Beat loops are the bedrock of electronic music and the backbone of hip-hop. For decades, they’ve significantly influenced the development and intersection of other genres and subgenres including dance, pop, R&B, and reggaeton.
The primitive beat loop was created by manipulating tape, but the advent of digital technology has propelled this art into a new dimension. Modern beat magic isn’t simply chopping, splicing, reversing, and looping – it involves altering sound elements to create unique rhythmic patterns. With advanced software and high-quality tools, musicians and producers can create intricate, layered beats once unimaginable.
Bop along as we dive into a week of beat loop manipulation using Soundtoys effects and get inspired to contribute to the ever-evolving sound of contemporary music:
TUTORIAL: 2 Quick Tips for Beat Loop Manipulation with Effect Rack
Effect Rack for Beat Loops: Getting Started With Presets
DEMO: Matt Lange’s Tips for Building Beats & Rhythms with Soundtoys
DEMO: Pete Cannon’s Jungle Beat Mix Tips with Soundtoys Plug-ins
DEMO: Tippy I Explains Live Dub Effects with Soundtoys Plug-ins
Live Mix: MPC into Effect Rack with producer Es-K