There are many music making software’s available to help you create beats, but today I’m going to show you how to make beats on fl Studio. Fl Studio, as it is known today, is a music production software created by a company called Image-line. Fl Studio consists of a graphical user interface, controlled by a pattern based music sequencer. There is a free demo available for those who wish to try the software out before purchasing it. The music production software is very easy to understand and also a very powerful and it is highly regarded as the go too software for those wanting to know how to make hip-hop beats.
Ok, Lets get started on how to make beats on fl Studio. In order to make this easier on you to follow I’m going to break down the process involved in how to make beats on fl studio under the following steps.
- Preparing the step sequencer
- Making a drum pattern
- Making a bass pattern
- Making a lead pattern
- Adding various fills
- Getting the right levels
- Adding sweeteners
Preparing The Step Sequencer
When you start up fl studio in a new project the default step sequencer loads, with kick, clap, hat and snare. This default kit is a great starting point if you are completely new to fl studio. If you don’t like this kit you can load in you own kit by dragging and dropping it into the fl studio browser (located on the left-hand side of the software).
The Step Sequencer
The step sequencer in fl studio is very easy to use. One of its best features is that it is quick to compose a beat. Here is a screenshot of the step sequencer and a breakdown of functions within it
- Green dot: When the green dot is active the sequence can be heard, when the green dot is not active the sequence cannot be heard
- Pan knob: Allows you to pan the sequence to the left or right
- Volume knob: Allows you to adjust the volume
- Pattern name: This is the name of pattern e.g kick, clap, snare etc this can be renamed to your own preference
The step sequencer: This is comprised of grey & red buttons with each colour representing a bar. The grey bat is the up beat &the red bar is the downbeat. Each bar is represented by four steps/buttons. These buttons represent a quarter note, meaning there are four quarters in a bar. The default step sequencer loads with four bars but this can be adjusted on the top left-hand side of the step sequencer. The step sequencer works by first clicking on the element you want to sequence and then clicking the grey/red buttons. You left click to add & right click to remove a button/step. With this simplicity, it allows you to be more creative in your approach to make beats
Making A Drum Pattern
When making your drum pattern, it is important to know what elements you would like in it. If you don’t know what type of drum pattern you want to build, your best bet would be to go & listen to songs that you like and find what elements you like in the drum beat of that song. Another factor you need to consider is your choice of kicks, snares etc. What I mean by this is a kick in a hip/hop beat will be a lot different to a kick in a dance beat. It is important to do some research on this before you use any random kits.
Making A Bass Pattern
When making a bass pattern I usually tend to use the same root note as the lead or vice versa. For example if my lead’s root note is c4 I would then make my base root note c and find what octave sounds the best e.g c1,c2 ,or c3. If I’m making a hip/hop beat, I would usually trigger the bass to start wherever the kick starts. This enhances the kicks, thus producing that hip/hop tone within my track. The best plugin for bass really depends on what type of track you are making. For hip/hop I would use the boo bass but it all depends on what you think sounds right.
Making A Lead Pattern
The lead pattern all depends on your specific genre of music you are trying to create. It is best to listen to different artist & producers and see what types of leads they are using& if you like them trying an recreate them in your track
Adding Various Fills
Adding fills into your beat is important as it distinguishes verses from choruses. A fill can be anything that creates a build up e.g a drum fill with a rising pad would be a good fill. The most important point I will keep mentioning is listen to beats that you like and examine the fills they use and see if you can implement them in your beat.
Getting The Right Levels
When I start organizing my project, I usually put all the elements on separate fx channels. This gives me full control over the elements. In terms of getting the right levels, I would not use the volume knob on the step sequencer as this can mess up your project if you use the mixer volume as well, so I would tend to just use the mixer volume only as it keeps all the elements true to the mixer’s volume representation.
Adding sweeteners to your track can be really effective effects such as reverb and delay will improve your track dramatically. Applying a parametric eq with a boost around the 60hz mark will give your kick that extra thump. I will not mention how much to increase it by as kicks vary greatly and this will be a determination you will have to make.
Conclusion – How To Make Beats on Fl Studio
In this new modern age of advancing technologies, brings exciting & fascinating opportunities to make your own beats, there are a plethora of music production software’s available with music software’s such as btv solo, dr drum & fl studio. One of most mundane task with how to make beats is how to use the software’s themselves, once you know how to use them, it becomes quite easy if you are creative enough to think of melodies & drum patterns. If you are not a creative person, then beat making isn’t the right area for you, but the best thing about creating patterns and melodies is that there is a vast amount of inspiration you could get from listening to other pieces of music. Usually, when I find myself in a creativity block I would listen to other pieces of music and just get inspired. It is truly a fascinating experience, creating a piece of music, and most of all, the reactions you get when people love your music.
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