.
     
  9. logikz

    logikz I Am Not The King Staff Member

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    you miss the point, maybe i was unclear, let me rephrase. a tick isnt necessarily an uniteresting hihat, but i steer away from using generic sounding samples as much as i can. i want charachter to my sounds.
     
  10. gorrilla

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    Back to the original question, I believe a good undersdtanding and use of compression i.e. waves compressor will vastly improve the sound of your beatmaking, providing the drum samples you are using havent already been compressed.:typing:
     
  11. TheMadStuntman

    TheMadStuntman TheMadStuntman

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    been getting much better stuff out of the speakers!
    slowly slowly but getting a lot of nice sounds.
    havent quite got an evil DnB sound just yet
     
  12. Noxxus

    Noxxus Master baiter

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    Tell you what I found.... get the right ride cymbal sample(s) and you can actually make it sound like a really decent hihat.
     
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    What do mean with ghost snares?
     
  14. TheMadStuntman

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    ghost snares (I think) are snares played at half or more velocity for that kind of chuggin shuffle sound
     
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    ive never tried producing whats the best software? friend uses cubase but seems rly complicated. Anyone got anything with a steady learning curve? or can give me a bit of info on software to start with?
     
  16. Sheer Kahn

    Sheer Kahn Frequency Specialist

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    Try FL Studio if you are a complete beginner. The layout is quite similar to ejay (!)