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Snare Rolls : Reason 3.0 Using The NNXT

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 19 - 2008

Aahh the infamous Dirty South Snare Roll, Mannie Fresh was the king of this supersonic 808 roll when Southern Rap was on the rise. Heres a clip of “Real Big”, though he may not have been the first, Mannie definitely made the 808 roll popular.
Snare Rolls Mannie Fresh’s Real Big
Free 808 Snr

How I achieve this in Reason:

I like to use the NNXT for snare rolls instead of the ReDrum. I find that I can tweak the snare .wav better, and have more control over the dynamics. (I will continue next week with Fl Studio Snare Rolls, but if you are an Fl user can apply this same concept in the Fl piano roll)

I load my 808 Sn into the NNXT

Add Snare To NNXT

Next open the NNXT “Edit Mode Screen”


Now it’s time to use the pencil tool to draw in my rolls, or my midi controller to try and play the rolls. I use 1/32 and 1/16 “Time Signature” for all Dirty South Beats. I choose where I want the snare roll to start, usually at the end of a 4 or 8 bar measure. I zoom in to see the 16 steps in the piano roll for the bar I’m using. Next I go to the first step in bar 4 and start adding my snares on the “1,2,3,&4”

Zoom in to see 16 steps and add snares

I skip a note down and add 4 more snares on the “5,6,7,8”. Skip a note down again, add 4 more snares “9,10,11,12”, Skip a note down and add 4 more snares “13,14,15,16”. Finally I have a screen that shows my snare rolls on the piano like stair steps:

The Snare Roll

This is how the roll sounds at 79 BPMs

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Now it’s time for you to put your spin on it. This is the basic concept, now you can use this to do a roll with toms, or whatever you can think of. Get creative with it… have fun cooking up your “rolls” 🙂

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later..


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6 Responses to “Snare Rolls : Reason 3.0 Using The NNXT”

  1. New to production says:

    thanks for the tip

  2. Ms.Tris says:

    No problem …more to come..let me know if you want to see a specific tutorial

  3. Misthor officer says:

    thanks 4 da tip, but i’m on Reason V4, and i don’t found the 808 snare. Is it a sample you’ve downloaded? or is it already on V4?

  4. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey man that snare is from my one of my drum kits…I’ll add one freebie to the post

  5. Danny says:

    hey men thankx for the trick , but im still confuse, could u please post a specific tutorial cuz when i play the one u show it sounds slow!!!! pliz

  6. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Danny, I am not sure what you mean by it plays slow? tell me what you are confused about and I can help you get on track…

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