If you're old enough, you may remember the debates during the 80s that used to go on about drummers vs. drum machines. If you don't, let me recant a bit of the argument that used to take place.
Some drunk musician with a beer would start talking about a new drum machine with a buddy. Some guy (probably a drummer, or brother of a drummer) within earshot would hear the new features of the new drum machine and start talking about how a drum machine would never replace a drummer. The argument would unfold, similar to the Mac/PC argument, and eventually it would fade off in to nothing.
In 2011, the drum machine still hasn't replaced live drummers at all. In fact, the later are thriving in a music industry that now relies more on live music than it does record sales. Drummers are always a hot commodity... But not all of us have access to one.
So, if you're like me and do not have access to a drummer, what do you do? Stick to a more roboticdcdmkmlk sound within your music like Kraftwerk? Rely only on drum loops?
Well, Propellerheads have a very overlooked function within Reason that may just convince you to continue programming your own drums... With a very, very human feel.
Let's see how it works!
Step 1 - Load up a Patch in Redrum
Actually, you can use Regroove to affect loops in Reason, but in the spirit of the 80's, let's program a little drum beat with Redrum, eh?
Load up the Disco Kit RDK from the Factory Soundbank, it's one of the default patches, so it's easy to find!
Step 2 - Create a Drum Loop
Next, create a 2 measure region in the Reason Sequencer. Then put the sequencer on Loop Mode.
Draw in a 16 beat very similar, if not identical to mine. Copy away if you like, do it exactly, I won't judge. Also, put your tempo on 99.