A trap one-shot is a simple sound effect, riser, hit, fill, textures and so on, which you might use at a specific moment in a track for effect. Basically a one shot is anything that is not a loop; like a snare hit, drum kick, or quick synth stab. You'll want to be on the hunt for packs that include one shots. This will give you the opportunity to load, manipulate, and create your own patterns.
What is a Trap Drum Loop?
A trap drum loop or otherwise known as a loop is a short musical snippets such as drum patterns, bass lines, electric piano grooves, which can be repeated as many times as you like and matched with other loops to create the basis of a track. These will be pre-constructed loops, sometimes with effects, that were created by combining the one shots we mentioned above.
How do you make trap drum patterns?
Trap music typically has a heavy/dark synthetic sound, with the synths being loud and prominent in the production. You have four main drum patterns that are used in trap music. They are as follows:
- Trap Pattern 1: This pattern is a standard four to the floor beat.
- Trap Pattern 2: This pattern is also a standard four to the floor beat, except with an added high hat every quarter note.
- Trap Pattern 3: This pattern is also a standard four to the floor beat, except with an added extra bass drum hit on beats 2 and 4.
- Trap Pattern 4: This pattern is an alternating bass drum pattern. It is a constant back and forth between the two pedals, hitting them on beats 1 and 3.
Trap Drum Kit Companies
Of course there are a million place you can look to get your drum sound kits. But remember, there are so many free resources out there that you can start out with. It's just a matter of finding the golden nuggets between all the riff raff. Here are some of the various companies that put out consistent and quality drum sounds.
- Drum Broker - Bangin Beats start with bangin drums! We are a niche boutique drum sample and sound design website.
- ReeseyGotIt - Not so much a company, but a person. Keep an eye out on reddit posts mentioning ReeseyGotIt's drum packs.
- boi-1da - Also a music producer but keep an eye out on his site. boi-1da easily has one of the best free drum kits for you to start out with.
- Producer Grind - There's a long list of free packs you can grab from their site.
Our list of Free Drum Kits
Below is a short list of great sample packs that you can get completely for free. These packs should have all that you need to start expanding your repertoire, to get that big and professional trap sound without spending any money. Each of these sample packs contains more than 100+ different samples, which should be more than enough to get you off the ground and making fire trap music in no time.
If you’re producing trap music, then you’ve probably heard of the producer called Lex Luger, his name inspired by the one and only professional wrestler. A co-founder of the producer group 808 Mafia with Southside and TM88 as well as a member of the group Low Pros with A-Trak, Luger was one of the early producers to pave the way for the classic trap sound that we all know so well today. Hex Loops has created an amazing and completely free sample pack with a bunch of sounds inspired by Lex Luger himself. It is a must have as far as free trap sample packs go.
In this pack are all the essentials – everything that you need to get started to make heavy trap music. It includes, kicks, snares, claps, 808s, hihats, percussion, FX, chants and more. This is a great starter pack for anyone looking to get into producing trap music. Trisamples has also created a second volume of the 808 Trapstep series, which is also completely free to download. You can download it here: http://trisamples.com/808-trapstep-pack-vol-2
We wouldn't just plug in our sample pack if it wasn't worth mentioning for the article. We've dropped countless free packs and littered inside are different samples from our different packs. There's a little bit of everything including drums and samples from our trap sample packs. With well over 20+ years of music production experience and downloads from well over 50,000 producers we thought we should mention it. Regardless it's free!
All of the sample packs listed above are completely royalty free, meaning that you can use them in your tracks without worrying about infringing on anyone else’s intellectual property.
Some other resources for good drum kits are r/Drumkits on Reddit as well as Looperman. Just be careful with what you download off of Reddit, as some sample packs are uploaded to the site without the artists’ permission.
Free Trap Drum Kits on r/drumkits
If you're an avid reader on reddit you probably know about the subreddit r/drumkits. If not finding free trap drum kits on reddit is a great starting point to building out your collection. Reddit is essentially a community forums, but a lot easier on the eyes than they used to be. Sub-Reddits are micro community forms catered to a specific topic, like r/musicproduction or r/edmproduction. There are a ton of great resources on multiple music production sub-reddits and every so often people will drop some dimes. As mentioned before, be careful what you use from these sites as some of them are rips form other musicians. Check out this subreddit post covering some resources and be sure to do a search to grab the rest.
- BPB Cassette 808 (Free 808 Drum Sample Pack)
- Abletunes trapstep drums
- 99sounds drum sample
- Free Ultimate Trap Drum Kit 2020
Here's a few of those drum kits that you should definitely grab before scooping up paid content. Not sure how long they'll be up so hurry and download them while you can!
Cymatics.fm is a production blog that has grown significantly in the past few years. They have a ton of informative articles about music production, they do huge giveaways that include professional grade equipment, they make great sample packs, and I can almost guarantee that you’ve received an email from them at some point. This is not a specific sample pack, but simply a link to the many free sample packs on the Cymatics website. They have packs for all genres, including trap and hip-hop. All of them are completely free. Check out the 808 Mob pack as well as the Astro pack if you’re looking for sub-shaking basses and hard drums.