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Trap Beat Guide: Melodies - 3 Essential scales for making melodies

Making a trap beat shouldn’t be too complicated. In fact, most of them consist of very few elements. In this article I’ll show you my trap beatmaking workflow! In case you missed it, here's part 1 with drums tips. Part 2: Melody Before making a bass pattern I like to make a melody and figure out its chord progression. Most trap melodies are based on one of these 3 scales - minor, harmonic minor, and phrygian. Here’s how these are created: Btw, all of these scales and more are included in my trap toolkit - check it out! The minor...

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Trap Beat Guide: Bass - Essential tips for making 808 patterns

Making a trap beat shouldn’t be too complicated. In fact, most of them consist of very few elements. In this article I’ll show you my trap beatmaking workflow! In case you missed it, here's part 1 with drums tips, and here's part 2 with melody tips. 3. Bass Once you have a melody it’s time to create a bass pattern. Most of trap bass sounds are called „808s” and are long, distorted sub bass notes. Here’s a typical trap bass pattern: Btw, my new sample pack includes a lot of awesome 808s and MIDI clips. Check it out here. The...

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Trap Beat Guide: Drums - Essential tips for making trap drum patterns

Making a trap beat shouldn’t be too complicated. In fact, most of them consist of very few elements. In this article series I’m showing you my trap beatmaking workflow in Ableton Live! Part 1: Drums Every beat’s core is the drumbeat. Most trap drum patterns follow a similar formula. The sound selection for trap isn’t hard either. A trap drumkit must contain of at least 3 sounds - kick, snare and hihat. All of these sounds should be short and snappy. Most kickdrums are short, clipped and lowpassed. The snare is an important element which gives you the most variety...

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Top 5 FREE Piano Plugins

Are you looking to "color" your track with some cool and totally free piano plugins? Look no further, we've listed 5 top FREE VST piano plugins.  1. Iowa Grand Piano Made by the craziest free instrument maker - Bigcat Instruments, Iowa Grand Piano delivers a beautiful and sophisticated sound. Very simple to use plugin with useful decay and release knobs. Download: Mac / Win If you're looking for more realistic instruments, see this Kontakt Instruments list - there's more pianos, but also a lot of other instruments :) 2. 4Front Piano Although this plugin has no effects, I still find the sound quite...

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Top 5 Free VST Emulations Of Famous Synths

Get that classic sound with these 5 free synths for Mac & Windows! 1. Steinberg Model E [Minimoog Model D] The Minimoog is probably the most important synth in history. It was the first compact synth which musicians could easily use on tour. Combined with an easy to use interface and warm sound it quickly became the top synth in the world. It was used in countless hits - for example in Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the bass. I was surprised by how good Steinberg's emulation sounds. It’s a nice free alternative to Arturia’s Mini V. Here’s the bassline from Thriller recreated...

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