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Hey guys, as some of you know, channel E! is doing a reality show based on my website LoveRoom. Since I'm the co-creator of the show, I have lots of control over the content. So I'd like to offer the myFlashstore community an opportunity to submit some beats for the show.

 

Here's what I can do:

 

1. Send me 10 beats for $10
2. Send me 20 beats for $15
3. Send me 30 beats for $20

 

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"You need more changeups" is a running joke I have with a few friends, and it dates back a few years where producers on a certain website would leave that as feedback on everyone's beats. While it's not constructive criticism, it does hold some truth because, well, your beat needs more changeups!
 
But beat breakdowns is probably a better term because the breakdown of a beat is something that I don't hear too often nowadays.
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When it was announced the other week that Propellerhead was going to release Reason 8, it got me thinking. "How will this change the way people produce music?", is one of the questions I pondered, and it's something that you should consider as well.
 
I am not writing this article to solely promote Reason 8, but rather to get producers like you to take a DAW like this seriously - because it's the wave of the future. A lot of producers and beatmakers are using Pro Tools and probably even more are using Ableton Live, but Reason has been around for years, and version 8 is looking to be the next big thing, and it will definitely change the way you produce your music.
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Mobile phones are here to stay. Nearly everyone in the modern world has a mobile phone and they're not just using it to take selfies or text their friends, they're also using it to listen to, and buy music.
 
Why is this important to you? Beat sales, of course. No longer will it cut it for you to just have your beats prepared for a plain 'ol website. Now you have to make sure that your beats are mixed properly so that they will sound good on a mobile device.
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One of the upsides of making beats is that you can sell them and make some real money. The downside, however, is that at one point or another you will have to deal with buyers that can be very troublesome.
 
What all buyers need to realize is that beat makers are selling beats for profit and not to help anyone out. It's true that some beat makers will want to work with a client and form a friendship, but that's when money doesn't necessarily become an issue because the two parties are working together.
 
The worst thing that can happen though, is when potential clients give sellers a bunch of excuses and false promises. Let's examine some of them.
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I have always been a big fan of sampling when I'm producing music, and I'm sure a lot of you are too, but it's not as easy as just jacking a loop, throwing drums on top and calling it your own. There are many things to consider when you're digging, sampling, and chopping.
 
Some of you may chop a sample into little pieces to the point where it's very hard to tell where it comes from (count me in), but there are times when you find a sample that is so dope, you don't even want to touch it!
 
Here are 5 things to watch out for when sampling.
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As a music producer, at one point or another you will have to deal with dirty audio. Most of the time it will be through sampling, but you could also have a problem with certain sounds from your keyboard that need to be fixed.
 
There are many ways you could clean up your audio, but even with the best tools in the world, you might not be able to fix them.
 
But you can try.
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Posted by on in Production Techniques
Drums are so important when making beats or producing a hit song, as it's the backbone of a track. With countless drum kits being sold online and bundled with software, drums are essential if you want your track to bang.
 
However, a lot of beat makers and producers tend to get lazy with their drum loops (guilty!) so it's good to change things up. Often times I have used the same pattern and even though it works (think "kick-snare-kick-kick-snare"), it just doesn't seem right.
 
Here are 5 ways to spice up your drums.
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By reading the title of this article, you may be thinking that I have lost my mind and I want you to bang out 5 minute beats like an assembly line. Wrong.
 
Making a beat in 5 minutes is a great exercise for you to try, as it will help you improve your beats and your overall productions. Here's how.
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Onyx. Ask any Hip Hop fan about them and they will instantly tell you that when they listen to Onyx's music, they want to punch a puppy, then break a window, steal a car, drive it into a bank and rob it, get sent to prison, kill the warden, get strapped to the electric chair, all while laughing hysterically.
 
It's true.
 
Emotion plays a big part in how you make music, and it should always be the main thing that drives you to make something special. It should always be about emotion and not just going through the motions.
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