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Cakewalk's Sonar DAW can hang with the best of them. As most producers choose to use other DAWs such as Pro Tools or Ableton, Sonar has a lot of great features.
 
When it comes to building loops, they have "Loop Construction" and "Audio Snap" tools that can help you. Even though those features are great, for this tutorial I am going to show you how to do it old school - with markers.
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Saturation is a process of creating a sort of soft distortion to your audio. Back when engineers would record to tape, they would record a track really loud (hot) because it would give them a type of compression and bring life to the track.
 
With today's digital recording processes, going into the hot zone (above 0dB) can be dangerous, although it's not as bad as it may seem.
 
So how does saturation play into your overall mix? Let's see.
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I know it's a hard thing to hear your beat being used by someone else without your permission, and no credit has been given to you. The sad fact is that stealing beats is something a lot of people do, from rappers, labels, and even other producers!
 
But when it happens to you, what do you do? The most common reaction would be to freak out and punch things, but after you do that, it's time to get to work.
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Posted by on in Selling Beats Tips
The key to successfully sell beats is very simple: promotion. There are numerous ways you can do that, however, most people still stick to the same thing day in and day out, such as social media.
 
I have seen it time and again where beatmakers are tweeting about how cheap their beats are, but the main thing they're forgetting is that they need to promote. Without promotion, you're just a beatmaker spamming everyone's timeline.
 
Let's fix that, shall we?
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Posted by on in Selling Beats Tips
You know the deal. You make beats and you either sit there listening to it over and over again, admiring your creations, or you decide to sell them and make some cold hard cash. Most likely you will take that cash and buy some new gear for your studio, but either way, selling beats is what most of us are after.
 
But selling beats can also be very troublesome, especially if you don't know where to start, or if you've just been having a hard time getting people to buy your beats.
 
Here are 3 awesome ways for you to sell your beats.
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The audio bitrate of your beats is something that definitely needs your attention. For some, the quality needs to be super duper fantastic, and if it were up to them they would offer uncompressed versions of all their beats.
 
However, the bitrate might not be as important as you might think. It's true that if you offer a higher bitrate to your listeners, they will prefer it over a lower quality bitrate, but a lot of it has to do with marketing. You see, back in the day, audio bitrate was nowhere near as it is today, yet music was fantastic. No matter what song you heard, it sounded great. Why is that? Probably because they used the best bitrate at the time, something that sounded perfect to the human ear.
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Often times, mixing basically comes down to making sure all your tracks sound great as one. How you achieve that result is up to you, but it needs to involve one main thing: shaping your sounds.
 
Instead of just making sure all your tracks sound great and your levels don't reach the red, working on how every single track sounds is your best bet to a great mix. Here's how.
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I’ve been making a living for 10 years selling beats online and offline. Throughout the years, I’ve learn a lot about marketing beats. Marketing isn’t as easy as it seems. There are lots of moving parts when it comes to selling any product.
 
Today, I’d like to introduce an on-going audio series for music producers teaching everything I know about marketing beats. I’m also offering free consultation throughout the course so that you can ask me questions via email in the process.
 
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Posted by on in Production Techniques
Drums. It's the cornerstone of any great beat, especially when it comes to any form of electronic-based music. When you hear really nice music then "the beat" (drums) drop in, that is usually when you start to bob your head and get into the music.
 
Drums tracks are fun to create, but it can often become very repetitive. This is why it's necessary that you spice up your drums and see if you can come up with something new. Let's try.
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For artists, having the right image is extremely important if you want to further your career in the music industry. On one hand, an artist such as a rapper has to worry constantly about their image because it could make or break them.
 
What about beatmakers? Do they need an image?
 
Of course they do! You could hide behind your computer and just bang out beats daily, but if you have the right image, it could easily help you sell more beats.
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