If you want to make beats online you have to have the proper program for it. Here a few things you should look out for that are absolutely essential to creating beats with a program.
The program you use to your make beats online should be simple to use. If you have an idea for a song or a beat in your head, you should be able to at least get a sketch of the song programmed quickly and easily. An intuitive interface is important for this. If you have to click many boxes and hit “ok” buttons for every change you want to make things will go slowly and tediously and you’ll really lose momentum and inspiration. Most beat patterns are programmed in to a timeline where each sound goes into a certain “slot”. Putting beats in those slots should be as easy as clicking a box or pushing a button. It should be just as easy to change those beats once you’ve programmed them.
2. Timing control
You should be able to adjust the timing. Most programs have a grid with the timeline going left to right and the sounds being triggered listed from top to bottom. This should be customizable. Can you make the pattern longer or shorter? Can you easily adjust the tempo speed to faster or slower?
Songs have different parts and you will need the ability to string different patterns to each other in sequence to for a linear structure. This is something you should be able to control through the grid.
4. Lots of sounds
You must also make sure the program has a large bank of sounds if you want to make beats online. Certain styles of songs call for certain sounds and you will need as many different sounds as possible to use. The program should have many different drum sets with multiple types of sounds for each drum. Twenty different snare sounds is a good start. Ten or twenty different bass kicks is also a good start. You will also want a lot of accompaniment. Horns, pianos, guitars, strings, crash hits, and other sound effects are all things you should have in a decent sized sound bank.
5. Versatile Input Control
You should be able to control these sounds easily as well. Just like clicking boxes to put a beat in a certain spot, it should be possible to do the same with instrument sounds. Better yet, there should be a way to “play” out notes in an octave with keys like a piano has. If you have an external USB keyboard controller you can just play what you want to program on it, but if you don’t have a controller you should just be able to “click” the note on the keys just like on a piano. There should also be pads for “hitting”, just like on a physical drum machine. Maybe you’ll want to tap out a drum sequence on the pads with your mouse clicks that is just too tedious to program in to slots. That’s where the pads come in.
6. Volume and Panning
Some sounds should be louder nd some should be softer in slot your patterns. The bass may be distorting or the hi hats may not be too quiet. You’ll want to be able to increase the sounds with a mixer of some sort. The same goes for panning left and right for stereo effect. True separation is what makes stereo sound so interesting and you need to be able to change volume and pan parts for better isolation.
7. Save it!
If you are going to make beats online, you are also going to want to share those beats online. You should be able to export or download your songs and beats into an mp3 or (other audio file) so you can play them with another program. You must be able to save it on your hard drive for later use in case you choose to edit or play it for others on an mp3 player. There should be no loss of sound quality when exporting and downloading either.
The program should also be affordable and available. The whole point of needing to make beats online is to bypass the expensive musical and audio equipment that does the same thing as a good program.