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Ableton: How to Programme Tech House Drum Track

In the following article we’re going to explain how to programme a Tech House drum track in Ableton, using the Roland 808 Classic drum machine.

First up, go to the instruments section of Ableton, select drum rack, then Kit, scroll down until you find 808 classic, then drag this in to a MIDI channel.

Your screen should look like the below screen shot.

All the Roland drum machines such as 707, 808 and the mighty 909 are great for using as the basis of your house track, not only do they give that rich familiar sound but the 808 Classic rack in Ableton, comes with a multitude of additional sounds such as Congas, Claves and Maracas for adding something extra to your tracks.

Double click on one of the clips in your MIDI track and the following MIDI editor will appear at the bottom of your screen.

The MIDI editor is set up as a four bar loop, which you can see in the bottom right hand corner as 1/16 which means 16 beats in total or 4 beats in 4 bars.

There are two main ways in which you can programme beats in to the MIDI editor, either with a MIDI instrument such as a keyboard or by drawing the notes in to the grid.  To do this, select which part of the kit you want to use first, found on the left side of the MIDI editor, i.e. kick, then double click on the grid where you want the beat to fall.  I’ve placed a kick on the first beat of each bar.

Other parts of the kit you’ll need are a closed hat, cymbal, clap, clave and snare.

You’ll need to set them out as per the screen shot below but try adding in Congas or Maracas to get an individual sound you’re happy with.

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