So, here’s one practical use for Random. We begin with a simple MIDI clip:

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…that’s triggering a Drum Rack with a Random in front of it:

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The MIDI clip only triggers the first pad (shk1) directly. The other three shakers only get triggered when a random note gets generated.

With Chance set to 75%, Random is configured for the maximum amount of randomness. 25% of the time, the original note will pass through and trigger shk1, and the rest of the time one of the other three shakers will be chosen at random.

This can be customized to be a very subtle effect or a dramatic one. For subtlety, make sure all four shakers (or hi hats, or whatever) are very similar – they could even be the same sample with slight variations.