In a previous article I’ve spoken about the primary drums in electronic music.
Today I would like to start a new series of articles in which I’m going to teach you how to create your own drums.
Today I will teach you how to create your own hat drum.
The internet is full of samples and sounds which aren’t as professional as they might seem.
Some producers believe that what they have at the moment is enough and that it sounds very well.
Well it’s not like that.
As long as you will only stick with what you know and you won’t look for more you won’t progress.
But I’m sure that this is not the case for you.
You want to get as much as you can from yourself, so let’s see how we can get the most out of ourselves.
The truth is that there aren’t many professionals, and I haven’t met a true genuine music producer yet.
The reason I keep progressing is that I want more from myself.
If you refuse to grow not only you will not advance, you will also lose the progress until that moment.
There are only 2 directions: you either move forward and you progress or you go backwards and you regress.
It’s a simple principle which describes any evolution.
Now let’s get back to creating a hat.
As I promised I will describe each step in the process of creating a hat.
First of all you need a white noise template.
From that you can create all the drums you need including the hat and the clap.
If you want to know more about the white noise check out this article.
Learn how to make drums!
Open FL Studio and set the tempo at 120 BPM.
Now, insert 3 OSC.
Select noise for all the 3 oscillators.
This way you will have the white noise I was talking about earlier.
Send it to a channel, then insert an equalizer in the mixer.
If you are familiar with what I’ve been writing then most likely you will know that my favourite is Parametric EQ 2.
Now, insert a note in the piano-roll.
Set it to a full step and put that pattern in the playlist.
I open the mixer then I create an automation on the volume.
Afterwards I edit it in the playlist so that it would keep the same volume for 1/16 of a second.
It doesn’t sound as a hat yet, but we still have some settings to make.
In Parametric EQ 2 We reduce all frequencies under 3000HZ with 18 dB, then we repeat the process.
The parametric EQ should look something like this:
Ok, now render it and take a look!
You’ve created your own hat.
You only need to open it with Edison and to normalise it’s volume
(You can do this by pressing the keys Ctrl+N), after that you can import it as a sampler and you can start using it to create beats.
There are many variations of the hat sound that you can create.
The idea is that in a project you need certain elements to cover segments of the sound spectre.
This is a more advanced lesson which I will teach you later.
You are probably thinking that the hats are not so important in a song.
Wrong! Any element is important in music.
I remember the days when I used to spend over 80 hours on my projects, which were for nothing, because I’ve only created something weak which had potential.
But the response I’ve got was even more unexpected: “That is not as much as it seems. Some people work days only for an excellent sounding hi-hat!”
Sincerely that statement shocked me.
If it takes you so long to create a hi-hat then how long does it take you to create a whole project?
The drums need power and refinement.
The better they sound, the easier they are to add in the mix.
I find it funny and somewhat interesting that some producers try mixing using poor quality samples.
They won’t get anywhere, they will only work for nothing.
I consider it even funnier the fact that now I’m laughing about the same mistakes that I was making in the past.
I was so inexperienced that I managed to make all the possible mistakes.
Why do some hats sound good and the others plain bad?
It might be a matter of taste or perception, but I don’t like the metallic hats.
They don’t fit in the electronic music. I’m convinced that they are used in soft-rock, pop and older songs.
The metallic hats sound old-school for me, or I have a different style.
Why does a metallic hat sound bad?
If a sound is metallic or sharp it won’t have as many frequencies involved as other more coloured types of hats.
When you are using a hat you need to cover all the empty frequencies, and the metallic drums can’t do that.
You need hats made with white noise, because the white noise contains all the frequencies the human ear can hear.
Now it’s just a matter of taste, everybody chooses the sounds he uses depending on his style and how does he feel at that moment.
I choose each “brick” that I use in the construction of a song carefully, and you should do the same.
Ok, so now you know how to recognise a good hat and how to create your own hat.
If I did miss something or you know something that could improve this article please don’t hesitate and leave a comment.
Which methods do you use to make your drums sound more professional?
I’m looking forward to reading your responses and stay tuned, I will return with similar articles soon.
I wish you’ll find all the inspiration you need!