Originally Posted by Doefat04
I dont understand the hate on trap music. You are already in the Hip-Hop forum, on top of that you click the trap thread, then you bash it? Hypocrites.
Anyways I found the best way(for me) was to listen and dissect songs from big trap producers like Lex Lugar...who happens to have come from fruity loops to producing one of Kanye and Jay-z biggest songs on the watch the throne album.(That one was for the haters)
I think a lot of people that were producing before trap beats became mainstream dislike it because it has to be done so completely different than the beats that they've been producing.
They often are harder to mix than old-school east coast style beats because of the crazy amount of instruments & sounds you can put in them.
Some folks are putting damn near full orchestras in trap beats, along with all the other synthesizers leads, organs, and pianos you'd expect in southern music.
Drum programming can be a nightmare as well, instead setting up a 1 hi hat, 1 kick, 1 snare with maybe 2 - 4 measures worth of change ups.
In trap music you might be setting up 2 different hi hats, a snare and a clap, and several kick drums that are going up and down a scale some of time with 8 measures or more worth of change ups.
I've been making beats since late 2001 and I honestly thought about giving it up because I didn't feel like there was anyway I could get a hang of producing trap music. I didn't of course, because I love music, but its been a long transition for me.
My suggestions for creating Trap music would be to use FL Studio, at least for the drum programming, especially since trap beats were born in FL.
Set the tempo in FL between 120 bpm - 160 bpm. That will make the tempo of your project between 60 bpm - 80 bpm. Tempo wise trap music is very slow, the energy and pace is often dictated by the speed of the hi hats, syncopated snare patterns and fast moving riffs that make it seem much faster. I usually create the basic drum patterns in the step sequencer, then clone them to make change ups/drumfills usually on the 4th and or 8th measure. You also can start basic programming in the step sequencer and when you need to get more in depth, left click the channel your working on and send whatever you were doing in the step sequencer to the piano roll.
Hopefully somebody understood all that.