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In my world, it seems like everyone around me is downsizing in one form or another. Whether it be from the food they're buying, or getting rid of the clutter in their homes, it's something that is having a great impact on many peoples' lives.
For music production, it seems to be the way to go too. Reason 8 just came out, and with that it has introduced the production world to a whole slew of new possibilities when making beats. Gone are the days of needing tons of gear in your studio because now you can create full productions on a laptop or even a tablet.
Ah, yes. Making money. So you want to sell your beats? Well you have come to the right place. First of all, just being on myFlashStore alone, you are setting yourself up for beat sales because it's the place to be to sell beats, period.
Secondly, I'm here to let you know that it's more than just posting your beats online and sitting back waiting for the money to come rolling into your PayPal.
So listen up, because these are seven ways for you to sell your beats.
Beat Making can and should be a simple process, especially with all of the technology at our disposal today. Yet, often times it gets complicated for that very same reason: too much stuff!
Right now the main way that beat makers make their beats is with software and controllers, but the old reliable mouse is still not far behind. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, here are some:
In the never ending quest to get more beat sales, many beatmakers are trying to figure out ways they can tweak their Twitter posts, or even gain more followers. As a result, too often I hear about people that end up buying followers in order to have a certain level of status amongst Twitter tweeters (is that what they're called?).
However, there is an obvious drawback to trying to obtain followers by paying for them - it's most likely they are not genuine. Your Twitter followers are very important, as it is the backbone of what makes Twitter so good.
A common theme that I see happening with today's beats is that the bassline is a forgotten gem. When I would listen to Rap music in the 90's, the basslines were all thick and grimey, whereas today a lot of beats either don't have a bassline, or it's very minimal at best.
I know it's difficult for some to work on a bassline because it's kind of boring, but it can really make or break your track. And if your beat is wack, your beat sales will be too.
The digital audio workstation is the central nervous system of the recording studio, so as such it needs to be perfect. Choosing the best DAW for your needs can be a big challenge because of the variety available on the market today.
Normally you would have a computer, the DAW software, a soundcard, and an input device such as a controller in order to control what's happening on the screen in front of you.
It sounds pretty easy, but it can be difficult.
Most of the time, the pitch bend on a keyboard is somewhat of an afterthought for most beat makers. Actually, for me it's more or less something just to play with, almost like a toy.
Most people will not want to try something new, but if you start using different techniques and coming up with new sounds, it can really open up your beats to something fresh and unique.
With the recent release of the iPhone 6, and the massive amount of lineups seen all over the world, it tells me that everyone wants everything NOW.
The same goes for selling beats.
After making beats for years, it's only natural that you would want to make some money from your skills, but the only problem is that it just won't happen overnight.
It's funny how times have changed. With all the tools at every artist's disposal, such as social media, hitting it big in the music industry doesn't seem like that much of a stretch today.
It's one thing to sell beats in the Marketplace, but if you want to also get your foot in the door of the industry, you have to work hard at building relationships.
Your tracks are way too hot. More than likely, every single track that you have in your DAW is either at the zero point, or is well over and into the dangerous red zone. It might seem okay to you to have your tracks this way, but it can spell disaster in the long run.
This is the reason why.
The Loudness Wars
One of the biggest issues with music production today is that all the songs are extremely loud. There was a study done a while ago about the increase in overall volume of songs over the years, and it clearly shows how bad it's gotten.