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double-time hats

Simon Goetz
Simon Goetz

Hey, beatmakers. Will somebody tell me the best way to make double-time hi-hats, the kind that are typical in southern rap beats? I want them to click quickly, kinda sounding like insects, while keeping the rest of the tempo slow and low. Is there a way to divide the hi-hats slots into 32nd notes, while keeping the rest 16th notes, or whatever?

Thanks in advance!

O to the K, Simon

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Derik West
Derik West

tops are complicated i still have difficulty getting the hats to roll with style. it depends on the sound you choose and the pattern or tempo of the grid. ive had luck using just hat loops and working from there. or using loops with a faster or slower tempo then that of the grid. for instance if you have the grid set to "faster" which is 140bpm you can layer in a loop of hats or snares running at 280bpm or use a melody or bass loop running at 70bpm. good luck and have fun. i too could use some advice here as well. if anyone has any other tips or tricks i would love to hear them

Jerf Bellino
Jerf Bellino

You could remix songs that have the speed faster than the OMG speed choice. heres one of mine that is faster than the OMG speed. If you dont like it just clear the whole thing and make ur own beat... http://www.beatlab.com/matrices/391885

Julie Coughlin
Julie Coughlin

i like to use fruity loops for HH rolls but try using 808 or 606 HiHats closed and put the beat to a hi tempo like OMG (on beatLab) or 140+ on FL then the easy pattern is 1-1-1-4-1, fiddle around ans see what u like try making a build tho like 1-1-1-2-2-3-3-4-4-1

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