Easiest ways to make hi hat rolls in Logic X

October 07, 2018

Creating the perfect roll doesn't have to be tedious

If you produce Hip Hop, Trap, and Future Bass you know how important hi hat rolls are. Hi hat rolls keep the beat moving in unique and interesting ways.

Making them can be really time consuming and hard, but that doesn't have to be the case. I'm going to show you 2 ways to easily create hi hat rolls that sound great.

First, what is a hi hat roll? It's essentially a way to briefly break up the groove (and sometimes monotony) of a beat. Check out the audio below. It's just a straight quarter note rhythm for the entire time.

No Rolls 1/4 Notes - ESW

Now compare that same kick and snare pattern, but spiced up with some hi hat rolls. 

Rolls 1/16th notes - ESW

The first technique we are going to look at in the video is perfect for those who feel at home editing notes in Logic's piano roll. Don't worry, I'm not just going to tell you how to double click notes in and quantize them. There's a much more efficient way to do it using the Brush Tool.

The second technique will be perfect for those who want to have a more performance oriented approach. If you've ever used a Maschine or MPC, you know how great it is to have a dedicated note repeat button. Did you know that Logic has a note repeat feature? We are going to hack that feature and set it up so it's the perfect tool for creating hi hat rolls.

- Shane