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I'm A Beat Making Minimalist

I'm A Beat Making Minimalist

Minimalism is usually looked at as a lifestyle where a person has a mattress on the floor, a small table with a book, and a jar of mustard in the fridge.... or that could be poverty. Nonetheless, being a minimalist is actually something where a person de-clutters their lives by removing unnecessary ...

5 Reasons Why You Should Totally Make Beats

5 Reasons Why You Should Totally Make Beats

After my previous article, "5 Reasons Why You Should Never Make Beats", I gave a rundown of why you should never make beats and that it can actually result in broken bones and/or death. For those of you that were too scared by the article and want something more uplifting, well then I'm here to tell...

Budgeting For Your Next Purchase

Budgeting For Your Next Purchase

In 2013, everyone is hurting financially (unless you're a Powerball winner, and if you are then why are you reading this? You should be on a tropical island sipping fancy drinks), and when it comes to making beats, money can be very tight. Buying the latest hardware or software is expensive, as we c...

Should the E-MU SP-1200 Make A Comeback?

Should the E-MU SP-1200 Make A Comeback?

I'll bet that when you first read the title of this article, you had to do a double-take and ask yourself if you really just read what you read. Yes, I'm asking you if you think the E-MU SP-1200 should be remade and brought back into the music recording market. What do you think? The E-MU SP-1200...

Why Teaming Up With Other Producers Is A Good Thing

Why Teaming Up With Other Producers Is A Good Thing

As music producers, we tend to spend a lot of time alone making beats, mixing, or just coming up with ideas for our next creation. We also spend a lot of time digging for records and shopping for new gear. What if you were to spend that time with other producers? What would be the outcome? I have...

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Make Beats

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Make Beats

Making beats seems to be very popular nowadays and with good reason. There are plenty of beat makers out there that are looking to make that next big hit that could possibly land them lucrative work amongst some of the top Hip Hop artists on the planet. The problem is that you should not make beats....

5 Reasons Why You Suck At Making Beats

5 Reasons Why You Suck At Making Beats

Yes, you suck at making beats. Okay, maybe not, but too often I've heard beats that were either good or sub par and could use a lot of work. I'm not saying I'm a Hip-Hop-making genius, far from it, but let's face it - most beat makers don't like to receive feedback unless it's positive. Negative...

In The Lab: Are You Afraid To Sample?

In The Lab: Are You Afraid To Sample?

In a recent news story, the Beastie Boys have been presented with a lawsuit claiming that they used un-cleared samples on "Licensed to Ill" and "Paul's Boutique". The tracks in question are Trouble Funk's "Say What" and "Drop The Bomb", used on the Beastie Boys' "Car Thief" and "Hold It Now, Hit It"...

Should You Use A Recording Studio?

Should You Use A Recording Studio?

This is a question that seems like an obvious answer for many people, however, using a recording studio in today's digital age is not a bad idea at all. The main thing to consider is - do you need a studio? Most of us make beats at home on our gear then dump the tracks into our favorite computer ...

Are You In A Beat Making Slump?

Are You In A Beat Making Slump?

Making beats is fun. Making beats is special. But making beats can become a chore and many will end up in a beat making slump. Hitting a roadblock I've seen it countless times before, members posting in our forums about how they're at a roadblock they can't seem to pass so they get frustrated ...

5 Things Hip Hop Producers Should Do More

5 Things Hip Hop Producers Should Do More

Producers are a special breed; making beats, guiding an emcee, and networking are common steps that are made, but some producers tend to get lost along the way and need a way to get back on track with their productions. Here are 5 things that producers should do more. Too many producers will get ...

7 Things Hip Hop Producers Need To Stop Doing

7 Things Hip Hop Producers Need To Stop Doing

Making music is fun. Often times being a beatmaker/producer can be quite challenging trying to come up with something fresh and at the same time stay creative enough to compete with the current musical trends. However, producers usually stick to their own formula, which is a good thing, but somet...

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