Making beats is what we all do. Some of us do so because we want to make some money from our craft, others do it just for fun. Whatever your reason is, there are times when your beat will just not be good. We’ve all been there and we’ve all made some horrible beats (c’mon, admit it), but we learn from our mistakes. There are many reasons why your beat could be wack, here’s a few.
1. Too Much Bass
Yes, too much. I know that Rap music is heavy on bass and that it’s essential to have a hard-hitting bassline, so everyone can ride around and bump it really loud. However, it’s possible to have too much. I’ve been guilty of this myself, where I would turn up the bass when mixing because I thought that my beat needed some more thickness to it, but the other reason why I did this was because I was using my headphones.
A problem you could face when you’re trying to add bass to your track is that it can easily conflict with your kick drum. This is why it’s important to blend in your bass sounds with the rest of the low end on your beat, so as not to muddy up the track. It’s tricky, but it’s all about mixing.
2. Your Mix Is No Good
I always make my beats on my headphones, but I no longer do any mixes with them. I used to, but then I realized that I shouldn’t be, and it’s all because of when I would add too much bass to my mix. It’s hard to get a nice mix sometimes, but I feel that it mainly comes down to how much you actually have going on in your mix.
Take for example the article that I wrote about being overwhelmed when mixing. Your mix could be off because you’ve got too much happening at once and you need to scale everything back and bring it back to basics. Mixing is supposed to be a simple process, so just use your ears first instead of trying to rely on what you see on your computer screen.
3. You’re Over Thinking
Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to keep things simple. Whenever I make beats, I always approach it in a way where I have a plan. It’s fine if you want to just sit down and make a beat, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, I find that having a plan in mind first gives you the best chance of making a real banger.
It could be that you’re planning on using a certain drum break this time, or you want to do a certain type of bassline. Whatever your plan is, don’t overthink it. Making music shouldn’t be about calculations and methods, you’re trying to make a beat here, not solve math equations!
I’ve always looked at beatmaking as a stress-reliever, so the last thing I want to do is sit there and rack my brain trying to figure out how to do this or do that in my beat. I would rather just plug in my Maschine, hit the pads and make something special without even thinking about it.
These are only three different ways that your beat could possibly be no good. By “no good” I mean that it either sucks, sounds terrible, or just isn’t as good as it should be. You don’t always have to make a hit, but each time you make a beat, you should either keep it at the same level as the beats you’ve already made, or beyond that. Good luck!