Rhythm and Metric
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2017-01-04 at 12:31:13 #21286,MoeParticipant
a common question I have during composition, is where should everything sit. When I for example start with a typical 2 step dnb groove, I am often wondering about the options I have for my bass rhythm. If it hits where the kicks and snares are, the drums and the bass fit good together, but the result sounds kind of boring to my ears and I need to duck the bass away from the kick and the snare during mixing anyway, ’cause of frequency clashing. But going to the oposite direction, having somekind of polyrhythm in drums and bass doesn’t make my head bounce to the endresult.
So my writing process tends to be kind of heuristic with rhythm and metric. I am wondering if you have those same problems during composition and somehow found answers to my questions.
2017-01-05 at 07:35:28 #21307,ColliderParticipant
What you are describing sounds like a persons taste to me. It is just learning how you want to tell your story. and where you want your samples to sit to create the groove you want.
If you are really unsure just study some tracks you love and then copy those patterns.
Moving samples off the grid can work wonders sometimes.. subtle with drums usually but you can be more extreme with bass stabs. Adding that human element can make things sound more natural.
Sometimes that simple drum beat and your bass is enough its just you need some other sounds in with it to provide more depth and excitement(get a vibe going) and then making variations of that.
2017-01-05 at 15:31:49 #21315,MoeParticipant
thx for the reply Collider. How do you think about the musical stress that’s resulting from your drums and your bass sections? I mean when you have written one part, like the drums or a nice bassriff, when do you emphasize or deemphasize the stress points of the other part and why?
2017-01-05 at 22:05:07 #21324,ColliderParticipant
No worries mate. Well I am no expert man.. still figuring this stuff out for myself too so take what i say with a grain of salt. I don’t think to much into it tbh. Its just a matter of playing around until i like what i hear.
If i have a nice drum groove going i might use bass stabs in places where the drums are lacking energy or where it stagnates a bit which can happen anywhere depending on the beat. I might want to accentuate the kick and snare as the main part of the groove so layering the bass on top of them. or using mid bass to full in gaps in between the kick and snare. Generally i just go off the vibe and emotion. There is no right or wrong with these things imo. The main goal for me is just making the track believable. What are your thoughts on this?
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