Hearing a great drummer – such as the late Clyde Stubblefield in the video above – lock into and ride a groove is truly one of the joys of music. However, taking that inspiration and translating it into a programmed rhythm in your DAW can be a lot of hard work. With everything placed perfectly on a grid, replicating the human feel of a drummer, with all its expressive nuances and micro-variations, can be a strenuous task. But digging a little deeper, there are actually plenty of tricks within Live that can help you impart some life into your drum tracks – check out the tutorials below to see how.
First up, Slynk shows the possibilities of swing by delving into the theory behind triplets, quintuplets and septuplets. Learn how to move MIDI notes across the grid to make wonky Dilla-esque rhythms with ease.