Learning How to Make Beats and Instrumentals

music production schoolsA lot of people think that they can just sit down at their beat maker and bust out some bangers. But the truth is, no matter what hardware or software you use to make music, you have to learn how to make beats.

No matter if you’re using FL Studio or Maschine, you need to find a way to make money from your music. If you’re making beats, the best way to make money is to make beats for television and film.

Want to learn how to make music for tv shows? Want to find the best fl studio tutorials? Read our articles about making beats.

The Mpc 2500 and 5000 offers grid mode recording and so does cubase based sequencers. Roland drum machines also offer this method, and there are a few more I am sure.

Another term used for this type of recording is called step recording…which every program I have come across has, but it is implemented differently depending on the host program or type of beat making machine.

I receive a lot of questions about using free beat making software. I would not advise any one to use free beat making software unless, you are just playing around and are not serious about making music beats.

Reason being, every free program I have come across is very limited in what it will or will not let you do as far as making beats.

Most of them also have very limited samples and /or will not let you save your project once you have finished. The few that I have run across that are free and do let you save your products, simply lack good sound quality and just don’t have that big boy appeal.

There are a ton of beat making drum machines and software beat making products that you could get for your computer. It’s best to start with a program that works with your computer, if you have a computer and are low on cash.

I personally prefer the hardware drum machines or beat makers by MPC, they in my opinion sound the best and come with more features that are geared toward making beats.

They are pricey compared to the software programs you can get for your computer, but if you plan on doing this on a professional level, you will have spent enough money in the long run just getting your computer to sound like a MPC, before you realize it.

If you are just getting started, it is best to pick a program that is highly suggested by industry professionals, and start learning it.

Although some programs start out more optimized for certain types of music, most of the well known software beat makers can be used for almost any style. Anyone who really wants to make beats can jump in and start making instrumentals in a matter of minutes.

Learning songs: How to Memorize Lyrics Quickly and Effectively



Whether you need to go on an audition or sing at a presentation, learning a song can be as easy or as hard as you make it.

Do you want to learn pop music? Check this out to learn how to play popular songs on piano or guitar.

You need to find effective ways to get it done.

And it’s not without effort.

Lyrics are important to a song. If you don’t get them right, the entire performance can be ruined.

So how can you learn them quickly and effectively?

Here are some tips:


Understand the lyrics

Write them down and internalize them. Look up any new words in a dictionary so that nothing is left to chance. Look up the song’s meaning online if it is poetic. The idea here is that you get to understand the lyrics.

Remember: when you understand something, it’s way harder to forget it.


Map the lyrics out with your mouth.

Read them out aloud as if you are speaking to someone else. This is much easier for memorization than closing your eyes and silently forcing them to stick.


Visualize the story

If the song in question is wrapped up in a story, make use of your imagination. Picture it all happening in your head like a short clip. This is another great way to keep the song in your memory.


Learn the music and the lyrics separately

This is because the brain processes sounds and written words differently and from different places.


Goes without saying: Karaoke!

The Japanese didn’t invent karaoke just for fun. They invented it for people like you who need to learn lyrics quickly. Once you do all the other tactics above, you can use karaoke to reinforce what your brain already knows. The music and word mix will cement your knowledge of the song even further.


Put the song on repeat on your playlist

I bet this is the most obvious tactic of them all. Wherever you are with headphones on, be sure to have the song you trying to learn on repeat or on consistent repeat in between other songs. You might get tired of it but that’s the best way to never forget its lyrics.


Film Scores and What Makes Them So Damn Important



A film score is an original composition created for a film as part of its soundtrack. It’s usually inserted in a scene to increase its dramatic and emotional impact.

The funny thing about film scores is that they were originally created to neutralize the disagreeable sounds that projectors used to make in the late 1800 and early 1900s.

So what began as classical and orchestral music accompaniments to films has now moved even further to digital composition and sampling.

Low budget movies rely on technology for their scores, unlike big budget films that use real instruments and/or orchestras.

Most scores have foundations in western classical music but with influences from jazz, rock, pop, blues, new-age and ambient music, and a wide range of ethnic and world music styles.

Songs, though dropped into scenes much like orchestral pieces, are not always considered part of the film score. They are considered as part of the film’s soundtrack.

A film score is just as important to a scene as what’s actually happening – though you may not always notice it at the time.

It is said to ‘play’ with the brain by making it attach important and emotion to a scene that it would otherwise not react to in that way.

To understand this, check out this video uploaded by Now You See It:

The general misconceptions about Royalty-Free Music

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There are a lot of misconceptions about Royalty-free music and to make it worse, just the term ‘royalty-free’. Let’s get this straight. It simply means that something is free of royalty.

And what about what is doesn’t mean?

Looking for the best royalty free music around?

Royalty-free music doesn’t mean Free Music

Just because it is royalty-free doesn’t mean it’s also free – totally different meanings. One means you don’t pay for something and another means you don’t pay for the rights to use something when you use it.

Royalty-free music doesn’t mean Copyright free music

To begin with ‘Copyright-free’ doesn’t hold much meaning since every person who composes a piece of music automatically owns the rights to the work. Royalty-free music means you can use it according to your needs but it doesn’t mean its owner has given up his rights to it.

Royalty-free music doesn’t mean poor quality music

Music licensing properties have no connection to the quality of the music in question.

Royalty-free music doesn’t mean cheap music

A piece of music could be offered at a royalty-free model for, let’s say, $30. Another could go for $600. But in general, royalty-free music comes in general affordable rates compared to rights-managed music.

Royalty-free music doesn’t mean royalty-free for everyone

If performed publicly, on television for example, royalty-free music would still need public performance royalties to be paid by the broadcasting body i.e. the network showing the performance.

Where to get royalty free music for your work


music-1283877_640Just like TV shows and movies need scores and soundtracks, so do videos uploaded across the web- whether they are informational, training or entertainment videos.

In this technological age, pretty much everyone at some point will need to create a video. And what they would definitely need to accompany it would be royalty-free music. Mostly because going for right-managed music would a kicker for a normal human just trying to make a mark online. Royalty free music comes with less costs and less rules.

There are a couple of places to find this kind of music.

  1. Istockaudio


Here, you can find both audio tracks and sound effects. Music on this site is varied in pricing because it’s left to the artists to decide the amounts. But most of tracks are prices between $11-33.

  1. Audiojungle


Like in istockaudio, you can find both audio tracks and sound effects. It similarly has varied pricing that’s dependent on the artist. Track typically cost somewhere between $10-20.

  1. Tunefruit


Here, you’ll find tracks for personal use going for $30 and those for commercial use going for $100 a pop.

The website does not offer sound effects.

  1. Premiumbeat


Here you’ll find a unique pricing structure that lets you purchase entire songs or in bits. For $40 you choose the format and for $50 you get all variations.

They offer both audio tracks and sound effects.

  1. Vimeo Music Store


The pricing here is as follows: Creative commons: free; personal use: $2 per track and commercial use: $98 with some being $30 each. Vimeo Music Store has a nifty web-based ‘enhancer’ software. But what you can’t find with them are sound effects.