Time Structure

This lesson explains the time structure of a beat. Depending on the genre of music time structures of beats can be very different.

Samples & Synths

Samples are a digital representation of an analog signal. A synth is an electronic musical instrument that generates audio signals. This lesson explains the usage of samples or synths in creating beats and drum patterns. The basic difference between these is that synths provide a greater flexibility to shape the individual drum sounds.

Drum Machines

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion sounds, drum beats, and patterns. This lesson explains drum machines. Drum machines are used for programming drum beats as they reproduce sounds suitable for the purpose.

Step Sequencers

This lesson explains step sequencers. Step sequencers were the first type of control used in programming drum patterns.

Your First Beat

This lesson shows a practical example of how to create your first beat.

Composition & Sketching 

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