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On The Beat (Slight Return) (Part 33)

This month's pattern confirms my long held belief about the ubiquity of many rhythms. With a few minor adjustments here and there, most patterns can be used in a variety of rhythmic settings - from dance to rock and funk to pop. This is one of the reasons it can be so difficult to categorise patterns, especially those which just evolve without reference to the music of which they will eventually become a part.

Though not a complex pattern to program, there's quite a lot going on thanks to the number of different parts. It's also a fairly tolerant pattern, which is to say it will stand up to considerable experimentation, particularly when it comes to selecting different voices. The snare drum, for example, may be either long or short in duration, heavy or light - the choice is yours.

To some extent, it is the selection of voices which will determine the ultimate destination of the pattern - that and the tempo, which can fall to as low as 85 bpm and still leave it suitable for use as a dance groove. At the other end of the range - 110 bpm - things start to get rather frenetic, but the patterns still just about holds together.


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