How to Produce a Beat in 5 Minutes

Jay Picasso
A free video tutorial from Jay Picasso
Proffessional Music Producer & Audio Engineer.
4.3 instructor rating • 3 courses • 4,926 students

Lecture description

Learn how to produce a beat from scratch in just 5 minutes. Discover the the effective technique of capturing the right 'vibe' for your song and how too progress it quickly. 

- Learn quick tips on putting together good sounds 

- Learn how to add instrumentation 

- Learn to relax and let your ideas flow 

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Produce Music in 5 Minutes

Produce, Mix & Arrange

34:48 of on-demand video • Updated

  • Produce Music
  • Vibe and create atmosphere in studio sessions
  • Mix your beats to a high standard for studio playback
  • Arrange your music in a dynamic and fresh way
English [Auto] Hi Guys welcome to Jake's tutorials. So today we're going to look at how to make a B in five minutes. There's a couple of things I'm going to explain before we get into it. Just so you guys have a good understanding of what you need in order to make this work. So the first thing that I've done is that I've just selected some instruments which I feel are necessary in order to make a complete beat. Now don't get me wrong everybody has these elements which are there some which are not. In this case I'm just going to go for what I feel are the major things in A B and the major areas of the drums of what keys which is piano in this case. I've got a synthesizer a lead instrument of sorts and bass. Now again to make this work just select something that you're familiar with. I haven't selected the best sounds on this occasion because the point is not to refine on this this this procedure. The point is just to get a vibe down. OK. Now often we vibe I will mention that sometimes we do things which are just to get things going. You know you might end up substituting everything but you know I for example say the piano line because that's all that's working. But again if we can develop a song off the piano line then so be it. The point of this is to give you the guys the idea of how to just vibe in five minutes. All right. Because it really can be that simple. And if oftentimes if you can't find the initial vibe then finding your whole project can be can be quite lengthy at times. OK so what I will know is that I am going to play all of this stuff in myself. You by all means you don't necessarily have to if you don't know how but I do recommend it because again once it comes from you it means that it's all. It's all yours and it's so much more interchangeable. OK so after noting down the insurance we're out. The second thing I'll note down is that I'm going to start using this around a loop. Ok the reason why I'm going to use it around a loop is because for for the sake of five minutes I want to potentially make it the biggest part of the song which should include all of these things and then perhaps if we have time at the end we'll briefly arrange it so we're substituting bits in and out. But for now we're not looking at that. You'll hear the bass as we go obviously but the point is that we just get a vibe down OK. So say for example and I just walked in your studio and they say hey I've got this great idea. Can we work on it. This is now how we're going to start to sort of piece this together. So if we take a look at a time 12:43 hopefully will be done within five minutes but perhaps allow me an extra minute or so so I can explain things as we go. OK so I'm just going to crack on the drums. I said that ppm at 90 because for the sake of this story I'm going to stick to my comfort zone and that tends to be a bit more hip hop stuff so I will make as much as possible. But for the sake of for the sake of the tutorial we're going to go with some hip hop. So obviously you weren't see me playing but you can hear if I tap you can hear exactly what's going on. All right so again 3:36 Let's get it correct here. All right so I'm just going to buy anything okay cool. So something that I will make note of of my work flow and you'll notice that the first kick drum didn't play there. Sometimes it doesn't catch on the loop or something. I know of my work flows that well I like to do particularly with my drums as I put them in as I like to bounce them out as I go. So I could I kick. It just makes my work flow a little bit easier because I don't necessarily like to stack the sense in terms of just keep overload in the CPA. So I like to sort of separate the stage you know. And again I separate it for the sake of mix right because you want to ideally keep as many elements possible separate. Right. So yeah we're about a minute in. Let's just try and keep this going. So again I'm just going to vibe some hi hats on some of this. I've got a couple of options. Of course it sounds all right though we've got something wrong with the kick drum. However let's just get these hats out very quickly. That's the swing I've put on it. It's my band spots. It's not as fun as it's can and because of the swing. We will re do the kitchen which is fine. Ok cool. And as I said before I saw the first one doesn't play sometimes get it close and in person the quantize always quantizer is for the sake of speed. Quantizes really good but now what quantize that you're using as well. The other thing I'd say because obviously they do affect the swing and the swing is very very important when it comes to putting you know your vibe. You know I don't necessarily just go 16 by 16 because it's not always the best ones. I so perhaps if we get more time at the end I'll add a bit more to the drums. But for now let's add some piano. So I'm just going to slide over to the right and I was waiting. I'm going to put down some very simple but perhaps lovely chords we'll see a very simple pattern is give it a go. This is kind of cool. Again simple when it comes to chords. You don't always have to stop Of course you could start with the lead for example but there was a lot of chords is oftentimes you get so many more options when you do put chords down. Now there is no rule to how many chords you should put down in terms of a song but I personally like to put something that gives you know it kind of keeps the song moving. Otherwise if you find the Self of one chord or just two sometimes sometimes not always the case it can feel like the whole song is a bit stagnant and that it's not moving anyway. Some people address this by changing the chords in the bridge and stuff but in my case for now I'm just going to stick to the theory and as you guys probably wouldn't. So I just added that little note at the end there which kind of leads back into the chords again OK so it just again hit the quantize my first. OK. Pretty straight for pretty straight forward. Now what I'm going to do in this instance is I selected a sent earlier which I felt was pretty good for holding chords. So if I just substitute a piano and see how the scent sounds it's not bad it's a little bit low I will keep the piano for now but perhaps we can use this for the chorus part. But again I did say that we're building this whole thing up to be sort of the core section if you like and then we'll substitute this. And so for now I can work I think those two kind of work together and as you can probably tell the piano does sound a little bit higher and it's octave even though they're playing the same thing. You can just hear the piano stand a bit. So for the sake of keeping it moving. Now what I'm going to say base wise you can do a lot. OK there's a lot of options and there always will be. The first thing that most people run to is the sub and the sub is awesome because you can just stick to the root notes. You don't have to be crazy good. You know bass runs or anything like that. So a sub is always a safe place to go and if you're ever in doubt about what the root is just find where you played the chord find where the movements are on the lowest part of the. OK it's that's not the rule set in stone but it's kind of the best way I can explain it particularly in a sort of five minute window. So just try and find the chords at the root of each chord so I'll show you what I mean by that or highlight the piano here and I'll keep the bass highlighted as well and I'll just play the piano. And I'll play the bass at the same time. So that is my set of notes for the base for just three nights. And in fact there's a dramatic run up in order. Ok so I'm just going to try. I'm going to lay that down and if I can add anything in addition to it then I perhaps will. All right. But again I don't want to put any pressure on anyone. It's just to get a vibe or I guess I was kind of cool again this from that. Quantized that how that actually sounds just for the drums. So. In fact we are doing very very quickly forgive me and quickly take a sidestep as I'll show you how I would make the subbase work around this. If we were going to go ahead and do this up I guess. So this is just a preset I've got for four base and I'll show you again it would just simply be to hold the routinized in this case. In very very strict. So that would be awesome. OK. Now again the sub the sub works very very well when you when you mix it. Right so just keep that in mind why I sometimes like to do my subs and then you can do this farside chaining you up a compressor and do a side chain however this or some plugin called Kickstarter allows you to kind of create the same sort of vibe so that you can tell what I to do is put a little bit of a side chain effect on it so it gives it that sort of wobble feel. Okay so that's now lastly in the last few minutes that we have let's just add a lead line to this. Now again lead lines are kind of like what vocalists do in terms of adding melodies to your songs. So we're kind of adding a melody in that regard. However we're also considering that there may be a vocalist who wants to add something to this. This is just something that gives them something more to work with. And oftentimes something exists in the chorus and you can replace lead lines here and there throughout your song just to add dynamic and stuff so let's just I'm just going to have a work around with some ideas OK. I'm going to get I'm going to get that to do. OK. And that's my lead. So now just to make that twice as cool I'm going to copy it to the octave above and that's pretty much how you make a beat in five minutes.