Richy Pitch has taken a fascinating inroad into the music we all know and love by putting together a book teaching people how to make beats. Kmag takes a dip into the pages and chats to Richy about it here.
Hi Richy. How did you come to write this book?
I had a healthy public profile on Linked in http://www.linkedin.com/in/richypitch and based on this Orren Merton (Acquisitions Editor for Cengage Learning) approached me with the idea for the book which we discussed to come up with the final composition. I was given a lot of freedom to structure this myself, based on my previous production experience.
What were the ideas and concepts behind the project?
The idea was to create a book that would not involve buying lots of software or hardware but concentrate on drum making plugins that are already included in many of the commonly used DAW's (DIgital Audio Workstations) such as Logic, Reason and Cubase. We wanted to make it as easier as possible for anyone to try things in this book and use drum sounds that were easy to find/download on the internet.
The main idea is that the reader can work through the whole of the book and find about every facet of beat making, from editing drum sounds, to loading them in your chosen plugin/DAW, to sequencing, quantising and finally mixing beats. This book outlines the whole process of beat making and gives away lots of tips along the way that I've discovered during my many years as a beat maker.
What does Making Beats allow people to do? What do they need to know before using it?
Making beats, (through tutorials which are also available as song files as a download companion) allows people to understand all the processes involved in beat making and to look in depth at all these processes so that they become a better beat maker. For example I spend a whole chapter talking about Quantizing drums, which if you're using a computer is a really useful process in giving your drum beats that unique swing.
The nice thing about the book is that you can be both a beginner and an advanced user, as areas such as quantizing I discuss both the basis process of 'note on' and 'iterative' quantizing and develop this further by discussing the idea of importing classic Akai MPC groove templates or creating your own from audio templates or 'pushing' and 'pulling' each drum sound manually. Every chapter begins with a basic explanation and expands to more advanced concepts, no stone is left unturned.
Why have you focused on the particular elements in the book? Why are these parts important in your view?
All the elements/chapters in the book are important in the process of beatmaking (from Editing drum sounds all the way to Mixing), if you're going to do a book on beatmaking all these areas need to be thought about in order to get the best sounding beats. Editing your beats so they sound clean and ready to trigger, Sequncing them with imaginative arrangements and mixing them so they sound super clean and fat are all vital elements.
The only way you're really going to stand out from the crowd is if you think hard about how you construct your drum beats.
What other areas are you involved in?
Currently I'm DJ'ing for Gorillaz Soundsytem, in 2012 that took me on a world tour and quite a few of the beats for the show I had a hand in remixing or producing.
When I'm not doing that I DJ in London regularly with Scratch, we currently have a monthly @ Notting Hill Arts Club called B-SIde (Every 3rd Friday of the Month)
Can I also add that I'm releasing some music from the beats I made in the book for FREE.
I'm also dojng a Workshop on 'Making Beats' from the Book at the Regent St Apple Store on Tuesday April 16th at 7pm. (Admission Free)
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