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Using Reason As A Sound Mod With Mpc

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 6 - 2009

Happy Friday All 🙂 Woohoo… Today is gonna be warmer than usual as we enter into Spring. It’s days like this that I have to close the blinds so I won’t be tempted to go outside and stay

It’s also days like this where a little youtube motivation helps me get into work mode. While I was at the No Guts No Glory Battle, I was discussing how I’m slowly getting into using the Mpc efficiently. My thing with production that I work on constantly other than mixing, is: it takes me forever to make the HITS… don’t get me wrong, I can make a beat within an hour. It’s the sure fire bangers that take me a lonnnggg time. I use a lot of percussion tracks which gets so time consuming on the Mpc. I also like to turn knobs on vsts and when I use Reasons Malstrom or Subtractor.

My fam and great producer “Phathead” mentioned that I could use my software as a sound module. I told him ” well I’ve got the motif connected…don’t really need to use them”… WRONG!

I logged onto Youtube this morning, not even thinking about the conversation nor possibilities of using my software as a module..and BOOM ..clicking around on my subscribed channels I found a few videos about it. I may have mentioned this before, but I haven’t seen the videos I’ll be posting today.

After trying it out, my mind just opened up to an exciting new way of using the mpc. Well it’s not new, but new to me using it. Now if I can figure out how to have multiple instruments from Reason on different tracks in the Mpc; I can see how this will help.

I know Reason and Fl Studio very well. I love the ability to use Vsts in Fl Studio, as well as Reasons samplers and modules. On the other hand the Mpc kicks are my absolute best! The thing is I am super slow using the Mpc for anything. lol…I think it’s the knob turning, the pc just seems so much faster when tweaking synth sounds and doing major percussion work. Also, adjusting the actual sounds from the motif rack takes a good little while itself.

Whala! Best of both worlds.. I can play the mpc drums, then get all my synths and percs from Reason or Fl Studio..yay. I can also use my hardware synths, all sequenced in one place on the Mpc.

Some of you may think ” Why don’t you just sequence in Protools or Reaper?”. Well then I’d have to use Rewire,and midi tracks. Both require bouncing the midi to audio files. Using software as modules I can record all on the mpc, record into the multitrack and work strictly with audio files. This makes it much easier as a beginner to mixing.

I’m still thinking all this through.. so please enjoy the videos and let me know if you have any suggestions.

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Fl Studio 8 Tutorial:Kick Tweaking 1 Basics (with files)

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 3 - 2009

What’s up all.. it is super cold here on the eastcoast..bundle up well if you have to go out!~

I had a wonderful time at the battle last Thursday. The final round beats went well. I am offering the winner the one he had the victory over, and I sold one of the others..great! The third I’m uploading for a free download..(please read agreement). I didn’t have time to mix them like I wanted. Which would involve ” tracking each instrument out and doing a final mix in Reaper“. I did… a few times actually, but winded up going back to the origional versions. I just wasn’t feeling the mix, maybe I was rushing who knows. The kicks were still knocking hard over the club system. A couple producers came up and asked me “What are you using now?” You all know I use both software and hardware..but the beats I played that night, 1 was straight from Fl Studio rough mix and the other 2 straight from the mpc2500 rough mix. No one knew which one came from what…lol what is your guess??

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.. which leads us to today’s tutorial 🙂

I must make this statement: I normally don’t use stock sounds. In order to make it easy to follow tutorials, I try to use sounds that everyone should have with the program. This way it’s easy for everyone to do hands on work when going through the tutorials using the same sounds…cool

As a pre production method you will want your kicks to knock as hard as possible within your workstation or software. Quality sound samples are the best way to go. I’ve done a few post on knocking kicks, this one will break down my method in Fl Studio using stock sounds. Once you get the hang of it you’ll find it works well on most kicks that need help…

1st Step: Make a basic drum pattern using stock sounds from Fl Studio HipHop pack:


Basic pattern; Kick Snare Hat 90 Bpm No effect on Kick

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Protools and Reason 4.0:New Caleb Jerome

Posted by Ms.Tris On February - 25 - 2009

Hey all..yeah I know I missed you all too!~ 🙂 Please know when I don’t post a couple of days, I am usually working hard on music… Been super busy this week mixing and making a few new tracks for the battle. We will get back to the regular schedule next week..

CalebJeromeCalebjerome on Youtube hit me up with an email about his latest videos. We talked before and he told me he records Reason into protools. I tried to do this with Audition, now I’d like to try with Reaper. I’m checking these out now….



Also a little reminder about Dynamic Producer! They have had the most industry opportunities in Feb. Sorta caught me off guard lol. One of my boys got his tracks forwarded to Fabolous and Jadakiss woo hoo…I’m working on tracks due on the 28th… finally :-). Be sure to check out the site it’s well worth the annual fee!**


Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Sunz Of Man/ Wu Tang Producer “Supreme”

Posted by Ms.Tris On February - 3 - 2009

What’s up all!~ Off to a great start this morning..plenty music to do 🙂 . I found some cool videos from Wu-Tang producer Supreme. There are tons of beat making videos out, but his are super funny, and easy to follow. I’ve already learned a much needed technique of trimming samples on the mpc faster. Now I feel like doing some chopping using the 2500 yaay!

He has several on his youtube channel…some are on the Roland Fantom….stop by when you can and check them out :Supreme7g

You can find his Tutorial Dvd and Movie

Here are a couple to get you started and an interview about the movie Supreme filmed..


Supreme – sunz of man – wu-tang – making a beat – pt. 9

Interview with Supreme by FunkinBeats

A. “Supreme” Wilder Interview (Wu Tang/Sunz Of Man) from FunkinBeatz on Vimeo

Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later…

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Winter Day Guitar Stuff:Tuning

Posted by Ms.Tris On January - 28 - 2009

Hey all, it is cold and frosty here on the eastcoast. I’ve been busy wrapping up a few projects, and starting on a gospel cd with Karen Domino White. I’ve been doing more mixing finally, and yesterday I started designing an 8 page fold out cd insert. Today I’m in planning and practice modes. Sometimes I get this way especially when the weather says stay inside. It’s hard to describe, and some would call it a gift..but I feel like big things are about to happen in my life. When I feel this way…. I usually realize all the opportunities in front of me. I guess this recognition is the fuel, because it gets me motivated.

At the end of last year I mentioned that I was going to get more serious about playing guitar. Well… I did and now the site will quickly include more beginner guitar post. (A lot of times I know I should really take lessons, just thought I’d make that clear for those who can…..please do :-)). Until I find the right teacher and reasonable price, I have to make due with what’s available…

The first thing any guitar player should learn is how to tune a guitar. I mean, you could still learn playing techniques, but who wants to play a melody out of tune? That would be whaack! lol

There are several electronic tuners on the market. I have not used any yet. I could run up the street to Guitar Center….hmnnn….. I’m not going out in the freezing rain….. so I go to the next best thing…VIDEOS on tuning guitars woo hoo! Now on to the goodies…

Lost Your Guitar Tuner? – Here is some free software/websites that can help you out!

From DhDo74 Youtube Channel..looks like he has some off topic videos there as well..wallpapers, pc fixes etc…

Expert Village:How To Tune A Guitar

This is the first one I used when I bought my guitar…straight forward and simple tuning..plays each note 9 times…

Cheezy94’s Tuning Guitar…

Happy Music Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Mixer Bus Send Inserts???

Posted by Ms.Tris On January - 22 - 2009

What’s up to all!~ Well I finally got the energy to do my pc cleaning… I opened up the panels and dusted parts and fans. I am pretty sure I’ll do a repair of windows soon or install a new hard drive…Just thought I’d mention that so you can remember to keep your power supply cool and fans flowing freely..

Yesterday I had a lonnnggg session at Streetlegal Studios. Mark Carey is engineering a project that was recorded partially in my lab. I always learn from watching him mix. He tried to explain how I can use “busses” in Reaper. WHOA…I have avoided this for a while now….I really know nothing about this. Mark opened my eyes on how this can help with cpu issues and save time when mixing.

While I continue to clean the studio, this is a good time to watch some videos about using audio buss inserts… If anyone wants to add to this, hit me through the contact page. I am open for guest post or link exchange…… now let’s get to some tech stuff 🙂

The videos I found are for protools, but I am sure we can get the basic concept of bus/sends.

Expert Village Add Aux Bus In Protools

EditorsKeys Aux Track In Protools

This one is great!~
Mic1One Auxiallary Tracks and Bussing
Mic1one on youtube

Happy Beat Making to All
Pz Til Later

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How To Load VST Plugins Into Reaper

Posted by Ms.Tris On January - 12 - 2009

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Mista Cee asked about adding plugins to Reaper. This may seem like a lot of steps at first. After a few times it will seem very easy.

Using vst and vst intruments in software varies. The main thing to remember is the path where you saved your plugins. I suggest saving all your plugins in the same folder, maybe adding sub-folders for different categories. My plugin folder may have a path like this:
H:\Plugins and VsTi\ Brass\ DSK BRASS
H:\Plugins and VsTi\ Effects\ Free-verb

Next you will have to tell the software where to look. This is usually done under “Options – Preferences”. In the image below I have selected “options then preferences” in Reaper:

Here is where I can set Reaper to look in my plugin folder for different plug ins. I have the option to set each path under “Plugins” to a specific folder:

Now I am ready to use the vsts in Reaper. I insert a new track, then select “FX” to choose the plug- in of my choice:

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