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Ever since Reason 1.0 beatmakers, producers, and button-mashers alike have all loved the venerable old Redrum Drum Computer. And it’s easy to see why. Step sequencing drum machines like Redrum or even the classic Roland 808 offer a nearly perfect layout for programming the rhythmic syncopated beats used in so many popular music genres. The 16 buttons, representing the 16 steps in the beat, provide the right blend of predictable beat construction and random experimentation when you want to spice up your beats.
In this micro tutorial, we’ll get you started with drum step sequencing and get familiar with the Redrum’s layout. You’ll soon learn why producers the world over love Kong but also keep coming back to Redrum for that special creative simplicity.
Drums. They’re absolutely everywhere and vital to most music. A good drum track can make or break a track. Luckily Mattias has some useful tricks up his sleeve to help you spice up your drum patterns!
Learn about ghost notes, tips for using REX loops to add some groove and how to create complex patterns in simple ways using polymeter.
ReDrum, she wrote.
Drum machines and hardware sequencers met a swift and gruesome death in the late 1990s when hardware samplers, sample players, workstation synths and computer based software sequencers put their predecessors out of their misery.
The new generation introduced a multitude of “human feel” elements, in stark contrast to the robot-like stiffness of the obsoleted thingamajigs. The goal – or so it would seem at the time – was to create the ultimate emulation of real instruments and real musicians. Hardware manufacturers spared no effort to ensure that their latest gadgetry offered superior realism, and software sequencer manufacturers were busy conjuring up extra relaxed quantization matrices, ‘natural groove’ algorithms, increasing the PPQN resolution – all to make sure that no two notes would sound exactly the same even if you tried.
Ironically, it didn’t take long before a retro wave sweeped the music world, and now all of a sudden people were toppling over each other and trading in their tooth fillings to get their hands on an old battered TR-909. The ‘human feel’ efforts of late now became an obstacle on the way to creating the perfect ‘robot feel’: fixed velocity, synthetic sounds and the joy of repetition. People were making dance music like crazy and it took several years for hardware synth manufacturers to shake off the idea that all musicians are dying to play fusion jazz.
It’s almost like poetic justice that it took cutting edge computer software to bring it back to the roots. Drawing inspiration from the Roland TR-series of the early eighties, Reason’s ReDrum Drum Computer pays tribute to the old school drum machines that you could always trust to offer a quirky programming method, rigid timing and harsh limitations – and in this part of Discovering Reason we will hand out a few tips and tricks that will help you play the ReDrum to your advantage!