How To: Extract Grooves in Ableton

Extracting Grooves in Ableton

I want to show you how you can extract grooves from songs and beats you might like and put them into your own songs and beats. Think of it like sampling a feel. When you program a beat sometimes it might sound too robotic. A human being will give beats its own swing, changes in velocity and might have some timing issues(falling early or falling late). Ableton has some great in built swings and grooves but let's use some loops we love the feel of. I have chosen a conga loop from Baauers free soundpack recorded in a desert - http://baauer.redbull.com/. So lets get into it.

1. Firstly find a drum beat you like, find the bpm of it and warp it - Im using a 2 bar conga drum loop. 


Extract Grooves in Ableton


2.Right click extract groove 


Extract Grooves in Ableton


4. Program in your beat or load up the midi clip you want to add this groove to -Im Programming a very simple beat into my impulse kit to see how the groove sounds and highlight how it changes to midi

Extract Grooves in Ableton


6. Now experiment the the values in the groove pool to find the sweet spot.

Extract Grooves in Ableton


8. Now the groove is committed to the midi clip you can see how it changed the midi information.

Extract Grooves in Ableton

I use this technique all the time I highly recommend it to keep things exciting and human like.


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