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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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9 Amazing FREE VST Synth Plugins

Welcome again to the Editor`s choice of the 9 most Amazing FREE VST Synth Plugins! We made an effort in making a list of 9 high quality free VST synth plugins you can download and use right away. ENJOY! Oxe FM by Oxe Music Software    Oxe is a really cool FM synth definetely worth a shot. BrainStormer by Roazhon DSP BrainStormer is a freeware virtual analog synthesizer.  Uno FM by XSynth Uno has been listed as one of the best Freeware FM synths around by Computer Music Magazine. Try it out! VOMP by Sam VOPM is an emulation of the Yamaha YM2151...

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Operator For Beginners: Trap Kick & Bass [Free Patch]

In this tutorial we’re going to make an awesome Ableton instrument in Operator. We’ll go through all you need to know to make this patch even if you’re new to Operator. Here’s the patch we’re going to make: You can download this patch here for free. Let’s get started! Let’s load up Operator onto a MIDI track. Here’s what it looks like by default:     Now let me explain in short Operator’s UI. On the left of the device there’s four oscillators (they generate the sound). Then, the sound can be modified by using some of the sections on the right...

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Operator For Beginners: Deep Saw-Square Pad [Free Patch]

In this article we’re going to make an awesome Ableton instrument in Operator. We’ll go through all you need to know to make this patch even if you’re new to Operator. Here’s the patch we’re going to make:   You can download this patch & MIDI progression here for free. Required: Ableton 9.5+ Suite   Let’s get started! Let’s load up Operator onto a MIDI track. Here’s what it looks like by default: Now let me explain in short Operator’s UI. On the left of the device there’s four oscillators (they generate the sound). Then, the sound can be modified...

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