Free MIDI Trap Drum Beats

Over the last month I got really inspired to remake a few of my tracks. I wanted to add new beats and energy to my older tracks, or the ones that just didn’t hit it. I found myself making a lot of Trap beats. Along the way I made quite a library of trap rhythms in MIDI format. I love using MIDI because I can drag and drop it into my live set and switch out different drums.

I put together a library of MIDI Trap beats for y’all. The parts are separated to make it easy to mix and match. I have the beats separated into hats, snares, and kicks.  Total of 36 MIDI Clips. The MIDI files work with any DAW. Just drag them into the track you are working on and add drum sounds to the MIDI track.

For all the Ableton Live users I have a Live Set with it all laid out and easy to use.  You can play High Hats and switch up the snare pattern. This makes it very easy to come up with new beats.

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Dedication to Succeed

Through the last decade of being an artist I have learned a lot around what it takes to succeed.  For me the key is recognizing what my goals are, and being true to my aspirations. If I want to be a professional musician, then I need to dedicate myself to that path. Go big or go home has been my motto.  Below is a video that shares my thoughts and how I have reframed this for myself.

Creating Binaural Beats with Ableton Live

The origin of Subaqueous and my trip down the musical rabbit hole came from Binaural Beats. Through the years I have had many musicians contact me about it. It has been 10 years since I started experimenting with Binaural Beats. It’s been an amazing experience, and I have decided to distill the information I have learned from the years to help others that are inspired to play with consciousness and sound.

I created a masterclass on Making Binaural Beats. If you are interested in going deep, check it out. In this article, I wanted to share some of the basics of making Binaural Beat Tracks.

Introduction to Binaural Beats:

First off lets look at what Binaural Beats are.

Binaural beat recordings are specially generated sounds, designed to alter our brainwaves and consciousness. The basic idea behind binaural beats is that our brains operate at certain bandwidths, which are measured in frequencies. Our brainwaves change depending on how we are feeling, and what we are doing. Using binaural beats we can emulate natural brainwave frequencies and then slowly change them to another brainwave frequency. This is based off the theory of entertainment.

When the perceived beat frequency corresponds to the delta, theta, alpha, beta, or gamma range of brainwave frequencies, the brainwaves entrain to or move towards the beat frequency. For example, if a 315 Hz sine wave is played into the right ear and a 325 Hz one into the left ear, the brain is entrained towards the beat frequency 10 Hz, in the alpha range. Since the alpha range is associated with relaxation, this has a relaxing effect, or if in the beta range, more alertness. An experiment with binaural sound stimulation using beat frequencies in the beta range on some participants and the delta/theta range on other participants found better vigilance performance and mood in those on the awake alert state of beta-range stimulation.

Binaural beat stimulation has been used fairly extensively in attempts to induce a variety of states of consciousness, and there has been some work done in regards to the effects of these stimuli on relaxation, focus, attention, and states of consciousness. Studies have shown that with repeated training to distinguish close frequency sounds that a plastic reorganization of the brain occurs for the trained frequencies and is capable of asymmetric hemispheric balancing. Wikipedia

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When we are in a meditative state, then our brain operates at a theta frequency. If we are very active, or a little stressed, then we operate at the beta frequency. Here is a list of the different brain wave frequencies.

My Exploration:

Over the past 10 years I have used binaural beats. It first started with a art instillation I created with my friend Jael Topek.  After many experiments we traveled the west coast with the yurt sharing and studying the experiment.  This video is an overview of my experiences.

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Creating Your Live Performance Setup

Technology has given artist new tools and ways of imagining their live performance. We can now sync live visuals, trigger samples on the fly, have access to unlimited effect processing, and all of this can be done through a single computer.  Ableton Live gives musicians an easy way to envision their live set and add as much simplicity, or complexity as they would like.

In this article, I am going to go over some basics of live performance with Ableton Live. This will help you envision what you want to make out of your live performance, and inspire new ways of looking at things. To start, let’s look at the different type of live performances.

2 Types of Live Set

This image shows the major types of Live Sets. I will review what these sets are and their advantages. This will mainly be centered around making these sets with Ableton Live as the backbone. (more…)

List of the Best Music Producer Blog’s

I do a lot of reading, research, and experimentation to stay at the top of my game. I am constantly looking for new techniques, inspirational insight, or information on the changing music industry.  I’ve decided to share my top blogs and websites with you. I’ve had these blogs bookmarked for a while and find myself constantly going back to them.  Now there are tons of blogs out there, but these are the best and the ones that I’ve repeatedly found relevant.

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Dispelling the Haters

Being a creative person has its hidden dangers. Being outward and public with it adds a whole new level of complexity.  How do you present your music? What will people think of it? All that stuff bubbles up to the surface. Of late, I have been dealing with having “haters”. People that look down at me for one reason or another.

I wanted to share the story of how I perceived it and what I learned from it.  I also found a way that I can personally change that story in myself.

This video is also the start of a new project. I created a new Youtube Channel to share my process as an artist. It’s about the creative process and the lessons I have learned on this path. I wanted to separate it from my more technique oriented videos at my Subaqueous Channel.  If you want to see more videos like this, please subscribe.