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The Drum Sound Channels > Length, Decay, and Gate - Pg. 160

How Many Steps Do You Need? Although working with 16 steps is a lot of fun, as time goes on you might come to find that your patterns and song require more than 16 steps. With this idea in mind, I give you the Steps Spin control (see Figure 7.37). Figure 7.37 The Steps Spin can assign up to 64 steps to your Redrum patterns. The Steps Spin control assigns a specific number of steps to your patterns. Any value between 1 and 64 steps can be assigned using this control. Assigning specific step values to your Redrum programmer makes it possible to sequence different time signatures. For example, if you want to create a "waltz" feeling in 3/4 time, just set the number of steps to 12. Just keep in mind that the Reason sequencer must also be set to 3/4 time (look back at Chapter 5, "The Reason Sequencer-- Close Up," to review). The number of steps can be increased and decreased by either clicking on the scroll buttons to the right of its display, or by clicking and dragging up or down in the display. To the right of the Steps Spin control is the Resolution knob (see Figure 7.38). This knob assigns note values to your steps in the Redrum programmer. By default, the Resolution knob is set to 1/16 or 16th notes, which simply means that each step is a 16th note. Aside from 16th notes, there are many other available resolutions, such as the 16th note "triplet" setting, which produces a triplet feeling against a 4/4 time signature. There are also extremely high resolutions, such as the 1/64 or 64th note resolution, and lower values such as the 1/4 or quarter note resolution. The Resolution knob is there for your experimenting and creativity; just remember that the resolution is linked to the tempo of the Reason sequencer, so higher resolutions can sound strange at fast tempos. Figure 7.38 The Resolution knob assigns different note values to each step. As the saying goes, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing," and Redrum has the perfect tool for giving it to you. Located to the right of the Resolution knob, the Shuffle button applies a swing or shuffle feel to your drum patterns (see Figure 7.39). Once activated, this shuffling effect can be intensified by using the Pattern Shuffle knob located at the far right of the Transport Panel of the Reason sequencer. Figure 7.39 The Shuffle button is directly linked with the Pattern Shuffle knob in the Reason Transport Panel.