Have you ever wondered how to make a beat? Find out how much easier it is, than you thought, with this simple introduction to beat making. You can thank me later, for this intro to making hit tracks!
If you’ve never made a beat before the whole process might be something of a mystery. You’ve probably heard a beat, from your favorite producer and thought “How the hell did they do that”. Being a beat making expert can take time, but the basics shouldn’t take too long to pick up, once you know what you’re doing.
You don’t need to know what tempo or style you’re going to create, before you start, but you will need to know what software you’re going to use. If you are just starting out, it makes sense to avoid software that’s too complex. You can always upgrade later. Find something that’ll be easy to use and give you great sounding results and you’re set.
Start building up the beat. There are many different approaches, but when it comes to making a beat, you can guarantee that it helps to start with the basics and then add the twists and turns in later. If you start with the beat first, remember that you can swap in sounds later, if you find that everything’s not sitting together right.
As you build up the layers, the drums, the bass, the keys and the hits should sit together right. Picking the right sounds in the right combinations makes a huge difference, when you make a beat. You will quickly develop an ear for what works together, and what doesn’t.
Try to add plenty of variations to the beat. Fills and drops can add a lot of dramatic quality to the beat, to stop it from sounding flat and boring. Things like snare rolls and short gaps can be good indicators for the links between sections, which can help the listener and artist to identify the transitions.
Once you’ve built an interesting and varied beat, you’ll need to mix it. (Mileage may vary on how long this takes; assume you’ll need to work on it until it sounds good!). To make a beat that stands out, you need to ensure the levels of the various sounds work together, to make it sound good.
Make sure the bass has enough room and that the drums are clear. Make sure that any synths or hits don’t overpower the drums and bass. Mixing is a real fine tuning process. You’ll probably spend a lot of time trying to work beyond the basics, but it’s the essential final polishing stage of the beat making process.
The final stage, before getting a beat out there, will be to get the beat mastered. This is optional at demo stage, but essential if the beat is going to published. If you are recording vocals on this version, mastering should wait until that’s done. Mastering, in simple terms is the process of leveling out a track and getting it ready to be released as an MP3 or CD track.
There you have it, a simple start to finish guide to making a beat. If you learn to fully understand the steps, through experimentation and research, you’ll be making high quality beats in no time!
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