How to Make a Hip-Hop Beat

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.

The Narrative

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.

Audio Mastering Engine 5.0

We just updated our online mastering engine to bring a new level of audio mastering for our community.

Chosen Masters Engine 5.0

We believe you can have perfect audio mastering online instantly….

The theme of this new mastering engine is cleaner & warmer with heavier sub/bass. both Classic & Modern modes are leveled up in the 5.0 update with a richer tone and feel, fuller with a more balanced frequency distribution. The hi frequencies are cleaner and glide with a cleaner stereo field were sounds can be heard more precisely and individually. This is by far our best mastering engine yet and are excited for everyone to hear what a difference the new Chosen Masters engine can make for you in your mastering processes.

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Classic 5.0
Personally the Chosen Masters team is loving the way classic is sounding right now on most of the music we have tested, it just adds something unique to your mixes, making songs rich and pleasant to the ears. If you are singer or songwriter with a more organic sound or you want a master with rich tone, weight & warmth then you will love Classic 5.0.

Modern 5.0
Modern has a heavier sub and an over all cleaner frequencies response. It sounds allot richer & balanced then the previous engine,we think this is a big upgrade to our Modern mode. if your looking for that upfront, present & impactful trap or EDM style master or you want bright clear vocals & lead synths, this will be the one for you.

We have not yet announced this update to the public so you are the first ones to know about this, the new engine is live on the site right now!

As a special offer to celebrate the release of engine 5.0 we are giving everyone a free master. Enter promo code below at theSingle Master Checkout after you have uploaded and mastered a song to unlock full master and app features:

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Mixing & Mastering Tips

How to export your pre-master for best results when using Chosen Masters

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  1. If you can, export your song at 32 bit in .wav format
  2. Make sure you are sidechaining your kick and snare to other elements in your song, but your sub bass will be the most important thing to side chain
  3. If you choose to add limiting or compression to your pre-master before you upload to our site, make sure you dont over do it, a little bit of compression/limiting can help fatten up your pre-master and get a bigger sounding master but to much will cause problems and make your master sound squished and crappy.
  4. Use a transient shaper on your kick and snare. Chosen Masters app loves transients and retains drum punch and clarity in a truly incredible way.
  5. Mix your drums. Make sure they are sitting at the right levels in your mix to hit. Make sure your kicks have enough sub between 60-100 hz and your snares have weight and tone with freqs between 200-500 hz. This depends of course on your snare or kick.
  6. Mixing your lead melodies properly, whether its a vocal or a synth, is very important for getting the best results in the mastering phase. leads should stick out of the mix a bit and have a brighter and fuller eq profile then other sounds in your mix.
  7. cutting freqs that are not needed in certain sounds will help for clarity. You dont want to overdo this either or you get thin and lacking sounds.
  8. Cut out the muddy freqs, little eq dips around 280-350 can help add clarity to certain sounds, don’t overdo this tho and be very surgical or you risk thining out your sounds and losing tone
  9. Use de-esser plugins to make your vocals or leads easier on the ears. if you find something is a bit harsh on the ears you can pinpoint some upper mid freqs around 3000-6000 with a de-esser and shave off some of the edge if needed, again don’t overdo this or you will ruin your sound(Waves has some nice ones). De-essers are a reactive plug in that only starts to shave out the freqs when they get to loud, you tell it where in the spectrum you want it to reduce and how much to reduce when they go over the threshold you set
  10. Make sure your levels are properly set, basically make sure something in the mix doesn’t feel to loud, if something is overpowering your kick or snare then its probably to loud

These are some of the things i keep in mind when mixing my songs and will have more tips for production and mixing in the future. if you enjoyed this or have questions or even have some suggestions on what i could cover next feel free to email me back!

Celebrating 10K Followers – Discount!

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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!

New Mastering Updates and Collaboration Features!

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!

Remix Competition – Tha Trickaz & Otodayo!

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!

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Be sure to head over to the, the official competition site where you can download the stems for the Cloud City Remix Competition. Check out the Official Competition Video below