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Drum Loop Creation

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:07 pm
by stewyd

I recently got into PC recording which I am gradually learning. Musical inspiration doesn't seem to be a problem, but creating decent drum loops does. I'm using Cakewalk SONAR as my DAW and have tried the bundled "session drummer" plugin, but it seems far to fiddly to create any good loops.

Can anyone recommend a simple program or plugin to create some decent loops?



Re: Drum Loop Creation

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:08 am
by MarcusH

Can you perhaps narrow down the problem a bit more? There might be some software to make your life easier, but at the end of the day, creating drum loops always going to be fiddly.

Is it just that the process is complicated or are you disappointed by the results too?

Re: Drum Loop Creation

PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:59 pm
by JamieC
hi Stewyd

I'm also a Sonar user. Making good sounding drum loops is an art. Session Drummer can get you a good drum pattern either by using pre-arranged midi clips, or writing your own. However if you are after producing scuffed hip-hop beatz with reversed hits and stutters then SD will not do it for you straight off. The old school way of doing this is to slice the audio file into various hits and trigger them with something like a pad controller, after some suitable processing.

A quicker way to get close is to use the rxp player (or beatscape) and load in a rex loop that has the right kind of sounds. You can assign each slice to a pad or note on your controller and then play them in any order and timing you want, - capturing your performance to midi. Then you can add further processing to make it your own, and render it to audio if you want. You need to make sure that it loops nicely, i.e. so that the start and end of the loop go together as you would like them.

I find NI Battery a really flexible drum sampler with a large libary of sounds and extensive editing. I tend to use this, but it still takes time to get something to sound good.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Re: Drum Loop Creation

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:00 pm
by Wossname
Drums On Demand.

Re: Drum Loop Creation

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:59 am
by Wossname
iZotope iDrum is rather good. Nice sounds, real easy to program.