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Beat Breakdown: Creating Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” in FL Studio – Part 1 – The Drumbeat

July 22, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will be showing you, with this article, how to produce Dr. Dre’s classic “Still D.R.E” in FL Studio 12. Please note that this section of the article contains instructions on how to produce the drums for “Still D.R.E. read more


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Uploading a Single to Spotify, iTunes, and Other Streaming Platforms

July 6, 2018 - By 

Want to send your original music to Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, and other streaming platforms? 1 USE CD BABY CD Baby now allows you to sync your music to the above streaming outlets, including CD Baby itself. 2 GO TO CDBABY.COM When you see the CD Bab read more


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Your Guide To Using Basic Effects in Fruity Loops

May 8, 2018 - By 

Do you ever hear echos, reverbs, stereo, or chorus effects, say, from a guitar pedal or a vocal track in a song? On FL Studio 12, you can use similar effects. They are plug-ins that affect the way you hear sound in output. You can find these effects/plug-ins listed in t read more


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How To Create A Four-On-The-Floor Beat Using Audacity

April 30, 2018 - By 

There are many ways to compose music on a computer. If you’re familiar with my beat breakdowns, you most likely know by now that I love to use FL Studio 12 to make beats. It’s not the only program recommendable. Audacity is another commonly used software for read more


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Beat Breakdown: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”: Part 2 – The Melody

April 24, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will teach you—with this article—to produce the melody of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” on FL Studio 12. Before you begin composing this melody, make sure you followed my tutorial to the drumbeat of “HUMBLE.” and use th read more


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Beat Breakdown: Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble”: Part 1 – The Drumbeat

April 12, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will teach you, with this article, how to compose the drumbeat of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” on FL Studio 12. (As of 2018, this song is only a year old, meaning its sound is true to the trends in music right now, in read more


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Popular Samples in Rap Music: Songs Sampling “Impeach the President”

April 4, 2018 - By 

In music, sampling is taking part of a song and using it as part of the drumbeat, melody, or an instrument to another song. Sampling first gained a tad bit of popularity with the rise of electronic dance music and disco in the 1970s and ’80s, but at that same time read more


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Common Chord Progressions Found in Rap Music: Part 2

March 29, 2018 - By 

In my last article, I discussed chord progressions in hip-hop music. That article went into depth on the fact that hip-hop isn’t based on chords, since it focuses more on beats and lyrics, occasionally sampling other songs, using loops, or not using a melody at al read more


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Beginner Tutorials for Audacity – Part 1: Installation and Plugins

March 19, 2018 - By 

Audacity is one of the top free DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) available on the market and is one of the few to remain completely open-source.  While some DAWs like FL Studio have a free version, you generally need to pay the full fee in order to get all of the softw read more


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Common Chord Progressions in Hop Hop & How To Use Them

March 6, 2018 - By 

Chord progressions can be found in any genre of music with a melody. Even if the melody is looped or monophonic, or both, you can build a chord, or many chords, around it. With that being said, hip-hop isn’t known for its chord progressions, unlike rock and roll, read more


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Beat Breakdown: Cypress Hill’s Rap Superstar – Part 2: The Melody

February 28, 2018 - By 

In a series of beat breakdowns and music tutorials, I will teach you, with this article, how to reproduce the melody of Cypress Hill’s “Rap Superstar” with FL Studio 12. For this tutorial, I recommend following the directions in my last article before you get star read more


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Which Microphones Are The Best Choice For Your Home Studio Needs?

February 12, 2018 - By 

If you are recording music outside of a professional studio, you’ll need microphones for the sounds of your live instruments: such as vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, drums, and bass. Any mic can record sound, but the recommended mics below are the most read more