Archives: Beats

In today’s entry, we’ll talk about how to create a “mashup.” If you’ve been one of the big techno, EDM, or hip–hop clubs you’re probably heard a mashup – this is when sections of two songs that were never intended to fit together are synced up and played simultaneously, often to humorous effect. In the example in my video above around 0:38, you can hear the beats and raps of Blacked Eyed Peas’ (I won’t even attempt to properly make a possessive out that… Peaszes?) “My Humps” combined with AC/DC’s classic “Shook Me All Night Long” guitar riffs.

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Off The Beaten Path

By Mark Bliss


Hi everyone! My name is Mark Bliss, and I’m honored to be the guest blogger for this installment of Zeros & Ones!

When I began exploring DAW music production, my primary motivation was to learn how to create drum and backing tracks to jam to. My search for drum tracks that sounded more realistic than drums machines led me to Acoustica Beatcraft, and later to Mixcraft. I learned there were more ways to create drum tracks than I had imagined. While things can quickly become complex, there are fairly simple ways to achieve great sounding drum tracks.

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If you’ve clicked on the “Library” tab in Mixcraft, I’m sure you’ve noticed that even the entry–level Mixcraft Home Studio edition includes over 2000 loops and effects. Used “as-is,” you can easily create anything from basic rhythm sections to entire songs. But many users may not realize that with some crafty cutting, slicing, and tuning tricks, the loop library possesses infinite potential for unique, creative, and sometimes really out there manipulation.

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