Electronic Composition
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How can I make simple grooves sound more complicated?

Let’s start with a very simple drum groove of just quarter notes.

Then we’ll add a delay effect and play with some of the parameters. This is just one simple trick using Digital Signal processing (DSP) which we’ll explore in more detail later.

Try some of the other FX, what interesting sounds can you make from this groove?

This example uses a compressor, tremolo, phaser, graphic EQ, and filter delay.

As you venture into more complicated grooves, remember that variety is what breaks up the monotony of repetition. You can change the drum patters on the right hand side of the step sequencer. Check out what’s possible with just two patterns!