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Deciding Which Is The Best Method For Playing Melodies

Deciding Which Is The Best Method For Playing Melodies

Producing Hip Hop beats is a very tricky business, mostly because you can use a wide array of tools to create your productions. Putting together a drum loop is simple enough, especially if you're using a breakbeat, but what about melodies and basslines? The melody of a beat doesn't have to be com...

Is Producing Hip Hop Music What You Really Want To Do?

Is Producing Hip Hop Music What You Really Want To Do?

For the longest time, I've had the title of this article written down somewhere and I was debating as to whether or not to write it. Music is a big part of my life and I'm sure yours too, and music production is a big passion that I can never give up. There's plenty of things you could be doing w...

Make Beats For The Listener

Make Beats For The Listener

As music producers and beatmakers, we tend to create something that sounds great to our ears but sometimes at a cost. When making beats, it's important that it sounds good to you, but you must not forget about the listener because it's them that will be listening to your beat. What tends to happe...

Make Better Beats By Sampling Different Genres

Make Better Beats By Sampling Different Genres

Hip Hop producers are known for sampling all the time, and most of the time, the same samples pop up here and there. Countless times I've heard beats that either contained or were based on a sample that I've heard before. Some producers even find a way to use a sample in the same way that another...

Should You Pay For Software Upgrades?

Should You Pay For Software Upgrades?

With the announcement from Native Instruments about their Maschine 2.0 software about to be released soon, as well as their brand new Maschine Studio hardware controller, there's been a hot debate all over the internet about whether or not to pay for software upgrades. I own Maschine MK1 and when...

Should You Only Make Hip Hop Beats?

Should You Only Make Hip Hop Beats?

I'm sure that most of you read the title of this article and were immediately confused. Why would I even DARE ask such a question, especially on a Hip Hop production community such as IllMuzik? Just the mere thought of making beats other than Hip Hop has probably never even crossed your mind (or may...

Does Money Affect Your Beat Making?

Does Money Affect Your Beat Making?

Money is very important, but so is music. Without music, there would be no money, and vice versa. When it comes to making beats and possibly making money from those beats, you could be faced with some tough choices, namely, does money affect your beat making? I'm sure that today there are many pe...

Retro Gear: A Look Back At The Alesis SR-16

Retro Gear: A Look Back At The Alesis SR-16

It's always difficult to find some good drum sounds for your productions, and Hip Hop producers often look towards vinyl or drum kits for those sounds. However, what's often overlooked is old drum machines because they all have some great sounds that can easily be manipulated to match our sound. The...

In The Studio: Would You Ever Sell Out?

In The Studio: Would You Ever Sell Out?

The question of whether you would sell out or not is one that has often been asked in many Hip Hop circles. Being a beat maker or producer, it can often be tough to be heard and to meet the right people in order to have your career progress. The safe bet is to find a middle ground between selling ou...

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Beats At Night

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Beats At Night

Making beats can be a very time-consuming affair, and often most of us just can't find the time to really sit down and get creative in the studio. Between our jobs, family, friends, and regular daily chores, making beats can often be at the very bottom of our to-do list. I find that in today's world...

Retro Gear: A Look Back At The Alesis ADAT

Retro Gear: A Look Back At The Alesis ADAT

In January of 1991, Alesis announced at the annual NAMM convention that they were about to release a new product to the recording market, the ADAT. In early 1992, they finally delivered on that promise and released the first model of their digital audio recorder, and it quickly became a huge boost f...

In The Studio: Should You Get Rid Of Your Stuff?

In The Studio: Should You Get Rid Of Your Stuff?

With my recent article about being a beat making minimalist, the main point I was trying to convey was that it's not in me to have a huge studio or make over-the-top beats. Instead, it almost seems that I'm destined to make minimalist beats and have a very simple set up, one that I'm perfectly conte...

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