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How to make the best machine gun snare roll EVER!

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Published on Dec 28, 2011

My name is Jasper also known as TherSiteZ.
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Roland TR-909 Sample pack: http://cl516.blogspot.com/2009/04/fre...

Let's put the patch within a combinator so we can recall it at any time, within any track. Right click within the rack view and create a combinator by going to other and then click combinator. Let's call it snare roll and let's give it a nice backdrop so we can easily recognize the snare roll within the rack view. There are many backdrops made for the combinator and you can find them easily by using Google. Check the link within the description for a great scale of backdrops.

Combinator backdrops: https://www.google.com/search?q=combi...

Within the combinator create a redrum drumcomputer. Right click, go to instruments and click on the Redrum drumcomputer. On channel 1 browse samples and find your 909 snare sample. Make sure it's selected and put in a beat on every number like so and copy the pattern to the track by right clicking on the redrum and selecting, copy pattern to track. Enable the pattern section and press play. The tempo and the sound are great, now let's put in some effects.

First we create a filter. Right click, go to effects and then click on the envelope controlled filter. Put the frequency all the way up, the envelope amount all the way down and set the filter to LP 24. We're going to automate the filter later on so we can bring in the high end of the snare.

Next let's put in some reverb. Right click below the filter, go to effect and click on the RV7000 Advanced reverb. Select the All 1st Hall patch from the factory soundbank. We're also going to automate the reverb later on so it seems if the snare roll is coming from far away and moving in.

Let's assign the combinator knobs to the effects we want to automate. First give them their names. Double click on the text below the first knob and call it "Level", The second one "Pitch", The third one "LP Filter" and the last one "Reverb".

Click the show program button and click on the Redrum within the device section. For rotary one go to "Master" and then "Master Level". For rotary 2 go to "Osc" and then "drum 1 Pitch".

Within the device section click on the filter and for rotary 3 select the "frequency". Now click on the RV7000 within the device section. Go to rotary 4 and select "Master" and then "Dry/Wet". Close the show programmer.

Go to the sequencer window by pressing F7. Let's move the drums over to the snare roll track by clicking and holding it en dragging it over. And remove the redrum track by right clicking on it and selecting "delete tracks".

Let automate all the effects and make this snare roll into an insane build up. First we automate the master level. Within the rack view right click on the master level knob on the combinator and select edit automation. The sequencer will pop up. First draw a block and click on it. Then draw in a curve like so. Let's hear it. It's beginning to build.

For the Pitch build we right click the pitch and select edit automation. We want the sound to move up in pitch slowly and slightly. We do this by putting in a curve like so. Take a listen.

Now let's automate the filter. Right click on the filter knob and select edit automation. We want the high end the move in slowly. We do this by drawing in a curve like so. Let's hear it. We're almost there.

Now right click on the reverb button and select edit automation. Again draw in a block with the pencil tool. Double click on it with the selection tool. We want it to sound like the snare is coming from far away and moving in and at the end it fades away again. We do this by drawing in a curve like so.

Let hear the insane machine gun snare roll! You can save the combinator patch so you can recall it within any track by clicking the disk here.

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