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How to Make a Hip-Hop Beat
How do you come up with those great beats that form the background for the tunes everyone will want to crank in their cars, or stream from their phones?
Hip-hop beats are actually an artistic process with some sophistication. Here are three big steps in crafting the best beats – you don’t have to necessarily do these in any particular order, but each one of them, in our view, is vital to the process.
In a fundamental sense, you want to match your beat to what the song is going to be about and the type of energy that you want the track to have. Is it a fast-driving song, or a crooner? Here’s where you consider your sampling, and whether you need to source copyright or reach out to other artists for sampling permission.
Think about it this way: you’re building the framework for what your finished track is going to sound like, so this often takes place at the beginning of the project. Nailing the narrative helps you to make sense of the process and develop the song further with a road map toward a finished result.
The Hook – and Everything Else
As you’re coming up with a general theme and approach for a particular beat, you’ll also be starting to integrate the special sounds that are going to make the beat ‘sticky’ – you want enough to make the track interesting, but beware of the “kitchen sink” approach where everything gets thrown in, and it starts to sound like mush!
When it comes to a hook, massive bass and catchy melody harmonies are always a favorite. But how they’re positioned in the sample track makes a difference, and there are also other things to keep in mind, as far as audio integrity. This is where you start getting into the mixing and mastering of the process, while adding unique sounds that are going to resonate in your audience’s ears.
The Mixing and Mastering Process
Then there’s the process of audio mastering, where you look at things like noise reduction and dynamic ranges. Often you already have these audio hooks in place – and you’re looking to clean up the individual beats, or beeps, or notes that are included in the sample bar.
Here’s where Chosen Masters comes in. This excellent automated professional grade mastering software is absolutely vital for those who want to make hip-hop beats that sound like they were made in a top-class studio. In this type of music, sound production is of paramount importance. It’s not just a detail. Talk to us about how our Chosen Masters tools help to craft the best beats.
We just updated our online mastering engine to bring a new level of audio mastering for our community.
We recently hit 10K followers on Soundcloud and wanted to hook you up with a special gift to celebrate. We made 15 kicks and 15 snares that are on a new level. Grab them now and start creating new music! Also we secretly have been updating our mastering engine and has never sounded so phat, loud and crystal clear. Try out Chosen Masters new mastering engine updates now and hear the difference it can make for your music.
Hope you enjoy the free gift and let us know if you need any help or have any questions. As a final gift we are giving offering 50% off your first month of service for the first 25 people to use this promo code at check out “10K50OFF” . This offer is only valid until the end of the 2018 summer so be sure to use it now!
We have been hard at work over the past few weeks adding new features and making sure our mastering suite stays in pristine condition. New updates to the mastering chain and user experience enhancements have been added on a daily basis, such as additions to the sub frequencies and track sharing capabilities. Upload your music today and check it out for yourself!
This week, we have rolled out a few “collaboration” feature that allows you to share your tracks with friends, artists, and even labels. Users can comment on your track to provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions. This allows for faster production time and allows you to stay on top of your work right in the application without having to switch from email, SMS, or other communication methods. Whenever anyone comments on your track, you will be notified via email. You can always check out the changelog for daily updates, and we have other new features in the pipeline right now so stay tuned!
We’re excited to be partnered with Tha Trickaz & Otodayo for their Cloud City Remix Competition! This is a chance to get behind the latest move in the music industry. Remix contests are one of the best tools to utilize and sharpen your talent as a producer, as well as getting your name out there. We are offering a free week to members who sign up through Tha Trickaz Remix subscription page!
Be sure to head over to the Metapop.com, the official competition site where you can download the stems for the Cloud City Remix Competition. Check out the Official Competition Video below
With all of the sample packs out there you might think you’ve got everything you need for that next big track. Well we’re here to say you might want to look a little further! Chosen Masters will be releasing our first ever Sample Pack, and it’s going to blow your mind. For those of you who can’t wait for some next-level samples, be sure to get signed up and then go to the Sample Packs download page.
We have added two new sample packs for free, including:
Hand-crafted crisp drum samples to enhance any track with impacts, hihats, big snares, and punchy kick drums. Includes one-shot wav samples and loops.
Collection of simple and advanced House and Techno Kick Drums, production-ready for any large sound system in the club. Download this freebie to get started with the essentials – the driving kick drum.
We will be sending out a promo bundle of some great cuts from the pack to all our subscribers, one-time users, and mailing listers. Keep an eye out!
Hello artists. Hello musicians and producers.
We’re here to help.
One of the biggest questions we get asked by colleagues and peers in the industry is, “How do I finish my song?“. There are a lot of answers to this, and from now on you will be able to come to Chosen Masters to get inspired, educated, and best of all, to add the finishing touches to your music.
But let’s start with an even more important question: How do I get started?
The answer is surprisingly easy: Start.
Whether you write with an acoustic instrument, microphone, or synths and laptops, the most important thing you can do with your music, as with any project or idea, is start. Get your idea down. Grab a napkin, transcription paper, a mobile phone or recording device, or go all out in your studio. Just get started. Over time the idea will evolve. Sounds and structures will come and go. And eventually you will be ready to bounce down your mix. And of course, Master it.
Today, there are endless resources to learn and progress, and to get from beginning to completion, and you will find lots of good reading and resources, and the best mastering tool on the planet, right here. Drop us a line any time with questions and feedback as you progress on your journey. And remember,
The most important thing is to start.
Today we have launched several new features for Chosen Masters. Our mastering back end has received a fine-tuning to the lower level frequencies to add extra warmth. Other features we have added include:
- New Gift Codes, which allows you to send promo codes to your friends!
- Added security layers for truly private data; no one except you is able to access uploaded material.
- Performance boost for the Mastering Player; tracks now load faster than ever before.
- New Landing page, including a new Blog section to stay up to date on the latest Mastering news!
Thanks for staying with us and we hope you enjoy these new features.
Thanks for checking out Chosen Masters. We think you’re going to feel quite comfortable here. If you see anything out of place, though, feel free to let us know.
If you haven’t given our world-class mastering a try, we highly recommend it! And don’t forget to sign up for more high-fidelity audio ideas, inspiration, and contests.