Discuss the various methods you use in music production, from compressor settings to equipment type.
By JJG Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:27 am
Hey guys so I’ve been making beat with samples right and all of been doing is layering the sample with kicks,snares,hi hats and vocals but I’ve been wanting to take my skills and completely deconstruct a beat because when I listened to other artist and listen to them talk about beats I always hear them talk about bass and chords etc... and I’m having a hard time adding and I always hear artist a whole bunch of instruments on top of that and I’m having hard time comprehending how to add those instruments if you can help that’d be awesome
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By Menco Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:17 am
It’s trial and error basically. If you’re working with a sample that hasn’t has that much bass or bass at all, try to add and play a bassline yourself. This is the most common situation in which most dudes add something to their beats. Try to match notes by ear, or try to figure out the key of the sample and work from there.

Same goes for adding other instruments. And it doesn’t always fit the beat. Some samples already have a lot of instrumentation going on, making the beat messy and overproduced when other instruments are added. Learning and knowing when and what to add is also trial and error and a skill you have to achieve.
By JJG Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:25 am
The thing is Lately ive been trying to start from scratch and my sample is just one sound like scretch etc.. and I use it as my lead and then try to add the basics like drums and vocals but I’ve notice some producers add baseline, chords and strings but I still don’t know how to add those
By JJG Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:39 am
A good example of what I’m talking about is Daft Punks something about us they add a bunch of and I just wanna know how they incorporate the bass guitar and at the 1:00 mark they add another sound which sounds like it’s saying wong and is that sound supposed to fill in for a singer or?
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By Lampdog Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:38 pm
What machine are you using to create music on?

MPC?

Grab and KIK and SNR, make a beat on trk1.
4 to 8 bars, afterwards copy trk1 to trk2.

On trk1 erase the snare.
On trk2 erase the kick.
Your left with KIK = trk1
Your left with SNR = trk2.

Now add HIHAT on trk 3.
Add your bassline on trk4.
This is the basic of the basic.
By JJG Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:22 pm
Mpc live
And when I add a bassline is there a certain way I add it like do I put it in however I want to or do I make it follow the kick?
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By Lampdog Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:25 am
That part is your own creativity,

Your asking how to “play” a bassline. You have to just play.
By JJG Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:58 pm
Guess it’s a matter of finding a good bassline
Thanks guys
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By Bezo Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:59 pm
JJG wrote:The thing is Lately ive been trying to start from scratch and my sample is just one sound like scretch etc.. and I use it as my lead and then try to add the basics like drums and vocals but I’ve notice some producers add baseline, chords and strings but I still don’t know how to add those
Sounds to me like you're asking about music theory.

Find a scale & chord chart for piano. Via trial & error, play the scales/chords over your sample and see what sounds good. Once you determine which scale/chords sound good, record bass lines, melodies & harmonies with whatever instruments you like. This is assuming you're recording with VSTs or multi-samples.

It would be a bit more difficult with samples. You can pitch them up & down, but you can't change the character (major, minor, dominant, etc.).