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Back to the Future (of Beat Making)

Back to the Future (of Beat Making)

Akai just announced something game-changing in their music production line-up: Akai Force. At first glance it looks like an Ableton controller clone but it’s more than that - it’s also a standalone unit. This is great news because I have noticed for the past few years that more beat makers are try...

Not Every Beat You Make Will Be Awesome

Not Every Beat You Make Will Be Awesome

One of the most popular trends in the music industry today is that everyone wants to be the best. Best at singing, rapping, producing, mixing, engineering, and everything in between. Everyone wants some sort of recognition and as a result, the quality of their music suffers somewhat. Let’s dive ...

8 Problems That Affect Your Beatmaking the Most

8 Problems That Affect Your Beatmaking the Most

We all experience ups and downs through our beat making journey, and many times we find ourselves looking for solutions to some common problems. This is a list that will help you see things differently and help you eventually excel at making beats. Making Beats Too Much This is a really big pr...

How to Make Beats - Part 8: What's Next?

How to Make Beats - Part 8: What's Next?

* This is part 8 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. So, what have you learned? First, you had to get the right hardware and software to be able to properly make beats, and then you had to...

How to Make Beats - Part 7: Creating a Bassline

How to Make Beats - Part 7: Creating a Bassline

* This is part 7 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Over the years I've recommended to so many beat makers that they have a bassline in their beat. You don't always need to have one, but it ...

How to Make Beats - Part 6: Your First Melody

How to Make Beats - Part 6: Your First Melody

* This is part 6 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Adding Music to Your Drums Piano is such a great instrument. You can play full compositions or just play a few notes to make a dope mel...

How to Make Beats - Part 5: Start With Drums

How to Make Beats - Part 5: Start With Drums

* This is part 5 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Always Start With Drums If you're trying to learn beat making, it's best to start with drums. The reason for this is because you will g...

How to Make Beats - Part 4: Bars & Loops

How to Make Beats - Part 4: Bars & Loops

* This is part 4 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Bar Range With Hip Hop tracks, the usual bar range is anywhere from 1-8 bars. Some are more but that's rare. When you listen to olde...

How to Make Beats – Part 3: Learn Your Setup

How to Make Beats – Part 3: Learn Your Setup

* This is part 3 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Learn As Much As You Can Whether you have software or hardware, you need to learn it inside out.

How to Make Beats – Part 2: Your Setup

How to Make Beats – Part 2: Your Setup

* This is part 2 of an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. What Kind of Setup Should You Have? Most of today's studio setups are computer-based. If you're just starting out or have been making b...

How to Make Beats – Part 1: Getting Started

How to Make Beats – Part 1: Getting Started

* This is an 8-part series of articles on how to make beats. Mostly aimed at beginners, even experience beat makers can benefit from these articles. Why Do You Want to Make Beats? Before learning how to make beats, you first have to ask yourself why you want to make beats in the first place.

A Case for How Sampling Can Be Legalized in the Music Industry

A Case for How Sampling Can Be Legalized in the Music Industry

Sampling. It's what Hip Hop was founded on. From deejays spinning breaks from famous records, to producers piecing together sounds from various songs and creating masterpieces. Hip Hop is sampling. Sampling is Hip Hop. However, today sampling is scarce and frowned upon in the music indus...

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