Imagine having your own music studio right on your PC or Mac keyboard. Well, this is not such a crazy idea actually, as there are now many software packages which you set up in no time at all. I want to outline some of the things to look out for and also why you should choose Dubturbo which is a leader in beat making software. You will soon be producing the best beats in any genre you like ranging from rap, house, reggae and jungle.
How it all started
Joseph Saddler (also known as Grandmaster Flash) was one of the founders of hip hop and pioneered mixing and cutting by clever use of the turntables which enabled him to create all the amazing scratches, loops and breaks. He is also credited with the invention of ‘punch phrasing’ which used horn hits which were inserted over the beat by using the mixer.
In the digital era, this was made a lot easier and now we have DAWS (digital audio workstations) or software sequencers which are used in hip hop production although some purists claim that the sound quality is not what it should be.
What beats and music do you want to create?
I know loads of people who are into purchasing the most modern technology and software so that their homes turn into full blown music studios. It is great if they want to record a live band but let us face it, if we want to make our own beats and music on our PC, there is some pretty amazing software out there which means you do NOT have to buy:-
* expensive DAWs and VSTs
* sound cards
* MIDI interface and keyboard
* sample kits and monitors
You can create some pretty amazing music without spending a fortune
Yes, I know there are loads of software programs out there which promise that you can make the best beats in any genre you want- ranging from rap to reggae and jungle. The only problem is that many of these programs just are not producing great quality and in the end, their choices are limited and the learning curve is really steep so you end up frustrated . But if you choose the right software then you can easily turn this into a no brainer and start producing beats and music tracks which you could easily sell to producers if you wanted to.
Get on a high producing your own beats
Imagine not having to interrupt the flow of your creativity because the software lets you down. We all know that the amazing hip hop beats are created by artists long before the lyrics are added. That is another thing to look out for when you are looking around and trying to find out what could really get you on a high without any messing. You are going to need some of the following features :-
- no need to upgrade your computer
- great broadcast sound quality (look for 44.1 and stereo WAV)
- keyboard triggers for making those bangin’ beats
- 4 octave keyboard
- copy bars on the fly
- forget the need to import MP3 loops
- wide range of voxes and instruments
- facility to import your own sound if you want to
- you can change the baseline easily
- you can chop up vocals
- you can adjust the highs
It is also useful to bear in mind that some of the top producers are now using their laptops and some software to produce amazing beats. Actually, these are usually mixed and mastered in studios to produce the final product but I would say that the vast majority are being produced on a normal PC or laptop.
Look for software which has a one window interface
Some of the software out there is quite sophisticated and will provide you with vast tracks of music. an amazing range of instruments and so on. But they operate using multi windows which will take forever when you have to switch from one phase to another. That is why I always choose beat making software which uses a single interface.
How YOU can get started fast.
Actually, you can avoid all the steep learning curve by getting a sophisticated piece of software which is powerful, affordable and just dead easy to use. That is the type of software which is in great demand now. If you choose a product such as Dubturbo, you will be able to master the first steps quite quickly just by following the video tutorials and you will be delighted with your first efforts. It is great for starting out with beat making and you do not need to invest hundreds of dollars.
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