Making Beats: Skill Pack from Course Technology and written by Richy Pitch teaches you how to make infectious modern beats from start to finish using popular beat making software such as Native Instruments Battery, Apple Logic Pro, Steinberg Cubase, Propellerhead ReCycle, Audacity, and others. This book explains the detailed process of beat making, what tools make a beat stand out, and how to use digital audio workstations to develop beats and loops that will make listeners nod their heads. You'll learn to edit, play, sequence, quantize, layer, and mix beats with easily accessible plug-ins within Logic, Cubase, and Reason. You'll discover the uses of opensource software such as Audacity, and find out how to utilize royalty-free drum samples and files from the Internet to assist with the beat making process. You'll find clear instructions on how to set up your software so that it works properly with your MIDI hardware. No stone is left unturned. The established beat making author shares his tips, advice, and personal anecdotes for your benefit. And for a completely immersive, hands-on experience, this book includes a companion website that contains song files for each drum plug-in within each digital audio workstation covered.
About the Author: Richy Pitch is a DJ and producer who has been working in the music industry for over two decades. Richy is currently the DJ for Gorillaz Sound System, spending much of 2012 on a world tour. His work for GSS involves production and remix work for the shows. Richy has produced library music for West One Music Group and has had his music synced on both film and TV. He has released a wide range of music commercially, including two unique LPs: Live at Home, recorded in New York in 2001 on the Seven Heads label, and Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch, recorded in Ghana on BBE Records in 2010. Richy is also an original member of Scratch, a world-renowned organization that originally produced some of the best Hip-Hop events in the UK and elsewhere, and which continues to produce fresh, new events promoting groundbreaking music and arts in London and beyond.