Beat Breakdown: Creating Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” in FL Studio – Part 1 – The Drumbeat
In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will be showing you, with this article, how to produce Dr. Dre’s classic “Still D.R.E” in FL Studio 12.
Please note that this section of the article contains instructions on how to produce the drums for “Still D.R.E.” The melody is in the next article.
Also keep in mind that the drums and melody you’ll be producing from this article and the next won’t sound identical to the original Dr. Dre song. If you follow this article’s instructions correctly, your beat will still sound cool! Even cooler with the melody!
1 CHANGE THE TEMPO, GET RID OF “FRUITY LIMITER”
The tempo to “Still D.R.E” is approximately 93 beats per minute. Set that tempo by scrolling down on the tiny tempo window on top of your FL Studio 12 screen.
Usually, FL Studio 12 contains a default master audio setting with each new project you open. It’s called “Fruity Limiter.” If you have this effect on the master audio of your project, disable it. Do this by selecting the “Master” track on the Mixing Board and either a) clicking the green dot to the right of the “Fruity Limiter” slot to silence it, or b) left-clicking “Fruity Limiter” in the Slot window and selecting “none” in the opening window.
2 ADDING DRUM SOUNDS TO THE CHANNEL RACK
To make a good enough drum track to match up with “Still D.R.E,” use these built-in sounds in your “packs” directory.
* Packs > Drums > Kicks > FPC 5 Kick
* Packs > Legacy > Drums > HipHop > Hip_Kick
* Packs > Legacy > Drums > HipHop > Hip_Hat_5
* Packs > Legacy > Drums > RealDrumkits > RD_Hat_5
* Packs > Legacy > Drums > HipHop > HIP_Snare_4
* Packs > Drums > Snares > Linn Snare
Drag them all to your Channel Rack.
3 ADDING KICKS
The two kicks in this Channel Rack are “FPC 5 Kick” and the “Hip_Kick.”
Go to the Piano Roll of either one (doesn’t matter) and add this.
Make sure the duration, pitch, and placement of these sound repetitions match what you see above.
After adding the above composition to either kick, copy it and paste it to the Piano Roll of the other kick. “FPC 5 Kick” or “Hip_Kick,” whichever one you left empty.
This gives your kick a deeper layer by having two kicks play at the same time.
4 ADDING AN OPEN HI-HAT
The open hi-hat in your Channel Rack is “RD_Hat_5.” It makes the sounds of an open hi-hat silenced by a closed one. Add it to these positions on your Channel Rack.
You’ll need to change the duration and pitch of this open hi-hat. Go to its window by left-clicking the rectangle reading “RD_Hat_5.”
Circled is the pitch and pitch range along with their alterations. Change the pitch to 600 cents. (You’ll see its level in “cents” on the upper left of your screen.) Lower the pitch range to 3 and crank the “dial” all the way down, as shown.
This will change the sound of your open hi-hat so it blends with the closed hi-hats you’ll later add.
5 ADDING THE OTHER DRUMS
Now that you’ve got the two kicks and open hi-hats taken care of, place the closed hi-hats, “Hip_Hat_5,” and snares, “Hip_Snare_4 and Linn Snare,” where you see them below.
6 ADDING YOUR PATTERN TO THE PLAYLIST
Add it eight times on top of the Playlist as shown.
Now add each of your Channel Rack sounds to the Mixing Board. (It should be an easy process by this point.) Once you have them in the Mixing Board, set these levels.
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