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Becoming Friends With My Mpc2500

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On August - 25 - 2008

Good Morning To all.. Hope you had a nice weekend.
Just a little production update….This week it’s all about the beats. I have one site to design tomorrow, but the main focus is some major hard core Eastcoast Hip Hop.

All over the site I’ve done many tutorials on Fl Studio 8 and Reason. I haven’t quite started the mpc2500 tips because I really don’t use it as often as I should. I am finally in the mood ,and today I am preparing for tapping the pads. I bought a larger memory card, 2 gb, and eventually I will add a hard drive.
I will be doing a lot of sample based beats. The first step I am doing is going through some vinyl finding the hot samples to chop. I can’t tell you how to choose samples, but I will tell you I am going through some Soul and R&B songs produced in the seventies. A week ago I went digging and found some treausures…

All of these albums have been sampled heavily. Sometime I just like to challenge myself and see what I can make anyway. I always believe producers will chop samples differently, and that I will be able to make something different than whats been done. After I find the samples, I’ll chop them and make some Mpc programs. I love this software called ” Blue Box”. You can upload your samples and assign it to Mpc pads, then export it as a Mpc Program. Much easier than twisting on the data wheel and chopping inside the Mpc. A brief description:

BlueBox was developed to facilitate creating and editing programs for the Akai MPC1000. This solution automates some of the tedious tasks involved with creating programs using the MPC itself

Download and Homepage For Blue Box

I am not sure if it works for all Mpcs but it works lovely with the Mpc 1000 and 2500…

So I’m off to do some listening and I’ll be posting some updates on my progress through out the week …

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Propellerhead Reason: Redrum Tutorial

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On August - 15 - 2008

Happy Friday To All… I feel like crate digging today, I’m going to mix an R&b beat, then hit the vinyl spots.

Yesterday’s tutorial was a beginners guide to starting a project in Reason. I found a great follow up which takes a closer look at the Redrum device.

The Redrum device is Propellerheads answer to a hardware drum module. It can be used with Reasons Refill banks and you can load your own wavs or other file types.

The video is from Music Pro Guides, be sure to book mark the channel and leave some comments let them know your thoughts…

There are few more videos on various software like logic, along with more on Reason
Music Pro Guides Youtube Channel

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later..

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Propellerhead Reason: Where To Begin

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 14 - 2008

Happy Thursday to ya…Yesterday I was reminded of the first time I looked at Propellerheads Reason. As soon as I opened it I clicked “X” and went back to Fruityloops fast. Finally someone showed me how to get the thing going. Theres only one way to share that with you, those curious like I was, yet clueless on how to make it work.

The concept of Reason is quite awesome. When you see pictures of Industry Producers studios, you will see racks and racks of equipment which is connected to a huge SSL Mixing panel. The creators of Reason have copied this exact type of set up and placed it into a software program. Using Reason is like using a rack of modules and effects all connected to a mixer as pictured below:

Picture courtesy of TheHawkStudio.Com

Starting with Reason will be like connecting rack mounted hardware equipment. If you have used hardware, you will most likely configure Reason to your liking after a few uses. I will use the easiest automatic connection settings today, but there are hundreds of ways to manually wire the software.
To learn any software always refer to the help file. The help file will explain in depth how to start up. Here is a brief summary of what you will have to manually do for Reason.

Open an Empty Project……
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Producer Intros To The Roland Fantom G

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 13 - 2008

Finally folks have started putting up some videos on the Fantom G series keyboard. It’s new, so for a while all I could find were the NAMM videos, or Roland promos. Just in case theres anyone else who has this on the wish list :-)…
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A Closer Look At Reason 4.0

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 8 - 2008

Happy Friday to ya… Today is busy busy…beats,beats and more beats, then I’m designing a new wordpress site, later on…. off to eat some good Maryland steamed crabs…

Reason 4.0 is next on the must have list. I’m looking into the features and wanted share a few cool videos I found.

1. Reason 4 – Tutorial 1 – Welcome and introduction

This is a decent video that demonstrates general devices and how reason 4.0 works..
created by:reason4tutorial youtube channel . He has several videos there…

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Pete Rock Speaks On Drum Machines

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 29 - 2008

Good morning all. Very soon I’ll be getting into some Mpc 2500 tutorials. I’ve had mine a little over a year, and I’m finally comfortable making beats on it. I started on hardware and went to software. Today I use a mixture of both. Between the two software is definitely faster, but I can’t deny, the beats made on hardware need less tweaking out of the box. You can accomplish the same thing with software that you can with hardware. There is no better or worse really. Always remember when you hear folks debating what’s best, it’s not what you use, it’s how you use it. The one reason, and only reason I wanted the Mpc is for the distinct sound of kick drums. Other than that results are pretty much equal with knowledge of the equipment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Vst Instruments

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 28 - 2008

I’m checking out this site that has a few nice vst instruments for free 🙂 we like free!~ lol

I already use the superwave 8, as soon as I get to the lab I’m gonna grab the others. Enjoy and remember to donate if you like the plugins…

VST Planet

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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