How To Use Loops To Spice Up Your Beats

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How To Use Loops

I’m a big fan of loops.


I have a huge collection of drum loops, synth loops, bass loops, etc. which I have gathered over the years.

Loops can give your music edge when used right – especially drum loops. With minimal effort, you get professionally sounding drum tracks almost instantly.

But what is a loop you might ask?

Bascially, it’s a short clip (a few seconds) that when duplicated in your music software, will repeat the same rhythm or melody. Loops used in modern electronic music are usually a sequence of drums, basslines or melodies of a certain length, recorded to an audio file. When those audio files are played together in repetition, they sound like a musical composition.

Most of the commercial and free sample packs you can buy or download, contain loops. Loops in these packs are usually 4, 8 or 16 bars long and the tempo varies according to the genre.

The tutorial video below will show you how you can mix drum loops with your kick drum to quickly create a nice groove. You’ll also learn how to sync loops (that are in a different tempo) via the time stretch function in FL Studio. Furthermore, some very basic equalization is covered.

If loops are something you want to explore further, don’t forget to check my tutorial on how to add variation to a loop.

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9 Comments

  1. Nice tutorial 🙂 I’ve never really messed with loops but when I downloaded some of the free samples linked on here they came with alot!
    Looks like I might have to try something new 😀
    Thanks!!

    • Thanks, Jon!

      Yeah, loops rock 🙂

      I’m also preparing a tutorial showing how to slice & rearrange & twist loops to make them even more interesting.

      Stay tuned 🙂

  2. shadow tha enigneer on

    hey where did you find your drumloops i’m going insane trying to find some

    • Hey Hussein,

      Well, lot of professionals use loops in their music. Just make sure you use loops as “spice” and that you dont base your music solely on them as you need to have something of your own in there as well.

      Cheers!

  3. I’ve never used a drum loop before, but I recently got some new software with a few hip hop drum loops in it, and I was kinda amazed how nice and professional sounding the sample loops was. I agree with you when you say it can give you an edge, because it can expand your creativity and shorten your production time when making beats.

    Great posts Petri, I’m excited about reading more of your submissions.

    Thanks

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