Authoring a song using beatmaker

So I decided to document how I utilize BM to create a new song. I hope that you’ll get something out of it, even if it’s just a laugh: I am not even close to being a professional as I am merely making music to keep me busy during my lunch hour. So if you have suggestions on what I could do different or more efficient, please do not hold back. I will try to narrate everything I did with the current song I am working on. So let’s start:

My first step involves browsing the web for royalty free vocals. Ccmixter.com usually has some good voxpellas. I decided to go with an excellent rap. (http://ccmixter.org/files/kendra/16719)

It is distributed under the creative commons license. So I do not have to pay royalties and can pretty much do with my finished song what I want as long as its not commercial.
The reason I selected this song is mainly my affinity to the gershwin song summertime. So I played a few melodies the way I remembered them on my midi keyboard.

Running this midi through a few presets for the z3ta plugin, I made a few loops. One of then did sound very cheesy and I had to run it through a lowpass filter to make it more real. I don’t think I am done with it yet. Now BM comes into play: taking those loops, I created a bmk and matched the loops with a vocal loop I had also beatmapped. This kit ended up being about 28 MB in filesize. Too much for me to share on my server.

So after weeding out about half the loops, I ended with about 6 good loops I want to use. After having them arranged roughly in BM, I switched to Acid and assembled the loops to have this (http://www.last.fm/music/Carmot/_/pre-Summertime_1) first mixdown.

Next step will be arranging the complete rap and deciding if I need more loops to keep things interesting.

In my songs, I like to fuse different genres. Not sure what this is will end up with. We will see…

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