chapter  18
12 Pages

Creating drum loops

WithRick Snoman

Drum loops form the very basis of all dance music genres, and are the foundation that the music will be built on. The problem is that creating a great drum rhythm is more difficult than it may appear. The most common drum loop is the ‘four to the floor.’ This is produced in a 4/4 time signature and features a kick/bass drum positioned on each beat of the bar alongside a snare or clap occurring on beats 2 and 4. The most influential processors for drum editing are: pitch, transient, equaliser, dynamics and reverberation. Swing, or shuffle, is essential to most drum loops for many genres. While some styles do require the rigidity of every note occurring dead on time, most styles benefit from some swing on the open hi-hats, closed hi-hats, or snares. Alongside swing, drum hits should also exhibit varying volumes or slight tonal changes.