We cover the basics of How to Make Your Own Beats. Learn the basic elements of a beat, tempos, and music genres.
This article is a part of our How to Make Beats ( Beginners Guide ) series.
How to Make Your Own Beats
Making beats may actually be easier than you think if you have an ear for music. Beats are essentially loops that are rearranged and repeated.
Beats can be simple. Beats can be complex. It’s all about giving the music artist a good foundation to make a great song.
Basic Elements of a Beat
- Drums – Songs usually consist of kick drums, a snare or clap, hi-hats or shakers, cymbals, and other drum sounds.
- Melody – The melodies are the instruments that are played over the drums. The instrument can be a piano, synth, bass, strings, live instrument, and more.
- Samples ( Optional ) – A lot of Hip Hop beats feature a sample that has been chopped and reorganized to fit a drum pattern.
How to Make a Beat Video
Here is an example of how to make a beat. Even though the beat below is made in Propellerhead Reason, the same thought process can be applied to other music programs and hardware. Lay out your drums, add instruments, and arrange your beat into a full song.
Please Note: The beat below isn’t great. Just try to learn from the process.
Beat Making Video Examples
The beat link examples below are made with different music equipment and software, but the process is very much the same for all the different music genres.
Beat Making Inspiration
- 10 Year Old Girl on the MPC
- Hit-Boy Makes Beyonce’s “Bow Down” in FL Studio
- Cole Explains Making “Power Trip”
- Making Rick Ross’s “The Devil Is a Lie”
- Jaisu Beat Tape – Sampled Beats on the MPC
- Gnus Makes a Beat in FL Studio
- Beat-Making Video with a Vodka Bottle
- Chebit Making Sampled Beat on MPC
- Jon Bellion Making of Pre-Occupied
Beat Making Tips
Here is a collection of beat-making tips to use when making your own beats.
- Focus on mastering the one program you choose to use. Don’t try to learn everything at once.
- Study your favorite music producers. Try to recreate some of your favorite beats to understand how beats are made.
- Collaborate with others.
- Beats should usually stay under 3 1/2 minutes.
- Import MIDI. If you don’t know how to play the keyboard well, try importing MIDI files and edit the notes in your music software.
- When you need inspiration look at beat-making videos.
Music Tempo Guide
Here are a few of the suggested tempos for different music genres.
- Hip Hop: 76 to 95 BPM
- R&B: 72 to 110 BPM
- Dance: 112 to 145 BPM
- Dubstep: 138 to 145 BPM
- Rock: 72 to 95 BPM
- Trap: 130 to 140 BPM
- Techno: 220 to 125 BPM
Beat Making Helpful Links
- Just Blaze’s 5 Track Commandments for Music Producers
- Boi-1da’s 5 Tips to Being a Music Producer
- 9th Wonder’s 10 Track Commandments
- Music Production Poll Results ( Infographic )
- 10 Tips to Make Your Own Beats
- 10 Newbie Commandments for Music Producers
- 10 Tips to Make Beats Like a Boss
Other Music Topics
- How to Make a Sampled Beat in FL Studio
- Basic Sound Design
- Piano Tips for Beat Makers
- Baseline Tips for Sampled Beats Part 1 & Part 2
- How to Create Acapellas
- Remixing with Acapellas
Leave a comment if you have tips on making beats.