NO MORE EXCUSES. You always hear people talking about how famous they could be if only they could get their “big break.” The chances of being randomly discovered freestyling on a street corner or something are…well, pretty slim. Think about how many insanely talented musicians the general population has been deprived of hearing over the years just because they couldn’t get the exposure.
In order to legitimately have a shot at a career as a musician, you need to have something actually recorded that you can distribute – whether at shows, to record labels, or just online. Until now, what’s held musicians back from being able to record was all the logistical and financial problems associated with recording in a studio. If only there was an easy, inexpensive way for people to make their own professional quality music that didn’t require massive studio expense, tons of crazy gear, or advanced technical knowledge.
Well guess what: there is.
Dr. Drum is what I use to make all my music. It’s hands-down the best program out there.
Instead of me babbling on about all of the perks of this software right now, just watch the video below to get a quick idea of how dead simple, intuitive, and AWESOME it is:
See how easy that is? And how great those beats sound? Now you see why I say “no more excuses” – absolutely anybody with a computer can do this.
Stay tuned for more info…
So what exactly is “rhythm?” It doesn’t just apply to music, after all. You hear rhythms all around you in every day life, even if you’re nowhere near a speaker or musical instrument. Think about it – footsteps on floors, the rattling of an old fan, the tolling of church bells, whatever inexplicable noises your car has suddenly started making…the list goes on.
Rhythm has been defined many ways, but here are a few generally accepted definitions:
- any regular recurring motion, symmetry
- movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions
- timed movement through space
- a sequence in time repeated
…and so forth. If you think about any of these definitions, they make sense, right? As applied to music, dance, language, or anywhere else you hear, see or feel audible patterns in your life. Without diving into the complexities of metric structure, my only point is to start paying attention to the world around you, and you may be surprised where you draw inspiration from.
You see some crazy, complex rhythmic patterns in parts of the world such as Africa and India – of course, they seem crazy to us just because, in all likelihood, it’s not the kind of music that most of us over here were raised on. Over there, however, many of these traditional tunes have been passed down for generations – even centuries (keep in mind that the U.S. is only a few hundred years old) – and even a lot of what you hear in clubs in foreign countries has it’s roots in more traditional music. Most Western popular music (especially electronic/dance/rap/hip-hop music) is based in 4/4 time (yes, jazz is a popular style that developed in the Western world, and that occasionally is difficult to identify with ANY time signature, but that’s more the exception than the norm.)
My advice is to take it all in. Learn more about the music of other cultures, pay attention to what going on right around you, and incorporate everything you glean into your own future compositions. And don’t think about all this too academically – remember, this is supposed to be fun!
There was a time when it was much more difficult to create beats. Back before the digital age of music, most beat creation was done by recording live drum and percussion sounds, then editing those sounds and splicing the tapes so that the end result was a prerecorded rhythm that could be looped or further edited. Either way, there were cables, microphones, live instruments, mixing and engineering gear,etc. — not to mention all the technical knowledge required.
Then in the 1970s and 80s, synthesizers and drum machines became popular for beat making. They utilized those prerecorded sounds, so a beat creator no longer had to record his own. There were still a few problems, however:
- First of all, those machines were still extremely complex for someone just starting out in the field of beat creation. Somebody staring at a synthesizer for the first time was likely to be completely baffled by the bewildering number of knobs, buttons, and sliders, with labels such as “oscillator”, “modulation”, and “resonance filter”. It was clearly not something that the average person could just pick up immediately.
- Secondly, the sound quality of the beats wasn’t always top-notch. These days, many of the sounds from those old synths and drum machines are used in contemporary music, but it’s because they are deliberately going for that “retro” sound and feel.
- Thirdly, most of those instruments had a limited number of sounds available in their sound banks. In the internet age, the number of sounds available to be used is virtually unlimited.
With an online beat creator, all three of these problems are solved: anybody can do it, the hi-fidelity sounds are studio-quality, and a beat maker can find or create almost any sound imaginable.
Just for fun, here’s another quick sample of beats made using nothing but a computer and a cheap software program:
So you can see how far the world of beat creation has come, and why an online beat creator is the best option for both newbies just learning to make beats, as well as veteran beat makers looking for a more convenient and simplified way. Now, anybody with a computer can create high-quality, unique beats without any experience or additional equipment whatsoever.
Watch the demonstration video in the prior post titled “Welcome to Beat Creator Production dot com” to see just how easy it is to go from square one to creating any beat you can imagine, right on your computer.
Obviously, the primary reason somebody would want to own a beat maker is to make beats, right? Well, what happens when you make the beat, but you would like to add more to it besides just drums and percussion?
Say that you’d like to add a melody to the mix – maybe a nasty bass line or a synthesizer lead, or maybe a really soft synth pad sound just to give it some ambiance. You could go out and buy a synthesizer, some MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) cables, an external audio interface, and connect it to your computer by USB (Universal Serial Bus). You would also need some type of software that could serve as your beat making DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
Of course you would need to know which interface would be most compatible with your system, and which cables would be the best for providing the sound you’re looking for. Also, you would want to carefully select the synthesizer, to make sure it would be appropriate for your beat creation objectives.
Then, you would need to know how to connect everything correctly and configure all of the hardware with your DAW (which I can tell you from experience can be a NIGHTMARE if you don’t know what you’re doing).
And how much would all of this cost, by the way? $1000? $5000? Making beats this way can get very expensive.
Instead of buying an actual synthesizer, you could buy a keyboard controller. This looks like a regular keyboard, except it doesn’t contain an internal sound bank. So the sounds you use are ones that reside on your computer (in your DAW, for example). Since you can store an almost infinite number of sounds on your computer (including percussion sounds for making beats), you could get more variety than on a standalone synth; but the setup and operation for a keyboard controller is just as complicated!
So what’s the answer, you ask? If you want to add melody to your beats, simply use an online beat creator that has that feature built in. No extra equipment to purchase, no complex configurations. Watch the video below to see what I mean: