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Reason 4.0 Dirty South Tutorial 2: Part 2

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 1 - 2009

Hey All hope you are ” Super Charged” today 🙂 **that’s my new theme..Super Charged!**
I am having some technical difficulties with my windows “systemsnd32”..for some reason I cant adjust the volume for my system, so the volume may be very low on tutorial files 🙁 if anyone knows how to fix this please drop me a comment below Thanks…

…..Lets get right back to work..

Yesterday we stopped with a 8 bar loop of a simple dirty south pattern and short chord progression. We are using an Em chord prog:
Em l F l G l Am
EGB FAC GBD ACE:

I forgot to mention that the chords are played using the “THOR-point of no return[run] patch” I turned off the run/sequence in the editor, and used my midi keyboard to play the notes…


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We have a very basic foundation for our composed beat. For the tutorial snippet above, I used G and F chords just to give an example.

Today I will expand the progression using all 4 chords posted. I deleted the example progression, and left my drum pattern as is for now.

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This leaves me with an open 8 bar drum loop to play a more advanced chord progression. *note: I normally play 4-8 at the start of the song. Sometimes I start with drums other times I start with chords. The choice is up to you, there are no set rules.*


Lets review:
73bpm and Time signature 4/4
Step 1: Add 2 bars of hihats: open piano roll and add hats using 1/32 time signature.

Step 2: Add 2 bars of drums (kicks snares)
or
Step 2: Add 2 bars of chords
For Step 2 we play along to the metronome/click track instead of our 1/32 hihats
Copy and paste the 2 bars, 3 times to give me 8 bars


I decided to go with Step1: hihats, Step 2 drum pattern, < copy and paste>
Step 3:Add chords…

My Chord Progression for Verse 1, 1st 8 bars: I just played the progression to get my ideas down. I haven’t fixed any off notes yet… Can you guess which chord I started with?

Add starting chord progression

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Step 4 is another with many options.
a.I could continue to build my verses and hook using chord progressions

b.I could start building up my drum pattern for verse one

c.I could start adding my melody

d.I could start adding a bassline…

Todays Step 4:a. continue building song with chord progression
I copy my drum pattern to extend to 16 bars, leaving room for chord progression with variation.

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I added a second chord progression using the same chords with slight variation. I now have a 16 bar pattern with progressions that can be used for all my verses If I choose:

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Verse1 Chords

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I copy my drum pattern again leaving room for my hook chord progression. I know have 16 bar verse and 8 bar hook. I add new progression with variations for hook. Here is where you can be a little more creative with the chords. You can change the starting chord or make drastic changes to how you play the chords.
Here is what I came up with:

Verse and Hook Chords

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Step 5
More choices:
a. add a melody
b. add a bassline
c. begin adding changes to drum patterns

I’m choosing
Step 5: C. begin adding changes to drum patterns.

There are no set rules to why I chose to start changing drums now. I do find that making adjustments here helps guide my melody.

I want my drums to have breaks and changes at the ends of each section of 8 bars. I will also add some percussion to liven up my drum pattern. Within each 8 bar section I’ll make variations of the kick and snare. I may also add claps starting at bar 9-24. Be creative here, especially with hook drum pattern..drums help drive dirty south beats almost as much as the melody…

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Although this is not mixed, nor quantized, I have a very good foundation of my composed dirty south beat. ( I turned down the chords so you can hear the drum change ideas..sorry if the volume is low due to tech problems)

Drum change ideas

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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

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Well on the sad note..I’m going to stop here today to finish fixing the pc….
I can barely take the sound quality.. Im hoping my soundcard isn’t going up

On the good note..I hope you like the tutorial so far. I am having a good time making this one…send positive thoughts about the soundcard problem !

Happy Beat Makin To All
Pz Til Later…

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Live Help Today 3pm -6pm

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 1 - 2009

Hope your Monday is going good. I’ve been having a problem with my sound driver…”systemsnvol32.exe” if anyone knows how to fix this please leave a comment in the comment section Thanks…
*3;57pm I think I found a fix to sndvol32 herewww.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-585689 ..still working on it **

I am finishing up the Anniversary/ Reason Tutorial post.. I’ll be online for live help now until 6pm Est.

Just type in the box and I will get to you asap..

TYPE QUESTIONS BELOW:

**5pm back online** now lets see if I can get this tutorial up this evening…tech difficulties but Im pressing on…stay tuned** 🙂

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Reason 4.0 Dirty South Tutorial 2: Part 1

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 31 - 2009

Good afternoon all! I hope you enjoyed yesterday as much as I did. I will leave the downloads up until Tuesday. Thanks again for making www.mstrismusic.com a success!

I have family coming over today and we’ll continue with the extra hours of live help tomorrow, closing out the anniversary celebration…

As promised I wanted to make a special “Anniversary Beat” for free download. I thought..perfect timing for our next tutorial! For those new to my tutorials please keep in mind that they are my ‘suggested’ ways of making beats, or ways to get you started. You should always try different techniques until you find some that are right for you…

This tutorial will be pretty extensive so we will work in two or three parts..and even leave you with some homework 😉

We have discussed chord progressions, snare rolls, mixing kicks in Reason, and even arranging verses and bars in a song. We should be ready to roll through easily to a complete composition now.

The most difficult part of Dirty South style hiphop is the “double timing technique”. I guess the easiest way to explain with out confusing you is: I am making a Beat at 73 bpm. All elements of my beat will be placed at 73bpm EXCEPT HI HATS and SNARE ROLLS. This means my chord progressions, kicks, and main snare will be at 73bpm tempo while my hi hats and snares rolls will be 146bpm.

My way of achieving this, is to add hi hats first. I go into the piano roll on my redrum hi hat channel. I select 1/32 for my time signature. This will allow me to double the time placement of my hihats from 1/16 steps to 1/32 steps. I start placing hihats on each line.You will have to zoom in to get your window as pictured below.
1. Add Hihats

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You clearly hear the hihats are going faster than my metronome/ click track:**note** I will the leave click track loud so you can hear it over other sounds**

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From here it gets easier if you remember to place all other elements in time with the metronome/click.

Let’s say you’d like to add drums by playing your midi keyboard. Listen to the metronome/click track and add your kick and snare in time with it instead of hihats:

Kick Snare w/ double time hihats

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When we look at this pattern you can see the hihats are placed in faster time signature increments than kick and snare. The Hihats are placed at 1/32 and the kick and snare at 1/16:

kick-snr-hat-pattrn

OR you can play your chord progression in time with the metronome/click.

For this beat I will be using:

Em l F l G l Am
EGB FAC GBD ACE

which make up an Em chord progression.

You can start with any of the chords to begin your beat. For this example I started with G and F, in time with the click track.

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You now have a foundation to start with. For homework/practice try starting your beat in a small 2 bar section using the above technique, with the following settings.

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Then copy and paste your 2 bars another 3 times..

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This progression and drum pattern is enough to get a great beat started..we’ll continue tomorrow with some major changes and additions…

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Happy Beat making To All..
Pz Til Later..

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Live Help, Downloads,Special Anniversary Post

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 30 - 2009

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This is where I’ll be adding all the goodies today…online from now til 8pm..I’ll keep adding things here** in my best Frankie voice**holla so it wont be a man down situation lol

” Shout Outs”
1st online live 2day…
Adrian all the way from Britain!
My Homey Danja from Bmore!


First Free Download:

Some of my fav drums that have been with me since around 2003.. This is the best free kit I ever received made by Doru Malia THIS IS A RARE CLASSIC KITRIP to Doru Malaia …This man has given many producers great sounds…he unfortunately passed away in 2006 after a long illness..His spirit lives on in many of our productions

DoruMalaia-superdrums8000_demo-samples-version.zip


2:13pm
Cool Studio Tours.. MsTris says “WOW One day ..:-)”

The Beat Factory


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Famous Drummer Sheila E. Koo Koo For KoBe ..lol

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 30 - 2009

*Comedy News Flash* after the Lakers win..famous drummer goes “Koo- Koo Ooh-Ooh- Ooh Hoo over Kobes game!

heee heee..lol
Pz Til Later..

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It’s A Celebration!

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 30 - 2009

Woohoo..good morning, good morning, good morning! I am feeling SuPer ChaRged today.. THANK YOU FOR READING!

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To show my appreciation, I will be ready to roll with the goodies starting at 12pm EST. I’m going to have a celebration breakfast, put on some good MUSIC,cool HipHop gear and have a good time in LIFE here on MsTrisMusic all day long…**through NBA gametime :-)**. I will take breaks to eat etc..but I’ll have my laptop with me.

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I will be uploading some free stuff for you. Some will stay up until tomorrow and some will stay up for a few hours.

Look for some funny videos along with music and tutorials…

I will try and answer Live help questions within a few post or directly..
I will get to you as soon as I can. For new visitors, I have extensive knowledge of : Fl Studio, Reason, Mpc 2500, Alesis Micron, Asr10, Edirol M-16DX, Delta Omni Io Soundcard, Yamaha DD-55,Fender Squier Bullet Strat, Adobe Auditon, Reaper,Sonar 7, and various Vst Instruments. I’ve used a lot of music software and equipment.I can most likely find answers to things not listed, but that may take some time…

Todays post are special anniversary post, so most will be quick and to the point. If time allows I’d like to do a tutorial as well or make a free beat for the artist that support…..

Let’s have fun and celebrate MsTrisMusic.Coms 1st Anniversary! Much love to you all and Happy Music Production, HipHop and LIFE!
Pz Til Later…

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MsTrisMusic.Com Celebrates 1Yr!

Posted by Ms.Tris On May - 29 - 2009

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Good morning to all! Yes I am happy to announce that the site has been going strong for 1 full year May 30th! My initial post was 4-26-08. Some of you remember the old blue site…
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I changed the design and officially moved the site here on Bluehost May 30th so the official celebration will be that date :

I’d like to thank you all for your support, comments, and input. You helped make the site a success!

When I first started posting I wasn’t doing much on the production side. Since then music business has picked up, and is now back to full speed.

I will continue to post things as I learn along the way. I never knew how much this site would add to my musical knowledge. Your questions and comments helped lead me deeper into engineering and music theory. I’ve also gained better knowledge of hardware and software. I am currently able to take my production from humble start to amazing finish; composing,mixing, and recording vocals.

I will be logging in on and off over the next few days for special live help. I’ll also throw in a few surprise giveaways. Be sure to stop in when you can between Friday and Sunday. I’d like to have some fun with the online party, so I’ll post some cool finds, and some off topic stuff. I usually don’t post on weekends, but for the special occasion I will!
It’s been an amazing first year..I love you all for helping! Lets make year two even more exciting!

Happy MUSIC PRODUCTION, HIP HOP and LIFE to All!
Ms. Tris…
Ms.TRuth Is Soul

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