Hey guys, round 2 of beatmaking with GratuiTous.
This beatmaking video is focusing on Sounds IN HD sound pack HIGH IMPACT, read the review here! 5/5!
So when time to come make a beat, I don’t have a “routine”. Sometimes instruments first, sometimes drum loops, sometimes percs. But everyone’s got their own style! Do what feels comfortable, but not too comfortable otherwise you will be in a routine and not allow your creativity to flow if you always do things the same way.
A really important part of making quality sounding beats is quality sounds. It’s just a must. When I first started up I was downloading kits from warbeats.com but as I started to improve and bought a few kits, I noticed the difference in the quality of the sounds, so I went through the sounds and deleted the lower quality kits I had. The reason for the story above is get good sounds now, cause when you go back to those older beats and if you deleted the sounds, guess what? You have a beat that’s missing the sounds you put in. So check out the reviews to see companies I would recommend! Sound Pack Reviews.
As I said in the last beatmaking post, the little things are many times the most “catchy” or that stands out the most in the beat! Example, panning a perc to the right speaker every once in awhile, or have an instrument pan left to right throughout the loop. In this beat in the video below, when the PAD is playing, do you guys notice that perc playing on the right, left, right, left? I personally find this very catchy! So always pay attention to the little details! (Velocities, panning, maybe even a little reverse of the sound ).
Another thing to point out is piano skills. In order to create those beautiful piano pieces and understand how keys and scales work, learning piano is very important. Google “Piano Scale Helper“ and check out the major section to understand which keys are in which scale, then work your way to minor. For example, click on C, in scale hit major and you will see those notes are in C (No Black Notes). Now on those piano scales for minor, you will want “Pure Minor” not just minor! **IMPORTANT**
A thing that I did not do in this beat video is have bring-ins. This is a super important part of a beat because you are literally painting an image for the listener letting them know either something big is coming next, or the beat is going to slow down for a second. Bring-ins are very important. A couple examples would be a reverse cymbal before the chorus, white noise to slow down the beat with a low/high pass cut off filter (google “White Noise Filter” to learn more), or even the super original snare roll! lol.
I’ve been asked how do I cram so many instruments and melodies into one beat. My answer — “I allow the Holy Spirit to work through these fingers to advance His Kingdom”. Yes I practice piano, but my beats turn out sometimes and I’m like wow how did I even think of that? But my next thought is always, thanks-You Jesus .
So this beat was a bit of a simpler beat. Not as many instruments, more of a kick/percussion kind of beat, but I sure love that chorus, really uplifting and epic! Be on the look out for some new tutorials comin’ your guys way to help improve your beats! – GratuiTous