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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.

5 Different Ways to Kick Off a Beat

5 Different Ways to Kick Off a Beat

Take a look at the last ten beats you made and pay attention to how they start off. All of them drop right into the hook? Each and every one of them starts with a gradual fade in... only to drop right into the hook? It does not have to be as boring as that and luckily there are many creative devices...

5 Ways to Make Your Beats More Exciting

5 Ways to Make Your Beats More Exciting

We all get to that point where our beats sound dope but they’re just lacking some excitement. Most producers will immediately search for some sort of plug-in that will help solve the issue (an exciter, perhaps?), but sometimes all you need to do is to try a few things. Let’s see what we can do....

10 Ways to Be a Beat Maker No One Listens To

10 Ways to Be a Beat Maker No One Listens To

No one wants to be left behind. When it comes to making beats, of course you will want people to listen to what you have created, but it can be hard to stand out from the rest. This is why I've created a list of ten things that you might be doing that is the cause of people not checking your beat...

Old vs New - Tips for Upgrading Your Beatmaking Setup

Old vs New - Tips for Upgrading Your Beatmaking Setup

I recently saw a video featuring the Beatminerz where they reminisce about how they put together some of their most famous beats - everything with the Boot Camp Clik and even how they worked with Eminem back in the day. What I noticed though was what they had in their home. They have lots of old ...

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