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A common question I hear from aspiring music producers is, “How can I use a sample pack to quickly build a beat?”  So, I downloaded a couple of sample packs from Beatport Sounds loaded them into Ableton Live’s Drum Rack and Simpler and got busy producing a simple trap music style beat. In the video below I take you through the whole process, step by step, from building a drum kit, to writing a beat, and recording a bass line and melody. I even added a couple of transition elements to keep things interesting. Here’s the journey:

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Erik “Hawk” Hawkins is an EDM artist, producer, composer, remixer, label owner, and author. His music has been used by major television networks and film studios, including ABC, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, and New Line Cinema. His writing has appeared in top industry publications, including Electronic Musician, Mix, Remix, and Keyboard. He has authored several books, including tje Complete Guide to Remixing and Producing Drum Beats. His Berklee Online course, Programming and Producing Drum Beats, won an UPCEA Award in 2012. He also manages his own busy YouTube channels and has collected way too many vintage synths.
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