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Creating dynamic drum patterns in Ableton Live - On demand

Taught by: Mel Uye-Parker

Programmed rhythms can lack the expression of real players. This is particularly evident when sequencing drums.


What you'll learn

  • Program at least one drum pattern with variations
  • Understand groove and learn how to implement it
  • Use MIDI devices (such as random and velocity and MaxforLive) to humanise parts
  • Utilise the Convert to MIDI function to analyse existing patterns and provide inspiration

Course content

  • Course PDF & samples
  • Part 1 - Drum Sequencing
  • Part 2 - Groove and Swing
  • Part 3 - Creating movement with MIDI effects
  • Part 4 - Getting inspiration from existing loops
Membership plan: Just Curious | Topics: Music Production ...

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This class is free!


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • Ableton Live 11 Suite - if not, participants should be advised to download the trial version

Who is this course for

  • In this workshop you will learn to program a variety of drum patterns, utilising a range of expressive techniques in Ableton Live. This workshop aims to provide you with transferable skills to enable you to breathe life into your MIDI programming.

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