Layering Drums – Making Trap Beats
Learn how to layer drums to create trap beats from Ken Lewis, who has produced for Trap legends like Future and Kanye West. Watch as he shows you some of his drum layering techniques specific for making trap beats. See him start with a simple 808, kick, snare, and hi hat, and transform these into 3 different melodic 808 basslines with chops and bends, 4 kick layers, 5 snare layers, 6 hi hat layers and more. Discover how to creatively change up your hi hat patterns and create trap hat rolls and much more.
This tutorial is taught using Pro Tools, but all of the skills and techniques demonstrated can be used with any DAW, as well as devices like Maschine and MPC. Learn the skills that pros like Ken use to create records every day.
Ken’s One-shot drum sounds are included in the session download, along with stems for use with any DAW, and a full Pro Tools session. Watch, pause, rewind, and try your new skills in real time as Ken teaches them.
- Run Time: 52 minutes
- Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced
This is the second Layering Drums lesson in the series. Be sure to check out the first one, Layering Drums – Making Breakbeats, which focuses on how to create an authentic sounding hip hop breakbeat starting with a simple kick, snare and hi hat.
Another great place to find awesome content from Ken Lewis is on his YouTube channel, Mixing Night. Ken hosts free semi-monthly livestreams with real time sprint mixes, demonstrations, special guests, and more. Register here for the next event to join in the fun!
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.