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FutureStarrMake a beat
Most beginner producers learn to make music by creating simple beats. And in the world of music production, beat-making can be an entire career in itself (and a lucrative one at that). For the inexperienced producer, however, even a simple beat can seem a bit abstract. Beginning to make original beats can, therefore, be more intimidating than it needs to be.In this article, we’ll discuss what makes a good beat, and I’ll even show you how to make a beat from start to finish that ends up sounding like this.
A deep sample library is the most helpful tool when first learning how to craft killer beats. Inevitably, the samples available to you will affect your composition decisions. Recording your own samples can be pretty tedious, so consider using a sample database like Splice or Sounds.com will provide quick and broad access to tons of sonic possibilities. Some DAWs come with their own beat sequencer built in, but for the step-by-step tutorial below, This saves a ton of time manually copying, pasting, clicking, and dragging all your samples around in your DAW. Plus, BreakTweaker comes with some pretty cool additional features that allow you to shred, splice, and alter each individual note you place in the grid.
Note that you can get access to all three of these plugins with free trial of a Music Production Suite Pro membership.Whereas you can certainly set up a drum groove by clicking MIDI notes into your DAW, being able to play the drum groove really helps to internalize the process of creating rhythms. The more you feel the rhythm, rather than simply conceptualize it visually, the easier it will be to create beats that resonate with people. That’s why I recommend using a dedicated MIDI controller that you can plug into your computer and use to trigger your samples. (Source: www.izotope.com)
Once I have a catchy bass line, then I add my main drums. These typically include the kick, snare, and hi-hats. Most beats will also have a higher-pitched drum sound to outline the groove. Keep in mind that the rhythm of any high-pitched percussion is going to set the overall “feel” of the groove.
Often dictates the most natural-feeling rhythmic subdivisions for a singer or rapper to reference. The high percussion can be anything from a single closed hi-hat or percussion instrument to a whole group of interplaying percussion sounds. (Source: www.izotope.com)