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Mike Chav Drumkits: The Drum Arsenal Volume 1

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Wonderful morning to you! My work week is getting started today. I’ve been handling a few other business matters, and I’m excited to get back on the music.

I am also happy to write about the new goodies I am using. I can never have too many drumkits. I’ve come across many over the years, and have even made my own. As I advance to the engineering side of music, I know it’s all about frequencies! When I find the perfect kit which is has every wav sound eq’d, and sitting within the right frequency range, I am pleased.

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I have posted about an engineer I heard about a couple years ago, Mike Chav. Mike has mixed, engineered,produced, tracked, and played guitar on many of my favorite projects. His list of credits is extensive. Here are a few projects he’s been involved in:
Snoop Dogg – “Heartbreaker”
Stat Quo – “Penthouse Condo
Producer w/ Boi-1da, Guitar
Erykah Badu – “New Amerykah Pt 2: Return of the Ankh”
Executive Producer, Engineer, Tracking, Mixing
Erykah Badu – “New Amerykah Pt 1:4th World War”
Executive Producer, Engineer, Tracking, Mixing
Guilty Simpson – “Ode to the Ghetto”
Tracking, Mixing
Dr. Dre – “Dyin Words” off of “Detox” + other untitled tracks
Engineer, Guitar/Bass
Jay Electronica – “Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)”
Producer, Engineer
Pharoahe Monche – “Revenge”, “Cops Comin”, “Evil Eyes”, “Desire”, “So Good”, “Body Baby”, “When The Gun Draws” off of “Desire”
Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Programming
Snoop Dogg – “Beat Up On Your Pads” off of “The Blue Carpet Treatment”
The Game – “Around The World (feat. Jamie Foxx” off of “The Doctors Advocate”
Engineer, Production, Additional Mixing

Wow! That’s past impressive. Recently Mike has branched into tutorials, and (drumroll please) DRUMKITS :). Talk about a break for thousands of producers like me/us. Kits straight from an industry engineer. This is no hand me down, third party, mp3 crap either. The kit’s include high quality, ready to go wav files, hand picked,and mixed by Mike with contributions from other industry producers.

This is the first post of an ongoing category. I am starting with “Drum Arsenal Vol. 1 :Swiss Army Kit”. Site description:
The Drum Arsenal Vol. 1 features 97 high quality wavs of exclusive samples created by Mike Chav, for This collection of sounds has been created with the approach of a producer and the technical skill of an engineer, using the highest quality analog and digital signal processing. Creativity and fidelity is paramount here. We do not follow the trends, we make them!

This package includes:

• Kicks and Booms

• Snares and Claps

• Hats, Shakers and Cymbals

• Toms, Percussion and FX
Start your songs and beats off right, replace drums in existing material – surpass the “industry standard”!!!
Here is a link to the FREE Promotional Kit to get you started:
Mike Chav Welcome Back Promo Kit

Check out my tester to hear a few of the included drum sounds. I have left the percussion levels up so you can hear how crystal clear, and precisely eq’d they are. This is straight from Maschine no extra plug ins. (*piano sample not included in kit and used only for demonstration purposes*):

Tester Beat “Drum Arsenal 1” by MsTrisMusic (maschine)

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Although I made a quick hiphop beat,you can tell this kit could easily be a “go to kit” for various genres including rock,or pop.
“Drum Arsenal Vol. 1 :Swiss Army Kit”
Happy Beat Making To All!`
Pz Til Later..

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How To Raise and Tilt Native Instruments Maschine

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 14 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Great Evening To Ya!Been out and about today handling family and dog biz..back at it with a quick tip…:)

I posted about NI Maschine customization a few weeks ago. I have been meaning to give you my lil option as well. I am always tinkering with things, and I am sort of a build it yourself type of producer. I’ve done my make shift booth, and my work desk shelves. In a blink of an eye, I have raised Maschine efficiently… 🙂

What You will need:
Two Clamps w/rubber tips so maschine won’t slide
1 2x2X5 Wood Block (approximate height)


You can get the clamps through my affiliate link at amazon(which helps support the site):

or your local walmart, or hardware store. The lumber is from Leow’s hardware store, cost about $2.00 USD. I had them cut a long piece into small 5 inch blocks.

With a few adjustments of the distance between clamps, it’s a very sturdy work around until you order your custom maschine plates:
Ni Custom Designs Post

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!

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Chord and Scale Helper

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 13 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

I am really trying hard to get into more advanced composing. I’ve been reading, studying, and watching videos. Today I know a lot more, but still need to look at scales, and notes in my progressions……….WALLA and OOOH is all I have to say about this website…and Ooh once again…

This is a little advanced. You’ll need to know a few names of notes,some chords, and basic theory to use it. There are no pictures to show you notes on piano or instruments. I am sure it will still help you as you are learning theory.

There are several tools for musicians which are so precise!
Scale Finder
Progression Analyser
Chord Identifier
Scale Navigator
Chord Database

Here’s a section of a screen shot:

……and Ooh once again…this is amazing!

Happy Chord Making To All!~
Pz Til Later…

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Copyright Documentary: All About Sampling

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 12 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Great morning to you! I’ve been up since 5 am..seems I can’t get rid of a cricket outside my I know this is funny but, it sounds like the same one that’s been bothering me for a few years. Some believe they are good luck. Consider me the luckiest person on earth ..ha ha ..

I’m using the time to map out some things, and check out a documentary I’ve had booked marked. This has been out for a while actually. I never got a chance to see the entire show. Shout out to Adrain Haynes a member of The Producers Union, for sharing this gem wow!

Happy Beat Making To All!~
Pz Til Later….

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Sonar X1 Producer Edition

Posted by Ms.Tris On September - 8 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Welcome back ! ;-)…

I am wondering how I never heard of this, and it’s been out since I guess some things escape the “google queen” after all. Shout out to Gee Wiz for being the king of net marketing and research!

I always liked Sonar, but for me Reaper was easier to use than older versions. There are a few programs I think I will always use..Fl Studio, Adobe Audition, and Reaper. They all do different things which I love. My problem is pinpointing one program that I will master, on my quest to be a great engineer. This is why I post about so many DAWS. I am still trying to find the “sweet spot”, and get the best possible sound out of my set up. In addition, you all know I need the visuals to be easy enough on the eye, as well as flashy enough to make want to use I’ve got the beat making aspect squared away, now onto a favorite “mixing” program.

Sometimes updates don’t impress me much, but this edition of Cakewalks Sonar has been revamped in such an efficient way. The toolbar is amazing, and there are so many ways to layout the workspace. The sound quality is super! Even on those hard to mix kicks and bass… Hmnn, I am thinking this may be the one I’ll use for a while..gonna give it a test run this and next month…

There are three versions of X1 according to your needs. Check out the official site to find more info:
Cakewalk Sonar X1

Anyone using this as your main DAW? What do you like about it that sets it appart form others?…

Happy Beat Making To All….
Pz Til Later!~

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Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 24 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

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Wow this has come in handy for the site:). I recently signed up for dropbox which allows you to transfer files from pc to pc,pc to internet, and even better ..share files while you are mobile. For “The Definitive Guitar Handbook”post, I took the pictures with my cell phone. I downloaded, and installed the mobile android ‘dropbox app’, and easily uploaded the pics to my pc.

Other ways I have used it was: share an entire drumfolder,send wav files, send photos,and Reaper Sessions. Technology is making it easier and easier for musicians and more…

Some Key Features from theDropbox site:
Your files, anywhere
Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.

2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.

Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.

Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.

Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
Your stuff is safe
Dropbox protects your files without you needing to think about it.

Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work.

Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption.

Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection…

Stop by and check it out, sign never know I may use it to share something soon:

Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! Dropbox Sign Up For Free

Invite your friends and coworkers, receive up to 8gb free when they join…nice 🙂

Happy Beat Making To All!`
Pz Til Later…

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The Definitive Guitar Handbook

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 23 - 20112 COMMENTS

The Definitive Guitar Handbook

Hey Hey! I recently went to Borders for the closeout sale. I purchased a few books, and you know I went on the hunt for music theory stuff. I found an excellent guitar book! This has to be one of the most informative music books I have ever opened on the subject. There are tons of pictures. Plenty progressions, and scales explained. Loads of information about different genres of guitar like jazz, rock,and blues. It even covers changing strings, practice, and recording guitar. Brilliant read honestly…I really could go on for a long time and I’ve only had it two weeks.

Here are few pictures I took..and check out how thick it is 🙂 :

Amazon Book Description

The Definitive Guitar Handbook

Publication Date: March 1, 2009
“The Definitive Guitar Handbook” is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to get to grips with playing the guitar. It is packed with practical advice on how to tackle the basics, such as simple chords and finger-picking, right through to more complex power chords, slurs, bends and slides. There are practical guides to playing all kinds of licks, riffs and rhythms, the range of effects and how to use them, and amplification. For the budding performer, top tips on stagecraft and performing live are included, as well as step-by-step guitar maintenance. There is also a useful section on recording. The guitar gods and classic guitars featured will provide inspiration, and the fantastic reference source includes an invaluable chord dictionary to widen any guitarist’s repertoire.

I paid 9.99 with 25% Off, and it looks like you can purchase even cheaper(while supporting the site 🙂 ) through amazon:

Happy Guitar Playing 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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