How can you make your own hip-hop beats?


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To make your own hip-hop beats, first, get special computer software, and study the structure of a beat. Start making the actual beat by creating some instrumental loops, incorporate a bass line and add some effects. Finish the track with some final touches, such as adjusting the volume of the beat and experimenting with the sound levels until you are satisfied with the result.

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It makes sense to buy a full version of a software package, such as Fruity Loops, Cakewalk Sonar, ProTools, or Reason, as you can add some flair to the beats and save tracks to continue working on them later, according to How To Make Beats Now. Different music styles have their own rules for beats, so it's important to study them. Typically, in hip-hop beats, every other bar is followed by a syncopated kick and a snare or a clap.

Most hip-hop and rap beats have some kind of instrumental loops in their structure. However, loops shouldn't be too complex because they draw attention away from the rapper. A bass line should be very subtle and shouldn't compete with the loop. As for effects, it may be a good idea to add some reverb to the snare or clap, as will boost the kick. However, using too many effects can spoil the track.

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