Making beats for hip hop or dance music isn't all that complicated—it just takes practice and a few simple techniques. You might need a bit of basic musical knowledge to make something a bit more complex, but at the very basic level beats are all about creating a loop in editing software. Give it a try!
Note: Success in this learning path is really dependent upon taking advantage of the instructions and videos on the Digging Deeper page, so check it out now!
Step 1: Pick a style. Listen to your favorite music an analyze how it's put together.
Step 2: Create a format for your song—whether it's one long loop or broken up into sections, now is the time to decide what you're doing.
Step 3: Find drum and melodic samples of your choice from Creative Commons sites.
Step 4: Loop your sounds in your audio editor!
Step 5: Experiment with panning.
Step 6: Mixdown your tracks.
Step 7: Export your beats and put them up on FreshBrain.
Step 8: (Optional) Share your beats with the world! Put them up on a Creative Commons site or on Myspace Music.
For more information and help, check out the Digging Deeper page.