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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 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 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 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 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 12

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

No time to lose when it comes to odd metres. Nigel Lord takes a look at "difficult" time signatures in this month's instalment of MT's rhythm programming series.

On The Beat - Part 7

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

In the early '70s reggae was the star of the pop charts; these days its profile is lower but its influence almost inescapable, Nigel Lord looks at programming Ja rhythm.

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 25

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

Leaving convenient music labels behind, Nigel Lord approaches his beatbox in a fresh way in this month's drum programming column. Off the Beaten track?

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 10

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

Part 10 of this rhythm programming series covers a selection of fascinating rhythms indigenous to the exotic countries of South America. Nigel Lord gets a studio tan.

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 32

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Aug 1992
(Slight Return)

The beat is back - but only for a while.

On The Beat - Part 5

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

The basis of this month's article on drum programming is swing - the rhythmic basis for music as diverse as jazz and hip hop. Nigel Lord swings out.

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 22

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

Another selection of excellent drum patterns appear in this month's edition of the definitive beatbox programming series. Nigel Lord hands put a good beating.

 

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