How To Turn Your Computer Into A Beat Making Studio

Beat Making Software

If you want to know how to make hip hop beats or any other genre of music, you need to know this: there are two great software programs which can turn your world upside down, and will actually rock your world, or to put it better, they will rap and beat your world!

Dr. Drum and BTV Solo are software programs which help you create your own professional studio at home, just by using your computer. They are designed both for Mac and PC so you don’t need to worry about this. They don’t require that your computer be too state-of-art.

They come with a wide range of samples and loops which will help you make your own beats for rap and come up with the greatest music online. Both Dr. Drum and BTV Solo are software programs which come with preloaded sounds, but the great thing about them is that you can add your own beats and sounds to the software library.

Due to these sounds, you can actually have a whole band on your own computer, because these sounds cover an entire range of drums and percussion instruments, synths, keys and guitars, horns and a good variety of vocal and other FX.

Dr. Drum actually offers you the possibility to add effects to the sounds you have created, such as AutoWah, Chorus, Distort, Echo, Filter, Tremelo, to mention just a few of them. There’s no limit to what you and these softwares can do.

After you acquire them, you can start using them immediately, since they don’t require weeks or even whole months of training. They are made for beginners who want to sound professional. And the greatest advantage is that these software programs offer you all these advantages for a great price, incomparable to the expensive ones which promise you the world, but take ages to do that.

Midi Keyboard

A Midi keyboard is actually a keyboard that looks like a piano keyboard but which can be attached to your computer by means of a USB cable. You need to understand that this is only a means to make your computer sound like an instrument but you also need to have programs installed on your computer, programs like virtual instruments (VSTi).

So using your computer and the Midi controller you can start playing the keyboard and the software in your computer will do the rest, that is make the actual sounds of a piano or whatever instrument you have the software in your computer.

Most midi keyboards can be attached to a computer and have additional buttons or sliders to help you even more control the sounds you make. For instance, a volume slider can help you change the volume of the sounds you make using your midi keyboard and which are actually produced by the virtual instrument software on the computer.

So a midi keyboard is a great help, but can you make music without a midi keyboard?

Most beginners start small, that is they just acquire the music making software, starting from a low budget. So a midi controller isn’t on the list. The computer keyboard used for typing can also be used for controlling the sounds you make with your software as well.

But a midi controller, especially if it is provided with additional buttons and sliders can work wonders for you, and once you have started using it, you will definitely not go back to using the computer typing keyboard.

So, a midi keyboard is essential for making it so much easier for you to make music, because it is as if you are using an actual instrument. Not to mention that it comes with a lot of controls which you will find indispensible after having used them. But if you don’t have any other choice, you can do without one too.

Drum Kits, Audio Loops and Samples Sounds

I have already mentioned the fact that Dr. Drum and BTV Solo are great for you if you are a beginner, but practice makes it perfect, so the sounds they come with, you will soon find them insufficient for your needs. You will get better and better and you will start using more and more effects.

The fact is that these music making software programs come with quite an extensive range of sounds that cover a whole series of instruments, starting from drums, essential of course for making your own beats for rap or any other genre of beats.

The basics of Dr. Drum include a 16 track mixer with basic high/mid/low EQ, pan settings and volume fader, and also 48 bass sounds, 44 drum kits and 292 melodic sounds. Quite a bunch of sounds to work on, for starters. And after you get into it, you can start using the multiple effects the software includes in order to make your beats more interesting, more appealing to your audience.

For Dr. Drum you can choose from AutoWah, Chorus, Distort, Echo, Filter, Tremelo, just to mention a few of them, and for BTV Solo you can use the 16 track sequencer and the 1000 sounds library to start with, but put your imagination and BTV Solo to work, and you can work magic.

These software programs are great because on the one side they offer you preloaded sounds, so you can start from something, that something being quite a rich package to choose from, and on the other hand they give you the option to add your own sounds to the software library to enrich your repertoire and start amazing people.

The features of these music making software programs are those of expensive softwares, but they are offered to you for a much smaller price. So enjoy your software!

Optional Gear

So, now you have the software, but do you need anything else? My answer would be that you do, actually. You can do without them, but if you have them, all the better. A DAW – the digital audio workstation – sequencer, mixer and recorder, all in one program which you will find very useful.

Sound banks are also a great help because they include a lot of instruments and patches which you can include in your hip hop or rap beats and which give you the possibility to choose from a wide, a very wide range of sounds, just take the patience to browse through them.

A midi keyboard controller is actually a must if you don’t want to be clicking through the midi patterns with the mouse you use for your computer. You will feel like using a real instrument and it will be a whole lot easier too.

An audio interface is what you’ll need should you decide to record, vocals or instruments. If you have in mind real music making, you need to hear the details, the fine details to be able to tweak your sounds so they will sound great, and for that you need some good studio monitor speakers or a good pair of headphones if you don’t want to disturb the others.

It’s not the studio – it’s the artist behind it that matters

So, bearing in mind all these, you can start practicing. What’s important, as they say, is to practice, because practice makes it perfect, and the artist in you wants to achieve perfection. Time is essential, but patience only takes a little while with software programs which can be used instantly after purchase.

So be careful when you choose it, because it will do you the world of good or … it will take a long time to learning how to use it. However, this is not the case with Dr. Drum and BTV Solo which allow you to start using them immediately.