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How To Make Money For Your Studio

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 7 - 20083 COMMENTS

Good morning all!~ It’s 9:30 am EST, and I’m preparing for an early morning session. We usually start around 10:00 am. Yeah I know.. to early to blast some music, and you are feeling for the neighbors. No need to worry…. this is not an ordinary session. I am renting my studio to a hot producer, as well as teaching him how to use software. I don’t charge much, 1/2 price of the average recording session, and it works great for both of us.

There are tons of ways to make money while pressing on to that multi platinum production deal. Although we’d all like to do music just because we love to, I don’t see anything wrong with making a few dollars along the way. Especially when there is equipment to buy and software to upgrade.
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Fl Studio 8: Adding Mpc Type Swing

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 6 - 200813 COMMENTS

The Akai Mpc series is well known for the” swing” effect on the drum tracks. This technique was made popular by DJ Premier in the early 90’s. Since it’s arrival , adding swing is a must for classic Boom Bap type beats, a staple to East Coast hip hop. Many producers such as Pete Rock, J Dilla, and 9th Wonder continued to keep the swing factor heavy.

The basic theory is based upon a shift in certain elements of the rhythm. Professional drummers may call this a shuffle or stutter pattern. The Mpc has made this easy to do under the timing correct function, allowing the producer to adjust the percentage and amount of swing with a turn of the Data wheel. Fl Studio also has a few preset values to get you started.
For todays tutorial we’ll take a listen to a snippet of 9th Wonder’s production because he uses Fl Studio to achieve the classic swing feel.
Murs and 9th Wonder’s 3:16

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There are many options and ways to do this in software. The concept is to “shift” elements of the drums left or right ( earlier or later) of the current time signature value. How much you shift the drums affects the amount of the swing.

I will start with a 4/4 pattern at 96 tempo. I add a kick, hat, and snare then make a basic hip hop pattern.

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Are You An Organized Producer?

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 5 - 20081 COMMENT

What’s up to all my readers, producers, artist… Last week, I am admitting to the act of being a “cell phone ” shopper. I was running in the dollar store to pick up a sketch pad, (yes finally the graphics shall arrive 🙂 )…. and my cell phone rings. As much as I don’t like folks who hold up lines, or drive slowly because of the cell phone..I was caught by temptation and kept on talking.

I know I’m not talking loud, and I made sure I kept it moving while browsing the aisles. When I arrived in the school supply section, I looked for the pencils first. In the middle of a sentence..(remember I’m still on the phone), I was blown away… A 12 pack of ” Sharpie” permanent markers $1.00 !~ No one could pass up a deal like that. It was my cue that I needed to label some cd’s, and clean up the hard drive soon. I picked up the sharpies, some pencils, and a new sketch pad.
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New Contest For Bloggers: Win a Wii

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 4 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

It’s Monday, hope all is going well for you. In my ever changing, growing schedule, I am leaning towards posting in the afternoon instead of mornings. The scale is finally balanced between beats, blog, and web design… a lot of good things coming this month.

More free offers from Dat Money.Com and Market Leverage. This contest is pretty cool, but this time Jay has added a few twist. He offers you a chance to join affiliate sites and your “Approval” enters you in the contest 5 times. Jay is always thinking outside the box!~

Click the link for full details:

DatMoney.Com/Market Leverage Win a Wii Contest

also check out Jay’s newest site:I Blog to Blog

Gluck and Happy Blogging!~
Pz Til later…

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9th Wonder Interviews:A Fl Studio Power User

Posted by Ms.Tris On August - 2 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

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Happy Saturday to all. Had a super busy week, I don’t usually post on weekends though I’d like to more often. Theres an on going battle about Fl Studio users versus Reason or Hardware. It’s funny to me because if the beat is hot, who cares what you use. In interviews I say ‘ I’ll use pots and pans if I had to..” :-)..
9th Wonder has used Fl Studio for all of his beats, and he’s worked with Jay Z, Beyonce, Bootcamp and many more. If you know your equipment well, there’s no limit to what you can acheive….
9th Wonder on how he got his boom bap sound
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Have you ever gotten a call or email that just takes you down memory lane? A couple days ago that happened to me. My career in music has taken me many places, but I never forgot the beginning. I got an email from KarmaLoopTv.Com about a Baltimore Club Music Founder and Dj, Scottie B. It took me back to some of my roots, as well as the beginning stages of Bmore club music..
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Networking With Twitter

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 30 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

What’s poppin’ this morn?…I’ve officially been blogging almost 4 straight months..yaay.. Remember the aim is to help musicians and artist, or anyone who stops by to be successful in several aspects of music, hip hop, and life. Sometimes I’ll just shoot the breeze, and do some fun stuff. I mentioned earlier that this is my personal blog as well. I am a producer/artist first and blogger/teacher 🙂 second. So of course I am sharing AND networking. So if you have artist, or know anyone that you think I could work with don’t be shy…

When I first published a post I had no idea there was a whole world online dedicated to Blogging. There is so much info about how to promote. Keeping my readers in the know is important, so I decided to explain all the little buttons in my sidebar>>>(over to your right). I won’t do it all in one shot, but I will gradually post the sites I use to network and meet new people in music, and life. If you plan to start a site, join every one of those social networks for bloggers/webmasters… I can’t express how they have helped me as a new blogger.

Today I want to explain “Twitter”. This is a site that connects you to friends, family, and people from all over. It ask a simple question, ” What are you doing?” and you respond within 140 characters like a text message. When I first joined I thought” This is probably a waste of time”, later I saw several of my Blog mentors using it without cease. So of course I checked it out further.
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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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