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Preparing To Build A Beat Catalog

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 21 - 2008

Hey all, I hope everything is going well, and the beats are bangin’. In the player below are some of my old and not so old beats over on New producers who’d like to get beats heard, head over and sign up. They have free accounts, and VIP. I started with a free account, and eventually upgraded.

The player also represents the place I started my beat grind. I sold my first beat there in 2002. I’ve also been # 1 there several times, and I’ve managed to stay on the charts, although I’ve had fewer updates. I used to pound Soundclick with updates. Many of you know due to other work opportunities, my music grind was slow for a while. Well, it’s back in motion and I need to get my catalog back up. I’ve got new gear, more knowledge, and the time is right. So out with the old and in with the new.

I’ve learned some lessons along the way such as organizing beats by categories, and including Bpms in the name of the files. I have a fairly new external hard drive where I will store all the new heat. Here is an example of how my beat folder looks. This gives you a basic idea of how I organize them by genre. You can also see a few folders for some of my main artist that I work with weekly:

Everything is set up. I have made templates for Fl Studio and Reason start up files. I’ve organized my drums and samples into folders as well. I’ve also made programs for the Mpc2500. Today I am doing a new step which takes me back to my post on finding BPM (correct tempo):
Correct BPM For Hip Hop
I am taking an hour to go through some beats I love from the radio. I will have a four bar chop loaded in a folder called “08 Beat Tempos”. After finding about 15 tempos, I’ll write them down in my notebook. This will give me an idea of what tempos work for each style of beat I am going to make.
These steps are not set in stone, but they help me work efficiently from the start.

Another thing that helps me prepare to add to build my catalog is making a decision on which type of beats I’ll be making. When I make those undeniable “anybody who loves crunk will love this beat” dirty south bangers…it takes me 2-3 hours. When I make a soulful sample beat with my signature takes me 2-3 hours. These beats are also the most important to the artist I work with. In each beat making session I will start with one of my two main genres, then continue with ones I’m faster at like R&b or Experimental. So basically I’ll do one or two “super” beats, and as many of the other styles as I can for that day. This way I’m covering what’s in demand along with other styles artist want. At the same time I’m making my own “MsTris” concoctions or experimental styles.

As I prepare to build up my new collection, I set a deadline. Having a goal to work toward, helps me stay focused. By November 21st I’d like to have at least 30-50 HOT beats. When you lease and sell beats you will need a catalog with plenty choices for all artist. Although I will upload some, and continue to work with artist on a weekly basis, my main relaunch for beats will be around Thanksgiving. Right now is the time for you and I as producers to start working on the New Year. Think about where you’d like your music career to go in 2009, and begin on the path that will get you there!~

Happy Catalog Building
Pz Til Later

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3 Responses to “Preparing To Build A Beat Catalog”

  1. Rookie_Beater says:

    Hey MsTris, weird beats u got their! Crazy crazy…if only i could do so good as u! 🙂
    anyway i have a request. Want to learn how to use horns…could u make a lil tuto for us, please?

    I love ur beat “horns of krunk 08”

    hello from france..(actually i am hanging in ROMANIA_Bucarest)

    ps:thx for ur help last time, on how to use samples!

  2. Rookie_Beater says:

    yo that beat nr. 10 in the player,”each and everyday lyrics”! Wasn’t it used by “Lil Wayne” for a song? I can’t remaind the name of that song!….will check for it!

  3. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey man long time…Yeah it may have’s hard to find R&B samples made in the U.S not touched by the industry That’s why you have to dig for imports, hint **France has some HOT funky music going on over there**.When I flip a sample now days, I always think to myself ” Kanye may have used it , but I’m gonna do it up different”… Let me know if you find the song I’d like to hear it too… I do know that sample has been used though

    Thanks for commenting

    P.S. Check todays post for a great Brass Vst.. 🙂

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