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One Thing: Computo – Generate rhythms

October 20, 2019

Hi, I’m Joe. And one thing I like to do is use one note
and some midi effects to generate weird beats. First I’ll load up a drum kit and create a one bar-long
midi note on C1 in a new clip. Next I’ll drop the Chord midi effect on the track,
so that one note in the clip generates a bunch of notes. Then I’ll add the Arpeggiator to sequence those notes
over time… altering the style for completely unique results. On a synth this would sound like arpeggios
but with drums and percussion this is a great way to generate complex rhythms
that I might never imagine myself.

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  • Reply Blubba February 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Nice 🙂

  • Reply Dust Bunnys February 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Amazing video! This is the type of content I love from the Ableton channel.

  • Reply francesco margherita February 5, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Una semplice figata!

  • Reply thiagoccmorais February 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Good one!

  • Reply Amit Sharma February 5, 2019 at 11:07 am


  • Reply Santos Locker February 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Hello, Nice Tutorial, I’m hereby ask you, I have an issue with my ableton , I have composed a track short time ago when I reopen and press play the project takes 1/4 bar to start to sound while the time selection start moving immediately when I press play, but when I make a new track it doesn’t have any problem, it plays immediately whenever I press play. hope you can help me out , thanks a lot . Cheers

  • Reply Rave Me Alone February 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    when I saw modular behind him, I thought this might be good… and it is. Thanks!

  • Reply Jim John Marks February 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Add a randomizer of the midi between the arpeggiator and the drum rack so each bar you create is even more unique.

  • Reply upfan February 5, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    yo,this helps me alot.thanks bro.

  • Reply Esmailin February 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Interesante. Realmente sacaré provecho de este tip

  • Reply bitspacemusic February 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Is that a Manther on your desk?

  • Reply Computo February 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for including me in this amazing series, Ableton!!!

  • Reply Calverhall February 5, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Is this Voltage Control Lab guy? I miss that channel’s updates.

  • Reply Peter B. Sims February 6, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Bravo. Thanks for this knowledge.

  • Reply Jeremy W February 6, 2019 at 8:05 am

    This is a very old technique as far as ableton goes, and another sad "do it for me" method. If you can't make a 4/4 melody then what can you do?

  • Reply russianvoodoo February 6, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Hi, I'm Joe. I like turtles.

  • Reply Авраам Гольдман February 6, 2019 at 10:38 am

    thanks, this is what I was looking for

  • Reply MrJj295 February 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    very interesting idea, have honestly never thought of this

  • Reply thekevincurtin February 7, 2019 at 7:40 am

    how to techno

  • Reply Mopeli Teboho February 7, 2019 at 10:51 am


  • Reply RAH February 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    When are we going to get a update for the piano roll? It would be awesome if we could have a key/scale lock in the piano roll like the one in studio one 4.0 …

  • Reply cameron collins February 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm


  • Reply Echo Studio February 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Hi, i am stoned… i mean joe and what i like to do is use one note…. …. to generate weird beats

  • Reply im Clever Artist Name February 10, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Soulless but ok

  • Reply Ayush Sharma February 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm


  • Reply JESUS IS CALLING YOU February 22, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I will try this "drumpeggio" technique. I've been tempted by it for years but never gave it a chance. God bless!

  • Reply Diogo Fukumoto February 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Great 'one thing' !

  • Reply 2martini March 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    there's that also

  • Reply Mad Carr March 29, 2019 at 6:39 am

    I've got 10 standard – does it make sense that I cant find the drum chord midi effect? Or does this need to be downloaded?

  • Reply DR KRYOVAK April 16, 2019 at 2:05 am

    This One Thing series is very helpful, I tune into it when trying to break writers block.
    The trick you showed reminded me of when I chopped up a sequence I created and made a heap of one shot stabs and I'd turned that into a short Drum & Bass tune in the end.
    My friends would of been like – You don't know what your doing, it's a vibe I'm going for and I know what's a gem and what is junk.

  • Reply Mazar X Skunk July 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for this tip Computo! Used this idea to start our new track. We even made a video sharing what we created using this tip. We really love this technique!

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