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07 Dec 2015

Prior to getting into making a trap beat firstly , you must know is the main aspects of trap beats giving them that hardcore, gangsta feel. You can start from a simple first step toward a few key elements prior to starting making these types of beats. Here are a few elements that are very crucial in making trap beats and consequently trying to get artists to buy trap beats.- Joey Badass Style Beat

 THE 808's - First and foremost the key ingredient that popular trap beats are famous for is 808 sounds. 808 Kicks, Hi Hats, Toms, and Snares. These 808 sounds include the main sounds giving these beats that particular trap beat feel. Typically the 808 kicks are made to supply a good low frequency punch to emphasise the sub bass tails that nearly every trap beat has. On the market today, 808 toms are the most popular to use for drum fills. These toms are usually used just prior to the ending in the 4th bar to stress the transition or prior to the ending of the 8th bar. It depends on the feel and the character of the beat and it is really up to you. The tom fills are mostly used to give the beat a pleasant, fluent transition in a different part of the beat. Hot selling trap beats the majority of the time have a 808 snare drum sound. This is a very crucial portion of trap beats. Majority of the time, once it can be laid on the track, this will make it boosted by a basic "EQ"(Equalizer) that reinforces the bandwidth, frequency on an average of about 200 hz and adjust the high-frequency pass somewhere between the 50 hz -120 hz range, depending mainly for the bass and the direction you try to go with it. When in doubt listen on different systems, positions, and volumes(Ex. Monitors, Headphones, Corner Of Your Room, Near and Far From Speakers, High,Mid, and Low Volumes). Your ears are and should be your most valued tool. Usually you will discover these 808 sounds around the company website of the Digital Audio Workstation that you use.

 DRIP EFFECTS - One other sound that is used a lot in trap beats are drip-like drop effects. Usually sounding very similar to a continuous water drop that starts with a high pitch and because the progression goes on it descends to some low pitch. These sounds, in many instances, are sampled sounds or possibly a self-programmed synthesized effect that emulates a drop effect(hard to do if you are not already knowledgeable about oscillators, wave sounds, filters, etc). This effect is normally used in intros, transition points, in front of you breakdown, etc.

 CHANTS - These are a very commonly used, mainly in that "Crunk" type of music. In the industry today, producers are choosing chants more in trap and dirty south type beats. Quite often chants are samples and often go something like "Hey... Hey... Hey... Hey". These consistent chants sound best when they are hitting on the 2nd and 4th beat of an 4 bar measure. Usually liable, to add extra feel into it so the hook has a more powerful impact and impression for the listener. Again, with respect to the flow and direction of the beat, placements of such chants may vary.

 LEADS, SYNTHS, BASSES, ETC - These factors are key to receiving a hard hitting trap beat. This part provides beat its character and personality and it is mainly part that creates the beat memorable. Its popular to get a synth lead pattern that includes a simple 4 bar melody that switches between high or low octaves after every 4 bars. It's ideal to use it for the hook. However in some cases producers do use it on verses, with respect to the complexity and advancement of the melody. It is extremely popular to leave the lead melody about the verses and leave the raw drum and bass lines while still making use of the other elements. This technique mainly can be used to bring out the vocals and give the vocalist most presence on the beat. By far, this part may be the funnest part of making these trap beats because these synths and basses just give the beat that extra flame.

Ultimately at the end of the day, if you want to add other elements, by all means do it. It is important here is to experiment to spread out up the opportunity to grasp your own unique sound. However this is a different story in case you have your trap beats for sale online. Artists, nowadays, tend to like beats that sound like the songs they hear about the radio. Anyways, this can be a whole different subject on its own and is for a totally different article. This information shared here is strictly to help people experience an idea of the elements of an trap beat along with what types of sounds to utilize to effectively make one. Remember that there is no law here that claims you have to follow these steps or instructions. You should, feel free to do your own thing.

On the flip side, what is important you must learn to do would be to trust what you hear. Your ears don't lie. Sometimes beats will become off one way and find yourself going in totally different direction. In some cases this is a good sign that your particular level of creativity is increasing.

Now the last thing I would like to leave you with. A cool technique you may use to help keep your trap beats as well as expected, as far as fluidity and consistency. Its known as the "TRIPLE F's". Which stands for "Flow", "Finesse", and "Fix".

 FLOW - First really listen and get the feel for the direction and flow with the beat. Then ask the questions "how is the flow of the instruments or instrumentation? melodies? chord progression?"

 FINESSE - Then playback melodies, leads, drum beats, bass lines, and see if the finesse of these elements have confronted its fullest potential. This usually will point out notes, chords, instruments, effects that can need to be re-touched and adjusted.

 FIX - Last step and final step this is to go back and fix the things that need to be fixed for the beat to have consistent flow and character.

P.S - It is extremely crucial to always be experimenting on different melodies, sounds, effects, etc while creating or mixing your beat. If you feel it doesn't sound good, switch it up and experiment with it. You have to remember that music is infinite and you may literally do anything you want with it.- Joey Badass Style Beat


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