How to Make Beats – Best Beat Making Software

by admin on August 8, 2011

in DJ Tutorials


I have been getting lots of emails and comments lately asking for a post on different kinds of DJ software. So today I will let you in on one of my personal secrets – the beat making software that will teach you how to make beats for your DJ mixes!

The reason I have kept it a secret for so long is that I didn’t want people to know just how easy it is to make really awesome beats for your music when you have the best beat making software. I figured that if everyone knew about this, they wouldn’t be as impressed by my music. But then I decided that I’d rather give out solid tips to my readers than worry about what people think about my own work.

So here you go – one of the best beat making software I know!

For a long time now, I have been using Sonic Producer to make my beats. I had tried a few different programs before, but most of them were not as good as this one, so I stuck with it. If you want to hear an example of what kind of beats I make with Sonic Producer, you could listen to a few samples at their website.

So you can see, the beats sound very professional and high quality. That’s exactly why I stuck with this software after trying a bunch of other ones. But there were 2 other main advantages – lots of features and simplicity. It is so damn easy to make awesome sounding beats with this beat making software that I didn’t want to put it down when I first started using it. I spent hours making one beat after another. In fact, even if you don’t yet know how to make beats, this beat making program will help you learn quickly.

Here’s how it works. You get a screen that looks like this:

How to Make Beats

You can either record from an instrument that you have, like a keyboard, or just use the built-in instruments in the software. That’s what I do, since I find that easier and quicker. So after you choose what kind of instrument you want to get your sounds from, all you have to do is click on the squares where you want that sound to play. Depending on the BPM you choose, you could think of each 4-square segment as 1 second in real time. So if you want to play a drum once per second, you just click every 4th square in a row. But regardless of your BPM, the cool thing is that with the way this is designed, your sounds will always be properly spaced. So even when you change your BPM, everything is preserved.

This can mimic the sound of having a complete drum set.

Here’s what the other parts of the screen are for:

Beat making software

This is what I was talking about when I said there are a lot of features. You have full control of the volumes on every channel, you could export to high-quality MP3 format, change the tempo and do whatever else you want with it.

I don’t mean for this to be an advertisement for this software. In fact, I don’t think this is the absolute best beat making software. But I do think that it’s one of the best for beginners who don’t yet have the experience in how to make beats in Ableton, Fruityloops and other more advanced software packages. I have just been getting requests to reveal some of the software that I use and this is one of them. It’s up to you if you want to use it, but the point is that it has my recommendation. Another DJ software I have been asked to make a post about is Atomix Virtual DJ, so that will be in one of my future posts pretty soon.

If you want to watch some videos of how to make beats with Sonic Producer, check out their website!

– The Mixing DJ

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Mosrite August 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hey MDJ,
While I’m not a professional producer by any means, I’ve read a lot of interviews with fairly popular producers and I’ve actually never heard of Sonic Producer. I like the GUI, but I wonder how powerful it really is…DAWs like Logic, Ableton, Cubase, etc seem like much more powerful alternatives that come with giant libraries of samples and all kinds of synths and pre-sets. I’m curious, do you prefer Sonic Producer to DAWs like Logic and Ableton just for the lack of learning curve and the ease of workflow? or are their other benefits as well? Do you use SP in conjunction with other DAWs as well? What is your beatmaking workflow like?

In my own projects I’m actually pretty partial to creating pre-sets, drumsets, and bouncing tracks all in the same DAW, but I’m always interested in hearing how other people do things.
-Bob

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admin August 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Hi Mosrite, thanks for your comment.

While I think that SP is a good piece of software and find it very useful, it is not the only software I use. I’ve mentioned in other comment replies in previous posts that I do also use Ableton and other DAWs. The major advantage of SP is, like you said, the low learning curve. It took me a long time to get the hang of Ableton but SP was much easier.

templatertl@gmail.com August 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

do you please know what is basic requirement in the computer, so i can use Sonic Producer with no problem?

thanks

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eqa August 22, 2011 at 2:56 am

I’m just starting to learn DJ mixing. A DJ friend of mine has been teaching me to make a couple of mixes. Honestly I don’t know much about the good software to use for mixing but this is the one that he’s using too. I don’t have it myself because I just make mixes when I’m hanging out at his place. But at least it seems like it’s a really good software now I know which one to get if ever I decide to get serious on mixing.

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Meaza Bekele August 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hello The Mix Dj
I use Tractor, Cakewalk and Audacity how do u rate Sonic compared to them.
Anyhow Thanks, I love your Posts
Meaza

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admin September 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hi Meaza,

All of those programs are intended for somewhat different things. Traktor is great for live DJing and Audacity is great for editing tracks. Sonic is a standalone beat maker. It doesn’t have the functionality of Cakewalk or Audacity, but neither do they have the functionality of Sonic.

Sewing Machine Expert September 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Wow! That’s one cool software. I have a friend who’s so interested to learn DJ mixing. He’d be excited to hear about this.

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Electronic Music Production September 17, 2011 at 4:10 am

Hey, if any of you dj’s want to learn more about electronic music production, I’m building a website dedicated tot he subject. It is just getting underway, but I’ve got a lot of tutorials coming. Up now is like a 10,000 word beginner’s production setup guide which covers everything you’d need to get starting producing professional tracks now. I’d throw a link in here, but I don’t want to be spamming you out, but check it out, there is a lot of info there! electronicmusicproduction.org

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Jake September 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I remember when I started out using Fruity Loops back in the day… Things have changed… I cant even compare to the beats nowadays!!!

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James September 30, 2011 at 5:54 am

A DJ friend of mine has been teaching me to make a couple of mixes. Honestly I don’t know much about the good software to use for mixing but this is the one that he’s using too. I don’t have it myself because I just make mixes when I’m hanging out at his place. But at least it seems like it’s a really good software now I know which one to get if ever I decide to get serious on mixing!

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Samo Haryan October 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Listened to the examples at SonicProducer website and now I am sure this software is a great tool to create astonishing beats and let the people enjoy, hav fun on the floor.

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DJ MFN October 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I have always preferred FL studio to any other software. The interface is a bit daunting at first and it does take a while to learn how to use it. But I find that depending on your genre you never really need to learn everything. It is a much more powerful program in terms of samples and effects than all the others, additional effects or samples are always available for free somewhere on the web and there’s always someone making a tutorial to show you how to use another feature they’ve figured. Its expensive but its well worth the money and everytime I try something new I just go back to FL Studio

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Jake November 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

In my opinion DubTurbo is the most user friendly interface you can find for beat making. Not to mention its just a blast to use. I’ve been using Logic lately for some various projects, some including beats some not as much. Ultrabeat (Logic’s in house beat plugin) is pretty well built and gets the job done, but as far as pure beatmapping goes I think Dub Turbo is probably the best.

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Dub Turbo User November 21, 2011 at 2:45 am

do not need hard to make hip hop beats try dub turbo to make music beats and you’ll be hooked

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Audio Mastering Studio December 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

This looks like a great software for someone looking to get into beat making without having to learn much. Others mentioned Cubase, Abelton, Etc. but these softwares are over $500. Sp is only $29.95!

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Suraj December 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

Actually, making beats is not easy to and alot of my folks are finding it difficult. If this sp is as good as claim, u should post the site to download. Plz inbox me @ rajlee2009@gmail.com on any site used to download free softwares relating to create beat

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rnb instrumentals February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I am a Reaper user myself. I tried Reason, Sonar & Cubase. I find that they all do the job, it basically comes down to what work-flow you prefer. I’m seriously looking at Reason 6 now though. I like Reason 4 but their lack of recording was a big issue for me. Now they are really a complete DAW

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CT Party DJ March 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I have always used “Reason”. It has given me some roadblocks lately though. I will try this software you are suggesting for sure.

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Mixtrix Remix August 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

Yeah I took a look at their website and I’m not sure what I think about it. Abelton is better in my opinion, but this one is definitely easier to use, and perhaps more suitable for beginners?

I’ll give reason a try though.

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IndeProducer January 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I recommend Pro Tools or Logic, or Cubase as an alternative. Any DAW that is MIDI compatible will work great if you have really good sounds! I suggest you get various VSTi’s and do everything MIDI. For electronic synths, I prefer Sylenth (best sounds on the market!)

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