This is really easy to do, and a lot of people ask about it, so here’s the deal. To make a snare roll in FL Studio (Fruity Loops) or any sequencer with a piano roll, you need to use 1/16 notes or 1/32 notes. Most of the time when making a beat you’ll be using ¼ notes – that is, in the piano roll you can fit one snare hit in one of the squares. When doing a roll, you’ll want to fit more than just one hit in each square. In this tutorial I’m going to give you step by step instructions for a while, and then let you do your thing on it (originality = hip hop.)
Hopefully now you can make a snare roll. This was done using FL Studio but as I said, you can adapt the principals to any sequencer with a piano roll. Keep making them beats.
*Note: If you want to add the roll after a pre-existing drum pattern right click the snare and hit “Send to piano roll” instead, and then go from there.