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10 TIPS for better beat programming

1 Imagine you’re a drummer

o, we don’t mean for you to start flailing your arms and legs around and grow your hair long. What we mean is, if you want to make human-sounding beats, then imagine what the physical constraints of being a human being are and how a drummer works within them. You usually have access to four limbs and drum kits tend to be set up in similar ways. So don’t program simultaneous beats that are impossible to play, or cymbals and toms that are impossible to transition

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