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Quick Update

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 1 - 2009


Hey all! I will be back to posting either this evening or early tomorrow. There will be a tribute to MJ.. I had no idea how I’d be affected by his untimely passing. Between sessions and CNN just wasn’t able to post.. I hope you all are doing well… thanks for reading much love all!

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Reaper Tutorial: Getting Started With Midi

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 25 - 2009

Good Morning All! I always miss you all when I am unable to post. As usual if I am not here, I am busy with sessions and music business. This week and last have been very full which is a good thing.

photo of basic midi connection by Canmore Media

Today all the hardware is on. Honestly I am still trying to get my hardware midi situation to run properly. Right now there are a few delay issues when recording midi using the Mpc.

I figured I’d try a different approach and record midi data into Reaper using the Mpc as the controller.

I know how to use vst instruments which is pretty easy to do in Reaper. Now I need to get my hardware synths to do the same.
I’ll watch this video in a few minutes, on my quest to quickly get the hardware midi going smoothly! Enjoy…

Getting Started With Midi and Reaper

I also found a cool link with pictures for those who need to set up hardware midi connections:

We will get back to regular post starting Wednesday of next week. I’ll stop in periodically to answer comments and post more music finds..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Beastie Boys Dj MixMaster Mike Using Reason 4.0

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 17 - 2009

Good Morning All! Hope your week is going smooth and the beats are flowing! I’m working on some big tracks today. Last night I made some starters with Reason 4.0. I am finally getting used to the new sequencer screen after doing the tutorials here.

photo by jipanese

I’ve noticed a lot of Industry producers are using software more and more. Reason is definitely one of my top choices. The more I learn it, the more I love it.

Let’s take a look at World Famous Dj MixMaster Mike. He discusses Reason in an interview 1st, then we get to see him using Reason 4.0 for a track..
Mix Master Mike – Production with Reason

Happy Beat Making To All!
Pz Til Later

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Finally..Back Up Yaay!

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 14 - 2009

WOW what a tough weekend…the site was down and I still had several events to attend. I tried to update to wordpress 2.8 and everything went whacky lol.. Thanks goodness for back ups!

I forgot to add last weeks post while backing up. We won’t have those but MsTrisMusic is in stride again yaaay!

I’ve been css styling since Friday. I can finally take a break. I’ll probably make a couple beats and watch the game. Right now I am enjoying some videos. You know me…love sharing the good ones!
Rap City Relapse Special

The Relapse Special With Eminem On RapCity

I had no idea you could do this 🙂
Reason Tutorial – Seperating your drum sounds for mixing in NNXT

This is a great video showing Mike Chav’s favorite Eq! There are a few more videos to check out on his site as well. He’s a producer
and engineer. Sharing gems and has mixed an recorded for many in the industry
The Massenburg MDW 3.0 EQ

MDW 3.0 EQ from Mike Chav on Vimeo.

I have tried this technique from Mike Chav and it really WORKS lovely!

How to Mix. Mixing with Mike Chav – Lesson 1 : Kick Drum from Mike Chav on Vimeo.

Very nice huh?..

Thanks again for your patience all! You are so wonderful! We should be back to full post and tutorials by Wednesday..much catching up to do..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Eminem Freestyle…Classic HipHop Moments

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 5 - 2009

Happy Happy “SupeR CHarGed” Friday to all! Time for a brief update;

I am so excited today. I have a meeting later on with
We’ll be getting to work on a few projects. I’ll be doing some web consulting for all, so I get more practice in css styling etc.

I have started on a new drumkit to release this summer. To all my subscribers I will make a special offer, and of course give a few away for free.

Interviews will arrive very soon, and all my music projects are rolling smooth. One of the biggest additions you will see in July is MORE BEAT updates finally :-)..

I will get to all comments this weekend. Also I’ve added for beat reviews. Keep in mind I’m getting used to using 2 email accnts.for the site. DROP a comment here 1st if you want to email tracks . I will try to listen and hit you back as soon as I can…


photo from

I really miss classic hiphop moments like this. You know I am a fan of crunk/ dirty south, but my heart sings for the more lyrical boom bap style…

Check out Eminem,Chunkyfire Freestyle w/Alchemist playin beats (on Tim Westwood show)


Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Reason 4.0 Dirty South Tutorial 2: Part 3

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 3 - 2009

Whats up with the pc and the Reason Tutorials?.. lol remember last time something happened to my pc also..

We stopped yesterday at
Step 6:Add melody

Keeping along with the steps taken in this tutorial I will work on my melody next. ** Chord progressions are free for everyone to use BUT MELODIES ARE NOT** Don’t copy anyones melodies without permission or you risk copyright infringement…

I add the melody using “NNXT-Syn Strings”. After I do an 8 bar melody, I change it for variation 9-16, then a dramatic change for hook 16-24.
I still need to adjust some notes, and mix.. at this point an artist could actually rap to this…

Added melody

and we’ll continue with…
Step 7:Add a Bassline:
Sometimes I will use the chords first note in the lowest octave for the bassline. For example: If I play chords Am G F Em I will add A,G, F, E in the lowest octave on my keyboard simultaneously with the chords.

Today I will play an additional bass line starting at bar 9-16 for the melody. For the hook bassline I copied the ‘hook chord progression” and erased the chords, leaving just the lower octave notes as I mentioned above.
*sorry the volume is low…had tech problems at this time**
Added bass line

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Here is a picture with suggested places to add changes:


Step 8: Add another melody or harmonic expression

Now I can add more creative ideas to the track. I like this part a lot. I usually improvise and play what I feel here. I also call this part” putting the stink on it” :-)…be creative but try not to over do I will use ” Malstrom-Little Johnny Lead

Step 9:Begin to mix and add sound effects
Now that I have my composition almost complete I begin to do a quick mix.

I export each instrument into Reaper. I changed them to mono, added reverb on the strings, flanger on the synth, and eq + compression on the kicks.

After I got a decent mix,I added some cool sound effects to add more excitement to the overall movement.



Keep in mind there is plenty room for more in this composition. I could re arrange the melodies in the verses. I could make each verse have a different drum pattern. I could make variations in each hook… there are many possibilities for you when its time for arrangement.

I arrive at a decent composition with these elements:
1. Double time hihats
2. Drum pattern
3. Chord progressions for verses
4. Chord Progressions for hook
5. Variation on my drum patterns
6. Add a Melody
7. Add a Bassline
8. Add harmony line or another melody
9. Mix, Arrange, and add sound effects.

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Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Switched To Roland Edirol M-16DX

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 3 - 2009

I’m good to go! I will probably be getting a new hard drive soon, so I haven’t done a repair on the windows sndvol32. Thanks Rooky for your advise! I did a little research and repairing windows looked like the best way to fix my problem.

I have a lot of files to back up etc. before doing any windows adjustments. Yesterday I fiddled around to find other solutions until then.


After hours of tech maintenance I remembered my edirol mixer can serve as a soundcard…. YAY to that!

Seems my sound problem may lead me to better sound quality over all. This will take some getting used to. I will have to make adjustments to my monitors and daw settings so I can find the “sweet spot” in my mixes. I also have to configure all my software to work with the mixer.

So far so good and I can wrap up the last tutorial this morn…
I could have finished the tutorial in 2 parts but I ran into that problem. The next part is short, only two final steps….be back in about an hr with those..

Here’s a video of the mixer I am using now… wish me luck, I am excited to get to really working with it..
EDIROL Digital Audio Mixers In Depth

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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