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Ableton Live 9: Programming Beats

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Overview

Learn how to make beats for house, dubstep, drum and bass, juke, trap, and hip-hop tracks, with Ableton Live.

The drum track is part of the hidden chemistry of a great song. This is your beat making lab. Yeuda Ben-Atar, educator and producer who performs as DJ Side Brain, shows you how to make beats in a variety of genres, from dubstep to hip-hop. Yeuda works with Ableton Live—but you can use these tutorials to make beats in whatever DAW you have accessible.

First get some basic rhythmic theory, including counting music and note subdivisions, and learn how elements like cymbals, percussive instruments like congas, and even homemade sounds from cans, bottles, and counters contribute to your beats. The following chapters tackle the particulars of house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop. In each of these chapters, Yeuda discusses how to choose the appropriate tempo and drum sounds for the style and how to sequence the kick, snare, and cymbals. The course closes with some pro mixing techniques that balance punch and presence, so your drums will cut through the mix and sound their best.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Basic Rhythmic Theory
  • How to count music
  • Note divisions
  • Triplet notes and swing
  • Using a piano roll
  • Drum elements
2. House Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for house
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and hats for a house beat
  • Adding extra percussion sounds for house
3. Dubstep Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for dubstep
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and rides
  • Adding extra percussion sounds
4. Drum-and-Bass Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for drum and bass
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and hats
  • Adding breaks
5. Trap Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for trap
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and cymbals for a trap beat
  • Adding hats to a trap beat
6. Juke/Footwork Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for juke
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and hats for juke beats
  • Adding sounds and extra percussion sounds to juke
7. Hip-Hop Beat
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for hip-hop
  • Sequencing the kick, snare, and hats in hip-hop
  • Adding extra percussion sounds to a hip-hop beat
8. Mixing Beats
  • Adjusting levels and panning
  • Using an EQ on the drums
  • Adding reverb
  • Parallel compression
Conclusion
  • What's next?

Taught by

Yeuda Ben-Atar

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