Trap Music has come a long way from its original early Southern roots. Well on its way to becoming a global musical phenomenon, Trap Music producers such as Clifford Harris (better known as T.I. or T.I.P.), Shawty Redd, Lex Luger and Drumma Boy are fittingly given credit for this evolution of the genre.
If you are looking to produce your first trap beat and are looking for advice, this post is for you! In today’s post, we take a look at the top few pointers to keep in mind while producing a trap beat.
Choose a good 808 pattern to get started. Remember that beyond putting your 808 on beat 1, you are pretty much on your own to decide the direction you want to take your music to. Experimenting to create unique patterns is essential and will help you generate interesting variations of the same material.
Selecting the right kick and snare is also vital as this can either elevate or destroy your entire track.
Decide and Set the Tempo to Match
It is vital for you to set the tempo that matches the kind of track you are trying to create. It’ll help you decide the vide you are going for- is it a club beat or more of a soulful sound? Determining the tempo early on will clarify the direction your track will take.
Usually, 140 BPM is the optimum spot for the production of a trap music track, but 100-176 BPM is standard throughout the industry.
An easy trap that most amateur trap music producers fall into is to over process or under process their drums. Drums are key to producing a standout track in trap music and paying attention to your sound will help you tremendously.
Every time you program a sample, as yourself if a real person, an actual drummer would be able to play the sound. Adding too much drum action is an easy way to make the track sound too busy.
Create a Big Lead Sound
Sound Design is essential in every music genre, but nowhere is it more noticeable than trap music. A booming sub-bass and a huge lead to thump along are predominant features of the trap music genre.
An easy way to learn sound design is to use lead presets from your choice of sound banks and tear them apart to learn their ins and outs. Experiment with presets so that you can learn to create your own.
Use Simple Loops
If you are a beginner in producing trap music tracks and are trying to learn your way around, an excellent place to start would be using simple and melodic material to set the mood of your sound. Most trap music tends to lean towards being dark. Using sounds like piano samples will help you to create a more unique sound that can make your track sound more harmonious.
Once you have your basics in place, another good idea is to listen to your favourite artists and producers and try to breakdown their compositions. Learning from the experts always gives you a great place to start creating your own sound and style.