Method 1: Extracting Grooves from Drum Beats
Full drum beats or loops occasionally contain undesirable sounds, hits or effects that don’t sit well with the rest of a production. In that case, you are able to extract rhythm, velocity and swing into a MIDI clip that can be used on a customized Drum Rack. This way you can maintain all of those elements with the luxury of being able to customize them via MIDI. Drag and drop samples directly into the Groove Pool for instant extraction.
Method 2: Converting Audio to MIDI
You have the ability to pull musical context from samples by converting them to MIDI clips under 3 different conversion options…Harmony, Melody or Drums. Simply right click a sample and select a conversion option OR drag a sample onto a loaded MIDI track and select an option in the pop-up window.
Harmony will detect combinations of notes and pitch movement. As a result, stacks of MIDI notes will be generated within the clip should there be a chord detected. Vocals and leads may sometimes find their way in the conversion should the sample have any.
Melody will generate a monophonic lead line after detecting the strongest part of the sample. Both Harmony and Melody conversions will create an Instrument Rack complete with macros with the converted MIDI clip.
Drums will detect rhythm and alike sounds. Alike sounds will generate MIDI on the same note in the piano roll while rhythm will determine where these notes fall. This option will create a Drum Rack with 606-style drum samples along with the converted MIDI clip.
Typically, you would select the conversion option best suited to the sample itself but interesting things can happen by bending the rules!
Method 3: Slice to New MIDI TracK
Instantly create a “Drum Rack” complete with macro mapping by slicing to new MIDI track.
Determine where you would like Ableton to create the trigger points by selecting a “Create one slice per:” option while leaving the “Slicing preset:” as “Built-in”. Simply right click a sample and select “Slice to New MIDI Track”.
The rhythm of a drum beat sample may be rearranged using the same individual drum hits.
Tip: Try slicing melodies to a “Drum Rack” for rhythmic and harmonic variation!
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