Making your own beats is not as difficult as you may think. Hip Hop is simple, but still many producers over complicate the beat making process. Let me show you how to make your own Hip Hop Beats with loops, and how easy it is to create killer tracks in a short amount of time.
Most beats consist of a kick drum, snare, hi-hat, bassline and a chopped sample that plays over the beat. The use of sound effects, or percussion instruments such as bongos, or cow bells, can also be used to add more depth and variety to a beat. Timberland uses a lot of percussion in his music.
What most people don’t know is top producers are using loops to create music for high profile rappers and singers. Contrary to popular belief the use of loops are very common in Hip Hop and Rap music.
A loop is typically 4 bars in length and can be repeated throughout a track. A drum loop for example will contain a pre composed kick and snare that are arranged in various patterns. Loops are often pre-mastered and using them is simply a case of dragging and dropping the loop into your track. You can also manipulate the loops and rearrange them to create different sounds or patterns.
Sounds exciting right?
Before you can begin to make your own Hip Hop beats you will need some software on your computer to arrange, edit, or compose, your music. If you’re a beginner I recommend you try out a free piece of software called LMMS. You can also use a drum machine. I personally like to use my MPC 2500 to arrange, chop and edit my beats.
If you’re a DJ/rapper and want to create your own tracks, or you’re new to Hip Hop production, or even if you’re a seasoned pro and don’t have the time to create music from scratch then I highly recommend using loops.
Loops can be downloaded for free online, or can be purchased in loop packs that contain hundreds of ready made loops. Be careful when downloading free loops online because they are often overused and lack quality.