We’ve been using it for some time, and here’s some tips we’ve learned.
Use awesome sounds.
An awesome pattern with mediocre sounds can make you think the pattern isn’t good. Make sure your samples are choice. When you have great sounds, the patterns will only accentuate them. We hand pick every single Sample Pack and make sure sounds are primo!
Freeze the hot samples
When you discover a sound that’s tight, freeze it. Let that sample become the foundation of your beat, and all samples from that point on should work with that sound. Keep freezing the sounds that work together until you’ve got something amazing.
Music has always been about happy accidents, and Beat Discovery was designed to create happy accidents all the time. If you want to take your sound into a specific destination, the hand selected preset sample packs will get you there. Just switch up the sounds, tweak a few knobs and buttons to make it yours. But when you want to take those presets to the deep end, it’s all about tweaking & listening.
Don’t think too much.
Beat Discovery simplifies a lot of the technical side of making beats, so it’s all about letting the patterns and combinations come to you. All you need to do is decide what works. Try randomly clicking buttons quickly, then listening. Keep doing that until things take shape. When you start sculpting a beat that’s sounding serious, that’s when you can get more meticulous and calculated. In the beginning though, it’s all about turning knobs, clicking buttons, and moving things until you find what you’re looking for.
Control the pitch.
Sometimes when a beat isn’t sounding right, it isn’t the sample, it’s the pitch. Tune your drums and tune your sounds, when your kits are finely tuned, the patterns you throw at it will make them sing!
Go beyond the drum.
One of my favorite things to do with Beat Discovery is use vocal samples and instruments. I usually take a folder of sounds, like guitar plucks, then duplicate that bank folder to every bank, then run a trap pattern to create something new. I’ve done the same with talk box effects and bass sounds. I’ve also done the same thing with vocal samples, and made some intense sounding bmore in just a couple of minutes. Beat Discovery works with all sounds, so try it with anything you can think of.
Use multiple instances.
After I have a beat going, I like to open up another instance and throw vocal samples in it, and run a house pattern. Then I’ll double time the entire sequence to get something really funky. Then I’ll open up another instance, throw in some bass samples. If bass is out of key, I just pitch the sounds to make it work while the sequence is playing. Drums, vocals, and bass… all in key, running their own patterns, which you can tweak in real time. It’s extremely fun, and the results end up being things I would of never logically programmed. Open up a few instances to open up your possibilities.
Any rhythm can become any rhythm.
Even though a preset pattern might say House, Trap, Rock, they can all be easily transformed into each other and beyond with a few clicks. The presets are great reference points, but Beat Discovery really allows you to be ‘genre agnostic’. You’ll be able to go in and out of various genres very easily, all in search of the perfect beat.
Check out these videos for some inspiration & ideas.