For those who want to get into the music business without spending their whole life savings, the ability to create your own beats can be very helpful. Fortunately, making your own beats using your computer and some simple software packages can make the process both easy and affordable.
For the first step, download one of the many beat making software packages available on the Internet. The most popular beat making software available today is a program called Fruity Loops because it is easy to operate, offers a multitude of functions and it has a very easy learning curve.
When searching for beat making software, there are a few things you need to look for. How many different sound effects are available? If the number is less than a thousand, throw it back. Does the software offer panning, the ability to alter the volume and direction of individual sound effects in a track? Can you import or export your files in a variety of formats or are you limited to one or two file types? Does the beat making software allow you to export your beats in mp3 format? This is important because you will eventually want to share your completed beats with the world and mp3 is an industry standard.
Perhaps the most important factor for many new artists interested in beat making is price. Unfortunately, it is often easy to confuse price and value. At the time of this writing, the Fruity Loops program costs $99. Even with a price tag of close to one hundred dollars, the program is still a value when compared to many of the freeware beat making programs available because it offers so many great features and full support.
In summary, making beats with your computer is not extremely difficult. With a moderate amount of skill and the right beat making software, you can become the next DJ to earn your break into the music scene.