Reverse Percussion

Reversing percussion sounds can add uniqueness to a driving beat, such as around phrase transitions, or to add an element of surprise in the middle of a phrase.

Kick Drums

One particular style of reversing kicks sounds kind of like a “whip”, as demonstrated by the very end of this phrase transition in SP23’s “Leave This City Kickin”:

Download Reverse Kick Demonstration

This recipe shows you a way you can take a synth module, then use the ping-pong setting of a loop module to create an isolated reversal.

Download Audio for Reverse Kick Project

Download Reverse Kick Project

Modules

kicker
Provides a constant kick drum rhythm.
kick amp
Turned on when we want to hear the forward kick drum, off when we want to reverse.
kick loop
Provides a constant ping-pong loop of the kicker.
kick loop amp
Turned off normally, and momentarily turned on to reveal the reverse portion of the ping-pong loop.
drumsynth
Hi-hat and snare to fill out the rhythm.
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Patterns

kick

Provides a constant kick drum rhythm via the kicker module. This pattern is repeated throughout the example.

kick on and kick off control the presence of the kicker via the kick amp module.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | G2    01           
01 | //                 
02 | //                 
03 | //                 
04 | G2    01           
05 | //                 
06 | //                 
07 | //                 
08 | G2    01           
09 | //                 
10 | //                 
11 | //                 
12 | G2    01           
13 | //                 
14 | //                 
15 | //                 
16 | G2    01           
17 | //                 
18 | //                 
19 | //                 
20 | G2    01           
21 | //                 
22 | //                 
23 | //                 
24 | G2    01           
25 | //                 
26 | //                 
27 | //                 
28 | G2    01           
29 | //                 
30 | //                 
31 | //                 

perc

Hi-hat and snare to fill out the rhythm.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | f4    02            | ==                  | ..                 
01 | f4    02            | ..                  | ..                 
02 | //                  | F4    02            | ..                 
03 | //                  | //                  | ..                 
04 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
05 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
06 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
07 | //                  | //                  | //                 
08 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
09 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
10 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
11 | //                  | //                  | //                 
12 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
13 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
14 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
15 | //                  | //                  | //                 
16 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
17 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
18 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
19 | //                  | //                  | //                 
20 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
21 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
22 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
23 | //                  | //                  | //                 
24 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
25 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
26 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
27 | //                  | //                  | //                 
28 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
29 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
30 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
31 | //                  | //                  | //                 

perc halt

A variation of perc to give room for the reverse kick.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | f4    02            | ==                  | ..                 
01 | f4    02            | ..                  | ..                 
02 | //                  | F4    02            | ..                 
03 | //                  | //                  | ..                 
04 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
05 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
06 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
07 | //                  | //                  | //                 
08 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
09 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
10 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
11 | //                  | //                  | //                 
12 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
13 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
14 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
15 | //                  | //                  | //                 
16 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
17 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
18 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
19 | //                  | //                  | //                 
20 | f4    02            | ==                  | G5    02           
21 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
22 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
23 | //                  | //                  | //                 
24 | f4    02            | ==                  | //                 
25 | f4    02            | ..                  | //                 
26 | //                  | F4    02            | //                 
27 | //                  | //                  | //                 
28 | //                  | //                  | G5    02           
29 | //                  | //                  | //                 
30 | //                  | //                  | //                 
31 | //                  | //                  | //                 

kick on

Turns on the kick amp, and resets the envelope acceleration of the kicker.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | ..    03 01 00 2000 | ..    05 01 00      | ..    01 05 00 2000
01 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
02 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
03 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
04 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
05 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
06 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
07 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
08 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
09 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
10 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
11 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
12 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
13 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
14 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
15 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 

kick off

Turns off the kick amp.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | ..    03 01 00      | ..    05 01 00     
01 | ..                  | ..                 
02 | ..                  | ..                 
03 | ..                  | ..                 
04 | ..                  | ..                 
05 | ..                  | ..                 
06 | ..                  | ..                 
07 | ..                  | ..                 

kick loop

Controls the reverse kick loop, and modifies the envelope acceleration of the kicker so that the reversed kick sounds a little different than the forward kick that plays immediately after.

   | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY | NN VV MM CC EE XXYY
00 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
01 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
02 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
03 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
04 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
05 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
06 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
07 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
08 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
09 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
10 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
11 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
12 | ..    01 05 00 1000 | ..    04 04 00 0001 | ..    05 01 00     
13 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 
14 | ..                  | ..                  | ..    05 01 00 2000
15 | ..                  | ..                  | ..                 

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Author(s)
Matthew Scott