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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...

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....

When Your Beat Doesn't Go as Planned

When Your Beat Doesn't Go as Planned

I've often preached that you should make beats that just come naturally. Everyone has their own way of making beats and their own style, but there are also plenty of producers that make particular styles of beats because that's what's "hot". I'm not a fan of doing that, but I understand. So I ...

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 ...

8 Things You Might Not Know About DJ Premier

8 Things You Might Not Know About DJ Premier

When you think of Hip Hop producers, who's the first person that comes to mind? It could be Dr. Dre, or even Kanye West. But what about DJ Premier? Always chilling in the background and quietly making beats day in and day out, Premo has been producing since the 1980's and is still going strong. H...

The Importance of Soundproofing Your Room for Mixing

The Importance of Soundproofing Your Room for Mixing

Making beats is something we all love to do, as it allows us to be musically creative and express ourselves from the pads and keys, with the results blaring out of the speakers. Mixing. Yes, mixing. For some, mixing can be tricky and even a struggle, and that's understandable but it's also a nece...

8 Things I Would Change in Hip Hop Production (If I Had a Time Machine)

8 Things I Would Change in Hip Hop Production (If I Had a Time Machine)

These are things I wish I could go back and change in Hip Hop production. Even though beatmakers and producers continue to move forward in their productions, it would have been even better if we had a bit of help from a time machine. Let's go... Rap and R&B have always had a close relationship. I...

A Guide to Selling Your Beats the Right Way

A Guide to Selling Your Beats the Right Way

One of the most controversial aspects of selling beats is whether or not to sell your beats cheap, or to sell them at whatever price you feel is deserved. I think that beats should be priced on various factors, such as how good they are, your reputation, and what the current market is. However...

How Technology Has Changed Hip Hop Sampling

How Technology Has Changed Hip Hop Sampling

Sampling from vinyl is a common practice amongst Hip Hop producers, going all the way back to the early days of beat creation. Going digging at the local record store and finding that hidden gem is what many have done countless times, which has led to a slew of well known tracks and certified hits. ...

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