How to Make Chopped Drum Loops in 8 Easy Steps

How to Make Chopped Drum Loops in 8 Easy Steps

INTRODUCTION   I love the sound of a chopped drum loops. The timbres are familiar but the arrangement of the performance seems alien. Producers have been cutting up drum loops since the tape era, but with the DSP tools we have today, it has become a much more...
Subway Series: Ilana Katz Katz

Subway Series: Ilana Katz Katz

The next segment of the Lumit subway series features local artist, Ilana Katz Katz: a Blues and Appalachian Fiddler, singer, composer, novelist, and painter. She lives in Boston and is known for her unique style – as a solo artist and as a bandleader. She has recorded...
How to Make Chill Grooves in 6 Easy Steps

How to Make Chill Grooves in 6 Easy Steps

Creating an atmospheric and relaxing chill groove can be more complicated than it seems. The first thing that probably comes to mind is pads and reverb. It is easy to layer pads and drown them in effects, but this can blur the harmony and does not sound very tasteful...
Use Parallel Distortion to Spice Up Your Bass

Use Parallel Distortion to Spice Up Your Bass

Become a parallel professor   We have covered the use of parallel compression in one of our previous blog articles. It’s a technique whereby you use the compressor as a send effect (you’d traditionally use it as an insert) so that the dry and...
Hemiola in Electronic Music

Hemiola in Electronic Music

INTRODUCTION A Hemiola is a rhythmic arrangement where one voice imposes a meter (time signature) over a voice that is playing in a different meter by accenting certain notes. There are many popular adaptations and arrangements of Hemiola that vary in complexity. They...
Composing in 7/8

Composing in 7/8

INTRODUCTION   The majority of popular music is in 4/4 time and does not modulate time signature. This means that most of the rhythmic ideas repeat or “turn around” (cadence) in some multiple/factor of 4 – so, a grid system made of up segments that are 4...