Beat Building: how to make a Berlin techno beat

In our Beat Building series, we show you how to produce beats, grooves, and drum patterns in a variety of styles and genres, touching on different eras of production to help you identify the key rhythmic elements behind many of the greatest tracks to understand from today.

Techno has been the dominant force in electronic music, from clubs in Detroit and Berlin, since the 1980s. The faces and gear have changed, but the basic style is the same. Juan Atkins was there at the beginning, then artists like Richie Hawtin and more recently Ben Klock are flying the flag.

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