I’ve been trying to do flams for a bit but they sounded … wrong. I was using a snare with a retrig of 1/64, but somehow it ended up sounding late.
Until I figured out that what I do naturally as a drummer is not what I assumed I would have to do to program it; the first hit is slightly before the beat. So, for a good trig on the 13 of the last page of a 4-page 4/4:
- Lay your trig down on the 13th
- Hold the 13 button down and micro-time the trig 1/64th sooner with the left cursor key. While you’re here, set the velocity to a low-ish value (I’ve used 40)
- Set up the retrig with a
LENof 1/32 and a
RATEof 1/64th, and adjust
VELup to taste (I’ve used 127 – flams are not subtle in my world)
Hey presto, a great disco flam (ba-BAT!). Use with a fat disco snare sample for best effect.