4 beat making tips you’ll wish you knew earlier

Beat making is a lifelong pursuit.

The truth is, there’s no single tip that will automatically make your drums sound ‘perfect’—at different points in your creative journey, you’ll find yourself focusing on a myriad of different goals and topics, including arrangement, sound design, embellishment, simplification, etc. That said, keeping a handful of key approaches and techniques in mind can go an incredibly long way in accelerating the development of your beat making chops.

In the tutorial above, veteran producer iBEENART sat down with us to share four beat making tips that he wishes he knew earlier in his own career. From adding unexpected textures to the importance of sample selection and knowing when to cut back, these timeless techniques will help you prioritize what’s important for taking your drum programming to the next level.

“If you’re like me, at one point or another you’ve probably either felt like your drums were too stale, or that you were doing way too much,” iBEENART says. “These are a couple of things that help me get better with my own drums—I hope you can take these tips and apply them to spark your creativity too.”

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If you enjoyed the demo productions that iBEENART featured in the video, you can explore his favorite loops and one-shots via this Collection. For similar tutorials for other topics in music creation, also be sure to check out our videos on chord progression tips you’ll wish you knew earlier and mixing tips you’ll wish you knew earlier.

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March 27, 2023

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.