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Cakewalk Sonar 8 Webinar

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 9 - 2010

What’s Up?.. I had a super, smashing, bangin’ birthday weekend :)… My family threw a party for me and we had a blast..The weather was so beautiful on Sat. perfect for all the fun.
I was rushing a little before, and left my lab a little I’m taking some time to get things organized, so I’m watching educational videos while I tidy.

I’ve been getting into Sonar a bit lately. It’s not as easy to use as Reaper, but you can surely achieve great mixes with it.
Here is a 35 minute webinar that Cakewalk released a couple years ago. I am listening to it as I type, and it is an excellent resource for Sonar users.

Check out more Cakewalk Product videos here:
CakewalkSoftware Youtube Channel
Get The latest version of Sonar:

Happy Beat Making To All!
Pz Til Later!~

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Contest: Win Native Instruments “Traktor Pro”

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 4 - 2010

Wednesday..this week is going by so fast. I’m about to mix some vocals for my evening session. I had to check a few emails which had nice youtube links. After checking the links, I found a cool contest that I know one of us can win :)…

Contest Info ( From Native Instruments On Youtube ):
In this spectacular quick mixing routine, DJ Shiftee juggles 35 tracks in 90 seconds! Use your classic hip hop knowledge to name all 35 tracks featured in their correct order (note that only 10 names are blurred out on the screen, so you can read 25 names from the deck details) for a chance to win a heavyweight TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO setup with the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 DJ controller and additional colored vinyl.

Check out the competition over at, and send your answers to before August 31, 2010.

Please note that we will approve comments manually as posting excerpts of the tracklist is not allowed to make things fair for everyone.

Good Luck To All!
Pz Til Later!~

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Free Drums Sounds, Soundfonts, and Flps: FlStudioMusic.Com

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 3 - 2010

Hey all I haven’t posted links to free stuff in a little minute..

A lot of you asked me to post Flp (Fl Studio project files) when I do tutorials. I use so many vst instruments that I rarely add FLP files. I was thinking they wouldn’t work the same as when I made the beat, if I didn’t include the vsti.

I found a site with a bunch of Flp files, drum sounds, soundfonts, and more:

I just went through a few categories, but looks like the site has plenty downloads that are free..enjoy ..

Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later

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Life:Backstage w/ Sheila E.

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 2 - 2010

Happy Monday All! I have a lot of work to do, and a short work week. I have sessions, headed to Ravens Training Camp, and my birthday is Sat.. woo hoo very exciting times over here….

I hope you all are taking advantage of Twitter and Facebook. Dave Koz, Johnathan Butler, and Sheila E did a show here on Friday. You all know I’m a huge supporter of Sheila E. By her being the 1st woman I know that played drums, she has inspired my career. When I was young she inspired my life as well. I wrote about this in my Elevate Hope Foundation Post.

Well I connected with her on FB and twitter sometime last year. I wasn’t sure if she even knew who I was, because we met me before I started using Ms.Tris Beats. I had planned to go to the show, and really hadn’t thought I’d be able to go backstage.
There is always a higher power working! I logged onto twitter early Friday, and offered to take her to lunch. She gave me an early birthday present….YUP! She invited me and my guests backstage!! Yaaay!

When we arrived security wouldn’t let us do anything before or during intermission.(Booo)… Everyone on the bill gave us more than our moneys worth for sure. It really touched me to see so many people just showing love to the performers.

I really tried to take as many pictures as I could with my little phone 🙁 that was a big FAIL on my part. So many people had cameras in the venue, and I didn’t take mine…

Being as though she was a special guest, I wasn’t expecting to see her perform a lot of her material. To my surprise she did ” “Holly Rock”, and “Love Bizarre” during the 1st set before intermission.

The 1st time I saw Sheila E. perform live was at Blues Alley, a Jazz venue. It was more layed back than the Pier Six Pavillion here in Baltimore. I kept telling my friends I hope she performs “Glamorous Life”. I knew if she did, it would not be the Jazz version she did at Blues Alley….I probably said it 20 times that

Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler were awesome. I was not very familiar with latest material. They did such a great job, I’m gonna purchase their cd’s, and get to know them more. At the end of the show Dave introduced the band. Talk about a funky time, we were all dancing and clapping.

Sheila was not on stage, and I knew what was coming next. People were leaving, and Sheila returned to the stage. The crowd went wild. All of her fans went to the front, including me. I had to apologize to one guy lol, but that was the moment I had been waiting for. I was pumped when I heard the 1st three seconds of “Glamorous Life”…. She tore the house down with her playing!

I did attempt to get footage, my phone cam just would not focus with all the stage lights. I found a video which is pretty close to what we saw:
Sheila E. The Glamorous Life Live
July 29th 2010 posted by Krazemex on youtube

Okay the adrenaline was going… time to head back and talk to Sheila. Security was tight, but I sent the message to her, and they let us in. We waited about ten minutes, and Sheila came to see us. I had my own drumsticks with me for her to sign. She was like” Hey those aren’t my drumsticks..let me go get mine”…straight from the amazing show I got the sticks 🙂

Sheila E has a lot of love in Baltimore. When I walked around with those drumsticks, about 20 people literally begged me, even offered money for at least 1 stick WOW…

My peeps TRIED 🙁 to take a picture of Sheila and I, right before we left…Booo hoo again! When I took the phone, all in a hurry I forgot to SAVE save 1st….My pic didn’t turn out, but hers did:
( sorry she didn’t want me to post her picture, so I just blurred her side lol)

We talked for a long time, then she had to get to the meet n greet with other fans. What a night! Sheila E. is a legendary artist. Sheila has played with just about every musician you have heard of this lifetime!

I consider her a mentor. I’ve followed her career for many years. One of the most cherished moments of the night is her giving me a compliment about my work. 🙂 She told me she checked out the site, and likes the work I’m doing. Talk about fuel to my artistic fire! That really meant a lot to me. I feel so thankful today. Thanks again to “The E”…

Pz Til Later All!
Ms. Tris Beats..

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Suggested Reading:How To Read Music

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 29 - 2010

I am sitting here in awe. I’ve had this book for over a year and finally picked it up again last Sunday. It is written so clear and I honestly learned to read a basic melody in a couple hours.

Looking at music scores has been the same as looking at foreign language for me. I learned a tiny bit of notation when I was in grade school. After a while I just got off the path and into other things. Since I started the site, I have been studying theory much more. I’ve been learning scales, notes, chords, and key signatures. I haven’t learned to read them on a “stave” (the sets of lines where music is written).

I try to explain what I am learning; here, in a way easy to understand. I also share the books and sites I use most. Most of what I’ve shared so far, only uses the alphabetical letters to write or read music. This is cool, but it really relies on memory or having to have references available. Now that I know some music theory basics, it’s time to take it to the next level, (which should have been the first level). It’s time to “read” and understand all the things mentioned above by learning music notation.

If you have the opportunity, remember it’s best to take a few courses on theory. If you are new to music theory, music notation is the way to start. I skipped around notation for many years, and my musical journey has taken me back.

This book cost around 10 bucks, and you can get from the MsTrisMusic Amazon Store:

Thanks to all who have been supporting the site by purchasing from Amazon through MsTrisMusic links

Happy Learning To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Style Flip:Native Instruments Maschine Skin

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 29 - 2010

All I have to say to this is “ooh I want one!!” :)..
Check out this custom overlay video for Native Instruments Maschine..

Styleflip Customized Maschine Skin Review

Want to get a skin for your maschine, mpc, and just about any of the most popular hardware..check out
I went to the site and a did a little test skin:

…hmnn my birthday is next Sat. … let’s see… who can get this for me…lol 🙂

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Akai Mpc:Dipset Producer A.Raab Muzik

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 28 - 2010

What’s poppin’ readers? A slow start but I’m up at at em… got the equipment on, and a nice sample ready to chop…

image from J Dymond$ on myspace

Hundreds of athletes get motivated and pumped up before they make an entrance to the field, arena, or court. You’ve seen them in their huddles, or coming into the ring doing all kinds of little rituals. Have you ever noticed how many of the routines are done to music?

I often do the same thing when I’m starting a beat. Yesterday I sat down to make a track with a dirty south feel, and winded up doing a smooth R&B composition. I had every intention on making some rolling snares and boomy 808 drums. When I started the beat at the end of a long day, I just wasn’t in a “mind state” for a hard core hip hop session.

Although I’m prepared now, this morning I felt like cleaning instead of working. I’m sure many of you go through times when you just don’t feel like it. This is when you have get yourself motivated like the athletes. When I need to get in a certain mood, I listen to songs or watch videos that give certain emotional spark. Since I haven’t been doing many hard hitting sample beats this month, I went straight to a few Mpc videos on youtube.

Dipset producer Araab Muzik (
This was posted by about a year ago. It’s the initial video that got Araab his internet buzz. Today was my first time watching, and he’s definitely an mpc power user…

After watching this I am totally in the mood to do some chopping, and I’m now a fan of Araab :)…
Araab Interview

I know, I know 🙂 …Dude is sick with the mpc right?…..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Introducing Ms.Tris Beats a Hip Hop Producer, Artist,and Blogger from Baltimore, MD. Currently producing for a host of Maryland\'s hottest Mc\'s, and artist from all over the country. Her music is in demand to the who\'s who in Baltimore Hip hop. Please enjoy your visit as Ms.Tris takes through her musical journey of production, hiphop and life....



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