In this How to Make Hip Hop Beats guide we are going to show you the 101's
in developing beats. Music production might seem overwhelming and confusing when
starting out so we have created this guide to make it easier for you to get
The first thing you need is an idea. If you have a beat in your head you
have a great start in making it real. If you do not have an idea, you can start
with the basics and work from there. As you get the baseline down, you head will
start to spin and the ideas will come up.
Begin With the Hi-Hats
The hi-hats are a great place to start when you begin to make hip hop
beats. The hi-hats decide the speed of your beet. We are building a skeleton now
and this will be the backbone.
Next Build Your Kicks and Snare Drums
The kicks and snare drums will be your baseline. These together with your
hi-hats complete the skeleton of your beat. The kicks are the dark and heavy
beats. The low tones that make your base vibrate.
The snare drums are your higher or mid tone drums and beats. Listen to some of
your favorite beats and try to identify how they are built up based on these
Complete the Hip Hop Beat with Instruments
You have now set up the skeleton of your hip hop beat. While the skeleton
can be able to work in its most basic form you are able to add some originality
and personality here as well. Still, the real opportunity to make something new
comes with the instruments.
The instruments can range from guitar, piano, flute, or sirens and even
vocals. You are only limited by your imagination.
The Most Important Elements of a Hip Hop Beat
We can get very technical when it comes to how to make hip hop beats.
Still I have tried to make this guide as simple as possible. When you handle
these elements you will start to see new opportunities and build upon your beats
Still the most important element of a hip hop beat is its originality and
how it makes your listeners feel. If you want them to dance, make it happen, if
you want them to cry you need to do something different than that.
You also need to consider who you are making the beat for. If you produce
beats that is going to be sold as instrumentals you have a different job than if
you are making an RnB or Rap song. If you plan to have other artists work with
your beat you have to make your beat workable for them and meet their individual
What Production tools should I Use?
Finding the right production software is important. If you are new to
making beats I would suggest you start with a tool that is simple to use, but at
the same time is not limiting your creativity.
Producer is an online hip hop beat software that lets you work on your beats
without installing any application on your computer. It is a tool that is simple
to use, but at the same time does not limit you. You can read my full
review of Sonic