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Creating Electronic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

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15 Videos | Length: 1hr 9min 51sec
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  • Using the Included Media Content 4:24

    Using the Included Media Content

    See what is in the Media Content folder included with this course.

  • Ableton Installation 1:16

    Ableton Installation

    Get instruction on downloading Ableton Live and the nstallation procedures.

  • Accessing the Included Drum Kits 2:42

    Accessing the Included Drum Kits

    Take a look at the included Ableton Live drum racks.

  • Creating your First Drum Groove 6:21

    Creating your First Drum Groove

    Learn how to create your first drum groove by creating MIDI clips, writing MIDI notes, and adjusting velocity.

  • MIDI Editor Parameters 7:09

    MIDI Editor Parameters

    Take a look at the main parameters of the MIDI Editor to understand exactly what it is doing.

  • Velocity 5:05


    Learn about using velocity and dynamics to create natural human feel volume changes.

  • Hi-Hats 3:43


    Josh shows many ways to use hi-hats to get a multitude of sounds.

  • Building Groove Velocity 3:36

    Building Groove Velocity

    See how all of these sounds work in an actual Groove.

  • MIDI Note Length 3:48

    MIDI Note Length

    Learn how to adjust the length of your drum hits based solely on your editor's MIDI note length.

  • Mixing Basics and Tempo 3:26

    Mixing Basics and Tempo

    See how to mix your drum rack sounds individually as well as manipulate tempo.

  • The Secret to Learning Various Groove Styles 6:09

    The Secret to Learning Various Groove Styles

    Josh goes over how to keep up with constantly changing groove styles.

  • Building a Groove with a Swing 9:03

    Building a Groove with a Swing

    Learn what swing means and how to apply it to your drum groove.

  • One-Shot Samples 9:47

    One-Shot Samples

    See how to incorporate one-shot samples into your kit and how to manipulate them within Ableton Live.

  • Creating Your Own Drum Rack 2:38

    Creating Your Own Drum Rack

    Here you will learn to take the ideas from the One-Shot Samples video and apply them to creating your own customer drum rack.

  • Conclusion 0:44


    Josh wraps up this tutorial and invites comments about what you have learned.

Product Overview

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide video series, Josh Bess explain how to create a wide range of electronic drum grooves with a focus on more than simply programming beats and grooves, but utilizing the ideas and techniques of a drummer into electronic music production, for styles consisting of House, Techno, Breakbeat, World, and many more.

These ideas consist of velocity, dynamics, groove, swing, feel, sound choice, and many more tools to add to your drum programming knowledge. Bess also introduces you to Ableton Live 9, along with guiding you step by step to creating your own custom drum rack, along with providing a large amount of samples to work with, including over 300 one-shots samples, 300 drum loop MIDI files, Ableton Live Drum Racks, and more.

The ideas and discussions in this video course are based off of Josh’s book Electronic Dance Music Grooves: House, Techno, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, and More, released by Hal Leonard Books as part of their Quick Pro Guide series.

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