Beat Dissected is a regular series in which we deconstruct drum patterns, showing you how to recreate them in any DAW. Just copy our grid in your own software to recreate the loop.
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Start by laying down a basic four-to-the-floor kick drum. Use a kick sound with some nice mid-range content (we will lay a lower 808-style kick beneath this later in the process).
Next in is the off-beat clap. Something tight, clean and rounded.
Now for the hats: this is a standard open hi-hat off-beat pattern with a closed hi-hat adding some shuffle to the groove on the 8th and 16th divisions.
Now for the bounce. in the final step select a deep, raw 808 bass drum sample, or even a toned low sine wave. Increase its attack envelope for added bite (or decrease it for a looser, lazier groove). Roll away the highs so that it sits comfortably alongside the kick drum from Step 1.
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