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Beat Production

Finding the Tempo of a Beat or Sample

Tempo of a sample

As important as the key of a sample is the tempo of a sample. There are many methods of finding the tempo of a song/sample, but I will concentrate on the two most popular. There most common and simplest method is to use a ‘tempo (bpm) calculator’, of which there are many freely available ones on the internet.

I am going to use a sample that I have just extracted (lifted) from cd and am going to attempt finding it’s tempo by using a bpm calculator by a company called MixMeister.

Chopping and Slicing Samples

Slicing, or chopping, samples is a process that is so common nowadays, and in most genres, that it has become recognised as a genuine engineering process. It is so accepted and widely used that most software manufacturers incorporate this function in their software designs
The most common slicing software are Recycle, Phatmatik Pro, Guru etc, and even audio editors allow for slicing of samples.

But before we get deep with the process, let us examine what slicing actually is.

Drum Programming Dynamics


The most crucial part of creating a successful sounding drum beat is that of dynamics; how a note behaves over time when struck.

Every note has an attack, a decay, a sustain and a release. This is most commonly known as the ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release). When a note is struck the initial response is the attack, the time it takes for the attack to die down and settle at the body is called the decay, the sustain is the body of the note and how long it continues, and the release is when the note is released.

Groove Extraction

Wouldn’t it be great if you could extract quantise templates from other sources and use them in your own music?

Let's extract a quantise template using the Missy Elliot beat and then saving it to apply to our own music.

Time Stretching

Time stretching is the process of changing the speed or duration of an audio signal without affecting its pitch.

Pitch scaling or pitch shifting is the reverse: the process of changing the pitch without affecting the speed.

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