Logic Tutorial: Programming Trap Beat Patterns Using a MIDI Controller (Pt 3 of 3) w/ Shadetek

Dubspot instructor and course designer Matt Shadetek returns with another episode of Secret Knowledge, our video tutorial series of production tips, techniques and advice for Logic users. In this concluding chapter tutorial on trap drum programming, Shadetek explains how to put all the ingredients together in a mapped MIDI instrument so you can easily trigger kick, snare, hi-hats, and snare rolls. In case you missed the previous tutorials within this series, check out parts one and two.

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In this third live trap drum programming tutorial we’re going to add an 808 style sub bass and put all of our drum sounds together in a mapped instrument so we can trigger different hits and rolls from the same MIDI controller. The mapped instrument object allows us to take several instruments and wire them together so that they can be triggered from a single track in Logic’s arrange window. We’re going to use this to add a sub bass kick created in Logic’s ES2 to the drum kit we’ve built in Ultrabeat. If you haven’t seen my video on how to create 808-style sub bass kick please refer to that to get the instructions on how to create this sound from scratch. Once you’ve got the sound made we’ll use the mapped instrument object to create a new instrument which will tie everything together. – Matt Shadetek


Matt Shadetek is a DJ, producer and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. He runs the Dutty Artz label with DJ /Rupture. His second solo album The Empire Never Ended is out now. Hear his music at mattshadetek.com.

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