Before we look at things in more depth, let us first explore how to play Beatmaker DOPE, as that may be all you need for now.
The keyboard section of the Beatmaker DOPE window is dedicated to firing off drum hits and controlling the drum grooves. Keys in the left half trigger individual drum sounds, whereas keys from C3* and up let you select the various patterns that make up the arrangement of a song.
The basic principle is simple:
- When you press keys in the C3–B4 range, Beatmaker DOPE will start playing a phrase with the groove. The rhythm patterns are conveniently named like songs parts. When you release the key (and Latch is off), playback will stop.
With Latch on, you can stop playback by hitting B4 or some of the Endings (C#4 and D#4)
MIDI notes C1–D#2 represent individual drum hits
When you use the pitch bend wheel, you can gradually control the balance between the kick drum and snare. By turning up the modulation wheel, you can create crescendos and decrescendos. Very dynamic!
If you know these things and can switch presets, you know all you need to start producing with Beatmaker DOPE.
*MIDI note number 60 is called C3 in some DAW’s and by some synth manufacturers. Other DAW’s and synth manufacturers refer to it as C4.