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Beats for bars


Beats for bars

About the course

In this course, legendary beat-maker Plastician breaks down his production process for instrumentals, covering sampling, synthesis, structuring a beat, collaborating and working with an MC. Plastician has produced instrumentals for some of the hottest UK artists including Skepta, Jammz and Tempa T.

Are you ready to learn beat-making from the best in the business?

Learn in your own time

You can take our courses any time, anywhere, on any device. Turn your commute into the best hour of the day or be inspired at 2am when you just can’t sleep. Learn in your own time and at your own pace.

1 hr 40 mins

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Your teacher



Grime and Dubstep wouldn't be the same without the immense musical output of Plastician. Starting out producing music as a way of gaining the recognition needed to further his DJ-ing career, the Croydon native worked alongside producers such as Skream, Benga and Artwork in the early 2000s. He held the longest-running radio show on Rinse FM as well as being the world’s first DJ to have a specialist Dubstep and Grime radio show on national radio. It was with the 2008 release of his debut LP 'Beg To Differ' on his Terrorhythm Recordings label that Plastician first achieved widespread critical acclaim with an album still regarded as one of Grime's best. It proved to be an apt name too, for a man always looking to do things differently and challenge the expectations of genres. Always one to keep things fresh, he’s still working with some of the most exciting new rappers from around the UK.

What you'll learn

Plastician breaks down his beat-making process from start to finish. With tracks featuring some of the biggest names in UK rap and grime, Plastician has a level of understanding that comes only with years of experience in the game. The course covers everything you need to know to start building out killer beats for rappers – from putting down the first fresh sounds to connecting and collaborating with MCs.

Plastician uses FL Studio to record, produce and arrange his tracks along with a handful of plugins, including many free ones. However, all of the processes covered in this course can be replicated using any music production software and stock plugins.

This course will teach you:

  • How to stay relevant using current sounds whilst still infusing your tracks with your individual identity
  • Essential tips on connecting and working with rappers
  • How to record vocals and studio collaboration techniques to get the best take
  • Cleaning up vocal takes and removing unwanted noise
  • How to mix a track and prepare for mastering
  • Advice on performing live and getting your music heard

Lesson plan