Your beats might be sucking. Sucking hard. It could also be a reason why you’re having trouble selling beats, or maybe you don’t have any beat sales at all.
But the good news is that there are ways to fix this, and it might be easier than you think.
Here are 5 ways you can fix your sucky beats.
1. Keep Your Mixes Simple
I’ve mentioned it before, but it still applies to today: keep your mixes simple. You must understand that I listen to beat submissions on a daily basis, as well as full Hip Hop tracks, and I still hear mixes that are just over the top.
Let me say first that there are many beats that are mixed very well. No doubt about it, some beatmakers and producers know their stuff and are doing a great job at mixing.
But some are still struggling.
I know you may not like mixing, but once you get used to it, it’s not that big of a deal.
The first thing you need to do is strip everything out, which means disable all plugins and effects. Reset all the EQ knobs to zero, as well as each track volume level. The biggest issue I hear is the volume levels that are just too high. This is why I always recommend to start each track at zero and lower it as needed. Notice how I said “lower it”, and not “increase it”.
One of the earliest lessons I ever learned was the phrase “always take something out, rather than add something in”. If you really think about it, it makes total sense. Why would you keep adding something to your track? All that is going to do is muddy it up or make the listener’s ears implode.
Take a listen to old songs like from Motown, for example. Everything was simple and nothing was overpowering the beat, which gave the singer plenty of room to work with.
So once you strip everything out of your mix, then you can mix just like that and try to get it sounding as good as you can with just the volume levels. Once that is done, THEN you can start to add in effects and EQ, but only as needed!
2. Use Good Synth Sounds
A common thing I hear is the use of cheesy synth sounds. I know you may not have a great keyboard, or much money to play around with (trust me, I KNOW), but that’s no excuse to not use good sounds.
Each keyboard comes with built-in sounds, or if you have a keyboard controller, you have a plethora of sounds to choose from on your computer. Most programs come with some sort of library, if not, then you could always get it online somehow.
If you look at what Native Instruments has to offer, they have a ton of sounds to choose from. All you have to do is get your hands on the Kontakt Player, then load various sound libraries.
The point is – don’t focus on the stock sounds that come with a program or keyboard. If you’re using a cheap keyboard, don’t even try to use the sounds that come with it.
The better the sounds are, the better your beats are going to be, and that’s a fact. Plus, it will make it so easy to create beats, and it’s fun too.
3. Sample Something
I’m big on sampling. I like to use synths when I can, but my strength is to find samples and destroy them!
Unfortunately, a lot of beats I hear today focus mainly on synths, but I totally understand that.
For one, there’s a legal issue. If you sample something and make an amazing beat, you could sell it to some rapper that wants to use it for his mixtape (which is just a local thing), but what happens if you get the chance to sell it to someone who’s more established? Now you and that artist have to worry about getting sample clearance.
But just because you have that issue doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sample. In fact, sampling can be whatever you want it to be. A great trick is to record yourself playing your keyboard with whatever synth sound, and then sample that (sample yourself), and chop it up, flip it, destroy it!
The benefit is of course you’re not sampling someone else’s work because it’s a composition you just did yourself. So you could give your beats that sample “feel”, yet it’s from your own synth.
4. Try Something New
Making beats is fun. I do it when I’m angry, sad, happy, or just bored. But sometimes I don’t feel like making beats at all because at times it just becomes repetitive. This is why I like to change things up once in a while.
Instead of always starting your beat with the drums, start it instead with the bassline, sample, or synth.
Instead of doing the same 4/4 pattern, do triplets.
Instead of making beats at 85bpm, try 185bpm. I know that sounds off-the-wall, but hey, you’re just experimenting here!
By changing it up, it will give your beats new life, plus it won’t feel so repetitive anymore.
5. Post Them Online and Get Feedback
With myFlashStore, you’re here to sell beats, but what if you’re not sure if the beat is good enough? This is when you could post it online somewhere and ask people for feedback.
This is a bit of a plug for IllMuzik, but you can get feedback in the forum Showcase, or also by sending in your beat so I can review it myself. You can also post it on SoundCloud and get feedback there, since it’s the biggest place for audio enthusiasts to post their music.
Either way, use it as a way to figure out if your beat is good or not. You might be surprised at what people say about your beats. Some may say it just sucks, but you might also get a great comment from just one person, and that can make all the difference.
Your beats probably don’t suck – I made that headline in order to get your attention, and it worked, didn’t it? But it’s possible your beats do need SOME kind of work, and that’s not a bad thing because it’s always good to learn something new and push yourself to improve. Good luck!