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By Kia Orion, Artist + Educator

LOFI FUNDAMENTALS: Make CHILL Hip-Hop Beats

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

Music Production For Beginners.

Do you listen to chill hip-hop beats and wonder how they do it? Are you curious how these producers achieve that gritty vintage sound? Do you wish you could make your own beats to study, chill, or relax to? Now you can.

If you’ve listened to study beats on Youtube or Spotify then you know what I'm talking about. Those beats that are so chill you put them on when you're working or just kicking it. You think they've gotta be a piece of cake to make. Lofi beats seem simple on the surface there’s more to them than you'd expect. How do you get your drums to bounce? How do you achieve that gritty, dusty, analogue sound? Where do you find the right samples for this genre? It took me hundreds of beats to finally figure out what was missing in my production. I tried to learn on my own through random youtube tutorials and blogs I read online. I spun my wheels for years. And after teaching hundreds of students I know now why. The answer is simple: we think because the information is out there we can do it ourselves. But with the internet sending us new tutorials every other day it leaves us feeling even more confused than when we started. How do you apply sidechain compression? What plug-ins are best for lofi beats? How do you manipulate audio to chop better samples? There's no clear cut path. It took me years of trial-and-error, wasting time trying to learn concepts I thought I needed only to end up months later in the same spot.

So what’s the alternative? After being frustrated with how confusing my own journey was learning music production I decided to do something about it... I created Beat School, an online academy that teaches the foundational elements of music production in a simple and effective way. This course on lofi music production is one of the beginner programs designed to help students gain an understanding of beat making with a step-by-step approach.

In this course you'll learn:

-How to easily warp, chop, and manipulate audio samples -The key elements that go into a lofi track -Mixing techniques that are essential to achieving that lofi sound -How to achieve the gritty analogue sound you want without wasting money on expensive gear -How to create lofi beats with only stock plug-ins and free resources -How to design drums to get that J Dilla swing -How to make better decisions in terms of sample choice and sound design -Only the necessary information that you need to make lofi beats, without the overwhelm and confusion of complicated techniques My goal is simple: I am here to teach you a simple process to chop samples, warp audio, easily create swing for J Dilla drums, mix, and make chill lofi hip-hop beats that you can vibe to. In this course I won’t overwhelm you with fancy software or advanced techniques. You’ll learn exactly what you need to get producing as fast as possible. In doing so, I have built what I believe is the most effective way to easily make lofi beats.

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Course overview - 29

  • Welcome to Class!

  • What Are You Going To Learn?

  • Lofi Melody Overview

  • Melody Walkthrough & Lofi Effects

  • Chopping The Sample

  • Playing The Sample

  • Lofi Drums Overview

  • Drums Walkthrough

  • Lofi Drum Techniques

  • Adding Bass

  • Lofi Flair (Percussion)

  • What About Brass?

  • Lofi Textures Overview

  • Textures & EFX Walkthrough

  • Mixing Lofi Overview

  • Mixing Lofi Walkthrough

  • Mastering Lofi

  • Arranging The Beat

  • How to Automate Lofi

  • Walkthrough 2: Chopping & Playing

  • Walkthrough 2: Drums

  • Walkthrough 2: Vocal Textures

  • Walkthrough 2: Bass

  • Walkthrough 2: Hook Vocal Melodies

  • Walkthrough 2: Percussion

  • Walkthrough 2: Mixing

  • Walkthrough 2: Tracking Out The Beat

  • Conclusion & What's Next

  • Resources

Learners who have already enrolled in this course

Meet your instructor

Kia Orion
Kia OrionArtist + Educator
A teacher who grinds just as hard as you do. I'm an artist and educator who believes life wouldn't be the same without music. I’m equally passionate about creating music as I am teaching it. With over 10+ years of experience I help music producers, songwriters, and rappers write better songs and make bangin beats. I created Beat School Online (www.beatschoolonline.com), an online music education platform, to help you avoid all the mistakes I made on this journey of music production and audio engineering. I've taught over 17,000 students and continue to create my own jams every week too. Let's make some music. KO