How to Make Lofi Hip Hop Beats in 7 Easy Steps

Here’s a beginner’s guide on How to Make Lofi Hip Hop Beats. We cover the basic instruments to use, Lofi audio effects, and video tutorials for creating Lofi Music.

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How to Make Lofi Hip Hop Beats
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How to Make Lofi Hip Hop Beats

Here is a breakdown of common instruments, effects, and song structure.

1. Lofi Music Instruments

Most Lofi Hip Hop beats feature pianos, electric pianos, and ambient synth sounds.

How to Make Lo-Fi Beats - Piano Piano

Jazzy-sounding guitars are a great choice for the melody.

Depending on what plugins you have and want to use it’s a great idea to search for presets using these keywords.

Popular Free VST Plugins:

This video showcases a great VST plugin called Tape Piano made for Lofi music production.


2. Lofi Hip Hop Drums

Most Lofi drums tend to follow the basic boom bap hip hop structure.

Make sure you listen to and learn about Boom Bap. It’s a great source of inspiration.

Be creative with your samples and sounds. Use acoustic drum kits and even electronic kits to make your beats.

A great trick is to mix an acoustic drum kit with lots of room reverb with a more focused electronic kit to make it more powerful.

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Check out this video about creating drums for lofi music, specifically lofi Hip Hop.

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3. Lofi Music Effects

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One of the most important things about Lofi Hip Hop is the effects to make your music sound lofi.

Use saturators, compressors, and plugins designed for making things sound lofi.

With the drums, a common practice is to make it sound crushed with very aggressive compression.

Include a vinyl crackle loop in your song to make it sound vintage.


4. Bassline

Add a Smooth Lofi Bassline
Add a Smooth Bassline – Photo by Gaelle Marcel

A muffled bass guitar sound is often ideal.

A lot of Lofi Hip Hop music producers use upright bass sounds. There are a lot of free plugins that simulate this instrument.

You can also try using sub-bass synthesizers with slightly distorted harmonics.

Related: Best Free Bass VST Plugins


5. Harmony

Harmonies in Lofi Hip Hop are often done using lofi sounding pianos and electric pianos.

On the more technical side, make sure to include a lot of Jazz chords such as 7th and 9th chords. These are the fundamentals of most LoFi music.

Check out the video below for an in-depth tutorial about making microtonal chords for Lofi music and Lofi Hip Hop.


6. Melodies

In Lofi music, melodies are often blended together with harmony using the chords’ notes.

Try to slightly detune your instrument via your DAW, it will make your melody instantly sound Lofi.

Make sure to keep it simple when creating Lofi music melodies. Don’t use huge gaps or steer too far from the main idea.

You can also use instruments such as guitars for the melody.

Let your creativity run free.


7. Lofi Song Structure

Basic Lofi Song Structure
Keep The Song Structure Simple – Photo by Vinayak Sharma

You don’t want to make any subtle or dramatic changes.

It’s best to let the music build slowly.

Typically, Lofi Hip Hop music in its most calm form doesn’t have a chorus.

This is the typical structure in this case:

Intro – Verse – Bridge Verse

If your Lofi song is more on the uplifting side, you can try fitting a chorus between the verse and the bridge.


Lofi Hip Hop Beat Tutorials

How to Make Lofi Hip Hop in FL Studio

Here you will get a brief history of Lofi music, and steps to follow to make a Lofi beat in FL Studio.


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Covers how to make a Lofi beat without samples in FL Studio.


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Lofi Music Common Questions

How Do I Make a Lofi Hip Hop Beat?

a melody with a piano, electric piano, or ambient synths.
2. Add a vintage boom-bap drum pattern over the melody.
3. Add a vinyl crackle to give the beat a vintage feel.
4. Add a smooth and simple bassline melody.

What is Lofi Music?

Lofi or Lo-Fi stands for “Low Fidelity”. Lofi Music has seen a huge rise in popularity on the internet in the last few years with calming instruments and melodies. This music genre is popular especially on Youtube radio and is in constant demand.

It is commonly used to help people focus, study, and exercise.

Lofi Music Examples

Here are a few examples of Lofi Hip Hop beats to help give you a better understanding of the calmness of the music genre.

Video Example: A.M Study Session – Lofi Hip Hop & Chill Beats


Do you have tips on how to make Lofi Hip Hop beats?

Please share with us in the comments section below.

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Mark V. at Hip Hop Makers

Written By Mark V.

Hip Hop Makers is a music production website that launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.

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