The Basics:

First of all you need to get a few things:

* Music program to edit your audio – Cubase sx,Logic pro,Renoise,Fruity loops and Reason work for me:

* A PC with a good sound card / audio interface, Memory and configure it as a DAW ( Search google )   –

I will be naming a few great soundcards for various budgets later on.
* A set of headphones – Buy the best you can afford.

( Sennheiser HD202 work for me ) approx £19.99 from ebay

THE FIRST STEP IS CREATING SAMPLES:

1. Import the audio from the track you would like to sample.
2. Cut the sample into small chunks that you can use in your beat.
3. Keep your samples organized as follows:

* kick drums
* hi hats and cymbals
* snare drums
* melodic instruments
* percussion

Organize the samples into folders that make the most sense.

NOW WE CAN PUT THE BEAT TOGETHER:

1. Install your beat sequencers.
2. Write down a simple plan of how you would like the beat to go and import your initial instruments. For example if you’re making a techno tune you might start with a heavy kick drum.
3. Now you want to import your samples and arrange them into loops. Most loops contain the following samples:

* kick drum
* bass line
* percussion
* melodic instrument.

4. The final stage is to arrange your samples into the final song and then tweak it until you’re happy.


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