Layering Drums – Making Breakbeats
Learn how to take your boring drum patterns and inject them with vibe, character, and dynamics. Watch as Ken Lewis shows you the techniques he has used to produce for Eminem, Kanye West, Future, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, and countless others, such as how to create an authentic sounding hip hop breakbeat starting with a simple kick, snare and hi hat. Follow along as he demonstrates how to finish with layers of drums, percussion and ambience reminiscent of the classic breaks.
Learn to pick the right sounds and use the right effects, compression, and EQ to make heads nod and rappers find their flow over your drums.
This tutorial includes the full audio breakbeat session, including all of Ken’s One Shot drums, so you can practice these techniques on your own DAW as you watch the tutorial. Pause, rewind, and try your new skills as Ken shows you the way.
- Run Time: 20 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate
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Learn how to mix, record and produce music from Ken Lewis, as he shares the real world techniques used to make world-class, hit records based on his 25+ years of industry experience. Ken’s credits include work with BTS, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Drake, Future, FUN., Mark Ronson, Ariana Grande and countless others.