Download a free digital audio programfor multi-tracking. You can create professional beats using free and open source software such as Audacity, Traverso DAW, Ardour, tractorand a variety of other programs.
Download free audio loops toinclude in your beats. Audio loops are pre-recorded music and instrument samples, usuallyavailable for commercial use, that you can incorporate into your beats and edit together for complete, original mixes. A variety of websites offer archives of free audio loops, including Loopasonic and Flash Kit.Download loops that fit your style of music. For instance, a techno artist would want plenty of synthesized bassand percussion loops, while a hip-hop artist might want urban-style drum patterns and catchy keyboard sequences.
Open your digital audio program and choose atempo, or speed, for your beat. Your "Tempo“ indicator should appear on your programs main browser or in your "Options" or "Preferences." A typicalslow jam will fall between 90 and 105 beats per minute, while a really fast beat will fall between 140 and 165 bpm.
Begin placing your audio loops into your mix by dragging the files from your hard drive directly onto theproject window of your digital audio program. Place a different loop on each track, and align your loops so that they appear directly on top ofanother. If you do not know what an audio track looks like, just look for the long, stacked horizontal work spaces that span across the project window, often indicated by names like "Track 1" or "Audio Track 3." Think of them as layers, each ofwhich holds a different piece of your beat, such asdrum, bass, keyboards, and effects.
Add your own instruments. If you own keyboards, guitars or other instruments, you can add a personal touch to your beats byplugging the instruments into yourcomputer and recording your own riffs and sequences. If you do not have cables for plugging in your instruments, you can also record using your computermicrophone, but the recording will sound less professional. Torecord, just select a blank track on your mixer and click the "Record" button. Then record your newsequence while your beat plays in real time. Click the "Record" button a second time when you finish recording.
Edit your tracks. Now that you have mixed different parts ofyour beat, you can add effects like reverb, echo and various audio filters.Different programs offer different effects, but your optionsshould appear directly on the mixer and in your menubar, under "Effects," "Tools" or "Options.“ experiment withdifferent effects on each track to get the best mix possible.
Save your beat. If you do not see a "Save" button on your mixer, click"File" on the menu bar and select "Save" from thedrop down menu.