Updated: Mar 3
Finding the right lofi music to play in your background can be tricky.
The first thing to do is to find the tempo of the song you're trying to recreate. To do this, use a tool like Song BPM to determine the tempo (in Beats Per Minute) of your chosen song.
Once you've found the tempo, open up your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and start creating a drum loop at that tempo.
Once you have a drum loop going, you'll want to experiment with different sounds in your DAW's instrument library. You can also use virtual instruments like Serum or Massive to create your own sounds if you'd prefer!
The most important thing here is to make sure the mood is set right and that you're using an instrument that feels right for the genre of music being produced:
Instrumentation is key when it comes down to lofi hip hop beats. This genre has a certain type of sound associated with it so make sure you stick close pertaining instruments such as pianos/ Rhodes/ strings/ organs etc...
You should ask yourself a few questions before choosing a song.
This article will show you how to make sure the lofi music tempo is correct before choosing a song.
If you’re not sure what we mean by tempo, it’s simply the speed of a song. Slow songs have a slow tempo, and fast songs have a faster tempo.
The speed of a song can be measured in beats per minute (BPM). A song with 60 BPM means that one beat plays every second, while 120 BPM equals two beats per second.
When you’re starting to choose songs for your lofi playlists, you should keep in mind the mood you’re trying to evoke. Do you want your playlist to be more mellow? Then choose slower songs with a slower tempo. Are you trying to make people move? Then pick faster songs with a higher BPM count.
Does the song evoke a certain mood?
If you haven't done so already, listen to the song in question and try to assess what kind of mood it's in. Is it happy? Sad? Contemplative?
If you're going for a certain mood, make sure the lofi music fits that mood. If you're going for a fun, energetic scene, then maybe a whiny down-tempo song isn't what you want -- unless there's something ironic about your scene or if you can use the wrong tempo to throw people off.
Is your song instrumental or is it sung with lyrics? Some songs aren't appropriate for videos with voiceovers because they have words and the words might clash with what you're saying. Similarly, some songs might not be appropriate for videos with people speaking because the music will drown out the speakers' voices.
Consider how much of the song you want to play. Do you want it to play only at the beginning or end of your video? Or do you just want a short sample of it playing throughout? How long should that sample be? It helps to time out how much time your video will take and where you want the music to start and stop.
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Is it instrumental or does it have lyrics?
If you're new to lofi music, the first thing you'll want to do is find an artist whose style you like. There are many different styles of lofi music, so it's important to choose a style that you think will work well for your project. For example, if you're making a short film about a romance between two people who have been married for a long time and have a lot of shared memories, then you might want to use lofi beats that are more upbeat and happy. If your film is about the life of an elderly person who has lived through some tough times and has recently lost their spouse, then maybe you should use something a little more melancholy. It all depends on what kind of mood you want your video to create.
Once you've chosen an artist whose style fits with your video, it's time to pick out some lofi beats that work well with what they've created. The easiest way to do this is by going through various online music stores such as iTunes or Amazon and finding artists whose songs fit into the same genre as your video's subject matter. Once you've found some good tracks, load them onto your computer and play them back on whatever media player you normally use (such as iTunes or Winamp). If
Does the song have a slow tempo or is it fast?
Traditionally, hip-hop is based on a beat, usually drum samples from old funk or soul records. This is why you'll often hear the same drum sounds in hip-hop songs of different styles. In lofi hip-hop, most producers don't use complex drum patterns because they tend to distract the listener from the melody. Instead, they use simple beats that provide the rhythm without dominating the soundscape.
The melody is an essential element of any piece of music and it's no different in lofi. Most lofi producers use samples as their main source of melodies (I'll get back to this later). The melody is sometimes catchy, but more often than not it's repetitive and understated so that it doesn't draw too much attention away from the other elements of the production. These melodies are usually simple since they only serve to guide the track and give it direction rather than be the focal point.
If you are playing music with lyrics, do you have permission to play that song in your video? If it's copyrighted material, make sure that you have permission to use it.
You can use the same music in multiple videos, but each video will have to be manually reviewed.
If you're looking for a hassle-free way to legally use music on YouTube, try Epidemic Sound. They create and own all of their own music and make it available for creators like you to use on YouTube.
Or, if you want to do it yourself, here are some general guidelines:
Make sure that you have permission to use it.
Choosing an instrumental piece of music is the easiest way to avoid all of these problems completely. Even if the song has lyrics, as long as they're not featured too prominently in the mix (for example, you can't understand them unless you really listen closely), using an instrumental track is a safe bet.
You can get permission from the owner of the track to use it in your video. This is called a "sync license." You can find the owner of most songs by searching online for "publisher" or "publishing company" plus the song name. (Want more information on clearing rights for copyrighted material? Check out this article.)
You can look for free or licensed music that creators have made available for others to use. The Free Music Archive is one great place to start looking
Choosing an instrumental piece of music is the easiest way to avoid all of these problems completely, but sometimes it's not what you need for your video.
When you make a YouTube video, you want it to be perfect. This is especially true when you're creating a video for your business. One of the best ways to make sure that your video is perfect is to have the right background music.
The problem with using popular music for your videos is that it's not always easy to do legally. You'll likely need to get a license from the artist/songwriter and then pay royalty fees every time the video gets played on YouTube or shared on social media.
If you use popular music without permission, you could face copyright infringement and get penalized by YouTube with a copyright strike. On top of that, your video may be muted or taken down altogether, which means all of that hard work you put into creating your content will be wasted.
Most of these problems can be avoided if you choose lofi hip hop as your background music. This type of music is designed specifically for use as background music in videos, so there are no copyright issues to worry about. However, if you do choose an instrumental piece of music, make sure that you have permission to use it. Otherwise, someone could claim ownership over the song and then you'd have the same problems as using popular songs without permission.
Your best option then is finding someone who can create custom music for your video for you, or creating your own original music for specific projects. Make sure that you've considered all of these factors if you're going to take this route.
The cover art used in Lofi Music channel are mostly calming pictures of trees or flowers while using simple color such as yellow, white and green on their cover art. They also frequently use animated gifs in their videos to reflect their lofi genre by using kawaii elements. In Lofi Beats channel which is a sub-channel under Lofi Music channel that specializes in Rap beats using slow tempo (Similar to 'lil spaceby' style), they tend to use retro anime picture as a cover art. For example, one of Lil Spacebys beat is named Andromeda, hence he used neko astro fighter from anime Astro Fighter as his cover art for that particular beat. However another beats made by other artist does not have any link with its name.