S2E17 – A Song vs. a Beat vs. a Loop

Music Production Made Simple Podcast by GratuiTous (Riley Weller)

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There is a struggle for new producers, and that is turning a loop into a beat (or a song).

In this episode I share with you what I think the difference is between a song and a beat.

A loop is just the absolute beginning stages of a beat or song, and it is very hard for new producers to get passed the point of a LOOP to a beat or song.

In my opinion, a song is a beat with vocals/lyrics. The vocals immediately complete the song, and make the actual beat creation process a lot easier, because the beat doesn’t have to be so full!

A beat is a lot harder to know when it is done, but a trick I share in this episode is to first build out the arrangement, then when the chorus comes in, truly listen and think… “Does that sound like a full chorus that completes the song?”. If it doesn’t, well then maybe you need to add another instrument on!

Yes, both a song and beat are made up of individual loops, but it is your goal as a music producer to train your ear for what is catchy, and be able to put all those different loops together to make it into a BEAT or a SONG that is catchy, and captivates your listeners.

If you missed the live stream from last night, you can watch it here.

Also, if you want to learn how to create powerful melodies as a music producer, definitely checkout my Piano Lessons for Producers course!

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