by Anders Johanson January 04, 2020 3 min read
So you want to start making trap music, but you have no idea where to start. Well, before watching any YouTube tutorials and opening your DAW, you might want to get a few high quality samples. When making music, sample selection can be the difference between sounding like a beginner and an experienced music producer. The better the samples that you start with, the less processing you’ll have to do, and you’ll thank yourself later when you’re mixing.
One of the best resources for samples is called Splice, a monthly membership service that gives you a certain amount of credits, which you can then use on a vast library of samples uploaded by some of the best producers out today. One of the best features about splice is that you can use credits to buy samples one by one, and they even have a desktop app that lets you drag them right into your DAW. The membership costs a measly $7.99 per month, and is worth it if you’re in need of high quality samples.
Below are some of the best trap sample packs that you can find both on and off Splice. These packs all contain super heavy 808s, hard-hitting drums, spacey FX, percussion, and so much more. It’s up to you to look through and find what you need, but these should be enough to get you started.
Decap is a music producer from San Francisco that has been making huge waves in the trap scene as of late. His tracks provide us with spacey atmospheres, huge synths and some of the hardest drums you’ve ever heard.
He is also the founder of Future Knock, a sound coined by Decap and accompanied by a series of sample packs called Drums That Knock. This series of eight sample packs is filled with expressive percussion, processed drums, vibey melody loops and so much more. Not to mention, his sounds have been used on tracks by the likes of Mac Miller, Beyoncé, Diplo, G-Eazy, Meek Mill and many more of your favourite artists.
If you’re into trap music, you probably already know the name Boi1da. He’s a record producer from Toronto and a house producer for OVO. His most notable credits include Drake, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey among others.
His sound kit is widely known among producers as some of the most essential sounds to have in your library. None of the samples you’ll find in this pack are necessarily out of the ordinary, but they are the classic and versatile trap samples that we know and love and that can be used in almost any context.
Dilip is another producer from the Bay Area making huge waves in the new trap scene. Starting from humble beginnings on Soundcloud, he has matured into a producer with credits for artists such as Juice WRLD, Ski Mask The Slum God, Juicy J, Lil Pump, and many more.
In my opinion, his packs are some of my favorites. His drums are so crisp, his 808s have the perfect distortion tone, and a lot of his percussion and melody loops have Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian influence. Definitely a must have.
We at Samplified have also put together an essential trap and hip hop sample pack available for purchase. Drawing influence from artists like Monte Booker and xander, the pack is a full of sounds that will inspire you to create. From customizable chord sequences with midi to carefully crafted drum loops this pack is a great addition to any sample arsenal. The full trap sample pack includes the 400Mb+ of high quality, professionally designed sounds.
Bonus: Some other great packs to check out are the Quix Sample Pack, the Ronny J Drum Kit, EXPLORE’s Surfing Packs and DELAY’s 808s from Asia Sample Pack.
Writer and musician based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Hannah. Extensive career as both a writer and a musician previously working with brands such as Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and Sports Illustrated. As a musician, Anders has played in several bands throughout the last decade, and has experience in touring, booking, band management, engineering, producing, mixing, and composing. Anders has recently composed music for short films and media presentations in universities, and has launched a podcast focusing on giving musicians and artists a place to talk about their work and the process behind their creation.
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