The Internet is home to several sites that have beats for sale. With this great number of sites for you to choose from, it can be pretty easy for you to forget that some of the beats being sold online are not even worth buying. So how can you find out which beats are worth purchasing and which ones should be left alone? This article is going to give you a little insight on that so you can make smarter decisions whenever you feel like purchasing some beats and instrumentals online.
Beats that have the following characteristics should be avoided at all costs.
Lack of Originality
Yes, we all know that it is kind of hard to come up with an “original” sound in this day and age when most of the unique sounds have already been discovered in the first place. However, one thing that all great music producers do is add a little bit of their own personal touch to their creations. Beats that have “uniqueness” written all over them are ones that are worthy of being purchased. Now as for beats that are complete rip offs of others, you may want to avoid having to do anything with them.
Beats that are nothing more than just blatant copies of another person’s work are actually an insult to the people who try hard to come up with different sounds every time they try to create beats and instrumentals. You should have a keen sense of awareness for these kinds of beats because you might be tricked into purchasing one if you are not careful.
Poor Sound Quality
The average listener might not be able to immediately pick up on this, but those who have a good ear for music know what good sound quality is when it comes to beats. There are some producers out there who love to pull the wool over people’s eyes especially on those who are not that familiar with beats and instrumentals. They can create a beat or instrumental that has subpar sound quality and still advertise it as being studio quality.
If you are unsure about the sound quality of a beat that you want to purchase, be sure to ask an expert to listen to it. They will be able to tell you whether or not the beat you have chosen to purchase is any good. Aspiring rappers should never settle for mediocre sound quality when it comes to beats.
Have No License
All beats should have a license because this is what serves as their “trump card” against legal troubles. Note that there two kinds of licenses available: exclusive and non-exclusive. If a beat is being sold without any sort of license then chances are it could be stolen or pirated. Always make sure to check if a site sells beats that have either an exclusive or non-exclusive. The last thing you need is someone suing you over copyright violations so always be on the lookout for beats that have licenses.
Thanks to several technological advances that have been made throughout the years, making beats from the comfort of your own home is now possible through the use of a beat making software. One beat making software that you can use is Reason from Propellerhead Software. This beat making program was first released back in December of 2000 as Reason 1.0.
The interface is designed to mimic the appearance of a studio rack where users can insert virtual devices like mixers, instruments, and effects processors. Reason has a built in MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) sequencer that you can use to control the rest of its modules. The latest version of this software (Reason 6.5) was released last December of 2013 and features rack extensions.
Here are some easy steps you can follow to make beats you can sell by using Reason.
- Start off by opening your Reason program. It is best if you have the latest version installed so that you can get the best results. However, if you are using a pre 6.5 version of reason, then that is okay. Once you open up the program, a default rack should appear on your screen. The default rack should include the standard device for Reason along with some audio outputs.
- Once you have your rack set, you should then go to the Tool window and click the drop down menu so you can access Reason’s devices. You should be able to see a “14:2 Mixer” as one of the options on the drop down menu. Click on that and then drag it into Reason’s device portion. Go back to the tool window once again and look for the device labelled “ReDrum Drum Machine.” Select this device and proceed to drag it right below the software’s mixer. If done correctly, the devices should automatically be connected together.
- Now that you have the mixer and the drum kit connected together, you can now proceed to change the default drum sound (disco kit). You can change the default drum sound by clicking on the device’s drum folder and choosing one of several drum patches. Patches include rock, hip hop, tribal, and metal.
- After you are done choosing a drum patch, click on the device’s “Select” option so you can start filling in each part of the drum kit. By doing this, you can dictate where you want the hi hats and snares to be placed and how the drum sequence should be played.
- You can create a standard drum kit by adding the “kick drum” into the following slots: 2, 4, 8, 10, 14, and 16. The snare drum should be inserted into slots 6 and 12. You can then add your hi hats on slots 2, 4,6,8,10,12 and 16.
- You can listen to the beat you have created by clicking on the “Run” button. The beat will continue to play in an infinite loop until you click the “Stop” button.
Remember to follow these instructions so you can create beats that you can sell online by using Reason.
Trying to choose the best beat making software all comes down to personal preference, but one music maker you should definitely try out is FL Studio (formerly known as Fruity Loops). With FL Studio, you can make some sick beats which you can then sell online so you can earn some extra cash on the side. But do bear in mind that there are several factors that you will need to pay attention to if you are looking to create professional quality beats that you can sell later on.
Where to Begin
Some people have a certain preference as to the kind of instrument they plan on laying out when using FL Studio. Some prefer the bass line, some prefer the melody, and others are more on the drums. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these choices since they are, after all, a matter of opinion. But for beginners, I would seriously recommend that you go with trying to lay out a good drum pattern first.
Now before you get started, try setting your beats per minute, or BPM, to somewhere between 85 and 95.
Here are the steps you need to follow in order to make a beat on FL Studio.
- To begin, open up your FL Studio program and once the program opens, click on the tab that reads “File.” A drop down menu will appear and once it does, click on “New” so you can start a song. Opening up a new song in FL Studio will automatically load a basic drum set for you to work with.
- Once you have opened up a new song, click on “Tempo” and drag the mouse down so you can lower it. Here is a suggestion: try to set the tempo to at least 90 beats per minute.
- Next you should click on “Kick” tracks 1st and 11th beats so you can add the bass drum. To add the snare, click on the 5th and 13th beats. Don’t forget to put a clap on the 13th beat. Give the first beat a hat by clicking it and give every second beat a hat as well.
- Click on “Play” so you can listen to the beat. While the beat is playing, click on “Kick” and click on the little folder icon that is right next to “Kick Basic.” Go to a new kick sample and double click on it so you can replace the default sample. Keep on repeating this process for the duration of your track. Keep on experimenting with various samples until you find a sound that you like.
- If you want to add more percussion to your rap beat, you should click on “Channels”, “Add One”, and “Sampler” in that order. You can adjust the track’s panning and volume by twisting the knobs to the left.
- To increase the swing, simply move the “Swing” slider that is located on top of the pattern. The main function of “swing” is to give the loop a livelier sound by swinging the drum samples a little off beat.
Okay! So I guess that pretty much covers how you can make beats for sale by using FL Studio. Now that you have an idea of what to do, go out there and shock the world with your sick beats.