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Chord Progressions: Hip Hop

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 3 - 20084 COMMENTS

What’s up all, been busy this week with a new project. I’m working on some eastcoast beats and I’m using some chord progressions to make a loop for chopping. Take a look at a nice video from Perpetual Productions. I like the way he explains his use of chords, and plays the beat at the beginning and end…enjoy and practice practice..

More music and videos by Perpetual Productions:
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Be sure to let him know if something is useful to ya…
Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later~

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A Look At Sound Frequency

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 1 - 20088 COMMENTS

Frequency is a measure of the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time. You will hear this a lot from pro engineers and producers often. Yesterday I mentioned that the kick drum and bass guitar usually share the same frequency range. I am taking the time to learn about frequency because this is important to the mixing process. Since I know where the range of a kick drum is on a frequency chart, I can adjust the kick without affecting my instruments in higher ranges. The more sounds and vocals sit in proper frequency range the better the quality of the mix.

In Hip Hop a strong percentage of a beat relies on the kick, bass, snare and vocals. When mixing we’ll need to pay attention to the ” frequencies” in order to hear each sound clearly as possible. Here are some very helpful tips and charts which we can all study to learn more about sound frequency.
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Fl Studio: Knockin Kicks

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 30 - 20087 COMMENTS

Yesterday I was mixing a beat in Fl Studio 8, and when I exported the file, I noticed the kicks on the hook were knocking hard. I replayed the beat and I couldn’t figure out what I did to the kicks that made them sound great. I went back to fl Studio and I noticed I had 2 drum patterns going through out the hooks by mistake. This mistake turned out to be a treasure. I tried this again on a new beat and I’m super happy with this technique.

When you load up Fl Studio, add a sampler channel, the default “attack time” setting is slightly delayed. I want my kick attack time to be absolute, and hit as soon as possible. The first thing I do is adjust the attack time on kicks,snares, and all instruments I want to remove the attack delay.

In the image above, you can see the peaks are slightly to the right. I adjust the “ATT” by turning the knob all the left.

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Vintage Imperial:Postive Song For All The Ladies

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 26 - 20081 COMMENT

Vintage ImperialI was officially done posting today,but I had to come back one more again. AJ Rok Woodson hit me with an interesting email:

This email was inspired by what i saw last night on Hip Hop Vs America on BET.
We are quick to talk about and complain about what’s wrong with hip-hop, about the lyrics and images that are being force fed to out youth, to our young sisters.
We are quick to forward every email about R Kelly, Don Imus and anything else that negative, but rarely do we do anything about it. Conversation is good but its only a start.
I am doin promotions for a Atlanta based rap group called Vintage Imperial, they have a new record called GIRLS ROCK TOO!
Now I challenge everyone, especially my sistahs who are tired or the negative portrayal of females in hip-hop.
Listen to this records, if ya feel it, forward to all your people, post this track on your myspace pages, your blogs, your black planet pages, your websites, put in on ya mp3 player, burn to a cd and play in ya cars, play it for ya daughters and ya sons for that matter
Artists like these don’t receive love for commercial radio and entities like BET and MTV. These records don’t get written about in your major newspapers or magazines like Ebony, Jet, and Essence. So rarely do you know they exist. Today is your chance to change that.
So we are goin to by past the commercial radio stations, BET and other entities that
keep feeding our kids the poison, and go straight to the people. Enuf people feel this and talk about this and post this and play this, the radio must step up to the plate.
While this is not ya traditional way or working a record, traditional ways arent working anymore.

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way,

you will command the attention of the world.”

– Dr. George Washington Carver

Now I know this will not single-handedly change the face of hip-hop by itself, but neither does sitting around the water cooler or wherever complaining about it. But until we let the world know these kind of records exist, until we let them know there is real hip hop out there we cant expect people to play or request these songs. So I am on a mission to get the word out by any means necessary and the same way we forward emails with negative news to everyone in our address books, I challenge you to do the same with this email.
help spread the word. Lets stop saying what’s bad and show the world what’s good.
For more information, for drop request for your shows, your interview request
contact AJ Woodson/ Big Mouth Ntertainment at 678-548-9904 or
You want a change, you want to hear something different, show the major corporations that control what you listen to and watch that you want more and
help me spread the word about this track and others like this.

“Girls Rock Too”

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Have A Blessed Day!!!!!
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Battle Emcees: MD. DC. VA. DE and Beyond

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 26 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

In the nature of Hip Hop… C-Love is bringing the storm! Every 4th Thursdays Emcees can battle it out for a chance to win $$500$$ COLD Cash ..Dolla Dolla Bills Yall… Check out the flyer,stop by C-Love’s Myspace, or check out the official NO GUTS NO GLORY website for more info:

The Trailer:Trailer #1: Street Dreamz/ Fingaz Filmz Background Sound: Ms. Tris Beats

C-Love Myspace (No Guts No Glory Host)

NoGutsNoGloryOnline.Com The Official Battle Site

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Throwback Thursday: En Vogue, SWV, and TLC

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 26 - 20082 COMMENTS

Alicia Keys BET performance was super. The crowd went wild when Alicia took us back to the 90’s top girl groups. Some of the younger viewers were probably like ” who are they?”…. These groups paved the way for Destiny’s Child. There was alot of buzz around the performance because both En Vogue and SWV members have had in house problems. TLC suffered the major lost of 3rd member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez.
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Fl Studio 8: Recording With Computer Keyboard

Posted by Ms.Tris On June - 25 - 2008105 COMMENTS

I’m planning on selling my Edirol Md-16 mixer, and I had to disconnect some equipment to do so. My midi controllers are off, and I feel like making some fire…I mean extreme heat to upload here…….
Have no fear Fl Studio is here 😉 …
There is a lot of power in the program, and Fl Studio has a function that allows you to use your typing keyboard as a midi controller.

It’s an easy thing to accomplish if you don’t have an external midi controller or if you are using a laptop. Here are 3 ways to activate this function.

1. Hit ( Ctrl+T) and activate the keyboard

2. Look for the icon of the “Typing Keyboard”, and click the small square to the left to activate the keyboard.

Keyboard Icon

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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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