The 10 Commandments of Beat Making


The 10 Commandments of Beat Making: A blog about how to make great beats. The following is a list of 10 commandments that I feel anyone making beats should be aware of. Knowing these will help you improve your skills and develop as a beat maker or producer.

1. Thou shalt respect the song

Make your beat match the topic of the song and make it sound like it could fit in with the rest of the songs on that artist’s album. If you don’t have any idea what the song is going to be about, ask the artist before you start. If you don’t know anything about the artist’s style or what kind of music they are into, do some research. Don’t just send them a random instrumental and hope for the best.

2. Thou shalt not be afraid to experiment

Experimenting can open up new doors for you as a producer, leading to greater creativity and more interesting beats. Have fun with it, try out new sounds and techniques to see what works well together. You never know when inspiration will strike, so keep trying new things until you find something that inspires you.

3. Thou shalt start with a clean slate

This means always starting with a new project file when making a beat from scratch! A lot of

The 10 Commandments of Beat Making: A blog about how to make great beats.

1. Thou shalt not use the same drum sample repeatedly.

2. Thou shalt not use more than two synth/bass/lead plugins in a beat.

3. Thou shalt not be afraid to record yourself making sounds and use those as samples.

4. Thou shalt keep it simple, stupid!

5. Thou shalt only use the 808 snare or kick if thou art making a trap beat or a dubstep beat (at least for now).

6. Thou shalt not leave thy bassline naked! Duplicate and detune it for thickness and warmth, but don’t overdo it!

7. Thou shalt make at least three different variations of a beat before moving on to another idea/beat!

8. If thou hast made thine own samples, thou shalt organize them properly so that thou doeth not waste time searching for the perfect one!

9. Thou shalt experiment with different effects to see what works with what, but do not use too many effects in each individual part (keep it simple)!

10. Do not forget to add some sort of human touch to your beats by using live recorded drums or live instruments; this will ensure that

The 10 Commandments of Beat Making: A blog about how to make great beats.

Posted by Donny Baker on Aug 3, 2015 in Music Production

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he probably didn’t know that they would serve as a solid guideline for making hip hop beats. That’s right, you can use the Ten Commandments to make beats. And since you are reading this blog post, I will assume that you have a Mac and have already downloaded Garageband. Here we go:

1. You shall not have any other Gods before me

It’s important to focus on one thing at a time. People who multitask often don’t do anything well. If you’re working on a beat today, focus on the beat and not your Facebook page or texting your friends. This is especially true for people who use laptops and smartphones for their music production work. It’s very easy to get sidetracked when you have the entire internet at your fingertips!

2. You shall not make unto thee any graven image

This means you shouldn’t worship false idols like Lil Wayne or Kanye West (just kidding). What it really means is that you shouldn

Below is a list of commands that will help you make really good beats.

1. Always listen to your favorite music while making beats.

2. Make sure that you are always in a serene environment when making beats.

3. Take a break every now and then so that you don’t become frustrated with the beat-making process and give up out of frustration.

4. Make sure to get enough sleep, as you won’t be creative if you are tired or overworked.

5. Share your music with friends, but don’t let others discourage you from making new music or beats if they do not like your work.

6. Keep track of all the melodies in your head and write them down so that you can use them for future beats or songs!

7. Listen to other music besides electronic and hip hop to get inspired by different genres of music, too! This will help keep things fresh and interesting, as well as give you some new ideas for future beats and songs!

8. Always experiment with different sounds until you find something that works for what type of song/beat it is intended to be used in – this could mean changing up tempo or key signature etc..

9. Create an outline before starting on

1. Thou shalt give your drum beats space, both in the stereo image and in time.

This one is all about dynamics. When you’re making a beat, there are two main ways to create dynamics: with volume and with silence.

If you want to make a beat sound louder, the easiest way is to boost the gain on your snare track. But this doesn’t create any more depth or dimension to your music —it just makes everything louder—which means it sounds flat and boring. If you want your beat to really pop, you need to use silence as well as volume. In other words, don’t have every drum hit be at full volume; also have quieter hits mixed in with louder hits.

Spatial dynamics (placement of sounds within the stereo image) work in much the same way. If you have every drum hit coming from directly between your speakers, it will sound flat and boring. The best beats make use of both left and right channels for their elements; otherwise it just sounds like a bunch of random noise!

Don’t forget the importance of silence. Silence, in music is a lot like white space in design. It gives your beat room to breathe, which is super important when you’re creating a melody.

Build your arrangement around the melody, not the other way around. The arragement should support the melodic line and what it’s trying to convey; not the other way around. This can be especially important if you’re wanting to make beats for sale. Remember, producers have to think about song structure, so it’s good to get used to thinking that way!

Learn how to use EQ. EQing is one of those things that doesn’t take long to learn, but takes forever to master. An EQ is essentially just a filter that lets through certain frequencies while cutting others out. While they can be tricky at first, it’s something every producer needs to know how to do well because it’ll help your mix sound more polished and professional.

Don’t be afraid of distortion! When used properly, distortion can really add some punch and excitement by bringing out different parts of the frequency spectrum. If you’ve ever listened to hip hop producers like Kanye West or Lex Luger, then you’ve heard this principle at work before!


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