Here’s a question I may have asked you before. If not, here it is:
“What influenced you to make beats?”
This question influences the type of beats you’ll create and what gear you will buy!
If you were introduced to making beats from a composition stand point, and your buddy was using a MIDI Keyboard for composed beats, the gear you buy may be different!
That’s what happened to me at least!
To sum up the story – there’s not just one way to make beats.
The Different Ways you Can Make Beats
Sampling/Hip-Hop/Vinyl – Bringing us back to the beginnings. There is nothing like a sampled beat – they’re catchy, powerful, and what a lot of your favorite hip-hop beats are composed of.
Compositions – These are original pieces of music which you’ve created. They also allow for total ownership of the copyright. This is big regarding freedom of selling your music.
DJ Mixing/Beat Juggling/Scratching/Mashing – DJing is a massive market within audio production. However, I don’t DJ and have little knowledge of it, but thought I’d add it in.
My Personal Story of How I Started Making Beats
Here’s a quick story: When I started up, I learned piano and making original compositions. But I later-on wanted to learn to sample, so I knew I had to get a turntable.
(You don’t just have to sample off vinyl, you also sample your own music!)
I thought to myself.. if I get a decent turntable I can use it for sampling as well as scratching! (To get those hip-hop scratches in my beats!)
It turns out how many years after I’ve bought it, it gets used maybe once a year.
I bought the Numark TTXUSB – It was one of their most expensive turntables at the time.
But do you know what? If I was more patient in the beginning, I could of gotten away with a cheap $100 turntable, like the Numark TTUSB, and still got the results I wanted.
So if you have not yet purchased any equipment, good.
I recommend starting out with a DAW’s demo version for at least a couple weeks before proceeding with a purchase.
Many companies offer products/services which can prey on the new beatmaker. Always sleep on it before you buy it.
Also to mention, if you’re looking at audio interfaces, companies often have bundle deals which come with microphones, headphones, and cables! It’s a great way to save money!
What I’m trying to tell you in this write-up is to be careful about spending money on gear before you know what you want.
If you’re into sampling, you’re going to buy sampling gear!
If you’re into compositions.. you’re going to be buying gear towards that type of music..
Nonetheless, my guide on what gear beatmakers need should help you out.
If you have questions about what type of gear to buy for your type of genre, feel free to comment below!
The worst feeling is buying stuff and then never using it!
Be patient, plan your purchases, work toward your goals.