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How To Get Your Bass And Kick To Play Nice

How To Get Your Bass And Kick To Play Nice

Drums and bass play a very important part in Hip Hop production, as it is the foundation of what makes our beats sound great. However, many times there are drum kicks that just don't sound right, and a lot of that is because it doesn't blend well with the bass notes. Here's how to fix that. The b...

Find the Right Drum Snare to Use in Your Beats

Find the Right Drum Snare to Use in Your Beats

Drums have always been looked at as the foundation of a Hip Hop track. Because of this, there have been numerous productions that have some tremendous drum tracks, whether it be from living playing or a breakbeat. Regardless of what method you choose, often times it can be difficult to find the r...

What Is The Best Way To Create A Drum Pattern?

What Is The Best Way To Create A Drum Pattern?

I always recommend that simplicity is key when making music, but what about something specific, like a drum pattern? The traditional way for Hip Hop producers is to bang on the pads of an MPC to create their patterns and loops, however, step sequencing is also a very powerful tool. So what is the be...

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Beats

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Beats

Making beats can be repetitive. If you make beats every single day, or even just on a regular basis, it can become tiresome and that's because you're just doing the same thing. It's great to have a beat-making routine, and if it works for you then that's great, but there's always room for improvemen...

6 Ways You Can Improve Your Mixes And Make Them Awesome

6 Ways You Can Improve Your Mixes And Make Them Awesome

Mixing is one of those things that is necessary in the music production world, but quite often a lot of producers just can't get it right. It can be very difficult at times because some of us have the ear just to produce, while others are good at picking apart tracks and making them sound great toge...

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Drums Right Now

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Drums Right Now

I love drums, and I love working on them when I'm making beats. When I'm creating a drum pattern, however, I find it's too easy for me to get lazy and I end up with a boring drum loop - and then a boring beat. There's plenty of things you can do to spice up your drums, such as using various plug-...

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 2

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 2

Ever since I first touched a piece of studio equipment in the 90's, I was fascinated with the process of making music. I read everything I could about studio recording in magazines and books, where all the techniques were laid out right there in black and white on paper. I read about how to overdub,...

Learn How To Make Your Own Hip Hop Beats In 6 Simple Steps

Learn How To Make Your Own Hip Hop Beats In 6 Simple Steps

There's been an explosion of enormous proportions in the last few years, and it all has to do with Hip Hop beats. It used to always be about the rappers and deejays, but now it's the producer that is at the forefront and taking center stage. The problem is that a lot of the beats being pumped out re...

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 1

5 Lessons I've Learned From Making Beats, Part 1

Ever since I first touched a piece of studio equipment in the 90's, I was fascinated with the process of making music. I read everything I could about studio recording in magazines and books, where all the techniques were laid out right there in black and white on paper. I read about how to overdub,...

3 Ways You Can Find The Perfect Drum Break

3 Ways You Can Find The Perfect Drum Break

I'm assuming you dig for your samples. Scratch that - I'm assuming you sample. Well if you do, then that means you spend lots of time looking for the perfect drum break for your next beat. There are tons of breaks out there, and many of them have been snatched up over the years either by famous Hip ...

6 Ways You Can Make Your Beats A Success

6 Ways You Can Make Your Beats A Success

Success comes in all shapes and forms. Most people tend to associate money with success, and while that may very well be a good fit, it's not the only type of success there is. If you're hitting the studio on a regular basis and you're working really hard on your beats, hoping to blow up and get som...

ILL Challenge: It's Time To Organize Your Samples

ILL Challenge: It's Time To Organize Your Samples

I have a challenge for you: organize your samples. I know it's a tedious task because no one wants to have to sort anything, but by organizing your files, guess what will happen? You'll work better! Too often we're used to taking a sample from whichever source, such as a vinyl record, or just an MP3...

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