Chopping a drum loop, jazzing things up?

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153 posts since 11 Jan, 2013

Post Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:05 am

What are some production techniques you use to make a chopped up loop your own? Obviously, the loop as is sounds…ur, right.

393 posts since 13 Jul, 2021

Post Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:14 am

Edison X Slicex


1655 posts since 19 Mar, 2008 from germany

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:54 am

The standard is:

1. Cut the loop into single slices (can be done with every DAW).
2. Assign the single slices to midi-notes of your sampler.
3. Edit the loop again in your midi-editor.

This way you have full control - and you can create a completely
new rhythm.
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1559 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 1:32 am

Live does the auto cutting/chopping and assigning to MIDI keys from a sample loop in one go. I only found out about it recently (way behind the times I know...) but has been a revelation.

1885 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:24 am

I use Kontakt for this, which slices sensibly and lets you edit the slices before dragging out a MIDI loop. It can be interesting to then play around with your DAW's quantisation and swing features... Or capture a groove from that MIDI and apply it to other sequences.

5556 posts since 24 May, 2002 from Tutukaka, New Zealand

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:23 pm

Loopmash in Cubase. I used to manually chop and dice and play, but no need nowadays.

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Boss Lovin' DR
9207 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:34 pm

Some of the slicer things (not sure about Live or Cubase, Slicex in FL does) will then let you reverse/pitch shift/timestretch/filter individual slices which can give a whole new feel.

Using a noise gate on a loop is always good fun - the lower you set the threshold the less gets through. You can do all sorts if you split the loop by frequency as well - gate the bottom end and phaser on the hi-hats/tambourine etc

Using the midi generated by the slicer is also a good option - layer up some of the notes with other drums for emphasis.

Loads of stuff you can do.

2133 posts since 12 Nov, 2014

Post Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:16 am

Simple enough edits I do it straight on the timeline and consolidate it if and when I'm happy with the arrangement. For more complex edits I'll use something like Q-Sampler and resequence the corresponding midi notes or even play the part in.

As the composition expands I'll generally isolate the kick, snare, hihat/cymbal note and put the parts on their own tracks

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