- My name is Mike Longo! I love technology, digital media and graphic design.
You can make your own rap beats, background instrumentals, songs, movie soundtracks, whatever you want, using all kinds of electronic instruments and sounds, not just the drums.
FL Studio (also known as fruity loops) is one of the most popular and advanced beat making software in the world used by producers such as 9th Wonder. FL gives you endless options and tools to create your own beats, and is one of my favorite programs to make my own beats with.
you can get the demo here so you can make your own beats for free during the trial.
Here’s step-by-step exactly how to make your own beats in FL Studio (checkout these awesome free FL video tutorials from 20DollarBeats).
Launch FL (Fruity Loops)
Open FL Studio. If you’re staring at the FL Studio interface for the first time and have never made your own beats before, all the knobs, switches, and buttons will look like a foreign language, but not for long..
View > Step sequencer: The Step Sequencer
First, open the step sequencer in FL Studio by going in the navigation menu to ‘View‘ and checking ‘Step sequencer‘. This is the main window you’ll use to create your own beats.
Click on the pads next to the instrument to make your own beats. If you right-click on the instrument such as the “Kick”, you can automatically fill in each 2 steps, 4 steps or 8 steps.
The Virtual Piano
At the top of the list when you right-click on an instrument is the option to send it to the “piano roll” so you can change the tone of the instrument using the virtual piano.
To make your own beats the professional way, you need to make beats using multiple patterns, so you can set some of them to overlay each other to create a complete beat. To make your own beat using multiple patterns, just create a new pattern. You can change the pattern or create a new one by clicking the pattern name at the top which will reveal the drop down menu. To create a new pattern or step sequence window, click the “Insert one” option.
You can add as many instruments or sounds as you need to the step sequencer to make a beat sequence using the browser palette on the left side. The default browser list that comes in FL is packed with instruments and sounds that you can use to make your own beats. Just right-click on any instrument or sound you want to make beats with and choose “Open in new channel”, or just drag & drop it to the step sequencer.
View > Playlist: The Playlist
When you’re finished making beats with all the patterns you want to use, the next step is to arrange them in the playlist (View > Playlist F5) to make a complete beat. To open the playlist window, go in the top menu bar to “View” and then click “Playlist”. When you make beats with more then one pattern, the playlist window is where you’ll arrange them in order to make one beat.
Save your beat
When you’re finished making your own beat, go to File > Export and choose from the following export formats: Wave file, MP3 file, OGG file, MIDI file or a zipped looped package.