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A Tip to Make Better Songs for New Members at Beatlab

Jave
Jave

Is everyone better than you? Or realized every song is better than yours in the leaderboard? I can share you my tips of making more beautiful tracks / songs.

  1. Listen to leader board tracks. Sure, the word for that starts with the letter 'I.' Inspiration.

  2. Check at remix (to go at remix, you must click the link of the tracks they posted) to see what they used.

  3. Do not do the default ones! Click add more sounds! OR, you can do any type of genre chosen.

  4. If you know how to do (1 - 3), for snares, high hats, bass drums, claps, crashes, etc. Use LEX, or THOED. It is much better if you use hi hats, either THOED or 606 hi hats. Claps are very better if you use TTTT ones.

Thank you, if you are making a song with my tips, please post.

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Stephanie L. Pyke
Stephanie L. Pyke

pay attention to the BPM of the things you are looking at in the library.avoid using those ones that do not match the beat lab posted speeds. To refresh: 80=slow, 100=normal, 120=fast,140=faster, 160=OMG use this to generate ideas to work to your advantage: slow: DO NOT USE. use OMG and half time it(2 measures treated as 1 measure for the purposes of setting a beat). This is because OMG is 160 and slow is 80. 80 is half of 160, got it? That way you have more squares per measure to play with. normal: Triphop, hip hop, rap, raggae, ragga, funk, go-go Fast: techno, house, march, garage, disco Faster: Dubstep, trance, acid techno, trap, polka, trance OMG, jungle, Oldschool jungle, drumstep, juke, neurofunk Remember those. Those will help you find tracks with beats and melodies that will match up with your idea. If you don't know what those are, google is your friend, and so is youtube. I suggest listening to a lot of it and noting at which second beats change around. That will help you get an understanding for what goes on in a song.

Be aware that you can change the volume of a square with CTRL and ALT + click. USE THESE. Brostep can get in your face, but the reason things have punch when it gets loud is because it was quiet when it started.

Jave is right. Poly arps and bloibbs are the devil. Unless you are making an homage beat for a 1980s video game, stay away! The snare and bass drum can stay if you are staying at a reasonably low volume, but if you are getting bigger, putting a lot of tracks in, you will want something with a lot more substance.

be aware of the key signature of your bass line. you are not going to get a good sound playing with a bass line in F minor if you're tooling around with melodies in g major. If you don't know what a key signature is, wikipedia will show you. many, many bass lines, kicks, and beat tracks will tell you what key they are in. take advantage of that to make your own unique lines.

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Jave
Jave

Thanks, Stephanie for posting more tips and more advice for the thread. :)

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