Trap Style Hi-Hat Rolls With Logic Pro Arpeggiator

In this tutorial I will be covering the technique of using the Logic Pro X Arpeggiator to create those awesome trap hi-hat rolls you love so much. You may have found doing this manually in Logic Pro can be very complicated and time-consuming but by using the great particular method that I’ll be showing you in this video tutorial, you are going to generate some awesome results in a very short period of time.

FL Studio Trap Hats Advantage

Unlike in FL Studio, the process of creating Trap and Dubstep hi Hat rolls and snare rolls can be quite tricky in Logic Pro X. FL users have the luxury of these features already built in so they get the stuff done pretty quickly. With Logic however the conventional way of programmng these rhythms is to either try and tap the patterns out using the MIDI keyboard, or draw them in with the pencil tool, or even use the scissors tool to chop up a long MIDI note into individual events. Fortunately, the technique I’m demonstrating in this video you will enable you to be able to automate the process using the Logic Arpeggiator and thereby create some very interesting and powerful patterns with ease. You’ll be able to switch note divisions using simple automation and there will be no need whatsoever to use either the pencil tool, scissors tool or midi keyboard to create these awesome rhythmic hi hat and snare rolls.

Transferable Techniques to Other DAWs

This technique is definitely transferable to different genres of music and not only confined to Trap. Any genre of music that requires rapid syncopated patterns on hi hats, kick drums, snare drums or toms or other percussive instruments will benefit from this great technique.

Old School Drum Programming

I remember when I first started programming these types of rhythms it took ages to get them down the conventional way. Being an old school drum programmer I’m accustomed to tapping out the rhythms using samples from my EXS24 Sampler on either my midi keyboard or my drum machine. Trying to get these tightly packed rolls in was a real headache for me at the start and resulted in me having to either slow down the tempo of the host or resort to moving the bits in manually using the piano roll. Personally I’m not a big fan of Ultrabeat but I know a lot of people who use this to program their drums as a solid grid is already provided. But with this technique, demonstrated in the video there will be no need for any of these traditional techniques. You simply insert your arpeggiator into your hi hat track and trigger your samples based on the note division or resolution you choose. It really is an awesome time saver. In many of my productions you will find that I have maybe 3 or 4 hi hat tracks with the arpeggiator triggering at different resolutions which you will of course see in the video.

Hope You Like the Tutorial

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