This design illustrates the elementsĀ used to make a Techno track.

The central rhythmic component in Techno is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a BASS DRUM on each QUARTER NOTE pulse, a BACKBEAT played by SNARE or CLAP on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open HI-HAT sounding every second eighth note. The tempo tends to vary between approximately 120 to 150 beats per minute (bpm), depending on the style of techno. The creative use of music production technology, such as DRUM MACHINES, SYNTHESIZERS, and digital audio workstations, is viewed as an important aspect of the music’s aesthetic. Many producers use retro electronic musical devices to create what they consider to be an authentic techno sound. DRUM MACHINES from the 1980s such as Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 are highly prized, and software emulations of such retro technology are popular among techno producers.

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