Tips for programming drum fills

I use drum racks and impulse mostly for my drums, I'd love some ides for fills programming for transitions and drops etc

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  • si.
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    this tutorial is a cool way to create fills using the afx 'bouncing ball' trick.

    For advanced users...

    If you bounce some stuff to audio, you can also get some awesome sounds from time-stretching

    http://www.swarmintelligence.net/2010/12/tutorial-2-beat-mangling-in-ableton.html

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • basscheck
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    You could always find some fills that you like from recordings and arrange the audio within your tune. Then translate the audio into MIDI, either by learning how to play it on your MIDI controller or by drawing in the notes. You could also make it sound more human by extracting the groove from the audio and selecting the same groove template in the MIDI clip.

    2 years ago | 2 comments
  • fuzzywuzzy
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    This video might help as well. The first couple minutes explains how to use the Follow feature (which automatically triggers a different clip in Session View), but then it talks about implementing some randomization with this same feature (and Legato). 

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • plasticanimal
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    Record yourself finger drumming a fill. Then use that as a template. Or use a fill from a song you like as template.

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  • stroff1
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    This has worked for me lately... create a clip that you like. duplicate the clip directly below. call this one "Fills". modify Fills to include your fills and transitions. on the launch box for the Fills clip, select Legato, quantization = something low like 1/16, Follow action = previous and something like 1, 0, 0.

    now, when you play the original clip you can play Fills and it will return to the original clip after a bar (or what ever you like). Good Luck!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • daveb
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    I drop in a beat repeat, switch to 'ins' which will insert repeats and cut out the original. Switch the variation to 3 or 4, the interval to 1/4, assign a midi knob or slider to the grid control, hit record and mess around with that until I make a nice sound. This is good for djing as well. You may want to adjust the range of the midi assignment as well as once the grid passes 32 its just noise

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Quantize
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    Add some MIDI effects before a drum rack such as Velocity & Random, set them both to randomise and then record the output for a few bars. 99% of the time there is something worth using after a quick edit down.

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • si.
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    hmmm hate to say it but beat repeat is the lazy option! Program your fills!!

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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