How to Make Beats from Scratch
Start with an idea, whether that be drums or a melody of some sort. Usually myself I start with the melody. Then when you record the melody down, whether that be a keyboard or some sort of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). I would recommend that you get the idea down and not worry as much about the instruments that are being used because you can always go back and change them later.
Once the idea is recorded, you can then begin to build the beat around that idea. When it comes to drums, in most cases, but not all you want to use quantize. And what quantize does is it keeps your drums on time (24 parts per quarter note)(24ppq)).
Once the melodies are laid and the drums fit what you have, you can then go back and change the sounds to the drums to make them fit the beat better; as well as change the instrument sounds of the melodies until it sounds and feels right to you. The next step in my opinion is the most important thing of making a beat; that is to save your work early and save your work often, as well as saving different versions of your work. This step alone will save you time and also save you from a massive headache, if there was something to go wrong.
Once the instruments are picked and settled and everything is sounding right to you, you will want to work on a mix for that beat to make it have a quality sound. The first thing to work on in a mix are drums and snares, for these are the heart of your beat. Next you will want to mix in your base for this is what is going to hold your beat together.
Once those three instruments are mixed correctly; you will usually want to move on to your percussion and surrounding instruments, etc. Now to get a good mix we can go on forever about that, if you would like to further your knowledge in this subject, you can pick up some books, dvds, or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org because I am a certified engineer and I can help you out with any questions that you may have about engineering.
Now most steps in a mix EQ’s, compressors, limiters, panning, balance of sound, and controlling your levels on the master fader.
Once you have gotten yourself a good mix, but before the end process you would want to add effects, such as reverb, delay, fades, filters, and Attack/Delay/Sustain/Release (ADSR). And this step right here will make your beat sparkle and shine as you add new life to your beat. Once you have completed these steps, you want to put some sort of mastering on the master fader; examples Izotope Ozone and Waves L316, etc.
Once these steps are complete and your satisfied with the way your beat and mix sounds, you will want to test it out on different speakers; such as car speakers, headphones, laptops, and a basic boom box and if it sounds good al these different transducers then you will have yourself a pretty good mix that you can sell. I hope this helps and once again if you have any questions you can always contact me at email@example.com Thank you.
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