Making EDM Snare Rolls with Note Repeat in Logic Pro X

making EDM snare rolls in logic pro X

Should you ever find yourself seriously in need of making an EDM snare roll, you know, those machine gun snare rolls that go from 1/4 notes to 1/32 notes before the drop, they’re very easy and a lot of fun to program with Note Repeat and Logic Pro X’s Musical Typing feature. Absolutely no mouse required. Just fire away, fire away

Making EDM Snare Rolls with Note Repeat

First, I loaded up an instance of the EXS24 Sampler on a Software Instrument track. Then I loaded an EXS24 patch with some fine EDM snaredrums. I then hit โŒ˜ K to bring up the Musical Typing window.

musical typing logic pro x

– the highlighted H key triggers the snare I happen to like.
– the highlighted purple keys are important. I’ll use these to simulate using a modulation wheel which I don’t have (I’m on my Macbook). With these modulation keys I’ll control the play rate of the snare.

I left the the Musical Typing window up, and activated Note Repeat with โŒƒ โŒฅ Enter. You could also click the Note Repeat icon in the Toolbar.

logic pro x activate note repeat

I clicked the disclosure triangle to reveal the additional settings…

EDM snare rolls logic pro x

With the settings highlighted as you can see in the above image, the purple Musical Typing keys now control the play rate of the snare. So in my case, all I have to do now is record, hold down H to trigger the snare sample and switch rates with keys 3 through 7 on my Macbook’s keyboard. After a few rounds of practicing, I was able to do this with one hand.

I put the other hand in the air. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Et voila. Below, an EDM snare roll. All that’s left to do now is make EDM risers ๐Ÿ˜‰

EDM snare roll

You could add pitch to taste, by automating EXS24 > Pitch > Coarse Tune for example. Or add a Channel EQ to your Channel Strip and automate the Low Cut Frequency. Most importantly, do try Note Repeat for programming your drums in general, it’s a lot of fun to use, and making cool snare or hihat fills is a breeze.


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  • joethibs

    Great tips!

  • Nicolas Gueguen

    One of the greatest tip ever

    • ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Nicolas!

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