Qtorial 9: Creating a Techno Beat in QBackBeat

by Abby @ Quaver on November 29, 2011

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!,Qtorials,QuaverMusic.com

In today’s Qtorial – our weekly series of lesson & activity ideas from Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music – things get a little crazy with an upbeat Techno beat!

 Qtorial 9: Creating a Techno beat in QBackBeat

Quaver Says:

This is my last QTorial in QBackBeat for a while, so why not go out with a bang and make a cool techno beat?

Techno music is fast, electronic music that you probably hear all over the place – from commercials to background music in shopping malls to your favorite TV shows. It’s great for dancing, too!

To create a great Techno Beat:

  • Go to QuaverMusic.com, to the Studio, and into QBackbeat
  • Select the kit lab button. This will show the whole range of drums there are in QBackbeat.
  • Use a few QuaverNotes to buy the Techno drums you need– remember these are just my drum selections, you can play around with the loads of free drum kit options to make your own, unique beat!

  • Once you have dragged and purchased the drums you want, save the kit by clicking on the save button and naming the new kit. Then exit the window.
  • Now we’re cooking – click on the PRESTO tempo and copy the 2-measure pattern that I have laid out below.

It sounds really cool!

Quaver tip – use the Siren sparingly for the sake of your kind listeners!

  • Now extend the track to create 12 measures
  • Vary the amount of siren and other sounds so there is variety, but still the same basic beat.
  • Voila! You have created a Techno drum beat.

For my final creation – I decided to build up to the main beat in the first 4 measures to create excitement and variety.

Listen below to my completed beat:

In fact, I created an MP3 out of my beat and then added a melody in QComposer AND some loops in Q Loops!

Now listen to the finished version below:

Boom Chicka Boom! Quaver Out!


Try creating a Techno Beat today and let us know what you think!


We’ve been really digging into QBackBeat lately, unpacking the ways teachers can use the tools at QuaverMusic.com in their classrooms. The great news is – QBackBeat is just one of the music-making tools in the Studio at QuaverMusic.com! If you have questions about other Creatives or elements we’ve yet to unpack – feel free to join the conversation at QuaverQmunity.com where you can ask questions of the Quaver team and other teachers using Quaver’s Program anytime!


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