There are a few quick ways to step your beat making up and start making banging beats now.
Below are a few key things listed to help you bring your beat making skills to another level. Heck, it may even take you from the space of just “beat making” and put in the bracket of music producing!
1.) Bigger, Better, Stronger Drum Sounds
-This is the number one rule of making doper beats. There is no way around it. Your choice of drum sounds can literally make or break your beat! You want to male sure that you are using big drum sounds that stand out in the mix at the same time give your beat the edge it needs.
The kick and snare both play a very crucial role in this. They should add that BOOM, BAP, SNAP, CRUNCH! to the beat. You want listeners to be able to “feel” your beat. Big drum sounds will cause this effect without a doubt.
Your selection of drum samples is so imperative. There have been countless records that became hits off of just drum sounds alone! Most producers sleep on this and would rather use the standard keyboard drums. In order to grow in anything, you have to think outside the box. And depending on those weak, soft keyboard drums is definitely not thinking outside the box. If anything, its thinking “inside” the box. Yes. Pun intended.
2.) A Compelling, Attractive Lead Instrument
The second thing a listener pays most attention to is the lead instrument. As a producer, you want to focus your attention on creating the most catchiest,intriguing, and ear friendly melody ever. While at the same time making sure that the sound isn’t too dominating and that the lead instrumentation doesn’t become monotonous after listening to it for while.
Sometimes choosing an instrument or sound can be difficult, let alone coming up with a nice catchy tune. One thing you can do is this: put on an old school jam. This never fails. If you listen to the records from back in the day, you will hear how defined their sounds are.
They where the kings of innovation and never had a problem coming up with sick licks and dope tunes. Let the sounds of our forefathers of soul guide you into creating powerful lead instrument tracks and bring your beats to the next level.
3.) Climactic, Cinematic Chorus Instruments
This should never be over looked. When it comes time for the track to rise, your chorus instruments should be the sounds that take your beat up the hills.
The chorus instruments let the listener know what time it is. It is almost like an
“awakening” per say. When the chorus comes in, it should have the same effect as an alarm clock set for 6am! It should be very dramatic.
You definitely wanna be sure to always leave room for the artist to do their thing,but at the same time, these instruments should be guiding the artist on where to go and what to do. The best way to get an idea of how chorus instruments in a beat should sound is to listen to the hip hop classic Chronic 2001 by Dr Dre. On the opening track “The Watcher” you will see how the beat builds to a very cinematic hook.
In conclusion, the best way to get an idea of how to apply these concepts to your beat making I have come up with an analogy to get your imagination working just a little. Look at beat making like a movie. In every movie there is a plot, a main character, and
most importantly their is a theme.
You drums are the plot. They underline the beat and see to it that it is going somewhere. They are responsible for the direction of your beat and dictate its structure.
Your lead instrument is the main character. It plays the role of the main focus of the beat and is responsible to bring out the “character” of the track. It will set the mood of the beat. Some times it may even “die” out for a short while leaving the listener questioning. But just when you thought it was gone, it comes back stronger than ever before!
Your chorus instruments are the theme. They will tell the listener when the climax has begun while at the same time creating a “reoccurring” theme. They will give the beat it’s “hook”. Just like in a movie their is always a familiar underlining meaning. That is
the role the chorus instruments play. They are similar to the “punchline” a comedian uses through out his/ her entire show to establish their theme.
Hope this helps you producers get a visual to advance in your beat making. Much love and
support to your music production careers.
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