How To Keep Your Drum 'n' Bass Tracks Sounding Dynamic, Varied And Interesting

A lack of variation can be the death of any drum'n'bass project. In this short video, Multiplier shows you a few simple tricks to keep your drums and basses interesting over the course of a track.  

Drum and bass is, as the name suggests, largely about getting the drums and basses right! But one of the cardinal sins of d'n'b production is when people don't do enough variation in their drum parts. In this short video from the course Dance Music Styles 104: Drum and Bass, producer Adam Pollard aka Multiplier explains why this can be a problem, and how to fix it. 

By looping the same 2 or 4 bar drum part all the way through a track you can end up with something that starts to get boring. The trick as explained here is to use copy and paste - with snapping enabled of course - to move different fills, variations and sections of patterns around to bring more life and variation to longer drum parts. After mastering this technique, check out the other videos in the course for the lowdown on all other aspects of drum and bass production. 

Watch the full course Dance Music Styles 104: Drum and Bass in the Ask Audio Academy here.

Dance Music Styles 104: Drum and Bass

The Drum and Bass dance music genre is an evolutionary cousin of the rave and old school jungle scene. In this Dance Music Styles course by Adam Pollard, you learn what makes this style of EDM unique and what sounds, tempo and percussion make DnB… DnB!

Adam takes you through the songwriting features and themes that are unique to the Drum and Bass genre. He explains the timbral quality that goes into designing the Kick, Snare, Percussion and Bass. This is followed by a look at the loops and synths like Serum and Massive that you can deploy to construct them.

Finally, you learn how to make your DnB tracks stand out from the crowd with your songwriting skills, one-shot vocals and drum variations. So learn how to make Drum and Bass, the right way, with Multiplier!

Watch the full course Dance Music Styles 104: Drum and Bass in the Ask Audio Academy here.

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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