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Akai Mpc 3000 :Dirty South

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 24 - 2008

Good morning to all..This is a requested tutorial for the Mpc 3000. NewToProduction wanted to know how to make a dirty south “3 6 Mafia” style beat. I have the 2500 and wasn’t sure about the 3000. I went on the hunt and found a few things that may help out… Anyone with the 3000 feel free to add your tips through comments….

There is no set way to get a double time beat . Some people speed the tempo, some use time signatures, and some producers can tap it out manually then quantize. Here I will use the method of changing the time signature, because this was a specific request. The “Time Signature” specifies how many beats are in a measure. This tutorial is to get you headed in the right direction on the Mpc3000, preparing to make a dirty south beat. I won’t be making the actual beat of course, but sharing suggestions on how I would try it if I had the 3000 in front of me. Some producers double the tempo 1st. I like to work with the time signature due to the click track or “metronome” when I record. The click track stays at a normal BPM which makes it easier to count the beats and stay in the pocket when working with double time dirty south beats.

Akai Mpc3000 Manual: Akai Mpc 3000 Manual

Start with a basic 4 bar loop, set tempo to 75 BPM to chnage the time signature refer to page 91 in the manual.
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Rewire Reason 3.0 to Fl Studio 8

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 20 - 2008

Today I’m gonna dive into rewire. I’m gonna use Fl Studio 8 rewired to Sonar Le. First thing I do is open my help file, and follow the instructions. So far so good. Next I decided I want to use Reason and Fl Studio later on, rewired to Sonar… So I start fiddling with the options…. 1/2 hour into this, and I’m ready to just make the beat…lol
Hmnn Fl Studio 8 and Reason..some might say ” why would you want to do that?” For me Fl Studio gives the kick a grimy underground HipHop sound, and Reason synths have better quality without as much tweaking. That’s it… no more no less… both programs are awesome. Remember I told you I am just getting deep into mixing, so right now I have to do the best mix I can inside the software then export and mix in my editor. I’ve often made beats with Reason wishing I had that grimy kick from Fl Studio… okay so here we are… I ” you tubed ” it 🙂 and found this quick video that shows how to rewire Reason 3.0 to Fl Studio 8, from the picture the producer looks young but his beat is pretty hot too… let’s get to it

Aighty I’m off to make some new heat..time to update the beat section. I’m still working on the pages but coming soon you’ll have all the Ms.Tris Beats in categories… yaay.

**All emcees stop back later I’m gonna do a ” Friday Freebie”…**

Happy Beat making To All
Pz Til Later…..

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Free Reverb Vst

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 13 - 2008

A Happy Friday to you, and I hope all is well. Free on Friday sounds like a winner.

Reverberation or reverb, is the acoustic atmosphere of a sound wave. Imagine standing in the center of an empty pool and yelling at the top of your lungs. The sound would bounce off the walls of the pool causing echoes. This series of echoes are the ingredients that make up reverb. In the natural world, there are many things that effect a sounds acoustics / the degree of sound emitted by a transducer. Hardware and software reverb are used to emulate the different acoustic atmospheres electronically.

One of the aspirations of top sound engineers is to reproduce sound that is as close to natural as possible. In major studios, many things are used to effect the sound wave. I am sure you have used, heard or have seen the acoustic foam covering walls in music studios. This helps control the rooms accoustics and reverb.Take away that foam, and the room is similar to the empty pool. The sound would bounce off the walls causing more echoes. The foam actually reduces this amount of echoes by absorbing the sound wave; it effects the reverb.

With the advance of technology, we are able to closely recreate proper acoustical environments for our sounds waves. A lot of times you will see names like ” Hall, chamber, studio, plate, and even bedroom, or basement” as settings for reverb effects. Now you have a better idea of what those settings mean. If I am adding reverb to some plush orchestra strings, I would start with ‘hall’ or ‘chamber’ because this is the most common acoustic environment strings are recorded in. If I want to add reverb to a vocal, I’d probably start with ‘studio’ because…..yup..most vocals are recorded in a studio environment.

Dive deep into manuals when using effects, and you will be sure you are starting at the right place. You’ll have to keep in mind, escpecialy with reverb, you are recreating the acoustic environment. If you are mixing down your BIG Booooooom 808 kick, which is a synthesized sound., you won’t want to add a “chamber” reverb because you may have a “chamber” of a mess. Unless you are going for something extra,most drums would use a preset of plate, short for ‘drum plate”

Click the link to download FreeVerbToo

Head on over to the official site.. let them know you love it. They have some other interesting vst effects for a reasonable price. I’m heading back now to see if I need anything…

Please remember that the freebies may work perfect for you, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” :-)….. but there are tons of high quality effect units and vsts. So save your dollars, read up, and when you are ready…. you’ve practiced with the free effects, so you’ll have a basic foundation when you purchase your top dollar additions.

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Producers In Action 1:

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 9 - 2008

Sam Addams – Making A Beat Live

Check one of my fav producers doin his thing on the Roland Fantom series… Read the rest of this entry »

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Mpc2500:Midi Notes In Numeric Order

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 4 - 2008

If you are using the Midi function on your Mpc2500, you’ll want the notes to go in chromatic order. This is pretty easy to do. Hit “MODE” then hit “MIDI/SYNC” to open the “Default Assign” screen pictured below

next scroll to the first midi note “37(C#1)”. Using the “DATA WHEEL” turn it left until you reach “35(B 0)”. You have just changed “37 (C#1) to 35(B )”. This is the lowest possible midi note on the Mpc2500. Use the “CURSER” right arrow and move to next midi note it should read “36( C 1)”. Use the “CURSER” right arrow to the next midi note which by default is on “42 (F#1)”, change that to “37 (C#1)”. You can see now that it’s going in numeric order, as well as midi note order equal to notes on a piano. In this lesson our next notes would be “*38 (D 1)” . Here is where your curser movement changes to get to the next level of notes. Your 4 bottom notes go from 35-38. Next hit ” Curser Up” function then “Curser left” to get to the first note on second row “40( E 1)”, following order change that to “*39 (D#1)”, then curser right to next note and change it to “40( E 1)…Continue through each bank “Banks A-D” placing each note to the right in numeric order. Now you’re set to play midi notes in order. This also sets the Mpc up to control your Vst instruments in order. Once you have your midi connections correct, if you are controlling something like the FL Studio Slicer, you can play your samples in order 1-36 , from the mpc. feel free to ask questions or leave comments….

Pz Til Later


Happy Beat Making

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Wavosaur…. Free Audio Editor

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 24 - 2008

Before you get the grill ready for the barbecue…(and a Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you too)..
Let’s do some editing for free. You already know about the Audacity Editor, and now heres a new one. I like trying out software, especially the new ones because companies are always trying to top the last release. Staying current with software,I am finding faster and easier ways to get to the quality I want.

Wavosaur Free Audio Editor w/VST Support

Wavosaur Free Audio Editor

This one looks to be a free answer to Sonys Soundforge. There are a lot of good features, especially the option to add vst effects.Brief Description:

Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.
Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.
The program has no installer and doesn’t write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Head on over toWavosaur.Com and give it a spin. Go to the features page for an overview of the software. Notice the donate button…. If you find you are loving this software, make sure you go back and donate a few dollars.
Pz Til Later and Happy Beat Making To All..

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VST Instruments:Novation Bass Station

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 20 - 2008

Make it funk-ay! Remember “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-lite?…

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That song had a mean bassline,with a riff reminiscent of the James Brown era. Theres just something about that big bottom, the finger picking, and a funky drum rhythm that has made the world dance since 1956. James Brown released “Please Please Please” and although bands at the time used the upright bass often, this was our humble introduction to funk. Take a listen to the snippets and hear the bass babies of an era important to Hip Hop.

James Browns “Please Please Please”

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James Browns “Get Up Offa That Thing”

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The bassline is one of my favorite elements of jazz, blues, classic soul,funk, and Hip Hop. It helps drive a songs rhythmic movement, defining the heartbeat of a melodies musical scale. Back in the day this was achieved by the bassists thump thumping on an upright, and later went to the electric bass, or lower scale of the keyboard. As music progressed, synths were introduced and basslines got deeper and digitized through sound design and effects.

If I could own all the vintage equipment that helped the world be funk-aaay.. I’d have to There are several possibilities for mimicking the basslines of the funk movement. One way: ..hire a great bass player to play riffs and “stink” up your tracks or 2.. VST instruments. My favorite is the Novation Bass Station.

The heavy bottom and endless amount of bass options make this a bass lovers dream. Born from the vintage hardware piece of the same name, with a few twist of the knobs I was able to get funky in under 5 minutes. Check out a little history of the origional hardware:Vintage Novation Bass Station Rack.

Here are the specs from KVR Audio

  • Two Oscillators that have been carefully modeled to preserve the precise tonal character of the classic sawtooth and square waveforms of the original instruments.
  • 12/24 dB Low-pass filter with all the warmth and resonance often lacking in today’s modern digital synthesis methods.
  • Intuitive ADSR envelopes.
  • Low Frequency Oscillation which can directly control the harmonic content of the sound by pulse width modulation or filter cut-off.
  • Oscillator Sync for the most complex and expressive timbres.
  • Enhanced Classic panel for greater tweaking:
    The original front panel has been 3D modelled and additional controls have been added for ease of use. The Filter envelope has its own set of ADSR controls and OSC1 and OSC2 have their own section for pitch modulation and PWM control.
  • All controls receive MIDI controller numbers for the recording and replay of tweaks during a performance.
  • Monophonic!
  • 100 “Stunning” Sounds carefully crafted from the Novation factory.
    The Bass Station Plug-In is shipped with the classic originals along with many more totaling 100 sounds for immediate gratification. The patches cover a huge sonic range from screaming leads to phatt funky basses.
  • Sounds created in original Bass Stations can be uploaded into Plug In or vice-versa.
  • On screen dynamic velocity responsive keyboard. (Mouse position determines velocity).

If you don’t have a vst instrument host there are several free ones online. I found this one today:

from Need a lil guidance making that perfect bassline? Head on over to StudyBass.ComTheres tons of lessons on bass and theory…..aighty so ga head and make it funk-aaay…and remember to put some “stink ” on it :-)..

Update: I added Bass Station to the store…

Pz Til Later and Happy Beat Makin…

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