Drum Patterns for Electronic Music

Over the past week I have been loving using my Launchpad Mini and the custom LPC Live 2 script for drum sequencing. As I am still learning how to write new drums on the fly I decided to make a few “cheat sheets”.  I have printed these out and use them to help me write in the patterns. The idea here is if I do it enough, it will be second nature.

The images below show the sequence in a 1/16th setting. They can also help you visualize different beat patterns in multiple genres for your own production.

House and DnB Step Sequence

For me what I am doing is writing on the Kick part, and the Clap part into my step sequencer to then create the beat. If you wanted to, you could always recreate this in Ableton like the image below:

House Music Midi Pattern ableton

Below are more drum pattern examples. At the bottom of the article I will also have a free download (with login) of the Images as well as a blank one you can use as a template.

Step Sequence for House Music

Step Sequence for House Music

Patterns for Deep house

Patterns for Deep house

dubstep and Hip Hop

Euro House Step Sequence

Download Example Images

If you make your own sequences form the template feel free to share it. Also, if you want more genres feel free to comment below.

EDIT:  I got a request for hip hop and funk, so I made a new sequence chart. Here it is below. Now keep in mind this is on a grid. I tried to show the notes starting a little off time to give you an idea of the swing. Hip hop is all about swinging in and out of time. Use the basic pattern and build from there.

Funk Break Beat Pattern

By | 2017-06-28T19:56:43+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Music Theory, Producers Blog|22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Fred July 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the post, this is great! I used your house pattern to throw together the below in about 10 minutes:
    https://soundcloud.com/joecacti/house1

    W00t! Music!

    • Subaqueous July 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      That is fantastic Fred. Glad to see this helped you make a new track so quickly. Thank is what I am talking about!

  2. No Rush July 16, 2014 at 1:48 am - Reply

    This is super helpful and might inspire me to actually use my Launchpad as a drum sequencer instead of dragging around MIDI notes. One request: I would LOVE to see a hip-hop template, both because I make some hip hop stuff and because the basic beat is transferable to a lot of other genres.

    Come to think of it, though, a lot of hip hop is basically just slowed down funk, so maybe what I’m asking for is a funk pattern? Either would be very much appreciated!

    • Subaqueous July 17, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Funk huh… I got some funky rhythms made up. I will tray and transpose them soon and post them up.

      Thanks for the suggestion No Rush.

    • Subaqueous August 5, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Just added a new pattern for you No Rush.

  3. ThomasN July 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome post! Thank you for it! I’m not so familiar with different subgenres so what about tech house pattern?

    • Subaqueous July 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Funk and Tech house… Got it… I will try and make something up soon.

      • ThomasN July 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

        Great!

  4. Matt August 13, 2014 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Brilliant article! Thanks. Any chance you could do a 2 step uk garage one please? Much appreciated

    • Subaqueous August 13, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

      The problem with 2 Step is it’s WAY off the grid. Anything broken beat wouldn’t really work in a step sequencer. I would have to do 32nd or even 64th for that.

    • Subaqueous August 13, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

      The problem with 2 Step is it’s WAY off the grid. Anything broken beat wouldn’t really work in a step sequencer. I would have to do 32nd or even 64th for that.

      I do have this collection of 2 step midi patterns though: http://subaqueousmusic.classtrack.org/shop/drum-racks/aq-future-step-alp/

  5. Hugo February 6, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Can you do a G-House? Something similar to destructo.

  6. khen November 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    can this be use in fl studio ?

    • Reprouman December 22, 2015 at 4:09 am - Reply

      Of course

  7. Sam Van Horne December 23, 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

    this is great! very easy to understand, any chance we can get a tech house one?

    • Daniel January 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      same as house with random snares thrown in.

  8. Rich Bass November 10, 2016 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Very cool, and very useful. Thanks for posting this.
    I’m gonna be using some (all?) of these on my Novation Circuit.

    Re: the question about 2 step UK garage… I have no idea how to create that beat, but on the Circuit you can link together up to 8 x 16 step patterns, so I guess if you need 64 steps then use four patterns and up the tempo.

  9. Art February 4, 2017 at 12:38 am - Reply

    THANK YOU!!

  10. Tejaswi April 19, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Which beat would you call in this track of mine
    http://tejax.bandcamp.com

    I am unable to figure out the genre of my track.
    thabks

  11. Richard August 14, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    think this is great, but whats the use of the double lines?? every instrument has 2 line`s of steps..

    • Subaqueous August 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      It’s 8 beats x2… so over 16 beats per measure.

  12. Abel August 24, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Excellent stuff, what’s the meaning of the yellow steps?

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