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Old 14-02-2016, 10:28 PM   #1
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for example song starts with synth or pad, how to introduce beat, fading in sounds cheesy, starting straightforward is even worse

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Old 14-02-2016, 10:40 PM   #2
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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

Have you tried writing some kind of fill to introduce the beat? You can also introduce different percussive parts over several bars. Like maybe start with just hats, then drop in your main elements.

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

I don't think ive ever heard anybody fade in tbh! id say that wasn't cheesy at all more 'experimental' haha (to use that word shitly)

don't worry about it too much would be my advice. sometimes when youre making your own music you can over think things that you wouldn't think twice about if you heard it somewhere else. 'just coming in' is how it goes 99% of the time isn't it? a tiny warning usually helps the transition - use the hats 2 beats before the drums kick in for example

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

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Have you tried writing some kind of fill to introduce the beat? You can also introduce different percussive parts over several bars. Like maybe start with just hats, then drop in your main elements.
yes i tried to fade in and out noise and\or chord and introduce beat at volume peak(of noise) bit it still sounds choppy, About starting with hats, i use drum loop(wav)
and also what about introducing after drop ? piano part is too tight to introduce partially

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[edit] i also have same problems with silencing beat

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Old 15-02-2016, 12:01 AM   #5
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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

So, have you tried writing your own drums? I think you are going to have an issue if you are using a really full drum loop. You might also try listening to some early Jungle music where they were just chopping Funk and Soul breaks on samplers, in those tunes the beat pretty much "just drops in" but much of the music is still very good.

Have you tried open and closing a low pass filter on the drums?

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

well, i use my own tom, and what do you mean by opening and closing low pass filter ? can you elaborate please

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

Like funk said, just adding the beat should work, with a warning beforehand. Listen to your favourite tracks and see how they introduce beats, and you could perhaps follow their model.
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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

shotgun samples, some air horns and a sample of someone shouting "here comes the beeeeeaaaaaattttt!!!!"

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

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shotgun samples, some air horns and a sample of someone shouting "here comes the beeeeeaaaaaattttt!!!!"
I was just going to write "Just trash the listeners ears and start with the biggest John Bonham kick you can find.", but you beat me to it (with a much better line).

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

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for example song starts with synth or pad, how to introduce beat, fading in sounds cheesy, starting straightforward is even worse
Filters can sound nice for example i do like to start a dnb track with just a pad or a piano most of the time and what i like to do to build towards the beat is to low pass filter automation a couple breaks and then bring in the main body of the drums after.
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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

Automate the cutoff frequency of a filter = opening and closing a filter.

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Re: How to introduce beat into song?

You don't have to start with the entire beat from the beginning. There are a million ways not to do that

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