Today, it´s easy to make your own beats!

Hi Folks,

I accomplished my latest goal and bought me a new laptop which is powerful enough to run a complete digital studio.Mixer I want to learn the things about beatmaking which I don´t know yet and show you how someone like me can succeed at making quality beats (and how you can begin to make your own beats…). This website´s focus is to review several different software solutions on the market for you, which aren´t too expensive and deliver good performance. I compare several Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).

For now, I decided to go with Fruity Loops Studio 11 and I am ready to give it a try!

Oops, I forgot: the software solutions that are available to make your own beats make it very easy to start, but there is still a littlebit of Hardware and Plugins that you need.

What´s on the list?

  • studio monitors or headphones, or ideally both of them
  • a keyboard-style midi controller to compose melody

keyboard midi controller

 

 

 

 

 

  • a pad-style midi controller to compose percussion

 

midi drum pad

 

 

 

 

 

Both of them don´t need to have a sound engine.

That´s the hardware, and You need

  • basic effects plugins, such as EQ, compressor, limiter, reverb, delay
  • virtual instruments according to your genre that your DAW doesn’t have
  • an audio interface
  • a DAW

Why do You need those and What are they?

  • Reverb: a so called reverb unit is a function that puts the right amount of reverberation to the sound. Reverberation is not the same thing like echo.
  • Equalizer (EQ): an Equalizer allows you to cut or intensify certain frequencies of your given sound sample.
  • Compressor: a compressor reduces the overall gain of a given sound. For example when you have a live gig and the dynamic range of the music is to big to be recorded. Then a compressor might for example turn the input signal of every two decibels the sound increases into an output of only one decibel in increasion.
  • Limiter: a limiter is used at the final stage of mixing a piece of music for example to have the maximum loudness.
  • Delay: as the word indicates, delay function puts a certain amount of delay to a given instrument and makes the music sound more rhythmycally exciting
  • Virtual Instruments: a virtual instrument is like a plugin, it is a kind of software that acts as a sound module. Today, there are very realistic sounding virtual instruments available, and you can choose from a variety of different styles.
  • Audio Interface: an audio interface is a device which transfers audio data from a foreign source to the software of a computer.
In short, the two hardware items that are mentioned above are needed because it´s way easier to compose and come up with ideas when you use MIDI devices. You dont have to be a piano expert, but recording directly from a keyboard makes it more fun.
The Software you have read about right now is the minimum requirement for mixing and producing your own beats.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Heather Grace

    This is a great article that gives so much information. How would you suggest a beginner start out? For someone who isn’t familiar with the gear or setup, would this be a good place to begin? I really love that you took the time to list what everything is and why you need it. That was very helpful!

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    1. admin

      Hi Heather, I would suggest a beginner should start out with trying the Dr. Drum Software as its very simple and intuitive. I hope a beginner can use the information and begin making beats without spending too much.

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