Once a week I put together an article discussing a particular beat in question. The article will include patterns of the drum beats online for you to use and apply elements of that beat pattern to your own beat making projects. The article will also go through some of the main elements within the beat, so you have the ability and knowledge to make your own beats.
Most of the beats I breakdown are contained in btv solo. Btv solo is essentially a studio beat maker that you can create and learn to make beats on. If you are new to Btv solo I suggest you check out my detailed guide on btv solo here.
This series I am creating is to help motivate and inspire you in your quest to creating some awesome beats. It will also give you an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Making beats is not an easy task; however with some hard work and determination you can create your own beats in no time.
Lets Get Started Shall We
Ok once you open btv solo software, go to pattern mode and click on solo patterns. A dropdown will appear. These are all the patterns that come with btv solo. These patterns are constructed using all the sounds within btv solo. The patterns are great as it gives you an idea of what type of sounds you could possibly create with this studio beat maker and it will help you learn to make beats. The pattern I will be breaking down today is called “ClassAct”. The genre of this track would be that of “hardcore Hiphop”. The tempo of this track is 166 bpm (Beats Per Minute). Here is a sample for those who don’t have btv solo. This will give you an idea of what the sounds are like within this studio beat maker production software. The pattern is eight bars long. Sometimes you might have a pattern that is 8th bars long but the drums are only four. If this is the case then you would need to loop the drum pattern again. This is done because the pattern itself is eight bars long so to avoid the drums stopping on the 4th bar the same pattern was created again from the 4th bar to the 8th bar.
The drum beat
Ok lets have a look at the drum beat. The drum beat is 8 bars long. There are two kicks within this drum pattern. Here is a diagram of “Kick 1” and “Kick 2”
As you can see Kick 1 hits on
- Bar 1 beat 1.
- Bar 2 beat 4
- Bar 3 Beat 1
- Bar 5 beat 1
- Bar 7 beat 4
- Bar 8 beat 1
(It’s worth mentioning that there are four beats in a bar and the beat count begins on bar 1.) The kick doesn’t have that punch but theirs a reason for that. The bass hits on every bar; because of this you don’t want a very heavy low end kick as that with the bass. The best way I could describe it is that your song is a jar and you have to fit all the elements of a song into that jar. You don’t want the bass elements taking up half the jar, then the mid level frequencies and the high frequencies will suffer. You should aim to achieve a balanced mix of lows, mids and high frequencies.
The second kick is a lot more puncher than first kick. The placement of this kick is a lot more forgiving as it doesn’t hit in the same time as the bass. The reason for adding two different kicks is that it changes up the drum beat pattern if I had this pattern on the first kick it wouldn’t sound right and it would sound boring.
The bass sound it what I love the most about this track, its clean and simple yet it packs a punch when it comes together with every element on the track. The bass used is this sample is called “BASS – Real Bass”.
The guitar really complements the other elements within the pattern. The guitar itself is quite simple as its just two notes. It really shows you that you don’t have to make complicated patterns to create effective and enticing. Instead, try making simple patterns that work with another patterns. Its really good practice to study what sounds and patterns complement the entire track.
The vocal used in this pattern is very interesting as at first when I heard this pattern originally I thought it was a synth. The sounds like a synth because it’s played at a really high pitch. The vocal is very important in this pattern as it defines the genre of the pattern. Normally we would associate a high pitch vocal sample with the hip hop genre. The sample for anyone who wants to know is called “Vox – Whaaaao” in btv solo.
The piano for this pattern is very subtle but again very effective. Like I mentioned in the guitar section, it’s all about simple complementary notes very thing is in key. Now you might wonder why I mentioned that. I listen to a lot of beats and I’m constantly surprised when I hear good solid beats undone by notes that are not in the same key. So make sure all your patterns are in the same key.
This track is very well thought out every element is mixed perfectly. Every element is nicely placed within the mix. The strings are noting amazing but combined with the bass, vocals and drums it sounds very good.
A important note
There’s only so much I can teach you. Learning to make beats is down to your knowledge of your studio beat maker and your creativity to make your own beats. My best advise to you is to look at some drum beats online and listen and study how other beat makers are making their beats.
More to come!!
I want to make this series very helpful to beat makers who are starting out so you have the best resource online to help you better yourself as a beat maker. Every “episode” of beat breakdown will be an improvement of last. I want to add loads of beat patterns so you have a visual idea of a beat pattern. This means that the more work I put into these “episodes” the longer you’ll have to wait. Please be patient and bookmark the beat breakdown page here.
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