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The Power of Cymbals in Beats

Do Cymbals Often Go Missed in Your Beats?

You always hear hats, claps, kicks, etc.. but what about cymbals!

Before we get into this, check out this cymbal I saw on Wikipedia!

Pretty cool looking! (Maybe I should ask if I can get this to review! .. just kidding ;)).

Record this, and use it as a one hit in your next beat! — Back to seriousness now.

A few questions for thought.

  • Do you ever use cymbals?
  • Do you have any cymbals in your sound tool box?
  • Do you think this will be an interesting post for you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Using cymbals in your beats instantly gives it that epic flavor. It brings in that orchestral feel, and as you know with beatmaking, if it sound good, let’s go with it!

Uses of Cymbals in Beats,

Having a cymbal at the beginning of a loop can really spice the loop up. However, be careful, this can make your beat sound super robotic, boring, and most of all, ANNOYING! cause it’s so repetitive. If putting a cymbal at the beginning of your loop, use it sparingly, and the power of cymbals will really spice up your beat to another level!

Cymbal Rhythmic Patterns?

This is something I haven’t talked about much; it’s a special trick I use within my own beats. It’s definitely been a cool trick I’ve acquired over the years and was hesitant to share it. But, now you get filled in! ๐Ÿ˜‰

FL Studio - Cut Feature

This works great for any sound. It’s just a matter of using the cut itself feature, so when a sound plays, the other one stops instantly.

It may not suite your style, but in the video above, it really gave that beat that extra grime.

Don’t be afraid to tweak the IN and OUT on the FL Studio channel settings. This always brings interesting results, and can make your cymbal more playable, rather than that long cymbal hit.

Cymbals as Transitions

This is a super widely-known transition. Take the cymbal, reverse it, and line it up!

A reversed cymbal impacts a beat so dramatically. When taking the reverse cymbal out of the arrangement, it removes so much impact of the transition you’re trying to build! Sometimes I find myself stretching the sample, or shrinking, pitching up, or down, just to get that right sound for the transition.

Layering sounds always has impact to a beat, and layering cymbals is no different! You can try using a few different at the same time, or us cymbals with other SFX. Creativity is how you get those cool sounds!

*Make sure to turn down your cymbals before playing. You’ve been warned!


Cymbals aren’t always a must, but in this production game, only a handful of producers do their own thing and stay original; using cymbals is a perfect example!

If you don’t have any cymbals in your production catalog, check SoundPackFlyer.com’s catalog of kits featuring awesome cymbals.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Picture used from cymbal page on Wikipedia.



GratuiTous runs a FL Studio training platform, and has taught beatmaking with FL Studio since 2011! He was an electrician for 10 years in Canada, and loves learning best practices of beatmaking! Learn about GratuiTous. ๐Ÿ‘‰
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