How to Extract a Drum Groove in Ableton

September 29, 2012

Ableton Live Tutorials

In Ableton you have the ability to take the groove of any audio or MIDI clip and apply it to the groove of your own clips.  This is useful in many situations.  If you stumble on an old breakbeat and really like it, you can drop it into the groove pool and extract it.

Here’s the drum groove we’re going to extract. To practice this technique you can get your hands on hundreds of free and premium drum loops at Silicon Beats who have been producing live and electronic drum loops for a long time.

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Getting started..

Step 1 – Drop your clip into the Groove Pool.

When you drop a clip into the Groove Pool, Ableton will analyze and extract it.  You then have all of the normal groove parameters made available to you.

Step 2 – Apply the groove to the desired clip.

Click on the clip you want to apply the groove to.  Pull up your Sample editor and choose the appropriate groove from the drop-down menu.

Step 3 – Make some tweaks in the Groove Pool.

You’ll want to make sure, the new groove works well with the clip you applied it to.  Loop playback and make some adjustments.  Back down on your Timing percentage slightly.  Increase your Velocity percentage and introduce a touch of Random into the groove.

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Summary

Ableton’s Groove Pool is a very powerful tool.  It’s intuitive and flexible.  If you want to give your grooves that head-nod factor, then you’ll want to get used to working with it.  In event you come across a groove that really catches your attention, drop it into your groove pool, and save the preset so you can access it at a later date.

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