19 December 2014

How To Make Beats, Instrumentals and Songs

Maybe you’re a singer or rapper, or maybe you just love music…Either way you want to know how to make your own beats and songs.

But where do you start? Right here – we got you covered at Deviant Noise.

How to Make Beats

how to make instrumentalsMaking beats and instrumentals has a lot of different parts to it – especially when you want to do it professionally. Below I’ll go over the basic steps of music production (i.e. beat making).

Making full songs then adds another couple of steps (songwriting and recording your lyrics). But we won’t go too far into that here – that’s for another tutorial.

What’s Involved In Beat Making

Basically what’s involved in making beats is having a musical idea or concept, finding instruments and sounds that will help you reproduce what’s in your head and laying down the track.

Another approach is to just start with the sounds and instruments and build an idea/concept/song from scratch.

How’s it Done?

You use studio equipment to play back sounds and record yourself playing a melody/drumline/etc. You then play another element on top of it and do that until you have a full production.

Then you take all those ideas and arrange them in a way that makes sense for a full song.

It may sound confusing, but really it’s not. We’ll get into all that stuff deeper soon.

Knowing Music

You have to know how music works. Study it. And that doesn’t mean go to school or pick up a music theory book.

Knowing music theory helps, but really just study the music that you love. Listen to it intensely and figure out it’s moving parts.

That’ll help you figure out how real music is put together.

Music Theory

Making Instrumental BeatsBut when you’re making professional music, you have to know the fundamentals too, and that’s where site’s like MusicTheory.net can help.

You need to know what beats, notes, bars, time signatures, chord progressions and other musical elements are.

You need to understand the structure of a modern popular song – what are verses, hooks, bridges, etc?

We get into all of this stuff in our 8-part beat making course (you can sign up for it below), because it’s important to know before you start hitting pads and keys on a piece of equipment.

Choosing Gear

There are a lot of different choices out there in terms of music production and beat making software and equipment.

They all basically do the same things, but include different sounds, features and workflows (i.e. how you use the program/equipment to do a specific task).

how to make instrumental musicThere’s a lot of great options out there including

  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Dr. Drum
  • FL Studio
  • Reason
  • Sonic Producer
  • BTV Solo

And there’s options for hardware studio setups too like the stand-alone Akai MPC series or a Yamaha Motif keyboard.

At the end of the day what you choose is based on what speaks to you personally. It’s not about what gear you have, but what you’re able to do with it.

How to use Music Making Software/Equipment

beat makingThere are a lot of different modules inside of your studio software (DAW – digital audio workstation) – samplers, synths, effects, etc. And there are other different aspects to your DAW too – the sequencer, arrangement window, mixer and more.

They all work together to let you create a full beat. When you’re learning how to make beats and songs, it can all be overwhelming. But we break it down in our email course (sign up below).

Basically what you do is choose a module, load up some sounds and then program or play out a melody or drum line in the sequencer.

You create different musical loops (or longer musical sections) and then arrange them in the “arrangement window” so that it sounds like a full song.

Getting That Industry Sound

instrumental production tutorialOnce you’ve got everything arranged and the beat or instrumental you made sounds like a full length track it’s time to mix and master your beats.

Mixing and mastering is a complex thing – it takes years of education and experience to do right. The people that do mixing and mastering are called audio engineers.

Once you become a more advanced producer and you know how to make beats properly, you can probably handle most of the mixing yourself.

But mastering should still be left to an engineer – especially if you want radio play.

Learn to Make Beats Step by Step

A lot of what we talked about above might seem over your head or confusing. But don’t worry, cuz like I said above – we got you covered.

Sign-up for our FREE 8 part email tutorial series “Beat Making 101” – in it we cover every aspect of the beat making process fuller, and even show you how to make your first beat step by step.

If you want to become a real music producer or beat maker, then this course is the first step in the right direction.

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