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How to Make Professional Rap Beats in FL Studio in 4 Steps

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 In this article I will touch on the key factors that you will need to master and this is what separates the pros from the amateurs when producing hot rap beats.

Where to Start

Some people have a preference in what instrument they first want to layout when producing beats in FL Studio. Some prefer the melody, some prefer the bass line and some prefer the drums. No answer to this is wrong or right, and it is mostly a matter of opinion, but for starters I will recommend laying out a good drum pattern first.

Before we get started, set your BPM (beats per minute) to something between 85 and 95.

Creating the Drum Pattern

First, search through your sounds for a nice, hard-hitting kick sample. In the example that we’re going to create, you’ll want to try to find a kick sound that hits hard but does not contain a lot of low-end sub bass (this will make it easier to mix with the bass later). Once you have found a good drum kick sound, fill in the steps on the step sequencer of where you would like the kick to be heard. Now, right-click on the sound in the step sequencer and select “Send to piano roll.” This will put your drum kick pattern in the piano roll where you will want to adjust your velocity. Velocity is what gives the sound a human feel and not so robotic. Technically, velocity is to adjust how hard something is hit, or how hard a string is plucked, a piano key is pressed, etc. Play with this a little bit until your drum kick pattern starts to sound more human and natural.

Next, find a hi-hat sound that you like and again, click the steps where you want the hi-hat to be. Generally, every other note on the step sequencer is a good place to start. Now, do the same thing that you did with the kick sound and send the channel to the piano roll and adjust the velocity. This is even more important on the hi-hat than it is with the kick.

Now for the snare drum(s). I usually like to layer a few together to get the sound just right. I usually like a tight and hard-hitting sound, so I might mix a clap sound with a rim shot and then take 2 different traditional snare hits and turn the level down a little bit on those and then pan one to the right and one to the left at about 35%. For starters, you’ll want to put your snare drum on every 4th step in the step sequencer.

Now, you can add more personal touch if you want using the same techniques already mentioned. Feel free to throw in a cowbell, tambourine, cymbal, etc.

Creating the Bass Line

In most hip hop, a low bass sound is used so really all it provides is power and thump and possibly a catchy tune that helps to “glue” the drum sounds together with the rest of the instruments. Choose a low bass sound that will give a good rumble when being bumped, and if there is too much high-end frequency to the sound then you can always cut it out with proper EQ or low-pass filter. I usually like to have the bass frequency set at 50 to 75hz and have the kick set at about 85 to 90 hz. You can also do this in reverse (have the kick lower frequency than the bass). The most important thing is that they don’t both occupy the SAME frequency space. This is where most amateur beat makers struggle. It can take a lot of practice to mix the drum kick and the bass line together so that they don’t sound weird or cause distortion when they’re on top of each other. This will probably be the last thing that you master when learning to make beats because it can take precise EQ and compression to make it sound crisp and professional.

When writing the bass melody, start out simple. Choose a note scale that you want to use and stay within that scale. If you don’t know music theory, start out by researching scales and pick one at random. Next, put a blank sound (use a sampler channel, or just turn the volume all the way down on the sound) in your step sequencer in fruity loops. Right click it and open the piano roll. Fill in all the notes in that scale, in every octave, and drag the edge of them so that they show up for the whole duration of the full pattern. Now, open the piano roll for your bass and click the little piano icon in the top left corner of the window. Select view > Ghost Channels. Now every note in the scale will be highlighted gray and you know to stay in these notes while writing your melody. This is a tip you really don’t want to ignore because it can help you a lot!

Writing the Main Melody

First, choose your instrument. Let’s pick something simple like a piano. Write a melody that goes along with the bass line. Sometimes you can copy your same bass line but then add more notes in between (remember I said to keep your bass line simple). If you have researched some music theory, you should use some chords here and there and use some type of chord progression. Remember to stay in the scale and always view Ghost Channels to make sure you’re in the scale in you’re unsure. If you want to stay simple you can just have the piano playing for the melody, but feel free to select a couple other complimentary instruments and add some accents here and there. Sometimes I like to use something like a violin just to emphasize certain notes or phrases in the melody.

Writing the Hook

The hook is where you can really go wild because it is the most climactic part of the song. You still want to stay in the correct scale of course, but you can add lots of strings and other instruments. You should either elaborate on the normal verse melody and make it more complex or you should write a totally new melody in the same scale. Remember to try to picture it with vocals on top of it and try to add things that will compliment a finished product / song.

Ryan Jobe has been producing rap beats for 10 years and is the owner of ProBangers.com where he offers completely free beats for commercial (profitable) use with no royalty payments required.

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Many people find android programming an uphill task, the matter of fact is that it is not at all difficult, one just need to follow step by step process of development activities to convert an idea to a functional Android application. For creating an effecting android application, one need to be excelled in Java script and should know how to use android open source operating system.

Android is a wide software platform with an open source operating system, which has huge capacity to create an end number of useful applications. There are a multitude of developers working on android technology across the world. Programming for Android phone is simple and easy; however it is necessary to thoroughly study the Java sincerely to make an effective mobile application. There are several companies in the market that offer services in android mobile application development; however one interested in creating an application by oneself need to read and learn java thoroughly.

The primary step to create an android application is installing an IDE, which is called Integrated Development Environment. It is software that has tools to code program such as compiler, debugger and editor. It is advisable to use Eclipse IDE, as it is the most used software by and large. One can also use Netbeans; it is popular software among users. The knowledge of Java is important for easy android application development. Next, get specific tools for Android programming, specially offered by Android SDK.

Developing an application for an android includes making a project for android that consists of all the source codes and resources integrated in application. The project will be set up on apk file format so that it can be easily installed on the device. Next step, which is the most crucial process of android programming, is integration testing. The android SDK has important tool for debugging program. These tools with the assistance of emulators help in testing applications. Programmers using Eclipse IDE has an additional advantage as it is available with compatible debugger.

The android is the most talked about topic in current time. Many android developers are utilising their knowledge and skills to make new and easy android applications. Besides that, Windows mobile development is also creating a niche market for itself. However, the new technology introduced by Google has become widespread technology nowadays as it has enormous applications. Those who are interested in this technology, it is advisable to them to read and update the knowledge with the help of content given on the internet.

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How To Overcome Alcoholism or Drug Addiction In Four Steps

Beating an addiction to drugs or alcohol doesn’t require special intellect, some unique formula, or heavily guarded secret. There is no miracle cure, magic pill, or expensive medication. On the contrary in fact, because the steps you need to follow are mostly about using common sense.

Yes, getting professional help or going through an addiction treatment program can be a massive help. Not so much because the treatment and help provided is rocket science, but because it provides you with a safe and supportive environment for making the changes that need to be made.

Keep hanging out with drunks and drug users, and that’s what you’ll remain. Surround yourself with healthy, supportive, loving, successful, humble and grounded folk … and that’s what you’ll become.

Step 1: Responsibility

Until you take absolute and total responsibility for your addiction, you’ll never recover. Because until you do, you always leave yourself with a ‘back door’ or excuse to keep using. No one else can make you pick up that drink or drug … so blaming a spouse, parent, partner your childhood, work or whatever just won’t cut it.

Accepting total responsibility is about humbling yourself and saying, ‘this is my mess and the only person that can fix it is me.’

Step 2: DWIT

DWIT stands for ‘Doing Whatever It Takes.’ That needs to be your attitude – you’ll do whatever it takes to recover from your addiction to drink or drugs. Too many people think they can negotiate their way to sobriety.

‘I don’t feel like doing this,’ or ‘That isn’t really for me.’ If you’re serious, you’ll simply do the things you need to do. Once you’ve turned your life around and have recovered from your addictions, sure drop NA or AA if you think working your own Spiritual Program is something you’re more comfortable with.

But don’t use the excuse, ‘AA isn’t really my thing’ as justification to keep drinking. If you’re desperate enough, you’ll go to AA or whatever other recovery program can help you whether you like it or not.

Step 3: Reach Out

Many people stay stuck in a life of addiction because they’re too scared or ashamed to ask for help. Unfortunately alcoholism and drug addiction still carry a certain social stigma so nobody wants to be thought of an alcoholic or drug addict. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

Would you rather kill yourself than get the help you need to start living a healthy, prosperous and fulfilling life? Doesn’t make sense. Living the life of addiction is an incredibly lonely and isolated place. That’s why treatment programs are so powerful because suddenly you realise you’re not alone and there are others going through exactly what you are.

Having that support is incredibly powerful. So if you take nothing else from this article – ask for help! There are loads of people out there ready and waiting to help you.

Step 4: Unlock Your Potential

Unlocking your potential is about making the decision that you want to go beyond just thinking about survival, because that’s essentially what living the life of drugs and alcohol entails.

This is about embracing your recovery to the full and becoming all you can be. Decide that you want to fulfil your potential spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Join programs, read books, take classes, learn how to meditate, make new friends, start a new hobby.

That can sound scary, but remember it’s about taking baby steps. This is where recovery programs can help and make such a difference. Because integrating with people in the same boat as you who are also there to support you, makes the world seem a much less scary place, especially initially.

There is nothing particularly new or revealing in anything I’ve just said. But sometimes we over complicate things and make it seem harder than it needs to be. So it’s about getting back to basics and reminding ourselves of the timeless principles that lead to lasting and permanent change.

C-P Lehmann is the owner of an alcoholism help and drug addiction help website at www.alcoholism-and-drug-addiction-help.com that offers guidance, advice, help and support from former addicts to anyone affected by drugs or alcohol.


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Techno Music Maker – From Newbie To Club Banger, 5 Steps!

An easy to use techno music maker is essential these days as the music is getting to be more and more popular. Musicians of all types are taking the lead from Techno in terms of sound and interesting beats.

Often you can hear the influence in a who wide range of other music like Grime and Crunk.

Most of you know this but it all started back in the 90s, with some really great European Techno. By 2008 the music really had become mainstream.

If youre looking to get involved in the scene or just want to start making some Techno of your own, I have your back…

Here are a few tips to help you get started as a techno music maker.

1. The first step is the gather your weapons.

You need to have lost of interesting sounds and instruments plus a techno music maker to record your tune on.

I would use a software program like Garageband or Pro Tools to make your music.

If you dont mind spending a bit more money Magix do a techno music maker package that is killer..

2. Decided on your sound

With so many styles out there you need to decide on what kind of Techno you want to make. It helps to find a track that you like the sound of as a template.

3. The first stage is to add the drums and bass to your track.

This is the most important element of any music and you should be looking to give your tune a signature that people will recognize as soon as it comes on the radio.

4 Layer the sound and fill the track up

You might use some vocal breaks or even a guitar solo, but you need to make your music feel alive and exciting with the other instruments.

5. Follow a pattern

You need to make sure that your song flows well and has a massive climax.

You can follow this simple structure:


This may seem a little bit simple, but having a plan like this keeps you on track and focused.

The best way to learn good song structure is to sit down with a pen and paper and make notes of how your favorite songs work.

Never blatantly copy though!

More Free Information for You…

To read my FREE guide on how to make professional Techno in 3 easy steps click here: Techno Music Maker

…and to to read my other FREE guide on how to use my favourite drum machine click here: Best Zoom Drum Machine

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