How to make a trap beat
Trap has become the forefront of modern hip hop. Migos, Young Thug and Travis Scott are prime examples. We're about to show you how to cook up a trap beat of your own in 6 steps. If you're looking for an easy way to make beats, download Serato Studio. It also comes built-in with a ton of free sounds and samples, some of which are used for this beat.
Start with the drums
Trap beats sit around 140BPM - set your tempo accordingly. The 'Studio Trap' kit that comes with Serato Studio is going to be the perfect kit for your beat. Select the 'Make Beats' button to generate a beat, selecting the trap genre. Add/remove notes until you're happy with it. After you're happy with the beat, give it a bit of a mix. Make sure the kick is nice and loud, and the snares and claps and dry and snappy. The hi hats don't need to be overly loud - they're just the sauce on top.
Add an Instrument
Let's add some keys in. Typically trap beats have a lot of piano sounds and sparkly melodies. The 'Warmy Electro Piano' is perfect. Never played an instrument before? Serato Studio has got you covered. 'Play in Key' mode will ensure everything you play stays int the key of your project, so it all sounds melodically together.
Add a bassline
Let's fatten up our track by adding an 808 bass (the '808 Knock Bass' in Serato Studio works great). You can record it in, or just paint it into the beat sequencer. Turn up the 'Glide' to have the overlapping notes bend into each other. Lastly, here's a pro tip: when working on your bass line, it makes everything sound cleaner and punchier if you line the notes up with your kick drum.
Structure your beat
You can now build your track around the loop you've got. Copy the scenes over and label as 'intro', 'verse' and 'outro'. Rename the original scene you had as 'hook' - this is the biggest part of your track, so should be the main section. For the intro, leave only one instrument. For the verse, bring the drums in but hold the bass for the chorus.
A typical trap structure goes like this: Intro-Hook-Verse-Hook-Verse-Hook-Outro. Head to the Song View and arrange your scenes in order.
The final touch - mastering is all about making your track sounds balance and getting all the different elements to sit harmoniously together. Adding Mastering FX like Brightener EQ, Master Compressor and Limiter will help make your track sound more full and professional. Boom: you've just cooked up a fire trap beat.
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