In case you missed it, there are some fresh new trends developing in beat making. This list details the most important ones. If you can adapt these to your productions, you're golden. If not - your beats might end up sounding like you created them in 2002.
- Four to the floor. In case you're not familiar with what this means, it's a time signature. It implies that the kick drum sample has to be placed on each quarter note. This is mostly common in disco and electronic dance music. However, we're now starting to hear examples of this in pop, rap, and rock beats also.
- Go heavy on the synthesizers. Another big development over the last year or so is the heavy use of synthesizers. If you want your beat making to really stand out, you should definitely be using some modern sounding keys. Evidence of synthesizer sounds is also readily heard across many genres.
- Big low end on your bass sounds. Technology advancements in speakers have allowed the listener to enjoy a wider spectrum of frequencies. If you took a pair of studio monitors from today, and compared them to some other speakers from 20 years ago - you'd hear a big difference. Primarily in the low end bass frequencies. With that in mind, make sure that you've got plenty of "boom" on your kick and bass samples.
- Automation, automation, automation. Automation is the process of recording the tweaks on your FX plug-ins. In other words, you can sweep the EQ on your chords while they play, and have the playback recreate the EQ sweep from your previous take. Automation was popularized by house music DJs in the mid 80s, but is now heard all over the place. Even country music is starting to use it!
These beat making trends are sure to be around for a while. If you're not familiar with them - you need to be. For any style of beat making you're into; these are all techniques you should be using.
If you're not familiar with some of the above mentioned pointers, then don't hesitate to get more information on these subjects. There are a handful of instructional videos out there that will help you fill in the blanks. Beat making can definitely be a lot more enjoyable when your tracks always sound fresh.
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