I downloaded a latin / reggae / edm template for Logic Pro. I really like the beat, but I'm trying to understand it better. The creator didn't tell me anything about the key or time signature, only that it's 110 bpm. I've simplified the beat down to just the kick drum, snare shot, and toms. Here's an screenshot of just one measure with the three instruments in my DAW (they are just raw audio files).

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The kick and snare seem to be playing whole notes a half measure apart from each other, but I really don't get what the toms are doing. It's like 2 beats on, 1 beat off...

Anyway, if anyone has more insight this type of beat and if there is some name for it then please share the knowledge. thanks.

You can listen audio to audio files here for one measure and here for 4 measures, and also versions with the metronome here and here.

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    Not sure how many people can sightread something like this. – Ringo Nov 8 at 20:17
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    To me, it just looks misaligned - shift it all so at least something hits a beat & try again... or give us a soundfile of the whole thing. – Tetsujin Nov 8 at 20:20
  • Hard to say. Can you upload an audio file? – b3ko Nov 8 at 21:33
  • Agreed. We need audio or some kind of alignment. It's hard to tell whether the rhythm is on or off the beat. – psosuna Nov 8 at 23:14
  • @Jim In addition, can the audio source have a metronome click? In the event that this rhythm riff doesn't align with the downbeat, it would be good to know where it's supposed to fall. – psosuna Nov 8 at 23:17

As Tetsujin wrote in the comment, the thing looks misaligned. Listening to the beat by itself, the most straightforward interpretation is: alternating bass and snare, with the tom on the sixteenth before the snare, and on the eighth between the snare and bass.

   Tom    ---X--X----X--X-
   Snare  ----X-------X---
   Bass   X-------X-------
          1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 

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