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INTRODUCTION
THE ART OF MAKING BEATS

There has never been a better time to make a career out of music
production.
Hip Hop has a rich history filled with timeless music and legendary artists.
It’s seen constant growth and evolution over the last 20 to 30 years and it’s showing NO
signs of slowing down…
In fact, we think that Hip Hop is the MOST dominant genre in music today.
All you have to do is look at artists like Drake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Travis
Scott, Post Malone, and more…
They’re CONSTANTLY selling out stadiums, breaking streaming records, and topping
radio charts.
Even newer artists like Lil Pump and Juice WRLD have had meteoric rises over the last
year or so and they continue to get bigger.
What might be even more impressive to us though, are the incredible producers behind
many of these huge artists.
Talented producers like Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz, Mike WiLL Made‑It, London On Da
Track, and more continue to pump out incredible beats for these rappers and help them
dominate the music scene.
For those who may not know, some of these major producers can make up to $150,000
for a single beat.
And on top of that, there’s an entire community of smaller producers who are each
making anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 per month just leasing beats from their
bedroom.
Just look into producers like Penacho, Superstar O, and Anno Domini who are doing
extremely well with beat leasing at the moment.

INTRODUCTION
THE ART OF MAKING BEATS

These smaller producers are doing so well because it’s not just big famous rappers who
need beats. There are tons of upcoming rappers and singers worldwide who are looking
for music as well!
So what does this have to do with you?
Well, the massive size of the Hip Hop genre and it’s continuous growth means there is
more opportunity for success than EVER before.
Back in the day, smaller producers (and even big producers) had no way of getting into
the spotlight.
But with all the social media platforms and accessible production resources available
today, suddenly making a career out of music production seems a lot more realistic.
I’m not saying you’ll get over $100,000 for a beat overnight.
And you might even be thinking, “even $25,000 a month seems a bit far fetched”.
But the thing is, even if you get a FRACTION of these numbers, you can still make a
great living doing what you’re truly passionate about.
(Imagine the extra cash you’d get by selling just a few beats a month for $500‑$1000
each)
And from there, the sky’s the limit.
There’s no reason why you can’t work your way up the ranks and increase the quality of
your music to gain more success.
So if there are tons of accessible resources and good opportunities in huge genres
like Hip Hop, why are so many producers struggling?
Well after being in the music industry and building Cymatics over the years, we’ve seen
thousands of producers struggle with the SAME thing when it comes to growing their
career.

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THE ART OF MAKING BEATS

Before I get into that though, it’s absolutely necessary that you 1) Work extremely hard
and 2) Prioritize your music above everything else.
For the most part, all the producers we see have those two things nailed down. They’re
always making music and striving to improve every second they can and I’m assuming
the same goes for you (especially if you’re really passionate about making music for a
living.)
After that though, you’re inevitably going to hit major plateaus when you’re trying to
grow…
Maybe you can’t figure out how to get more plays on your songs or grow your socials. Or
maybe you’re struggling with a specific production issue like getting louder, cleaner
mixdowns.
Whatever it may be, overcoming these “walls” is extremely difficult and it’s where we see
most producers throw in the towel.
It’s during these crucial moments that you need to study and analyze other
successful artists and learn how they overcame these hurdles — so you can do the
same.
And we know that it’s not easy to get in touch with big producers and successful artists,
let alone have a full conversation with them about your production problems.
When we first started Cymatics, we tried to reach out to as many producers as we could
and honestly, we faced A LOT of rejection. But we’ve persevered over the years and now
we have great relationships with hundreds of amazing artists that we keep in touch with.
So for The Art of Making Beats, we reached out to 30 majorly successful Hip Hop
producers and beatmakers and asked them questions to find out EXACTLY what
helped them grow their career.
The information we got out of these incredible creators is seriously invaluable.
You’ll learn tons of useful tips that you can apply to your own music career and
production process including:

you never know what will help you in the long run. INTRODUCTION THE ART OF MAKING BEATS ‑ Where they find their inspiration for a making beats. ‑Drew & Steven (Co‑founders of Cymatics. ‑ How to turn an amateur beat into a professional beat. So let the words of these successful producers remind you not to give up! We truly think the best time to pursue a career in music production is NOW.fm) . This PDF is also meant to be read more than once. ‑ The exact creative process they follow when working in the studio. ‑ Their favorite VST or software for making beats (some interesting answers here. So without further ado. ‑How they formed relationships in the industry and got their name out there.) ‑ Special tips and tricks for making their 808s sound amazing. ‑ And the biggest mistake new producers make when approaching production! And we strongly advise that you take notes on the guide and take every piece of advice seriously — even if it seems insignificant. Plus there are usually hidden gems you may not notice during your first read. ‑ How they first started making money as a producer. here is The Art of Making Beats. so we strongly recommend you save it in a safe place and come back to it whenever you need motivation.

adapt. Most times I will start with an existing idea in my head. Then I discovered Cubase and Reason when I was 14 years old. then into a program. I think the key is to find a . the piano‑forte symbols don’t give you enough reflexive input as the 127 step MIDI velocity scale). Soundtoys. MR.com/mr_carmack facebook.com/mrcarmack instagram. and it was all over from there. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I try to mix it up.com/mr_carmack What inspired you to get into making beats? I always was interested in getting the musical ideas out of my head. a rhythm. as well as Valhalla. Hacking the beat making process down to a rigid formula and staying there is the fastest way to failure and obsoletion. and learn. but there’s a plugin called Driver that has helped me get some really interesting basses. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I’ve been messing with a lot of the sounds from the Arturia synth pack. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I have a couple tricks with ableton that I won’t disclose here. I used to toy with Finale. but I always found “Notation” software very rigid and not optimized for modern music (i. and heard through speakers or live through instrumentation. a chord progression or sample… I’d also say experimentation is a necessary part of the creation process.com/mrcarmackmusic twitter. I’ve been editing with the iZotope units.e. It also generates an inability to grow. I needed some realistic sounds and there are a lot of great organs. and occasionally a D16 unit. CARMACK THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. and pianos in there. clavs.

melody. MR. That is what I work for. no milestones. A loop with some rhythm is a beat. How did you first start making money as a producer? I never intended to make money on music. A Chord loop and a clap is a beat. A first draft. when both the vocalist and producer have a sigh of relief and and listen to the bounce. Also. or become a song where there is an established lead. That was when I first saw money from my music. opening up. No accolades. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? A beat is a beat. I would make music and put it on bandcamp for “pay as you want”. or a main vocalist puts a complete idea on top. lead line. Then from there it can either stay an instrumental. Just the rush of listening to something you just spent hours with someone. a couple dollars there. etc. or pencil sketch. but intentionally leaving out space for a prospective singer. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? My favorite moments of production are the end of a successful session. CARMACK THE ART OF MAKING BEATS plugin or effects unit that can amplify resonance underneath the actual 808 and have a “soft clip” setting that will keep the signal from peaking. Sitting in Hawaii in 2012. distortion and digital clipping are entirely different concepts. creating. In 2012. . and people would still leave me a dollar here. So when does a beat become a song? When does a beat become an instrumental? I guess that the hierarchy therefrom a producers standpoint is that a beat is a rough sketch of an idea. putting out releases every month. An Instrumental is a beat that is more structured into a song form.

Big record labels like to entrap young rappers and musicians and endow them with vast amounts of money and portray a very specific image of “success”. The expectation of this insane wealth and pompous. your strengths and weaknesses in all aspects of life. no label backing. the young bright mind feel small. get to know what you want to do. day after day. MR. Be constructive. Just music as I finished it. collectives such as Team Supreme. and channels like Majestic Casual. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Probably expectations. find out your attributes. and you will generate success through love and growth. There was one point where I was getting 100. . purely independent. and insecure about yourself. and feed back into their consumption loop. Thissongissick. Soulection. Trapcity. HW&W.000 listens a day. insignificant. Mad Decent. and many more channels like that have posted my music throughout the years. no phony rollouts or nothing. Also. Keep your family and friends close to your heart. misogynistic social status that comes with it as a result of making a few songs is incredibly made up and is a tool to make you. get to know what you like regardless of image. CARMACK THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Soundcloud in 2011‑2014 was a big help.

I always make sure I come from a clear.com/lunice What inspired you to get into making beats? I’ve always been a curious person. Stacker Upper & One Hunned EP. LUNICE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. I’ve only a couple synths.com/lunice instagram. I got into Omnisphere and the Korg Collection later.com/lunice twitter. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I still use FL Studio to this day. my first VST that I had a lot of fun working on back in my early productions. By 19 I decided to fully get into beat making. . as a hobby of course. design or performance. into breaking down songs I would hear on the radio in my head and imagining what the instrumental would sound like if it had a different clap sound or kick. one’s a Yamaha CS2x that I used to write the main lead on “Tha Doorz”. Sytrus and Massive. This has led me. I love to have a white board next to me while I make music in case another idea comes to mind that I need to draw out or write down. at around the age of 16‑17. I almost treat my process similarly to how I perform live. calm and happy place before I get into the dramatics of sound and performance. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I generally do both. I always have a bunch of ideas. They all sort of intertwine with each other in a big brainstorm kind of way.com/lunice facebook. trying to understand the process of things more than the final output. whether it’s music. But the main thing is that I do all this with a clear mind. was Vanguard. That’s what I’d call my experimentation phase.

But when it comes down to the creative approach of a song. It started as doing a set for a free cab ride to the local venue and back home (which I absolutely loved and enjoyed every moment of it). . design. And what I mean is that. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? The networking part came after I’ve created my own momentum in general. And I’m absolutely thrilled to have collaborated from beginning to end with The Alchemist on our EP “Moving Parts”. shoot & produce my own EP releases for the pure creative ability to try multiple art practices into one. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? It’s really all subjective when it comes down to the mix. LUNICE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Hudson Mohawke put me onto this VST called Sonic Destructor. back in Myspace days. How did you first start making money as a producer? Honestly. But you’ll always have the exception of gifted people who can right out of the gate perform like they’ve been doing this forever. It was such a great time. I learnt so much from him. you can sort of tell who’s had more experience over the other. then the value went up as I started becoming more serious about my brand and where I can bring it. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I’m very grateful to Virgil Abloh for introducing me to Kanye West and giving us (me and Hudmo) the opportunity to create “Blood on the Leaves”. gigs. I would schedule. Load that up and get creative! You’ll love all the wild sounds you can get out of that.

good and bad. And that things should go both ways. Don’t beat yourself over it. . LUNICE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Eventually this caught people’s attention which naturally turned into a networking event in itself. So I rarely was reaching out. If you feel like your making bad music one day. I’d be more than happy to answer. That’s what matters to me. the fact you made something that day is amazing in itself because you’re consistently creating. I just let my work do its thing and if people were curious enough to ask me any questions. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Patience and understanding. So keep your momentum going no matter what.

com/annodominibeats What inspired you to get into making beats? I was always a big music fan throughout my youth but never thought about the production side of things until one bored college afternoon I downloaded some free software from the internet and started experimenting.com/annodominibeats facebook. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? The process varies. Other times I find inspiration from other music. I found I had a real love and knack for it and before I knew it artists were hitting me up to buy beats. art. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? A lot of producers fail to tune their 808s. movies or anything else. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? . sometimes I just sit in front of a keyboard and jam until something sounds good.com/annodominibeats twitter. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I mostly use FL Studio as my DAW as I like the fast workflow. One way to simplify the process (this works great for any kind of kicks too) is to pitch the 808 up a couple octaves as it makes finding the right key much easier in a higher register. I use a ton of plugins and VSTs and try to switch it up. ANNO DOMINI THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud.com/annodominibeats instagram. I just fell into it. I never planned to be a music producer.

Success in the music industry is a long‑game. offer them something (never ask for something) and stay persistent without being annoying. Be patient. but I’m most proud of having built a whole team of full‑time producers under Anno Domini Nation that earn their living doing what they love. Nowadays you can do that through platforms like Instagram. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Individual accomplishments and awards are great. Be courteous. I’ve been doing this for over 15 years. don’t get frustrated just because you’re not seeing results right away. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I contacted a lot of artists and researched their entourage including managers. I have producers hit me up asking how they can get to where I am by tomorrow.com and quickly became one of the go‑to producers for artists there. I posted my beats on sites like SoundClick. . When I first got started it was MySpace and I got a lot of my first major placements that way just directly messaging artists and their teams. persistent and grind it out. A&Rs and so on to network and build with them. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Everything is so focused on instant gratification now. ANNO DOMINI THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Usually the quality of the mixing and the choice of sounds. How did you first start making money as a producer? I was fortunate enough to ride the initial wave of ‘online’ producers back in 2002/2003 and became one of the pioneers of the online beat licensing industry that is now pretty much the standard.

and/or melody. etc. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I’ve been making beats in Ableton for a few years now and I really like it. but we usually start off by listening through some current music and/or some sound packs. chord changes inspired from another song. instrumentation. Dre and Timbaland were probably the 2 producers I tried to make beats like the most when I first started. There’s a decent chance they have a kit themselves or they’ll tell you what kit to get it from. LEGION BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. If you’re not sure. Probably too much! Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? My #1 tip is to just start with an 808 that hits. Nate. I use Sylenth a lot for sounds. find a producer who has 808s that hit and ask them which 808 they’re using. We’ll look for inspiration from the drums.com/thisisthelegion facebook. Sometimes we’ll mix and match ‑ like make drums that are inspired by this song. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I pretty much always make beats with my production partner. Our process for making beats can vary. Dr. Starting with the right 808 sound is like 95% of getting it right. chord changes.com/thisisthelegion instagram.com/thisisthelegion twitter.com/legionbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? I was first inspired to make beats from the hip hop I was listening to in high school in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. .

every time. Back then. I love Sausage Fattener! I put that on every 808. I might add a little distortion on the 808 too. Other than that. One is for the first way I ever made money as a producer. Depending on the type of beat. started networking with A&Rs and artists at bigger labels outside the bay AND… barely made any money. Don’t make it compete with anything else in those low frequencies. going to events. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? The drums. you’re an amateur. Here’s how I’ve built a sustainable business that provides a liveable income for myself and our growing team of about 10 at the time of writing this: . became decently well known in our area over the years. an exciter. and the 2nd for how I built a sustainable and exponentially growing income for me and my team. throw a high pass filter on it. which was originally me and my buddy Phil. How did you first start making money as a producer? I have 2 answers for this. I like to add some compression. or something else with some low frequencies. If you’ve got a pad. LEGION BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Once I have the right 808 sample. Here’s how I first made money: I started growing my network by interning at a couple recording studios. I like to use the Ableton stock “Saturator” plugin for that. or a bass. I was able to get some placements and work my way up in the local Bay Area hip hop scene. it’s all about giving the 808 space in the mix. Actually I put Sausage Fattener on every clap and snare and just about every drum sound. If they’re not hittin’. and reaching out to any and everyone online. and maybe some distortion. We got some songs on the radio. my production team was called The Slapboyz.

and started a real business. It might remind them of high‑school. is an incredible feeling. and team management to my music production business. So that’s the music side of affecting people’s lives. For one thing. but the thing I’m most proud of is the lives that I’ve touched. business. Instead. there’s a lot that I’m proud of. Of course having some recognizable credits like Kendrick. I modeled my business after the music producers that were the smartest marketers in the game (like Anno Domini) and also after people in other industries that were the smartest marketers in their game (like Russell Brunson). those credits are more useful to me as a tool to get people’s attention. Snoop & Rick Ross is cool. A&R’s and labels. or maybe it was the song that helped them get through something tragic in their lives. But to be honest. knowing that music I’ve worked on is the soundtrack to people’s lives. I began a deep and ongoing education into marketing. direct marketing. I learned to apply the concepts of sales funnels. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I’m happy to say that in my 15+ years of being a music producer. LEGION BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS I stopped chasing after artists. . This is gonna sound corny. and entrepreneurship. or a relationship. business systems. I know there are people in the world who can hear a song I produced years ago and it will bring them back to an era of their life when they were listening to it. and you might think I’m full of shit. as opposed to what I’m most proud of.

. I think the way I’ve been able to affect people’s lives with the business side of things is even more impactful. It’s something I hear from new producers a lot. as far as really “getting my name out there’”? That’s really a whole different question and the answer to that is having a profitable online marketing plan that allows me to outspend my competitors and still make more money them. Having a recording studio and being known as a dope engineer has started more meaningful relationships with people than every conference. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? The biggest mistake I made in my early days of production was putting too many sounds in my beats. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I might be the only one who has this answer. show. LEGION BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS But to be honest. The fact that I have a team of people who are able to make a living doing what they love full time is something I’m incredibly proud of. and other event that I’ve attended combined. They’re the reason I wake up excited to get to work everyday. I’m not hard to find. being an engineer has been the best in‑person networking tool for by far over the years. but hit me up if you wanna learn how. But. because that’s what’s allowed me to live this life. So. but the best thing I’ve ever done to allow myself to network and meet people is by being an engineer. There’s a lot that goes into that. I’m also extremely grateful to have an amazing team.

Each sound should basically be its own layer. If nothing else. etc. mid lows. Have something for the lows. . mids. And please! Make sure your drums knock. LEGION BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Learn to give each sound some breathing room. do that. mid highs. If you have too many sounds competing in the same frequency range it’s gonna sound like shit. highs. Think of the all the frequencies in your beat as like layers to a cake.

I bought a sampler and drum machine and started making my own original beats for us to rap to. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Every time I work on a track. which I really like. A great sounding 808. and adding a touch of saturation so it sounds good everywhere from laptop speakers. I was part of a 9 member rap group called Young Tribe. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? A lot of times I have a general idea of what direction I want the track to go in. That way I can customize it for the track I’m working on. to a club system. dialing in the right frequencies. to me. DECAP THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. I like to synthesize a new 808 from scratch.com/decapmusic facebook. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? . and then project that feeling into the track. is a mixture of the right leveling.com/decapmusic twitter. Other times I just play around until I hear something cool.com/decapmusic instagram. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? My favorite DAW is Ableton.com/decapmusic What inspired you to get into making beats? Back in my hometown Nashua NH when I was 13 years old. We all would get together in my parents basement and record songs on my 4 track tape deck. and this year I started using FL Studio also. and then progress from there.

and have a successful drum kit for producers. How did you first start making money as a producer? I sold my first 4 beats in 9th grade (for $12. Drums That Knock. But over time you have to stretch beyond that and create your own sound. Staying active and responsive on social media has helped my brand a great deal. Niall Horan. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? You gotta have great sounds! All great tracks start with a solid foundation. releasing successful independent music. Being a professional is all about continuing to hone in on your craft every day and continue to learn consistently. I am working with major artists. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Watching my song I independently released reach #6 on the Billboard top 100 charts (“Hot Box”). that’s how you learn. A&Rs. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I can’t say there’s one thing. and many others. Khalid. For me it’s all about consistency and building multiple income streams. Camila Cabello. etc has helped me a lot. Also hearing my sound design everywhere from Jay‑Z. Originality is so important ‑ always create from a place of authenticity! . have a YouTube producer education channel. DECAP THE ART OF MAKING BEATS I believe the difference between an amatuer and a professional is commitment.50 each). Also fostering long term relationships with artists. DJs. producers. Everyone starts out copying. Years later. managers.

com/cymaticsfm instagram. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I love just using stock Ableton stuff. loops. and synths. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I always like to split the high and low frequencies of an 808 and process them separately. I’ll start working on a full beat with it. I mostly use Serum but not as much for making beats. If something I come across gets me excited. DREW CYMATICS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. but get those nice buzzy mids/highs that you hear a lot now.com/cymaticsfm facebook.com/cymaticsfm twitter. I thought it would be fun to make some of my own beats so I downloaded FL Studio when I was 14. That way I can keep the low end beefy.com/cymaticsfm What inspired you to get into making beats? I grew up listening to hip hop from the time I was a little kid and eventually got in to rapping. and the rest is history! What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I have almost always started beats by experimenting with random samples. You can always spot an amateur beat by the way the kicks and 808s don’t quite knock as . When I make electronic music. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I think the biggest thing between an amateur and professional beat is the sample selection.

and honestly it was way easier than people think. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? The moment I’m most proud of in my music production career was honestly being able to be able to buy my dream house with money I made from my music company. Sample selection is especially important in making beats compared to other genres because there aren’t many sounds in each beat. It was the most amazing feeling to make some money with my passion. How did you first start making money as a producer? The first time I made money as a producer was selling beats to local rappers. You need to do more than just watch some Youtube tutorials. New producers just need to get in their DAW and twist knobs for a long time to figure out everything. My most profitable way of monetizing music production has been through Cymatics music production resources and starting our music production education platform Academy. I sold my first beat for $300 about 10 years ago when I was 15 or so. DREW CYMATICS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS hard. Every sound has to make a BIG impact. I have connected with some of the biggest artists in the industry just through a simple message on Facebook or Twitter DM. . Turning your passion into a career and doing what you love every day is the best feeling in the world. Selling beats has become even easier these days because social media. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Just talking to people on Facebook personal profiles and twitter.fm. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? The biggest mistake new producers make when approaching production is not learning the fundamentals in depth.

com/flashbeats instagram. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I use Ableton Live 10 but FL Studio is great too. professionals go looking for it. Also.com/flashbeatsnet facebook. I find that professional tracks tend to go towards minimalism and letting the track breathe. Favorite VSTs would be Omnisphere. FLASH BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. Keyscape and for FX any of the Soundtoys plugins. At the end of the day we’re trying to create a bed . Sit down every day and try to create something new even when I don’t feel like it. Always wanted to get into music from that point on but seeing Timbaland and Pharrell work their magic in the Studio though videos online made me want to get into production when I was 12 years old.com/flashbeats twitter.com/flashbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? Fell in love with Hip Hop and R&B at an early age. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Don’t neglect the sub frequencies! It’s great to get harmonics going through using distortion but make sure it still has a solid low end. I also try to always create at least 2 ideas because I find that the more you create the easier it gets. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? The details and mix will set you apart. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Amateurs wait for inspiration.

How did you first start making money as a producer? Started uploading tracks to Soundclick in 2009 and made my first sale within a few months. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Probably the fact that I was able to make this my job. Marketing and getting your name out there is a necessary part. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Times have changed massively since I started so today I’d recommend everyone to collaborate. . FLASH BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS for an amazing song. but it’s always creation first. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Not creating enough. so leave space for the artist.

when picking 808 samples. the best beats draw inspiration from unexpected places.com/andreistephen What inspired you to get into making beats? I’m from Toronto and the market for hip‑hop/rap/r&b is huge here. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Omnisphere Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I noticed that proper gain‑staging (in relation to the kick.com/andrei‑stephen facebook. I’m always looking for new creative ventures and making beats made a lot of sense given my cultural environment. the beat making process is very visceral for me ‑ you can find inspiration from almost any source / any genre and ultimately contextualize it to sound “appropriate” if you experiment enough. In my opinion.com/andreistephen instagram. but also the mixdown as a whole) is very important for 808 presence / cleanliness. In that sense.com/theandreistephen twitter. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I don’t like to be too rigid when I make beats because the process is a lot more fun if you just mess around. ANDREI STEPHEN THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. I like to play my melody loop on repeat and skip through my 808 sounds to see how they would fit in “real‑time”. Also. I like to keep my monitor volumes low when mixing my 808s/kicks. Sometimes. listening or defaulting to certain 808s in isolation doesn’t really tell you whether or not they work in context. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a .

I’m most proud of capitalizing on those opportunities when they show up. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? I don’t know necessarily if there’s a serious mistake. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I spent a lot of time focusing on developing my musical abilities. I only started to network after I knew for sure that my production abilities were worth giving attention to. ANDREI STEPHEN THE ART OF MAKING BEATS professional beat? I think the most nuanced part about beat‑making is creating a strong vibe/atmosphere without “doing too much”. but never compromise the potential for a vocal performance. but the music industry has always given me super exciting opportunities to make progress. Production is a lifelong journey and every single aspect can take an entire lifetime to master. Professional beats are still sonically exciting. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? There is no single accomplishment that I’m most proud of. A lot of amateur beat‑makers might forget that a vocalist will be the focal point of their beat. Giving up too early a surefire way to let your potential go to waste. How did you first start making money as a producer? A lot of my initial earnings were made offering production and production services in the dance music space. but I will say the biggest problem is giving up. Rather than doing a lot of hand‑to‑hand combat when I was unprepared. . It is important to pace yourself so you can optimize your first impression. and adjust their expectations accordingly. and eventually they were able to “talk” for themselves. New producers should realize how deep music production can run.

To me. but FL studio and Nexus. I was sold and got into it. the mix is the biggest thing. I almost never have a premeditated idea when starting a beat. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Music is all a matter of preference. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Almost every beat I’ve made has been through experimenting. If a beat has tons of clipping and distortion. How did you first start making money as a producer? . it will really turn off a lot of listeners. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Use clean samples or VSTs to start with. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Going to get a lot of hate.com/tristanonthetrack facebook.com/tristan_beats instagram.com/tristanonthetrack What inspired you to get into making beats? Always been creative since I was a little kid. I met some kids in highschool that made beats and it always had interested me. When I found out you could make them on the computer.com/tristanonthetrack twitter. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS TRISTAN ON THE TRACK soundcloud.

What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Consistency in promotion and content… No one can create absolute fire 100% of the time. every producer is going to use that cow chant and 808 to death. . What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Sounding the same. Don’t get lost in the shuffle. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS TRISTAN ON THE TRACK Posting on Soundclick and social media like most producers. I’ve only sold 1 beat in my life face to face. If the latest #1 single uses a cow mooing and a certain 808. I can’t tell producers apart anymore if there isn’t a tag. People are so quick to use the latest sound to death and don’t try to create their own sound or style. I have a gold record I got from Epic Rap Battles of History but it doesn’t really mean much to me lol. create the sound everyone else is riding. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Don’t really have one. but a lot of producers are very hit and miss in their catalog.

From there on I caught an interest in production. What does your beat making process look like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Come to think of it. 7th grade. The feeling music gives me is indescribable.com/1klowkey instagram. I don’t really have a beat making process. it will forever be my favorite thing about life. I had a class where the teacher taught us how to compose on a software called Reason 7.com/1klowkey twitter. The first time I was introduced to music production and beat making was in middle school. I start off with a melody then go on to the drums. What I usually do is experiment with the sounds until I hear something that I like. keyboards. It took hard work.com/lowkeydamian What inspired you to get into making beats? Music has always played a major role in my life. Purity. Endless libraries filled with arps. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? My all time favorite plugin is Omnisphere 2. A couple of other plugins I use that I like very much are ElectraX. I went on to purchase a laptop and installed FL Studio 10 on it. from helping me cope with daily struggles and personal issues to influencing and shaping who I am today. Eventually with time I got better. I then add a counter melody that compliments the main melody. Sound selection is my main focus. . 1KLOWKEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. I dedicated my time to practicing how to play the keys and teach myself how to use the program. It has many organic and textural sounds. My favorite DAW is FL Studio. determination and patience but it was well worth it. pads and many other beautiful sounds are included. bells. Kontakt and Nexus.

otherwise it will cause distortion. How did you first start making money as a producer? I first started making money the day I set up my PayPal account. Other sounds like melodies. and mainly the kicks cannot have too many low end frequencies interfering with your 808’s. it doesn’t always mean it’s going to be a bad beat just like a “professional beat” doesn’t always indicate that it’s going to be one of the best ones. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? The best thing I did was post my beats on YouTube and collaborate with local artists. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I have many accomplishments that I am proud of in my production career but the one thing that I am most proud of is just being able to impact so many people worldwide. I had customers ready to purchase my beats because the ones I had posted on my YouTube account would rank and get many views/likes. Something I always add is an FL Studio built in plugin named. Just because it’s an “amateur beat”. Fruity Stereo Enhancer. pattern layout and the way the sounds are layered with each other. the quality of the mix. Artists would use them and want to purchase the untagged files and the leasing or exclusive rights for them. 1KLOWKEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I EQ all of my sounds including the 808. . The trick to getting your 808’s to sound good is to mix them well with all of your other sounds. percs. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? The main differences between an amateur beat and a professional one is the sound selection. It all comes down to improving your skills and getting your mixing and mastering skills up to par with industry standards. Also.

1KLOWKEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS producers and videographers/photographers in my city. Miami. . but in who you are as a person. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? One of the most significant problems new producers face is the branding side of it all. so you can always make sure you are receiving your royalties and credit. Another crucial issue is getting familiar with the business side of music. FL. credit. You have to learn how to market yourself in order for people to gain interest not only in your music.

B. It has to make an artist want to write to it immediately. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? At the moment it’s Serato’s Sampler. Mad quick and easy. How did you first start making money as a producer? .com/b‑young‑beats twitter. J Dilla.com/byoungbeats_ instagram. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Most of the time I have an idea in mind after hearing a sample. I stick to the basics when it comes to 808’s! What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? There’s so many differences but I think the biggest one is that the beat has to provoke a certain feeling or vibe. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Distortion.YOUNG THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. Sidechaining to the kick very slightly. 9th Wonder and guys like that growing up.com/byoungbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? I always loved DJ Premier. Was really inspired by the greats who were cutting up samples on drum machines. Sometimes I like to experiment on the keys though when I need a break from sampling. Also not making them too loud.

YOUNG THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Uploading to Youtube! What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? So far it’s being able to sustain a living from making beats. Afraid to make a bad beat. but If you stay consistent your name will get out there and people will come to you. afraid of opinions. . Just make whatever you think is dope and put it out. B. Also have worked on some great records for some guys you’ll be hearing about really soon. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? The biggest mistake is being afraid. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? The most impactful thing I did was just upload beats consistently for almost 3 years now. I’m not saying don’t reach out. afraid to get sued for using a certain sample etc.

How did you first start making money as a producer? I was uploading beats to youtube and a couple people would discover me and reach out to buy some beats. he has the best drum kit.com/official_jtk instagram. After that I start experimenting with different sounds to fill in the beat. Most of the time I already have ideas floating through my mind. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Most of my custom 808’s come from King LeeBoy. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Making the beat sound full. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? FL Studio 11 will always be my favorite DAW. My favorite VSTs are Nexus and Omnisphere. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Both. Knowing how to mix the beat.com/jtk2bz What inspired you to get into making beats? I always had a passion for music. . Growing up playing different instruments and watching other producers inspired me. Knowing how to put the beat together. JTK THE ART OF MAKING BEATS twitter.

What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? The biggest thing I did was I reached out to producers I liked. . When I first started my melodies and my mixing were trash. so there is always time for improvement… just keep working. We all worked with each other and helped each other out when needed. JTK THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I’m proud that I have a full time job just off of selling beats. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? The melodies and their mixing.

I will save that project and try later after weeks or even months. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I don’t have an idea but once I open my DAW there will be for sure something even if I don’t finish it. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? On every beat for sure there will be some standard vst like omnisphere. big artists. ‑ Those are my favorite ones. by everyday life etc. How did you first start making money as a producer? I started selling beats when people started asking me how to buy my beats. OGE BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. kontakt.com/ogebeats instagram.com/ogebeats facebook.com/ogebeats What inspired you to get into making beats? I get inspired by everything I hear and see.com/ogebeats twitter. I didn’t have a . nexus etc. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? The big difference is definitely the arrangement quality of the beat. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Usually I don’t use 808s because my genre is more tropical but when I do I prefer 808 vsts and not samples.

What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I started making more beats and better beats. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I feel happy when people contact me and they tell me that they love my music. but it takes time. OGE BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS purpose before. and trying to get traffic for my website. . Don’t think from the beginning that you’ll make big sales. improve my sound quality. If you are patient you will succeed. money. or get placements and all those things… it does come. it was just for fun. You need to love what you are doing and money will come later. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? I think it’s very bad when people only start making music for the money and fame etc. I didn’t had in mind to make music and sell it. Improve myself.

even just browsing through sounds and coming up with a chord progressions gets my creative juices flowing. I usually get inspired by hearing other songs or watching a movie or something. I started messing with Maschine and eventually ended up using Logic Pro X exclusively. Or sometimes. CJ BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud.com/cjbeatzproductions twitter. really started when I was about 11 or 12 and my Dad had gotten a KORG keyboard which had the ability to program individual tracks.com/cjbeatznyc What inspired you to get into making beats? As a kid. I was intrigued by the whole process of creating music and knew I wanted to do the same in my life. Right off the bat. .com/cjbeatznyc instagram. And after a good 5 years of using FL Studio. I’d say a lot of my creation process is experimental. I get into layering it with counter melodies and/or drums and percussion. being a musicians. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I need to feel some inspiration before I start making a beat. always sang and recorded songs together. Once I’ve come up with a main melody that gets me hyped. My mom and Dad. The whole beat making thing. Later on at the age of 14‑16 I got a copy of FL studio and started making beats with my computer. I was exposed to alot of music. I’m always trying new things or switching up my process to see if there is a better way or easier way of doing something. My mom took me with her to the studio and I sat in on a lot of recording sessions. I just started messing around with it and in a couple days got the hang of programming melodies and drums that I layered on top of each other.

Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I think the main thing about 808’s is to find the right sample for the beat you are creating. How did you first start making money as a producer? I sold beat leases online via my website. ‑ Since then. so adding a bit of distortion goes a long way. Some mobile devices don’t really allow you to hear 808s or any low‑end frequencies. I remember when I sold my first beat lease. Once you’ve found an 808 that works with your melody and drums. For drums. One trick I use on my 808’s is adding a distortion plugin to add a little bit of high‑end sheen and crunch. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I’d say arrangement is probably a major factor in being able to tell if someone is a amateur or professional. CJ BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I’d say my favorite go‑to VST has got to me Omnisphere 2 by Spectrasonics for creating chord progressions and melodies. Being able to make beats is great. I’ve built a multiple revenue stream business and doing pretty well for myself. but not being able to arrange your beat into song format will deter artists from wanting to work with you. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? . It was a huge encouragement for me to continue to do what I love to do and make money with it. I can recommend Battery 4 by Native Instruments ‑ works really well with Logic Pro X. you can use your EQ to shape the sound a little better and make it fit into your mix even more. This can help make the 808 audible on things like cell phone and or laptop speakers.

All the answers are out there. It takes a lot of dedication. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I think in person networking is probably the best tool to get your name out there in the music producer community and also the use of social media is super important. . CJ BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS I think one of the accomplishments I’m super proud of is building a youtube channel with a community of 50k subscribers. and use all the tools available to you to find out how it’s done. time and practice. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Thinking that everything happens over night is probably the worst mistake a producer can make. you just need to know how to ask the question. One should never be satisfied with what they have learned and they should always strive to learn more and become better at what they do. Being able to help out everyone with my Logic Pro X tutorials is a really rewarding feeling and the community keeps me going by providing ideas for new content and tutorials. Always stay hungry! Challenge yourself on a daily basis.

This was probably the best investment I’ve ever made on studio equipment/ software. On YouTube is how I found out about producer Ryan Leslie. I don’t do much experimenting or sound designing. Then. ROBIN WESLEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. Almost everything I create starts with a piano version. It’s software triggered by a hardware drum machine. I pretty much never start with drums. I taught myself how to play the piano by watching YouTube videos. I was looking for beats from online producers on SoundClick.com/robinwesleyproductions twitter. In my experience.com/robinwesleyproductions facebook. I already have an idea in mind. it works 10x faster than any other drum machine VST. I switch up the sounds by browsing through some of my VST’s to replace the piano with whatever works for the beat. I decided to learn how to play the piano myself. His studio videos from 2006‑2008 really got me inspired to become a producer myself. In comparison to many other beatmakers. Even though it was nothing serious. I was really into piano music and instrumentals that had that ‘storytelling’ type vibe. Back then. . I’ve been making beats and producing songs ever since. Since there weren’t a lot of those beats available. It has really speed up my workflow. I just sit behind my piano or synthesizer and come up with an idea. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? NI Maschine Studio for drum programming. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Usually. I had a hard time finding music that matched with my style. I just go with the flow and like to work fast with the sounds I have.com/robin_wesley instagram.com/robinwesleyinstrumentals What inspired you to get into making beats? I used to rap when I was 14.

I’ve never listened to a beat to determine whether it sounds amateur or professional. And add some distortion if it fits the beat. The easier an artists writes (or freestyles) to a beat. Keep building up that level of excitement. then the kick and clap come in. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned. I would’ve said. 3. it is that. for every beat there’s at least one artists that likes it and interested in using it. The chorus is the most important part of a song or a beat. 1. The large variety of sounds is super dope and since I prefer working with presets. . But if you’re in the business of licensing beats online to artists. the beats that I thought were the worst I’d ever made. Use a breakdown in the pre‑chorus or a riser or transition effect to go into the chorus. For example. After 4 bars. became the most popular. intro ‑ verse ‑ chorus ‑ verse ‑ chorus ‑ bridge ‑ chorus. I always side‑chain 808 bass sounds with the kick. 2 years ago. I recently got it and it sounds awesome. So. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Well. beats can build up dynamically as well. Make sure something new happens every 4 or 8 bars. first 4 bars of a verse can have no drums. Don’t make it sound like a loop. using lo‑fi samples is actually popular lol. But I’ve been selling beats online for about 4 years now. Keep things interesting along the way. instead of designing sounds myself. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? No special tricks. the more likely they will use it. Sometimes. it’s now my go‑to VST plugin for everything that I create. 2. ROBIN WESLEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Favorite synth plugin would be Omnisphere. Clear transitions into the chorus. there are a couple of things that can make it easier to generate sales. Have a clear structure. Just like full songs. These days. For example. make sure the transition from verse (or pre‑chorus) to chorus are super clear. Make sure you’re using high quality samples. the hi‑hats come in etc.

Social Media. reaching out to them personally and buying ‘promo spots’ on SoundClick.com. SoundCloud. I’ve produced for major artists and labels. I think what I’m most proud is making a full‑time living from making and selling beats within less than two years. etc.com. There are numerous ways to build your brand. And you can interact with all these people that come across your music. I never thought it would happen so fast. But once your audience and follower base starts to grow. I’m using them all. It was hard work. ROBIN WESLEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS How did you first start making money as a producer? I made my first sales from networking with artists. It’s outdated and no longer as popular as it used to be. YouTube. I’ve been able to work with thousands of artists from all over the world. But I had put my mind to it and I was determined that I could make a living off of making beats. The first year that I was making money as a producer. actually building a relationship with the people that you reach is key. I still consider this my biggest accomplishment because whenever I’m working on new projects or starting up new businesses. you’ll soon notice that it gets . it still is. most of the money I made came from SoundClick. But looking back. I always think back about that time where I went from zero to roughly $30k/year by doing what I loved to do most… Making beats! What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Getting your name out there is one thing. in fact. I’m still doing this today but on a much larger scale. I sold non‑exclusive licenses for the beats that I had created. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? It’s been an amazing journey so far. TV networks and even had a number 1 hit in Vietnam the beginning of this year. It was a very popular platform to sell beats but I wouldn’t recommend it anymore. but it did.

But I see a lot of producers rushing to finish their projects. Practice. Considering the fact that I’m from The Netherlands and most of my (potential) customers are from the other side of the globe. I think the biggest problem or mistake is the lack of quality. ROBIN WESLEY THE ART OF MAKING BEATS harder to stay in touch with people. I’ve learned that communicating through plain‑old emails is the best way. If you send out an email to someone and that person replies back. So. I still consider email marketing the best way to interact with a large group of people and build a relationship with them on auto‑pilot. I think that’s the biggest problem. Not taking the time to perfect it and choosing the ‘quantity‑over‑quality’ way of making beats. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? It’s funny because I always see two types of producers. you’re pretty much in their system and they will remember who you are the next time you reach out to them. The latter being the most common in my niche. I’ve experienced this first‑hand and this is when I started using Email Marketing. I’ve always been the ‘Quality Over Quantity’ type guy. I’d say take the time to make things perfect. . I like to use the most personal way to interact with them. If you’re stuck or not getting the results or sound that you’re after. practice. I still spend 2 weeks on a single beat sometimes. just be patient. The ones that are starting 50 projects and only finish 10% of them and the ones that are starting 50 projects and rush into finishing all 50 as fast as possible. practice! Don’t give up thinking it’s alright and put it online just for the sake of dropping something new.

. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? First of all. but for that reason I find challenge in trying to start off blank. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Lately I’ve been mainly trying to inspire myself through experimentation.com/tantubeats What inspired you to get into making beats? The Hip‑Hop music I used to hear in skateboarding videos always got to me. I found out that I could make music on my computer (this was 2008). Next to that saturation is the biggest trick for 808’s. make sure they’re in tune.com/tantubeats instagram. I use them to shape my sounds in a very organic way. A lot of 808 samples on the internet are slightly off‑ key in which you have to tune them +/‑ 30 cents up or down. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? FL Studio has been my DAW bae since the start. I seek inspiration and ideas from existing work or references. TANTU BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. This way you can make your 808 sound clearl on smaller speakers (which have less bass) as well. which caused me to not skate for almost a year. Of course when someone needs a production fast or there is a deadline. Right now I don’t feel a major connection to any specific DAW since I pretty much know the basics of them all. It’s much easier to get inspired by other songs. One major VST brand I use in all my productions are Soundtoys plugins. When I was 14 and got a pretty bad knee injury. From that moment I was hooked and I started producing beats for skate videos I would make together with some homies.com/tantubeats facebook.

The key difference is that a professional will be able to purposely make a beat sound a certain way (good/bad/plastic/dynamic/etc. . it’s not about the end product anymore. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? In 2014 I released an instrumental album called ‘Language of Beats’. A professional is able to translate his vision into sonics through pure skills. In the current music world an ‘amateur beat’ can be exactly what a #1 hit will need. haha.). Less than a year later I built my first webshop together with a highschool friend to sell my online beats on. it’s about the process. It was not at all the best career move for me to drop a full‑length album. Through this way I was able to convert the traffic I was already having on YouTube to actual sales. No. How did you first start making money as a producer? In 2010 I started getting messages from people looking to buy the beats I put online on YouTube. but having to go through a 2‑year process of making it and getting everything ready for a serious independent release was super informative. Hearing these overtones tricks your mind into hearing the actual root frequency. TANTU BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS This has to do with the extra overtones you create when using saturation. the process of the album was very inspiring. An amateur will have to count on a lucky hit more often where it’s completely dependent on his/her mood and current inspiration. and although most of the songs on the album might kinda suck now that I’m further in my career. I learned a lot about the music industry during that process and I learned how to effectively put together a full‑length project. They also asked for custom work which I started to deliver for like $80. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? There is not a major difference. Now I use that skill to executive‑produce albums for other artists.

Social media highlights all anomalies happening in the music industry (which makes sense because it’s interesting). . It was an amazing experience but the big gain out of it is that I developed a better relationship with someone that I already enjoyed communicating with. Don’t force relationships. It might take years to get a stable income. but man can I recommend getting there because it feels fenomenal. TX for three months to work side by side with Abe Batshon (CEO of BeatStars) and built their official BeatStars headquarter studio. I see producers getting discouraged by this. Spending time and working with people that just don’t fit your vibe costs A LOT of energy. but this sketches an unrealistic image of how an actual career in this industry usually goes. The point is that you actually get energy from working with someone that you like as a person. which is a terrible loss. just because you see someone on the internet doing it. Use the natural energy you get from working and connecting with people you actually like in your advance to get more done. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Thinking that you should ‘make it’ two years after you started. TANTU BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Last year I flew overseas to Austin.

and other times I just make them based off of how I feel. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Right now I use FL Studio because it’s easy and simple to use. or emotional. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS SPEAKER BANGERZ twitter. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Most of the time I just make what comes to my mind. My favorite VST right now is either Omnisphere or Electra 2. motivational. because I really looked up to him. . You can probably tell by my name. I feel like my beats have a lot of emotion in them. it’s almost like you can hear and feel the pain in the beat. After I found out he died it really made me want to make beats.com/speakerbangerz instagram. If I feel happy and motivated I make something that sounds inspiring. and then make the 808 the 2nd loudest on the mix. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Normally I just make the kick the loudest thing on the mix.com/speakerbangerz What inspired you to get into making beats? Discovering Speaker Knockerz inspired me to make beats.

What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Honestly I think the biggest mistake new producers make is not being consistent. 100. It’s just about how you use the sound. When I first started I never thought I would make it this far. If you want to grow and get your name out there it’s not something you can do just once or twice a week. SPEAKER BANGERZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I think the biggest difference is the sounds used in amateur and professional beats.000 subscribers seemed so far away at the time. How did you first start making money as a producer? I first started off by posting my beats on youtube and I would put in the description “Email me to purchase this beat” and people started emailing me about buying them. Then I would send them an invoice on paypal to pay and I would send them the beat after. I think any sound can sound good. even when my beats weren’t getting any views really I was still posting them because I loved making them. .000 subscribers on youtube. You have to be dedicated to it and do it literally every single day until you get to the point where you can take a couple days off. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I’m most proud of reaching 100. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? The best thing I did was post consistently. I don’t think the sounds determine if the beat is an amateur or professional beat though.

When I was about 14 I started to learn how to DJ but I wasn’t quite satisfied with that because I always wanted to change things about songs lol. But to be honest I use all of my VSTs equally. It depends on the beat I’m making. etc) I asked myself how these sounds were made and I really wanted to make that myself. play some chords and start off there.com/nanzoomusic instagram. So. plucks. radio. I digged into making music myself because I realised every time I was listening to music (youtube. pads.com/nanzoomusic What inspired you to get into making beats? I was always passionate about music in general but never had like musical influences in my family or so. So mostly I already have an idea of the beat I want to make before even opening up FL.com/nanzoomusic twitter. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I would say my favorite VST is Omnisphere but only because It has an infinite number of patches and you can get some crazy sounds out of it. leads. Like I could be with friends and a melody pops up in my head or I could have dinner with my gf and some sound on the radio catches my attention. But yeah there are also times I just mess with some VSTs. etc) and after I add drums that fit within the style of the melodies. NANZOO THE ART OF MAKING BEATS facebook. Then when I was about 16 I think I found FL Studio and starting messing with everything and here we are a couple years later :‑) What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Funny enough I get the most inspiration from being outside my studio. ipod. I always start with melodies first (keys. after a year or so. .

you just need to find the right 808 for the right beat I guess. I keep it pretty raw and simple. I never thought that was possible and we all know it’s something family and friends are very sceptical about. just making a living out of music itself to me is a great accomplishment. Whether it’s music. Some of these beats sound so simple and easy. How did you first start making money as a producer? When I was studying at University‑college I would just make beats in my spare time and upload them on Youtube and Beatstars. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? . NANZOO THE ART OF MAKING BEATS My favorite DAW for making beats obviously is FL Studio. Because at first it was just a hobby. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Personally. But I don’t use any special effects whatsoever. sports. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I personally don’t think there is a difference. After a few months I started making money off it and that’s when I took it more seriously. The only thing I do is when it’s distorting a lot I’d cut off some of the high frequencies to make it fit better in the mix. But if your 808 is in the right key and set to mono. like they were made in like 15 min. I think it’s very important these days to do something you love so you can be happy in life. I mean look at some hit records on the Billboards or charts. For recording and mixing vocals I always use Logic Pro X. you should always go for it 100% and let nobody tell you you can’t do it. But if you really want an answer I would say Sound Design and Uniqueness is what makes a beat more professional. everything should work. but I tend to use Logic Pro X too for vocal chops and lead ideas. art or any other talent you have. Something what people never heard before always catches more attention than some recycled stuff. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I hardly mix 808s.

get out of your comfort zone. Get to know people who know people. It’s not that if one artist doesn’t like your beats that no one likes them. you know? Lol. It’s all about meeting the right people on the right time. NANZOO THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Just get into the unknown. it’s a trial and error thing. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Thinking that the success of something happens overnight. At the end of the day as a producer you’re a product and you’re the only one who can sell this product because you know how much you’re worth as a producer. You have to take time with your craft. Be patient and stay working! .

It just fits my workflow much better than some of the other ones. I’ll start with a sample loop or melody that inspires me. and Nexus round out my top 5 must‑haves. MASKERADE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I do both actually. If I like it a lot I’ll find some drums and start building the beat around that. It just depends on what inspires me at any moment. Sometimes I’ll hear a record on the radio or in the club and decide I want to make something like that. looking for a melody that catches my attention. It’s always been in me to write songs. Some of the ones that I have are “Big Bang Theory” and “808 Warfare” to name a few. we’re off to the races. and produce records.com/maskeradebeats instagram. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? My favorite VST is a tie between Omnisphere and Kontakt. Or. I use Ableton Live to make my beats. If I find a dope sample 808 that I like and it’s just a wav file I’ll import it into live and run it through Simpler. Massive. From there I can tune it middle C. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I like to cheat on my 808’s by using VST’s. Once I know I’m close.com/maskeradebeats What inspired you to get into making beats? Music inspired me to start making beats.com/maskeradebeats twitter. Once I got a solid drum foundation. I’ll go to a bass or 808 and play around. make music. There’s quite a few that keep coming out as Kontakt instruments. After I get a good feel. Sylenth. I like . Typically. I could be just going through samples.com/maskeradebeats facebook. I learned to make beats as a byproduct of wanting to make music.

an amateur beat lacks the depth and width of a great mix. Once you get the basics and logistics of making beats. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I recognized that Twitter and YouTube were going to big in the beat game early. I also continued to collaborate with a lot of other producers as well. I had more luck with Twitter as I have two accounts with over 50K followers. He told me how to do it and I started making my own stuff from there. I’ve also been able to do shows in different countries. Epik the Dawn and Jusamelody. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I know this is corny. I dedicated a lot of time trying to build a following quickly on both platforms. Those are some of my favorite tricks. The sound quality is immediately recognizable to even an average consumer who doesn’t do music. Shout out to Obrian Music. How did you first start making money as a producer? I was actually doing hooks for different producers like Scarecrow Beats. On YouTube I was able to build it up to 18K . I also EQ in the mix as well by rolling off the highs and ducking it under the kick. He actually put me up on game when it was really popping on Soundclick. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? In my opinion. but knows that something is off. Digital Beatz. because the beat business and other relationships that it’s created. MASKERADE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS to put Auto‑Tune on the track as a bass instrument. I learned a lot from those guys and I learned a lot through researching and learning myself as well. your next step should be to get your mix game up. I’ve actually met most of those guys in person. but I’m most proud of the relationships and friendships that have been created over the years through the internet. There are so many good producers online now and the best one’s mixes are far better than newbies. That is what’s going to put you on top. Those my dawgs and we’ve been working this beat game for a minute.

. I was able to get work in Miami and Canada from it. Those two platforms helped bring a lot of inquiries. Get it some time and you’re gonna sound like the best of them. Then they give up or they stay the same and continue making mediocre production. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? They get frustrated when their work doesn’t sound like their favorite producer right away. you have to keep making new beats as your experience will be your teacher. MASKERADE THE ART OF MAKING BEATS so far. I also had placements on TV and a movie as well. I think number one. Number two. watch a bunch of video tutorials on youtube until you get it.

What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? There is no set process. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Turn them up. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? FL Studio is our favorite DAW. whatever comes to mind is what I roll with. Mixing would play a part in that as well. but the GOAT vst will forever be Hypersonic 2. I usually don’t go into a beat making session with a specific idea. You could take a beat that is melodically exactly the same. just based on the sound selection. . Usually it starts with opening FL studio and opening some vsts and clicking around or playing on the keyboard. although we like to dabble in Ableton Live for some other things. but one be on some amateur tip and the other sounds industry. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Sound selection. Favorite vst is Omnisphere by far. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS RICANDTHADEUS twitter.com/ricandthadeusmusic What inspired you to get into making beats? Listening to The Neptunes and early Kanye West. Just a stream of ideas. Literally that’s it… just make them loud and add a little distortion for that extra sauce. ok we want to do this music thing for a living. Late Registration was the album that made us decide.com/ricandthadeus instagram.

producers. They want to add so many sounds and layers and breakdown. and that was big money for 2 kids in middle school at the time. Knowing when to stay in that pocket and hit em’ with that flair is an underrated skill to have. and music fans alike genuinely rock with an artist and project we had a hand in creating. 1 is having a song placed on Meet the Blacks. To be able to work with such a dope artist. but some cats from California wanted like 15 beats from us and we sold them 15 beats for like $1200. and see how people reacted to her last project. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? It’s a 2 way tie. and know that fellow artists. . when in reality popular music is usually more simplistic. 1b is producing Fruit Salad for Tierra Whack. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Popping up in the credits on a project is the best networking you can do. RICANDTHADEUS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS How did you first start making money as a producer? We started on soundclick years and years ago when we were in middle school. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Over producing. I can’t remember exactly how we did it. so about 2003‑2004.

and gave it a go from there. Now everyone has a thumbnail or a visualiser but back then it used to be screen records of a program I’ve never seen before. Sometimes I could be eating my meal and randomly create a beat idea or melody in my head. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Favorite VST has to be Omnisphere. quality sound.com/mubzbeats twitter. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? . THE ART OF MAKING BEATS MUBZ GOT BEATS soundcloud. I found out it was Fruity Loops.com/mubzbeats facebook. Got ton’s of preloaded sounds along with the thousands of sound banks other producers have released for it. so I just lay down some keys until I hear something I like. Sometimes I can’t think of a melody. Best way to achieve that is by sidechaining your kick and 808.com/mubzbeats instagram. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Everytime I make a beat. Nothing overlaps each other and you get a nice clean. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I love a punchy kick and a deep 808. After looking into it. you can’t go wrong with it.com/mubzbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? As a young boy I used to enjoy watching and listening to other producers beat videos. it’s either one of those two.

Later on I came across selling platforms such as BeatStars which I’m on now. At that point I was confused. I never knew it could be used to make money. By doing this. then finally one of my beats called Flexin hit it’s first 100K and from there. until an artist sent me a message asking where he could buy a lease. I’m on 270K+ subscribers now. How did you first start making money as a producer? When I started to make beats. and increased revenue from there as their marketplace already booms with artists looking for beats. If a beat sound’s good in the ear. following onto reaching 100K subscribers the same year. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? My biggest accomplishment is leaving my 9‑5 to produce music full time. I gave the customer a similar leasing price. wrote my own contract. so I looked at other producers channels and viewed the sort of pricing they had listed and how they listed it. but nothing beats the feeling of your first 6 figure number. That followed onto me getting millions of views on that beat and other beats on my channel. and also with the support of BeatStars themselves sharing my beats to their followers. It’s a blessing I’m grateful for. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Best thing I did was stay consistent with my music. on a road trip or at my 9‑5. Who would’ve thought beats could even get 1 million. but I could find a simple sounding beat on another producers channel and wonder how they made it. let alone my most viewed video The Hood getting 8+ million views. at least one or more for my subscribers. No matter where I was. My beats could sometimes be very complex. . life changed for the better. and sold my first beat from there. I saw an increase in revenue and views day by day. it’s already a professional beat. I always made sure I got a beat uploaded for the week. MUBZ GOT BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS I don’t believe there’s any sort.

but now there’s another producer everyday! It’s a good sight but I’ve received a few messages and emails from other people in the past asking if it’s worth getting into making beats to make a living off it. you won’t make it. I say if your heart is where the money’s at. there weren’t that many producers. keep moving forward with your craft. MUBZ GOT BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Going back a couple years. . Patience and hard word will increase your income and brand awareness with time. If you have a passion for it.

NAYZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. sound.com/nayz___ What inspired you to get into making beats? I love sound. Everyone should realize that there’s so much more that we can do with sound. Sound is underrated. It’s so massive and underrated I think. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I use Logic and I love all of the spectrasonics and spitfire plugins. I love everything that you can do with It. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I always have a concept and story that I come up with before making anything. and energy have been here billions of years before words were created haha. My favorite is Omnisphere. Plus not a lotta people master sound because they’re too focused on making ‘’the biggest hip hop track’’. You can tell a story using sound and with today’s tools you can even do stuff that a rapper or a voice actor could never do in a billion years. . Music. Mozart and Beethoven didn’t have. What makes anything great in art is storytelling. When I talk about this people say ‘’but how do you tell a story… you just make instrumentals…” ‑ “There’s no rapper or anything telling a story’’ and this goes back to what I was saying in the first question: Sound IS big. Plus. You just gotta be very creative and sometimes think like a child to tell a story with sound. we live in 2018 and we have so many great tools that for example. Like I don’t even wanna know what a Beethoven or a Rachmaninoff would do with today’s tools and technology. vibrations.com/nayztheone instagram.

hahaha… but I did use 808’s on my ‘’Inferno’’ instrumental because it just made sense. How did you first start making money as a producer? As a producer I started making money with the views on my youtube channel. The way I tell this super complex story using sound only… is Incredible. . and I actually didn’t sell my beats online for a very long time. but all I had was the really low quality youtube versions. NAYZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I try to stay away from 808’s… I always say that 808’s are the devil. then all of those things might come to you one day. I feel like if you chase money you will never really make money. I’m very proud of It. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I don’t know. I’m not an amateur nor a professional. and you will never be truly happy. I don’t really chase money or anything even though I do make a couple thousand dollars a month with my music now. I always wanted to come up with a story that plays with the fact that we’re becoming more machine than machines themselves. you will always just be frustrated. I just recently started uploading them on bandcamp because people always wanted the wav files. But if you just create great stuff and you’re having fun. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? My Instrumental called ‘’robot.’’ It’s a massive 8 minute track. I just create. and I don’t know… distortion maybe? haha. haha. But yeah.

social media controls people’s minds. How do you wanna become great and be remembered as one of the greatest if you look and most importantly SOUND like everyone else? People are scared to show their true selves. It’s the sad truth of this generation.’’ … so they don’t really work on those ideas. or at least change the way that people look at sound or music forever. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? ORIGINALITY. Of course EVERYONE has had an incredible idea at least once that could maybe even change the world. . what will he or she will say…? what will my friends say… will they think I’m a loser?… will they like this…? will I make any money…? will it get views…? will it get likes…? WILL THEY LIKE ME…? and etc. they just do whatever they know will get views and likes. so then they say ‘’fuck it… I don’t wanna embarrass myself’’ because they’re already thinking ‘’oh. It’s by far the biggest problem nowadays. However. NAYZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Replying to all the fans and working with EVERYONE.

com/jbeatzmusic What inspired you to get into making beats? My older brother started making beats on Fruity Loops and from there I would watch him and ask questions… then I started making beats myself and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve also made beats with nothing but a blank canvas with no idea in mind and by looking through sounds I’ve found a sound.com/jbeatzmusic facebook. and come up with a melody. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? It can vary depending on the day or my mood. .com/jbeatzuk twitter. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Sonically the most obvious difference would be the mix and master of the beat. I started on FL Studio but since I transitioned to Logic I feel I’ve learnt how to manipulate audio more and my style has become more melodic. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? My favourite software is Logic Pro 9. then played around on the keyboard. I can have an idea or a sample for a beat while I’m out and know exactly what I wanna do once I get to my laptop. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I don’t use 808’s often but when I do I try to just level it and find a good kick that will compliment my 808. J BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud.com/jbeatzmusic instagram.

What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? A lot of new producers get frustrated quickly because they may not be happy with their progress in music and that their not making any money. . As a producer I strongly suggest to work on your craft and try to push yourself and learn as much as you can in the early years as a producer. This is very important because in the early years as a producer it’s best to create without the expectation of making money so you don’t make bad musical decisions based on your finances. By having a job and working on your music in your spare time allows you to create music freely with no pressure of making money. I would also release loads of free downloads to try and spread my name about online. it reaching 284k views on YouTube. I’ll also suggest to get a job so you can afford to invest in your craft whether that is equipment. J BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS How did you first start making money as a producer? My first glimpse of making money as a producer was having my music played on national radio and collecting royalty payments What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? My favourite accomplishment as a producer is producing Safone & Capo Lee ‑ Gyal From Brum. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? When I was coming up I would message artists and DJ’s for emails to send music to. studio time etc. and loads of plays on national radio which is the type of exposure I haven’t had before.

J‑RUM THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. Be careful of the 800‑1k range however. and I am like YUPPP THAT’S IT!! What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Hands down FL Studio. I also like to bus my 808 to 2 channels.com/jrumBeats facebook.com/jrumbeats twitter. Sometimes I have an idea in my mind and I can instantly get it out. or other times I will be searching through a million presets until a sound just clicks. one I leave completely dry. BUT Omnisphere is the best VST.com/jrumbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? I used to write a lot of poems and songs in school.com/jrumbeats instagram. helps bring that mid range bass in without distorting the lows. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? A little of both. and the other I roll off all the lows until 200hz and then distort the living snot out of it. but never had any good beats. so I decided to make my own beats for me and my friends. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Sidechain compression is your best friend to make room for the 808 and kick. the sound selection and ease of use with FX makes this one of my favorites. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I would say the mix and sound selection. . those 2 factors can have an immediate impact on a beat.

J‑RUM THE ART OF MAKING BEATS How did you first start making money as a producer? Soundclick. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Just be genuine and honest in all your business. finding your own lane and style is the hardest. b . especially in an industry where A&R’s.com What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I would say working with Hip Hop Legend Eric B from (Eric B & Rakim). What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Sounding like everyone else. Don’t chase clout. chase friendships and partnerships. artists and managers will come to you and say “Let me get a beat just like this one”… and they really mean JUST LIKE IT… COPY CAT = NO GO.

but every few months I like to mix up my “Go to Sounds” so I can create something new.com/gummybeatz What inspired you to get into making beats? Just loved creating melodies and choosing different sounds. A professional beat maker does this full time. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? I think it’s bout’ understanding that an 808 is also a note.com/gummybeatz instagram. Sometimes I will play it in a higher pitch so I can hear the note better and then drop the MIDI an octave down. What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? I’d say recently Omnisphere because so many sounds just sound good together. and not repeat myself. putting them all together! What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? I think thru time we have a certain way of making a beat that gets us comfortable. GUMMY BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS twitter. but the relationship . He understands that there is a certain standard in not only the SOUND that’s expected. At the beginning I just go thru a buncha sounds till’ I find one I like. then I start playing around with catchy melody ideas. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? I would say his work ethic. and I love Serum as well. I play it like I would a bass. Has lotta great bass/808s and unique plucks that blend with many genres.

Talk to hundreds of people every week on social media. I was flexible. CONSISTENTLY for YEARS… If you dope. This just takes time. how they manage their social media online. That’s just not how it works. Feel there is a lot of entitled producers who feel they should get paid for their work 6 months into it. I am just now blessed with being able to CHOOSE what I wanna do more. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Patience. How did you first start making money as a producer? I started selling beats online. and offline. Now almost 10 years in I’m on the road from good to great. Exist for who you exist for. and create quality music. people will notice. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? I’d say over all keeping a consistent business running for 8 years and feeding my family. and still am. really anything that I could get into. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Just be human and honest. Don’t set ANY expectations from people. First you gotta get GOOD. and thats prolly gonna take my whole life. . and in combination doing custom beats for local artists… and honestly. made a little website. GUMMY BEATZ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS with artists. That took me 5 years.

Seeing those icons make beats and inspire people around the world made me wanna be heard all around for my talent that I knew yet was to come. YUNG TAGO THE ART OF MAKING BEATS soundcloud. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? My beat making always starts with the melody and once you got that you can do drums and so on. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? . What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? My favorite VST is Nexus and my DAW is FL Studio. Martin Garrix and etc. Usually what I do to achieve that is pitch up an octave the 808 and listen to see if the melody flows with the 808. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? An 808 is a melody. Zaytoven. so it’s definitely important you work on the 808 to set the right mood on the beat.com/aaron‑tago twitter. If the 808 rides well you can always set moods with just the 808.com/damn_its_tago What inspired you to get into making beats? What inspired me into making music was actually a lot but my biggest influence was producers like Dr Dre. London On The Track Metro Boomin. I usually would say I experiment with different ways to start on beats.

I feel as if most producers overthink the mixes on their beats when they should really listen for the small fixes as in just leveling your sounds right. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Just the growth and seeing the progression of my beats is so wonderful… also the placements I’ve received is really just a blessing. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Not knowing how to mix is probably the most common. If anybody knows music you know those are the most important places to rally network and I felt as when I started showing my face more. but at the same time knowing what sounds to add and not to add cause as an amateur I would add so many sounds and all when only about 2 or 3 were needed. Don’t forget the artist while making beats. YUNG TAGO THE ART OF MAKING BEATS The biggest difference I would say is how simplicity is key. . they’re the last instrument on the beat. I was working a job at the time and I sold my first $25 lease and the guy that bought my lease told me one day I was going to be big and I took it and ran with it. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I showed my face more… I traveled to LA and ATL. things really started to open up for me. How did you first start making money as a producer? How I first started was selling my beats on YouTube.

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THE ART OF MAKING BEATS

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What inspired you to get into making beats?
I knew nothing about making beats to be honest. I was just trying whatever software that
seemed interesting and came across a DAW, I ended up enjoying the experience and
sticking up with it.
What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea
in mind or do you discover it through experimenting?
It really depends but I usually start with chords and melodies with no specific idea in mind,
just playing around and creating something that sounds good, then get to the drums, kicks
and 808s last, all in the same pattern, Then I split it into different patterns and build the full
length beat. Last but not least, the mastering.
What is your favorite VST or software for making beats?
It’s hard to pick one favorite VST but I’ll go with Spectrasonics Omnisphere, the sound
banks are so complete that it’s easy to come up with different sounds. As for the software
it’s been FL Studio since day one.
Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good?
Before making the 808 sound good, one important thing is finding the right 808 for the type
of beat being made that gets you like “That’s the one” right away. Now, to make your 808
pattern more complex but simple at the same time, using a “slide” feature to either slide up
or down your 808, one or two times in a pattern is usually enough when making the 808.
However, it’s up to you to use more or less.

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THE ART OF MAKING BEATS

One more thing, to give your 808s a bouncier effect, you can put kicks right before or after
some of your 808 notes hit.
What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a
professional beat?
First thing that comes into my mind is the mastering. When you hear a beat from a producer
who just got started, you usually hear the lack of equalization, leveling, etc…
Then some notes might be off key or drums not placed correctly. A professional beat will be
properly mastered without exceeding the 0dB threshold, some EQ and levelling so the beat
sounds cleaner. So mainly the quality and the melodies.
How did you first start making money as a producer?
Online, I’d post some beats on YouTube and put everything else on Soundclick. But I
switched to BeatStars about a year ago. Shoutout to them by the way it made my life easier.
What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production
career?
My major placement on a beat in collaboration with CashMoneyAp that Tyga and Gucci
Mane got on it. Shoutout to Cash. I’m also proud I didn’t quit, because things can get tough
for a music producer and you must want it and like what you’re doing to keep on going.
What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name
out there?
Mainly the YouTube uploads and working with other producers. Although the competition on
YouTube is very high for the beats market which makes your beats harder to be found, which
is why building a fanbase is a must.

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What inspired you to get into making beats?
Honestly I don’t even know, I guess I’ve always been drawn to music since I was a child but I
actually never really did anything music related until I was 18.
Around that time I wasn’t doing too well and looking back on it now I guess you could say I
was dealing with depression. After a while though I came to the realization that I needed to
stop acting like a little bitch and found something I could dedicate myself to and that
happened to be learning how to make music.
What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea
in mind or do you discover it through experimenting?
Most of the times I don’t really have a clue of what I’m going to do or how I’m going to do it
in the rare case that I already have an idea before going into it. So I don’t really have like a
certain process, each project is different from the one before and it always kind of feels like
I’m working on my first project and I’m figuring it out all over again in a way.
I try to constantly challenge myself genre/style wise so in one moment I might be working
on a piano ballad and in another one I’m working on a future bass track so the process
always changes from project to project. As for the more practical side of the process
though, I generally like to start with drums and/or chords.
From there I think it’s a problem solving process that just takes hundreds or thousands of
small decisions that you need to make along the way.
My general approach though is to look for instruments, sounds, one shots, samples etc. that
I like but that don’t necessarily fit with what I already have, and then from there I’m just

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trying to fix whatever the problem might be, like tuning a snare that sounds a bit off or
processing a sound that doesn’t really fit in in terms of space, frequency, or whatever it
might be in a way that it fits in.
What is your favorite VST or software for making beats?
Omnisphere
Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good?
I think the same thing applies here as it does for all elements in production I guess. It’s just a
process of solving problems in my opinion.
Say you have a kick that already has a decent punch to it and whenever there’s an 808
underneath it all of a sudden it sounds muddy and/or both signals kinda clash, or they just
don’t sound good together. A possible solution for that might be increasing the attack time
of the 808, adding a subtle fade in at the start of every note that is layered with a kick on
top, or even selecting all notes and shifting them further behind can work too sometimes.
In most cases adjusting the 808 to the kicks (or the other way around) so they actually work
together solves most of the problems I have when working with 808s.
What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a
professional beat?
I think details for the most part, like dozens of subtle things that eventually add up to a
bigger picture, but not only details like in terms of adding small little things production/
mixing wise, but also details in terms of editing what you already have.
For example, making sure the transients of kick and bass are properly aligned (same goes
for layering instruments/drums in general), fine tuning drum samples, taming instruments
that are inconsistent at certain parts/notes/frequencies (e.g. bass notes) with a dynamic EQ,
multiband compression. or even gain/volume automation.
How did you first start making money as a producer?

comment or reach out to them and be genuine about it… from there you can slowly build. like dropping a new beat almost every week for 3 or 4 years. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? I can’t speak for other producers but for me personally it’s always been mixing and basically just not being able to “present“ my ideas the way I intended them to be when I first started out. I know it sounds stupid but there are no secrets when it comes to building a personal brand and simple things like genuinely being nice and honest go a long way. involve your audience in the process and most importantly don’t be a dick.. Make sure to reply to every single comment/mail/DM etc. . FEELØ THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Ever since I started making beats I’ve been uploading most of them to YouTube and from there I just tried to build an audience by constantly putting out music. Still I’m probably not even close to being half as good at this as I’d like to be but as time goes on you’ll naturally develop sort of a better perception of music I think. let other producers know what you think about their work. and with each project you finish you´ll progress. You need to take thousands of small actions that eventually add up to a bigger picture. After a couple months of doing that though I also started getting into licensing my beats to other artists for their own commercial projects and to this day that’s basically how I make a living. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? I’d say the best way to go about that is collaborating and just being present. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? Just the fact that I’m able to make a living off of this whole music thing without being dependent on anyone else but myself.

What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Favorite VST is morphine because that’s the first one I really used and still use now. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Good mixing. emotion. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS OCEAN BEATS twitter. to get some grit you can use a program called Camelcrusher. Also. subtle slides can make repetitive patterns way more exciting. add it to the 808 and use the patch “British Clean”. Then play around with the Mix setting. I think all pro beats have these qualities to some degree whereas no amateur beats will have them all. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? Sometimes I will go in with a set idea but I honestly think the best beats are made when you’re just experimenting and getting creative. and atmosphere.com/oceanbeats What inspired you to get into making beats? Been into music my whole life and a normal job wasn’t for me so I made it work by using what I was good at.com/ocean_music_ instagram. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? Sample choice is key ‑ for an actual specific tip tho. others would have to be sylenth and nexus 2. energy. .

What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Something I find is people seem to expect results too fast. You could post 10 beats a day for 10 years and gain no traction if your beats are trash. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? Just produce consistently and make a name through your work. I just focused on making content ‑ I’m not talking down on it at all that’s just how I worked personally. digging out random samples from 6 year old youtube channels with like 100 subscribers etc. I think for solid improvement you need to understand it takes time ‑ be constantly watching tutorials. ‑ that’s all part of it. I remember calling back home when I sold my first exclusive for $100… that was crazy to me back then. OCEAN BEATS THE ART OF MAKING BEATS How did you first start making money as a producer? $5 leases on youtube. trying to recreate sounds/melodies from popular tracks. I’m not sure if I’m alone in this but I never really networked or anything. Someone once emailed me saying they wanted to learn to produce and become a “post malone type beat” producer. . either my track with Phora “holding on” or my 100k subs on Youtube. playing around with your programs. learning music theory. They hadn’t made any beats ever but instead had made a 10‑track list of beat names and artwork already made for the beats they were gonna produce once they’d learned! You can’t just watch a few tutorials then start uploading on youtube. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? So far.

What is your favorite VST or software for making beats? Omnisphere is probably my favorite for beats. For me it’s usually the most important part of the beat. or Soundcloud and want to try my own version of it. But it wasn’t until around 2012‑2013 that I really got into hip hop and beat production. I almost always start with a melody loop though.com/jacoblethal twitter. and then crafting something around it. But usually it’s me kind of experimenting with sounds and melodies in Ableton. Also I really like using a bunch of different distortion plugins. THE ART OF MAKING BEATS JACOB LETHAL soundcloud. What does your beat making process looks like? Do you have an idea in mind or do you discover it through experimenting? It can start a bunch of different ways. We wanted to make beats like theirs so my friend put a torrented version of FL Studio 4 on my Dad’s old work computer and we started making shitty beats. The drums always come second nature to me. All the Native Instruments stuff is amazing as well. Youtube. I’ve been using Reaktor quite a bit recently. what first got me into making beats was listening to Insane Clown Posse as an edgy teenager. Do you have any special tricks or tips for making 808s sound good? . Sometimes I find a cool song with a beat I like on Spotify.com/jacoblethal What inspired you to get into making beats? Funny enough.com/jacoblethalbeats facebook. and also being pretty into EDM Trap. It was probably a combination of falling in love with contemporary hip hop. Later I started to learn how to use Reason and Ableton when I took a class in community college called ‘Music and Computers’.

That would be really cool. It took like a year or so until it actually clicked. Eventually I ended up pretty broke. I would work at Guitar Center in the day making minimum wage (plus commission). it’s all about the right amount of compression and distortion to make it cut through the mix. which I ended up using that money to pay off my college debt. Some huge songs don’t have the greatest beat in my opinion. What is the biggest difference between an amateur beat and a professional beat? Honestly the rapper’s flow. JACOB LETHAL THE ART OF MAKING BEATS For me it’s mainly getting the right sample and making sure it’s in tune with the track. so it feels really great to do music full time and make as much as a lawyer or doctor. I got a sync deal for one of my songs for a Google Chromecast commercial. and needed a new source of income. and then work on a bunch of hip hop beats at night. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your production career? For me it would be making 6 figures off selling beats. If the snare is too loud and destroying my ears. and saw that selling beats was an option. I’m still shooting for a big beat placement though. How did you first start making money as a producer? I actually first started making money as a producer with my old EDM project called ‘Rudebrat’. All my life people would tell me that music wasn’t a stable job. but the rapper went so hard on it that it turns it into a hit. When that’s locked in. What is one of the best things you did to network and get your name out there? . probably the mix. or if the kick is too soft then it sounds amateur to me. From a production standpoint though.

You can have the greatest beats in the world. I would say it’s 70% music and 30% branding to be successful in the music industry nowadays. . Eventually you have to finish what you’re working on and move forward. or beat. JACOB LETHAL THE ART OF MAKING BEATS Probably being consistent with uploads. and establishing a brand after I was confident enough with my beats. song. you probably learned something new and can apply that to your next song. I’ve seen this happen to wayyy too many of my friends and it can really set them back. Even if you don’t use the song you were working on. What is the biggest problem or mistake that new producers have when approaching production? Spending too much time on a single project. but if no one hears them then what’s the point? Eventually I feel musicians have to invest a decent amount of time into marketing and branding if they want to become successful.