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Electric Blues - Part 7

Feature | Topic: Arranging, Drum Programming | Recording Musician, Jan 1993

Edgar G Roover once more joins forces with the Heavenly duo. This month, we're programming the blues.

Groovy Train - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Arranging, Drum Programming | Recording Musician, Oct 1992

The fourth part of our dance music series, with more drum patterns and basslines for you to programme yourself.

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming, Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1991

Such a simple thing, a tambourine line, yet it's one of the lines drum machines can't handle. The Sample Workshop's Tom McLaughlin explains how to make convincing samples.

How To Create More Expressive Drum Machine Parts

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989

Craig Anderton explains how you can add some 'humanity' to your drum machine patterns.

Instant Hip - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Arranging, Drum Programming | Recording Musician, Aug 1992
Key Ingredients For A Happening Dance Track

An insight into the sounds and structures that make up a successful dance record, by Edgar G. Roover.

Latin Lessons - Part 5

Feature | Topic: Arranging, Drum Programming | Recording Musician, Nov 1992
Steamy Rhythms to Warm Up Your Sequencer

The fifth part in our series on programming covers Latin dance rhythms and musical sequences.

MIDI Basics - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming, MIDI, Syncronisation | Music Technology, Nov 1987

In part four of this series Bob O'Donnell deals with rhythm by linking a drum machine into the expanding MIDI system.

On the Beat - Part 26

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jan 1992

The secret of good comedy is timing... right? Nigel Lord reckons it's also the secret of some fascinating rhythms - and this month's beatbox programming column.

On The Beat - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Aug 1989

This new series on drum machine programming is intended to provide an understanding of the drum patterns which form a wide range of music. Nigel Lord starts close to home with basic pop and rock patterns.

On The Beat - Part 17

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Feb 1991

Jazz - the final rhythm programming frontier; but if you treat jazz as an attitude (as the jazz greats all have), jazz patterns are just a state of mind away. Nigel Lord thinks cool.

On The Beat - Part 8

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Mar 1990

South America: home of Latin rhythms and countless rhythmic influences is this month's port of call for Nigel Lord on his rhythm programming journey.

On The Beat - Part 26

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Dec 1991

Returning to the subject of classifying rhythms sooner than expected, Nigel Lord investigates the relationship between the beats and the notes.

On The Beat - Part 15

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Oct 1990
House

Who's in the house? On the Beat is in the house - with a close look at what makes house beats and loops kick. Nigel Lord gets wicked in MT's popular drum programming series.

On The Beat - Part 35

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Dec 1992

On The Beat - Part 6

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jan 1990

The funk is everywhere - and MT's regular drum programming column is no exception. This month Nigel Lord examines funk grooves and gives plenty of example patterns to assist your programming.

On The Beat - Part 23

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Sep 1991

The drums, the drums, everywhere I go I hear drums. Nigel Lord presents another selection of rhythm killers for you to program into your drum machine or sequencer.

On The Beat - Part 13

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Aug 1990

Traditionally the musicians' worst nightmare, the drum solo is now all but extinct (except in heavy metal circles, of course). Nigel Lord reexamines the lost art with modern technology in mind.

On The Beat - Part 31

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jun 1992

After some 30 months, Nigel Lord's seminal On The Beat series draws to a close. Over the months, it has covered programming skills and a wide range of drumming and percussion styles, and proved popular with amateurs and pros alike - it will be copied but never bettered.

On The Beat - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Nov 1989

More experiments with accents form the basis of this episode of Ml's rhythmic soap opera. Nigel Lord beats a path for your drum machine.

On The Beat - Part 11

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jun 1990

Washington DC is the home of one of the world's most powerful, yet under-recognised dance rhythms. Nigel Lord goes for go-go in MT's unique drum-programming series.

On The Beat - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Sep 1989

The second part in this series on drum machine programming concentrates on the use of the hi-hat. Nigel Lord looks at its role in humanising your drum patterns.

On The Beat - Part 18

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Mar 1991

Further explorations into the elusive feel of jazz are the subject of this month's drum programming column. Nigel Lord dons his bebop beret and gets hep with technology.

On The Beat - Part 9

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Apr 1990

Ignoring the sunshine and the siestas, this month's On The Beat concentrates on the sounds and the instruments of Brazil. Nigel Lord guides us through the samba Batucada and the Maracatu.

On The Beat - Part 27

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Feb 1992

"Build a better mousetrap", they said, "and the world will beat a path to your door". Nobody warned Nigel Lord that writing a drum programming column for MT has the same effect.

On The Beat - Part 16

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Dec 1990

Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow - getting away from the 120bpm machine gun, Nigel Lord concentrates on those downtempo numbers in MT's regular drum programming series.

 

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