Our first article clearly wasn't enough to cover all the sampling techniques involved and the loops and sounds from the Sample Focus library to help you get the Metro Boomin style.
Part 2 dives deeper into his unique soundscape, focusing on a set of samples to further capture the essence and mood of this signature sound. Each sample promises a unique flavor, meticulously crafted to into the overall track.
Here's a look into some of Sample Focus’s curated samples, with tips to help you customize your samples.
Metro's Signature Elements
Exploring Metro Boomin-inspired elements, and a unique Sample Focus touch, where each loop and sound brings a distinct essence, adding depth and dimension to the track.
1. Crashes - The Unexpected Punch
- Metro Wobble Crash by Prod. Jaw This crash, at 109bpm, offers a unique 'wobble' effect that can serve as a game-changer in your tracks, adding an unexpected rhythmic twist.
Consider using a slight reverb to accentuate its spatial feel. For that Metro vibe, EQ out some of the high frequencies above 10kHz to keep it from sounding too sharp.
2. Rides - The Rhythmic Nuance
- Thin Metro Ride by Prod. Jaw A subtle yet effective ride cymbal, it's essential for adding those rhythmic nuances that keep a track moving.
Place this in the background, slightly panned to one side, to maintain a spacious soundstage.
3. Vocals - The Signature Shout
- Metro "Hey" Vocal Chant by Prod. Jaw A vocal chant like "Hey" can bring an energy spike, especially when used before a drop or to punctuate a bar.
Compress this sample slightly to ensure it doesn't overpower other elements and sits well in the mix.
4. Hi-Hats - The Beat's Backbone
- Thin Metro Closed Hat by Prod. Jaw Every trap beat needs a clear hi-hat, providing rhythm and guiding listeners.
Add a slight delay with a short feedback to give this hi-hat a rolling, continuous feel, characteristic of Metro's beats.
The Metro Beat
Metro is known for his aggressive undertones. His is defined by the fine balance and interaction of nuanced elements. From the way samples layer together to the subtle application of effects, the devil is truly in the details. Achieving that signature sound is about blending samples seamlessly and using effects like reverb and delay in moderation, ensuring each element complements rather than overpowers the other.
5. Drum Loops - Raw Power
- 808 Mafia type Hard Trap Drums by Shadman Wa A powerful drum loop that gives that Metro-style aggressive touch.
Enhance the snare's snap by boosting frequencies around 2kHz. This will make it cut through the mix, resonating with Metro's clear and piercing snares.
6. Bass Lines - Grit and Grind
- Distorted 808 Bass by Ale Sira A robust bass made for the heavy trap banger.
To get that deep Metro feel, side-chain this bass to your kick drum, ensuring they don't clash and the kick punches through.
- Saturated Metro Boomin Bass - 808 by MC Dagger Warm yet aggressive, this bass is a .
Cut frequencies below 30Hz to avoid muddiness and boost around 60Hz for that punchy Metro feel.
- Spinz Bass - Lil Baby Type 808 by Nikhil Mathew Tailored for high energy tracks.
EQ out any high-end hiss and focus on the mid-lows, ensuring it complements other elements without overpowering them.
7. The Essentials
- Metro Boomin Clap - Short Hit by Aleksander Crucial for those impactful transitions.
Layer this clap with a snare or another clap, slightly off-time, to add depth and make your drops more impactful.
- Ric Flair Drip 808 by HammerTM A bass sample with a nostalgic feel, channeling Metro's hit energy.
Add some saturation to warm it up, and consider rolling off super low frequencies to maintain clarity in your mix.
Crafting a track that captures Metro Boomin's signature vibe isn't just about layering samples; it's about understanding the core elements that give his tracks their unique appeal.
The tracks are nuanced. They carry tiny sonic elements, sometimes almost imperceptible, but together they contribute to the overall vibe of the track.
Use the Right Tools
A major asset in emulating Metro's style is having the right samples. However, having them isn’t enough; you need to choose and manipulate them wisely. Depending on your track’s mood, samples like “Thin Metro Closed Hat” or “808 Mafia type Hard Trap Drums” could fit perfectly. Remember, samples are the starting point. Tweaking their pitch or arrangement can help in realizing your musical vision.
Apply Emotion, Experimentation, and Refinement
Metro’s tracks strike a chord because they exude emotion, be it the fierce energy of “Ric Flair Drip” or the somber tones of “No Heart”. It’s essential to ensure dynamic shifts in your track to reflect different emotional intensities. But Metro’s signature also lies in breaking norms, so don’t shy away from experimenting with sound design or rhythm. Once your track is down, refining it by focusing on the mix and seeking feedback is essential to achieving a polished, authentic sound.
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