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Tips to Finish Beats

Finishing your beats isn’t easy. Creating the beat, making the catchy melodies, and a little bit of arrangement are always fun.. but what is it that starts to make the finishing of the production so hard?

I feel what makes finishing beats so hard is lack of knowledge. If one is very good at making beats, nice! But that’s just one skill set behind making beats.

Here’s a few skills:

  1. Making the Beat
  2. Arranging the Beat
  3. Adding in SFX and Transitions
  4. The Final Touches — Mixing/Mastering

With obtaining a few of these skill sets, it allows for fun while making beats. If you feel you have to practice any of them, maybe you should! Once you gain some experience in the area, it will only make beatmaking that much easier, and hopefully towards your goal, finishing the beat!

The Beat Doesn’t Have to be FINISHED That Day!

In the video, I tried to get the point across that all beats don’t have to be finished THAT DAY!

I’ll admit, most of my beats are finished at the first sitting, but the mixing and mastering is not. (But usually my arrangement and beat are completed in a single sit down).

Now, actually finishing the beat and putting it out takes a lot of work, effort, and endurance. Especially for something like a FREE BEAT CD!

Something I’ve learnt as I’ve gone along as a beatmaker, is one day at a time. There is always tomorrow to put out the beat. If beatmaking isn’t your primary source of income, you’re either doing it as a hobby for fun, or attempting a second job with producing. This can cause a lot of stress and make life feel like you don’t have enough time to do anything. You’ll get there ๐Ÿ˜‰ — Take your time.

The Coming Back Method,

I just made up the coming back method, but it describes what I explained within the video.

To create the beat, arrange it, add your transitions, and mix/master it is huge work. You’re looking at about 2-4 hours, depending on the beat, and how in depth you want to go with it.

I’ve developed the workflow of, work what I feel I can that day, then head over to another beat mentality. If you have that feeling of you feel the beat has potential, but you’re just bored of it at the moment, this is a perfect time to take a break, and come back the next day with fresh ears.

By doing this, you come to the beat with a fresh attitude, and add, or takeaway, from the beat what you think is necessary for the beat to move to export ;).

I’ve Broken it Down into some Steps,

Again, this is how I do it. I feel this works best for me.

  • Make your Beat First — I feel making the beat all at once, with all instruments playing at the same time, allows me to get a better feeling for my chorus. Plus, when it comes time to arrange, you already got your beat to work with, now it’s just a matter of blending what sounds good.
  • Arrange the Beat — As I just mentioned, since you’ve already made the beat, arranging I won’t say is easy, but now that you already have most of the parts already made, it’s a lot easier to arrange.
  • Mix the Beat — Now some people like to mix while they make the beat, to each their own right? I find doing one thing at a time gets me to where I want to be.
  • Listen to the Beat — Now once you got a basic mix set up, your arrangement etc. Just listen. Is something lacking? Is your intro weak? What about your chorus.. does it have an amazing build up but really lacking that epic climax? Once you listen, you will start to get a feel on where your beat needs improvement.
  • Add Your Fillers — After the listen, this is where I add a lot of my fillers. I will add my SFX to my chorus (if I think it needs it), or maybe spice up my drum loops with another little loop that blends nicely with it.
  • Repeat x3! — After going through this process, sometimes I find myself totally redoing the arrangement, or realize.. “Hey.. this piano is my main lead.. not that synth!”. Again, listen carefully. Is it missing anything?

The FINAL LISTEN,

Finally, I would like to introduce you to the Final Listen. This is where when you feel the beat is done, hit stop, play the song from the beginning, and walk away. Listen to it from beginning to end, and listen for any discrepancies.

Is a vocal or synth too loud/quiet? The kick drum not standing out? Does the track need compression? Is the overall track loud and punchy?

That’s a wrap.

Now that should be it! (Not saying it’s as easy as that).

By following these steps, it should really increase your workflow, and make beatmaking a lot more consistent, smoother, and less stressful.

Let me know if it helps you out by commenting!

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5 Responses on “Helpful Arrangement Tips to Finish Your Beats”

  1. Vincent elname says:

    Here is what I’m doing:
    Get audacity
    Open a track you like
    Setup markers about the arrangement
    Identify verse, chorus,bridge,intro, main themes, subtle changes you can notice.

    Use this as a template and implement I your DAW. You already need main stays. You can extract arrangement and basic feelings you get every several measures.

  2. Sha says:

    Hey i want to learn to arrange my beats i seen you have the manual or video info. I want to check it out. Thanks

    1. GratuiTous says:

      Hey Sha – Did you watch the video above?

      This arrangement tutorial will hopefully help, too.

  3. Tank says:

    I was just wondering what are your tricks to prevent the verses from becoming boring or repetitive?

    1. GratuiTous says:

      Good question Tank! – What many people do is create their loops, and they sound just like you said, boring/repetitive.

      So what can you do?

      Well, FL Studio has that nice “Make Unique” button when you are arranging your track on the Playlist. Every once in awhile, you can change up your drum loop for extra spice.

      I do find myself sometimes adding in a SFX here and there in the middle of a verse, then add in a hi-hat after the SFX plays to build that uplifting engagement towards the Chorus.

      This tutorial I have on Arrangement, may be helpful:
      /song-structure-changing-up-a-songs-arrangement-drastically/

      Does that help at all? – Let me know if you want some more details Tank!

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