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Chapter 7. Redrum -- Close Up > The Redrum Pattern Programmer - Pg. 164

Figure 7.44 The RV-7 real-time reverb is lit up with delight as it now has a dry signal to process. You should have the delay effect loaded and ready to be used with the S2 knob. It's time to add some delay to the hi-hat track in order to create an interesting 16th note feeling. Select the closed hi-hat Redrum channel and set the S2 knob to a value of 80. At this point, you should now hear a very smooth, syncopated pattern with the hi-hat. You might consider panning the hi-hat a little off to the left or right to create a stereo effect that sounds good in a drum mix. Altering and Randomizing Your Redrum Patterns You should now have a drum pattern that can be used as a good, solid rhythm. But this shouldn't be the only drum loop you will use in your entire song, so now you are going to create a few new patterns by using some of Reason's handy pattern edits. 1. Start by selecting Copy Pattern from the Edit pull-down menu. You can also use the Ctrl+C (on a PC) or Apple+C (on Mac) key command. This will copy all of the written steps from Pattern 1, and allow you to move them to Pattern 2 to begin editing. Select Pattern 2 by clicking on it and choosing Paste Pattern from the Edit pull- down menu. You can also use Ctrl+V on a PC or Apple+V on a Mac. This will paste the copied pattern into Pattern 2. At this point, click on the Edit pull-down menu and notice how many pattern edits you have available. For starters, try something simple, like the Randomize Pattern. This can be done by choosing it from the Edit pull-down menu, or using the key command of Ctrl+R for the PC or Apple+R for the Mac. Reason will now randomize your original pattern and also add in new Redrum channels. Notice that the dynamics will also randomize, giving you a very different pattern that can be used as a fill. You can repeat the randomization as many times as you like in order to find the pattern that you like best. 2. 3. 4. Upon closer inspection of the Edit pull-down menu, you will see many other pattern alterations you can perform on your patterns, so let's take a moment to discuss their functions. Shift Pattern Left--This will shift all of the active Redrum channels one step to the left. In Figure 7.45, you can see the kick drum pattern before and after selecting this option. Notice how the kick on step 1 shifted all of the way to step 16, as it had no space to move on the left. Shift Pattern Right--This shifts the pattern one step to the right. Shift Drum Left--This will shift an individual Redrum channel's sequence one step to the left. In Figure 7.46, I have selected and edited the hi-hat channel.