DIY Hip Hop Production with Beat Maker Software
If you want to get into hip hop production, go ahead and get some software to take that first step. It’s the cheapest and easiest way to get started. You don’t need a studio and you don’t have to bother with hiring anyone. You’re your own producer once you’ve got access to programs like the ones available today.
Step one: load up your chosen music program That’s the only thing you’re going to need. If you’ve got a computer and some good software, you’re set. Talent is also good to have but we’ll let you worry about that one. You’re ready to get started. You’ll be blown away at how easy they are to use. As with anything, it’s good to read through the directions and maybe track down some how-to videos but you can start doing some basic things that will sound good really quickly and without too much practice. You will get better and better with continued commitment. Don’t spend a ton of time trying out different programs. If you get something good, focus on learning it. You can waste a lot of time figuring out how to use different programs. Just getting going with one and learn it as you go.
What to Do in There
If you’re interested in hip hop production, you’ve probably got some material on hand and a few ideas. Start experimenting with your beat maker software. Find out what you like and what you don’t. Trial and error is one of the ways to learn. It’s easy to pull out the chunks you don’t like and replace them. Play around with it.
Find another beat producer and listen to some of their tracks. You might find some good inspiration from the great ones. Even the bad ones can teach you a thing or two about what not to do. Watch, experiment, learn. Pull some of your material from your beat maker programs and share it. Show your friends, post it on a website; just try to get it out there to someone. See what people say. Don’t worry about getting negative responses. You might want to keep the first few tracks you try to yourself but once you get more comfortable with your software, start showing off your work. Getting opinions from other people is important when you start. Even the best of the best get criticized so don’t worry about of it. See what people say and take it for what it’s worth. If you don’t let it drag you down, you can learn a lot from it.
Once you get setup with a beat maker program, you’ve got unlimited potential. Mix it up. Take a recorder (probably your phone or computer but go old-school if you want) out with you. Record anything. Listen for good beats while you’re out. Record people, sounds, anything you hear. Upload it to your software and experiment. Make something crazy. Make something terrible. Just play around with it until you’re inspired. Remember, beat maker programs are for experimenting so don’t limit yourself- you’re a hip hop producer now, act like it!