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Scroll IV : Drums & Drum Loops

  • Creating a Jungle break beat: Transpose a sampled hiphop drumloop (old school, not the timbaland variety!) a few notes above normal pitch and you will get something like a basic jungle beat. Cut the loop into pieces beginning on bassdrums or snares and rearrange those bits. That's how many Drum&Bass loops are created. Combine this with single drum hits from the sequencer if the result isn't punchy enough.
  • Creating a Jungle break beat pt.2:
    • Use Recycle from Steinberg for cutting out the sounds not only from drumloops.
    • Take care of the shuffle on hiphop-loops. Up-pitching to jungle isnīt groovy with swingloops.
    • Replace the bassdrums or other sounds by equalizing and adding new sounds.
    • Donīt use to much compression on drum-loops. Itīs better to compress the sounds one by one.
    Submitted by Lone from
  • For Trip Hop beats, do the opposite of jungle: Take a hip-hop beat, slow it down a few notes, cut it up. Try putting some dub effects on it (echo, reverb,delay) for even more strangeness. Try boosting low frequencies.
    Submitted by Milkman Dan from Mindfields Photek
  • Take your drum loop and separate it into two loops, one with all the frequencies over 1khz and the other with all the frequencies below, it's really simple but you can boost the low end without loosing the crispy treble and make the high end grimey without making the bass muddy.
    Submitted by Luke aka Lord Nelson
  • Timestretch a drum loop to 150% using a sampler or hard disk recording and combine it with the original loop. The original loop will be repeated three times while the stretched one loops just two times. The outcome will be pretty mad so use a rather empty and straight loop to start with.
  • Crossfading two drumloops:Program your sampler so that two drumloops of equal BPM count are started by pressing the same key. Use an LFO to modulate the volume of the two loops. Apply inverse modulation for one loop so that this loop is silent when the other one is at maximum volume and vice versa. This method is great for making background loops and percussion lines more lively. Try also modulating the frequency of a low pass filter instead of volume. This method can also be used for lead sounds.
    Submitted by Dan D.N.A. (Skrupel, Bio Bonsai)
  • Ringmodulators sound very unique on drumloops. (There are ring-modulator plug-ins that can be used in wave editing software.)
  • Connect a dictaphone up to the mixing desk and run the drums through it while tweaking the eq and distortion. Then record the result into your sampler and layer it with the original loop or else use it on its own. The dictaphone adds a nice compression and really can warm up lifeless sounding loops.
    Submitted by Ronan aka "Nematod"
  • "for really mad results , use a reversed version of a drum loop to trigger a noise gate on the original ,use this for a pumpin' rhythmic loop."
    Submitted by the Nematod
  • "Make an arpeggio with some synth or other. Then run that midi data to a drum machine or sampler with un-pitched sounds on each key. Hey presto! Unusual drum parts ahoy!"
    Submitted by Chuffy
  • "These are some drum tips to get the heaviest dub sound possible... use a shamois (that thin leather thing they use to dry cars) on your snare drum and tape it down. also, for a thundering bass drum tape a quarter where the bass drum mallet strikes the head. wooden mallets work the best (this is coming straight from SCIENTIST) finally, make sure the toms are as dead as possible."
    Submitted by DubJackpot
  • Here's a tip which might seem very obvious: Learn how to play drums; anything goes: rock drumming, african drumming , percussion ,banging a tambourine or shakers, anything , it will improve your timing and sense of rhythm NO END , and as a result you can program more complex drum loops and maybe even record your own drumming too.
    Submitted by Nematod

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