Making Beats With Samples
While expert DJs and music producers make their own beats and sounds, the simple beat-making enthusiast usually works with other people’s samples. This may be less rewarding on a very personal level, but it has its own advantages.
Making beats with samples is, in fact, the best and recommended way to start your music-making career. Any pop, hip-hop or even rock artist got his or her first tracks inspired by their favorite singers and bands. So why should it be any different to beat-making artists? Why pressure yourself trying to come up with new sounds from starters, when all you need do instead is use samples to get used to how beats work with one another?
The truth is that beat-making isn’t for everybody. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and, ultimately, talent to make your way up to the top of the industry. At first you won’t even be able to tell the difference between two beat-making software applications or one beat from another. After serious hours of mixing and experimenting with samples though, you will be able to find your way around sounds and beats.
The biggest advantage of making beats with samples is that samples can be found anywhere and most of the times even license-free. You can get online from your computer, browse hundreds of beat samples shared by other people and import the ones you prefer directly into your beat-making software application.
From here you can experiment with different effects, from pre or post-fading, to backwards playback and slow-motion. Later on, after you get a grip on how beat-making works and what beats go well together, you can even alter the free samples you downloaded to create your own, personal samples.
If you’re not sure where to start looking for free beat samples, you can take a look online at RoyaltyFreeMusic, Looperman and iBeat. Better yet, most of nowadays beat making software application allow you to download their trial versions for free. With them, you usually get a generous collection of sample beats which you can use to improve your skills and practice your beat-making abilities.
All in all, keep in mind that the road to glory in the beat-making industry always starts by making beats with samples created and shared by other music-making enthusiasts. So what are you waiting for? Start downloading your favorite samples and get creative today!