There is no expert technical “trickery” involved in becoming a great hip hop beat producer. All you need is talent, and the determination to work hard, and a deep underlying passion for the music. If you have all these three qualities, there is really nothing that can stop you from joining the ranks of Kanye or Dr. Dre as a great hip hop producer.
When you start off on your beat making journey, you might get a little overwhelmed with all the options that you have at your disposal. You can literally do anything with your beats, imparting any flavor or twist you might want to (that’s why it’s a creative and highly rewarding field). Of course, that’s not the way to really go about becoming great at beat making; a far better route would be to pick one style – say East Coast beats – and sticking with it until you learn all the tricks of the trade.
One obvious consideration for any aspiring beat maker is equipment. Too many wanna-be beat producers never let their dream materialize because of some deep belief that you need the best equipment and the most expensive software with the craziest set up to make great beats. This is, of course, untrue. You can start off with a little less than a hundred dollars and make beats that sound more than professional, provided you know what equipment to purchase.
The cheapest, and the easiest option is to purchase a beat making software. This software have been designed specifically to help you make beats and come with a huge library of pre-created beats and loops that you can tweak and modify to impart them your own flavor. Being in 2009 has its advantages; all those veteran beat makers you see on TV didn’t have access to technology like this, otherwise their journey would’ve been a lot smoother. One of the best beat production software out there is Sonic Producer, and is something that you should definitely check out.
The key is to stay focused and dedicated. You might start off with a lot of energy when you want to learn the art of beat making, but fizzle out after a while. Keep practicing, keep making beats with your beat production software, and soon enough, you’ll be an expert too!