Watch as pioneering trap producer Lex Luger (Juicy J, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa) builds a cinematic trap beat from scratch with MASCHINE+ and the KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 Keyboard at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Los Angeles.
Luger starts by using the Auto Sampler on MASCHINE+ to sample sounds from several vintage synths in the museum’s legendary collection. Then he uses MASSIVE to lay down a bell sound for the foundational melody, a cinematic string sound for additional atmospherics, and a ragtime piano for harmonic support.
With the foundational elements in place, Luger programs the drums with MASCHINE+. Using Note Repeat to nail trap’s signature hi-hat triplets and quantizing individual sounds to tighten up the production, Luger lays down a bounce-heavy 808 and drenches it in reverb and delay for added warmth before programming several more drum patterns to add more excitement to the beat.
Making use of the museum’s collection, Luger adds a dark horn sound sampled from a vintage Elka Synthex and a violin sound sampled from a vintage Jupiter 6. Then he removes elements of the track to make space for the artist and brings it all home with a sonic switch-up featuring more hi-hats and a triplet-inflected 808.
Learn more about Lex Luger and go behind the scenes with a point by point breakdown of his cinematic Sketches track on the blog: https://blog.native-instruments.com/watch-lex-luger-build-a-cinematic-trap-beat-with-maschine/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Lex_Luger_Sketches
Enter the Metapop competition and remix the song for your chance to win a Native Instruments MASCHINE+ and the KOMPLETE 13 production suite: https://metapop.com/pages/promos/sketches-lex-luger?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Lex_Luger_Sketches
00:00 – Intro
04:06 – Cooking up with MASCHINE+
04:18 – Sampling vintage synths with the new Auto Sampler function
04:41 – Choosing a main sound in MASSIVE
05:42 – Choosing a string sound in MASSIVE
06:25 – Adding a ragtime piano sound from KONTAKT
06:45 – Adding drums with MASCHINE+
07:27 – Using the Note Repeat function for quantized hi hat triplets
08:06 – Quantizing individual sounds
09:19 – Adding an 808 sound
09:54 – Using reverb on 808s
10:57 – Adding a beat delay effect with MASCHINE+
11:27 – Adding reverb to the piano sound
11:52 – Making another drum pattern to add excitement to the beat
13:22 – Editing kick drum samples with MASCHINE+
14:00 – Matching the kick and 808 sounds with MASCHINE+
14:45 – Using a filter to cut the lows out of the sound
15:08 – Adding a dark sound sampled from an Elka Synthex vintage keyboard
15:45 – Adding a violin sound sampled from a Jupiter 6 vintage keyboard
17:35 – Removing sounds from the arrangement to make space for the artist
18:25 – Adding a hi hat triplet and snare sound for the switch up
20:14 – Adding an 808 sound with the KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 keyboard
21:00 – Adding triplets to the 808s
22:40 – Metapop competition details
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