Beat Breakdown: Eminem’s “Under The Influence” The Drum Beat Pt.1
Today, in a series of beat breakdowns, I will show you how to re-compose the drumbeat of Eminem’s “Under The Influence,” a collaboration of Em and his group, D12, from his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP. For Part 2 which covers the melody you can find the follow up article here.
The drumbeat is in Part 1 of this tutorial. The melody is in Part 2.
Here’s the final version of the file we are making in this tutorial:
1 OPENING FL STUDIO / TWO THINGS TO DO
When you open FL Studio 12, do these two things first.
A. Open the mixing board. To the right, you should see “Fruity Limiter” in on one of the “slots.” This “Fruity Limiter” limits the volume of your whole project. Disable this effect. How? Two ways, either a or b.
B. Left-click the green dot to the right of the text “Fruity Limiter.” This silences the effect without deleting it.
C. Left-click the tiny triangle to the left of “Fruity Limiter,” and select “Replace” in the pop-up window, then “(none).” This erases “Fruity Limiter” completely.
(I recommend you delete “Fruity Limiter” every time you compose something with FL Studio 12. Just my $0.02.)
D. Set the tempo to 97 beats per minute.
2 ADDING THE DRUMS
Go to the left of the screen and find a kick under packs > legacy > drums > hiphop > HIP_Kick. Drag that to the channel rack.
Next, for the hi-hat, go to legacy > drums > hiphop > HIP_Hat_2. Drag that to the Channel Rack.
Now, for the snare (which doesn’t sound identical to the snare in the song, although it’s the closest one I could find), go to packs > drums > snares > 707 Snare. Drag that baby in the Channel Rack, too.
Once all these sounds are in the Channel Rack, compose this simple two-bar drumbeat. The first bar is, as follows.
The second bar? It’s like this.
(Go to the second bar by dragging the tiny horizontal black line, below the Channel Rack, to the right until you see your first four blank beats.)
3 ADDING TRACKS TO MIXING BOARD / MIXING
Once these tracks are composed, you don’t have to add this pattern to the Playlist yet. First, you need to add your tracks to the mixing board. Remember how? You can insert them to the board using the way
I’ve showed you before, or insert them to the board using a new way. What is the new way? Left-click on any rectangle reading “HIP_Kick,” “HIP_Hat_2,” or “707 Snare.” When the window opens for any track, you should see an empty space on the upper right corner.
Hover your mouse cursor over that box, left-click and drag it up until it reads the number of the mixer track to which you’d like to insert that sound.
When all three of your tracks are in the mixing board, adjust the volume for each track, as shown.
4. ADDING COMPRESSOR AND REVERB TO THE SNARE
Select the mixing board track for the snare. On the right of the mixing board, you should see empty “slots.” Go to “Slot 2,” (not “Slot 1,”) left-click it, and when the pop-up window opens, select “Fruity Compressor.”
Once that is selected, adjust the “Gain” on the Fruity Compressor window from “0.0” to “10.9.”
Remember when I told you not to select “Slot 1”? This was to save space for the overlapping reverb effect. Now go to “Slot 1,” left-click it, and when the window opens, select “Fruity Reeverb 2.”
In the “Fruity Reeverb 2” window, adjust the knobs in the circles so they look like this.
Now time to adjust this reverb to low volume. Go to the right side of your “Fruity Limiter 2” slot, find the volume knob, and turn it down so it looks like this.
5. ADDING PATTERN TO PLAYLIST
This is a very easy step. Go to the Playlist. Add your pattern twice, as shown below.
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