The Ultimate Guide To Producing A Hip-Hop Beat For The Club

Learn to make music like the top producers in today's music industry.
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  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course is the ultimate guide to create a hip-hop beat for the club. We start from scratch and move through every detail of every step needed to make a professionally sounding record.

We begin by going over recommended music gear to be used in the studio when producing modern music. We will cover both hardware and software and what to look for in each to adapt to your needs.

We move on to learning what qualities to look for in the sounds for each instrument, including the synth, bass, kick, clap, and hi-hat. This section is really important because knowing what types of sounds to use can either make or break you as a producer.

The next topic is song structure. We go over a brief history then lay out the top 5 most popular song structures used today.

We move on to building both the melodic foundation for the synth and bass as well as a detailed approach of how to build the rhythm section. We go bar by bar and explain how to use both melodic and rhythmic variation to keep your listeners interested and to create movement within the record.

We then end the course with some final touches and tips & tricks of what to do after your record is created to get it played in the club.

This course is for the producer that has some experience but wants to understand the details of every step of the production process so that they have more creative control of both their productions and their career.

This course is around 2 hours. I recommend that after going through the first time, to go back through to strengthen your understanding of topics that you don't fully understand. Repetition is the key to learning.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have their own DAW and a working knowledge of how to use it
  • Students should listen to and understand the sound of modern hip-hop club records

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the concepts and techniques used by today's top producers to make modern hip-hop club beats
  • Understand how to protect your music legally and how to network with others in the music industry
  • Train your ear to understand the qualities of sounds that are popular in hip-hop club music

What is the target audience?

  • Someone who is looking to break into the music industry by producing a club hit
  • They are taking my course to gain insight into the knowledge & techniques used by top producers today
  • They have put in the time & effort but are frustrated with the results of their beats
  • They are motivated to complete this course so that they can be on their way to making hit records for the club
  • This course IS for producers who are looking to make a career in the music industry
  • This course is NOT for beginners
  • This course is NOT for you if you do not have an understanding of how to use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:54

After watching this lecture you will understand the scope of what we will be learning throughout this course.

Section 2: Recommended Music Gear
00:31

After watching this section, you will understand how to approach your musical investments. We will talk about music hardware, virtual instruments & samples, and music hardware.

00:59

During this lecture we will talk about how to choose the music software that is right for you. We will cover software choices for all low, medium, and high budgets.

00:34

During this lecture we will talk about what to look for when purchasing or downloading free virtual instruments and samples.

00:52

During this lecture we will explore your options you have to utilize music hardware in the studio. We will cover drum machines, midi keyboards, monitor speakers, and explain the benefits of using them.

00:32

During this lecture we will discuss how to intelligently choose the software, virtual instruments, and hardware that is right for you. We will explain how a balanced approach between these 3 types of gear will give you the most value.

Music Gear Quiz
3 questions
Section 3: Sound Selection
00:30

During this lecture we will talk about the importance of the sounds you select for your club records. There are qualities of sounds that work well for different genres and it is important to know the qualities of the sounds you use when producing.

04:04

During this section we will discuss how to choose a great synth sound. We will audition several sounds and describe why each one will or will not be a good choice for the record we will be creating.

02:24

During this section we will discuss how to choose a great bass sound. We will audition several sounds and describe why each one will or will not be a good choice for the record we will be creating.

02:22

During this section we will discuss how to choose a great kick drum sound. We will audition several sounds and describe why each one will or will not be a good choice for the record we will be creating.

02:34

During this section we will discuss how to choose a great clap sound. We will audition several sounds and describe why each one will or will not be a good choice for the record we will be creating. Also, layering sounds for a thicker sound will be discussed.

02:30

During this section we will discuss how to choose a great hi-hat sound. We will audition several sounds and describe why each one will or will not be a good choice for the record we will be creating.

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After this lecture you will understand the importance of sound choices and how the interplay of sounds creates texture.

Sound Selection Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: Song Structure
00:33

During this lecture we will explain how to direct your creativity into patterns that listeners recognize and love. We will walk about why it is important to have structure to build your creativity around.

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During this we will talk about the different patterns of song sections that are used to create records. We will cover a brief history of song structures and outline the top 5 song structures used today.

00:38

During this lecture we will explain how to apply song structure concepts to fit your record. Different types of song structures fit different types of stories better.

00:20

During this lecture we will recap this section and explain the benefits of the concept and applications of song structure.

Song Structure Quiz
3 questions
Section 5: Building The Melodic Foundation
00:32

During this lecture we will introduce the importance of why melody matters in a club record.

01:43

During this lecture we will explain how to make a melody and go through the process of experimentation until we find a great melody for the synth.

01:53

During this lecture we will explain how to make a melody and go through the process of experimentation until we find a great melody for the bass.

04:13

During this section we will explain how using variation will help maintain melodic interest to the listener. We will go over strategies and techniques to use for you productions and then go through the process of creating the variations throughout the record.

00:21

During this lecture we will recap the topic of melody and how the melody creates movement in the record.

Building The Melodic Foundation Quiz
3 questions
Section 6: Building The Rhythm Section
00:38

During this lecture we will introduce rhythm and explain how rhythm makes us move and dance. We will also explain how it differs from melody.

04:53

During this lecture we will show how to use the driving force of the kick to move the song forward. We will go from song section to song section and show the best places to place the kick to create contrast and achieve dynamic rhythm.

04:20

During this lecture we will show how to use the clap to maintain a pulse in the record. We will go from song section to song section and show the best places to place the clap to create contrast and achieve dynamic rhythm.

05:29

During this lecture we will show how to use the hi-hat to create momentum and movement. We will go from song section to song section and show the best places to place the hi-hat to create contrast and achieve dynamic rhythm.

07:51

During this lecture we will explain how to use rhythm to slow down and speed up the record. We will also show how adding small variations can maintain rhythmic interest.

00:31

During this lecture we will wrap up this section by summarizing how rhythmic elements work together to create movement throughout the record.

Building The Rhythm Section Quiz
3 questions
Section 7: Final Touches
00:44

Understand the importance of how adding small additions can make a big change.

06:47

During this lecture we will show how to add stylistic sounds to improve the feel of the song. We will go through each song section and explain the reasoning behind the sample placements.

11:24

During this section we will explain how to adjust the levels of the sounds to achieve a balanced record. We will go through each sound, track by track, and adjust the level to create a good mix.

01:05

During this lecture we will explain the importance of reference checking the song on multiple sound systems. We will walk though the process of referencing your record on multiple speaker systems for quality assurance before publishing to the world.

00:37

During this lecture we will wrap up the section and summarize the high-level view of how a hit record is created. The final track is available to download in the resources.

Final Touches Quiz
3 questions
Section 8: Where Do I Go From Here?
00:47

During this lecture we will explain the next steps to take after the record is created to ensure you are protected and are networking to the best of your best ability.

01:03

During this section we will walk through how to use personal and online connections to put the record in front of the right people.

00:31

During this lecture we will put into perspective how many small victories lead to one huge success.

Where Do I Go From Here? Quiz
3 questions
Section 9: Thank You And Best Of Luck
00:53

Your continuous hard work and dedication will make your music the future of the industry. The record we made together during this course is available to download in the resources section. Thank you for investing in this course and I wish you the best of luck in your music career.

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Instructor Biography

J. Mikael Studios Justin McDowell, Music Producer & Mixing Engineer

Justin has been producing music for 19 years and is a graduate of Full Sail University's Music Production bachelor degree program. Since graduating in 11/2013, he has been producing hip-hop beats for various artists around the country as well as helping co-produce music with upcoming producers. Justin has a strong passion for sharing his knowledge about music production.

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