How To Make Beats Like The Pros
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How To Make Beats Like The Pros

Learn to make hot rap beats and other instrumentals! Sound like the industry professionals.
4.6 (16 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop and produce high quality beats & instrumentals.
  • Understand music production tricks and techniques.
  • Understand what the quality is for industry beats & instrumentals
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Requirements
  • Understanding the basic functions of a DAW, such as FL Studio, but other DAWs may work.
  • Having VSTs such as reFx Nexus, Native Instruments, ElectraX,etc are recommended to have the same/similar sound library, but is NOT needed.
  • Understanding Rap Music and general music knowledge would be helpful for individuals as well.
  • Have patience and be able to practice the information being taught.
Description

Want to make great professional rap beats like Metro Boomin, Dr Dre, Noah 40 Shebib, Zaytoven and other Music Industry Professionals?

In this course we will be going through the process of creating different type of Rap / Hip-Hop / Trap beats and how you can accelerate your learning ability and start making beats like the greats!

This course is set up so you can go at your own pace, as well as be at any level in your music production career and still find something valuable. The course is broke down into different sections so that even if you have a busy schedule, you can still learn to make beats like the professionals and not fall behind in your everyday activities.

The course will be utilizing FL Studio as our main DAW (Digital Audio Workplace) and we will be using various third-party plugins for our sounds, but even if you don't have the exact software you can still follow along and learn KEY objective material that will benefit your music career. In this course we will be using THE EXACT SAME PLUGINS AND SOFTWARE used to make songs for:

  • Eminem
  • Future
  • Drake
  • Jay-Z
  • DJ Khaled
  • Taylor Swift
  • Gucci Mane
  • AND MANY MANY MORE

Learn the process of how producers and beat makers design professional quality beats for industry artists!


What will be covered?

  • How to make rap beats
  • What is a DAW and VSTs
  • Tempos and BPM, and how they affect a beat
  • How to structure your beat
  • How to stop making loop, and start making beats
  • Learn the exact same plug-ins and software that the Pros use
  • See how different types of beats are made
  • Basics of Mixing and Mastering (this class isn't specifically designed for this one subject)
Who is the target audience?
  • 'How To Make Beats Like The Pros' is for individuals who are seeking to produce high quality beats and instrumentals and learn all the secrets the professionals use.
  • Students that want to learn how to make beats
  • Students that want to learn music production
  • Students that want to get right into real life production action
  • Students that want to see behind the scenes of industry quality music
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 74 Lectures Collapse All 74 Lectures 13:10:23
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The Basics
5 Lectures 44:06

Who am I? What will be made in the course? And am I even a good producer... Find out!

Preview 07:21

Basic information about the course.

Preview 01:10

We will cover some information about the DAW, FL Studio functions and features, and basic melody structure and music theory.

Preview 12:25

The QUICK break down to mixing and mastering and what purpose it serves and some elements of mixing and mastering such as faders, pan, Eq, frequencies, compressors and limiters.

Music Production Mixing and Mastering Breakdown
18:04

Beat Development - Structures, Tempos and Loops
05:05
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Our First Rap Beat
7 Lectures 01:12:38

We will be making a simple Rap beat loop in our Channel Rack, we will be using VSTs and drum samples designed by Beat It AT Productions & Publishing. Part 1 of 2

Preview 13:18

We will be making a simple Rap beat loop in our Channel Rack, we will be using VSTs and drum samples designed by Beat It AT Productions & Publishing. Part 2 of 2.

The Loop Part 2/2
08:32

We will be going through all the elements in the channel rack /or the loop. We will be describing the VSTs and drum samples.

The Loop Anaylisis
07:08

We will continue on our first rap beat by pulling the loop from the channel rack into the playlist, which is where we can then organize and structure the loop into a full beat and create variations.

The Structure and Playlist
17:18

In this lecture we cover the process of mixing  first rap beat. We will cover some basic material on music levels, and how high the maximum dB should be, as well as tricks on getting the best sounding mix. Part 1/2

The Mix
14:45

In this lecture we cover the process of mastering our first rap beat. We will cover some basic material on music levels, and how high the maximum dB should be, as well as tricks on getting the best sounding master track. Part 2/2

The Master
07:54

We playback the beat we made in this Unit and summarize the process we did to make the beat.

Preview 03:43
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What Sounds The Pros Use
11 Lectures 55:51

We will start covering some popular VSTs and sounds that industry pros are using. A good overview of some powerful third party plugins.

The Sounds of the Pros
06:43

In this video we are covering the quality difference between FL Studio Native Plugins VS Third-Party, as well as some FL Studio Plugins that I use.

FL Studio Native VSTs (and against third party)
07:36

In this lecture I cover the VST Nexus and discuss some of its functions and library patches / sounds.

The VST Nexus
06:18

In this lecture I go through and cover some information about the older version of Spectranoics Omnisphere, Omnispher 1.

The VST Omnisphere
03:31

The VST Omnisphere 2 (MY FAVORITE!)
06:36

In this lecture I go through and cover Native Instruments' Massive and Kontakt.


Native Instruments VSTs Massive & Kontakt 5
05:44

In this lecture I go through the virtual instrument Electra2 or ElectraX by Tone2. I discuss some of the features this VST has.

The VST Electra2 / ElectraX
04:18

In this lecture I will be covering the VST Dune 2. It's an effective synth based VST for EDM and Rap / Hip Hop Music.

The VST Dune 2
03:58

In this lecture I cover the CRAZY intense sound design plugin Serum.

The VST Serum
05:10

In this lecture I cover arguably the BEST piano VST out on the market called Addictive Keys.

The VST Addictive Keys
05:32

The Monster VST List
00:25
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Our Second Rap Beat
5 Lectures 55:57

We will be making a simple trap beat loop in our Channel Rack, we will be using VSTs and drum samples designed by Beat It AT Productions & Publishing. We will be laying the ground work for our second beat.

Making The Beat - The Loop
16:47

We create the structure to our second rap beat in this course. We structure the whole beat inside the Playlist of FL Studio 12. Part 1/2.

The Structure and Playlist Part 1/2
10:50

We create the structure to our second rap beat in this course. We structure the whole beat inside the Playlist of FL Studio 12. Part 2/2.

The Structure and Playlist 2/2
12:06

We continue working on our second rap beat, but start the mixing and mastering process of the beat.

The Mixing and Mastering
12:13

In this video we playback the beat we were able to make in this Unit.

The Results
04:01
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The Pros Breakdown
7 Lectures 01:00:22

Introduction to our newly added section (May 2016) in which we cover the process of breaking down professional beats!

Preview 07:09

We will take a step into breaking down and looking at a remake we have made before. In the next video we will go into more detail about the beat and breakdown.

The First View Of Our Breakdown(s)
06:52

We will be looking into our first track which is a Kid Red song called Bounce, featuring Chris Brown and Migos. First Part.

Break Down of Bounce Part 1/2
07:21

We will be looking into our first track which is a Kid Red song called Bounce, featuring Chris Brown and Migos. Second Part.

Break Down of Bounce Part 2/2
08:16

Break Down Of Future - Mask Off (Sample & Melody)
13:54

Break Down of Future - Mask Off ( Drums )
09:13

Break Down of Future - Mask Off ( Mix & Master )
07:37
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Our Third Rap Beat
5 Lectures 01:05:36

In this Unit we start on our second rap beat, in which follows the 808 Mafia / Atlanta / Dark Trap Style. We will be moving on from this style after this Section.

Our Third Rap Beat The Loop
20:34

In this section we are developing the structure in our playlist for our third rap beat.

The Structure and Playlist
17:53

In this Unit we work on the mix of the third beat.

The Mixing
14:58

Covering the mastering side of the beat and creating a fuller sound.

The Mastering
08:53

In this video we playback the beat we were able to make in this Unit.

Preview 03:18
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Extensive Mixing and Mastering Section
6 Lectures 36:20

Some information regarding the Mixing & Mastering section.

Mixing&Mastering Introduction [summary]
04:00

Starting our Mixing and Mastering on our first example. Working with the sample.

Mixing&Mastering [Beat 1] - Playing The RAW Sample
03:58

EQing the sample, and more.

Mixing&Mastering [Beat 1] - EQing The Sample & Mixing Tips
04:33

Overall mixing, and some routing / send inserts.

Mixing&Mastering [Beat 1] - Overall Mixing of Tracks & Send/Routing
06:38

Finalizing the mix of our beat.

Mixing&Mastering [Beat 1] - Finishing Up Our Mix
09:27

The master and final result of [Beat 1].

Mixing&Mastering [Beat 1] - Mastering Our Beat & The Final Results
07:44
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Our Fourth Rap Beat
8 Lectures 01:48:51

We will be making a simple old school sample based/beat loop in our Channel Rack, we will be using samples, and drum samples designed by Beat It AT Productions & Publishing. We will be laying the ground work for our fourth beat.

Our Fourth Rap Beat The Loop Part 1/2
14:07

Our Fourth Rap Beat The Loop Part 2/2
14:18

We create the structure to our fourth rap beat in this course. We structure the whole beat inside the Playlist of FL Studio 12. Part 1/2.

The Structure and Playlist Part 1/2
14:49

We create the structure to our fourth rap beat in this course. We structure the whole beat inside the Playlist of FL Studio 12. Part 2/2.

The Structure And Playlist 2/2
09:01

We continue working on our fourth rap beat. This lecture I make some changes to the beat's melody and structures.

Additional Sounds & Instruments Part 1/2
13:45

Additional Sounds & Instruments 2/2
18:52

We work on the mixing and mastering phase of our fourth rap beat.

The Mixing and Mastering
17:07

In this video we playback the beat we were able to make in this Unit. We will also show you a unique free online mastering program called eMastered, which is designed by Grammy Award Winning Engineers and Producers.

Preview 06:52
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Underground Rapper Style Beat Breakdown
3 Lectures 32:58

Introduction, playing the beat, cover the melody and melody sounds.

Part 1 of The Beat Breakdown
12:11

Most information about the kicks and 808s and their mix. 

Part 2 of The Beat Breakdown
07:08

Rest of the beat breakdown, including drums, additional layout, some mastering, and side-chaining

Part 3 of The Beat Breakdown
13:39
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Misc - Additional Tools
2 Lectures 08:06

eMastered is a free online mastering service which scans your unmastered audio tracks and creates a mastered version for you.

eMastered - Mastering Service
04:10

Obtain special midi / FL Studio Scores that I utilize when making my beats.

Midis & Scores
03:56
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
St Louis MO Andrew Rapier
4.6 Average rating
16 Reviews
73 Students
1 Course

Music Producer & Entrepreneur. Owner of Beat It AT Productions & Publishing. 

Worked with numerous music industry professionals as well as trains new upcoming music producers. Accredited to 808 Mafia, Atlantic Records, Winner Cirlce Productions, BusyWorksBeats, Young Gods, GMC Mobb, Glo Gang, Coke Boys and many more. 

Have been teaching music production and beat tutorials on YouTube for over a year now, and have even done collaborated videos with Busy Works Beats on YouTube.