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Fried Chicken and Beats??

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 3 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

I woke up this morning determined to make some good ol Fried chicken later for dinner.(all chefs feel free to leave some fried chicken recipes :-)…. Outside of several genres of art, I’m finding I love to cook . I did an interview a few years ago on NPR where I explain beat making to be similar to cooking ..

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….but …I haven’t gotten chicken to a “MsTris put her twist on that” standard. I remember seeing a story on New Orleans famous fried chicken from ” Willie Mae’s Scotch House”. Hmnn… I’m thinking “that’s the kind of chicken I wanna make!” I googled the recipe and came up with nothing. Seems Mrs. Seaton has kept her recipe secret for over 30 years. Her resteraunt was destroyed in the hurricane. People loved her and her fried chicken so much , they helped rebuild the landmark. She’s 89 and has passed the apron to her great grand daughter, but the chicken is still the best from what I’ve read. Check out this clip about her and her famous cooking.
How this relates to music?
She truly has a passion for cooking and sharing her art with people. She’s obviously come up with something unique, even though it’s a popular dish. She put’s in the right mixture and creates her own masterpiece. This reminds me to continue to strive and do the same with music..
So the chicken is marinating, next I’m off to prepare the ingredients and cook up a musical feast. I’ll make sure my kicks are knockin, the snares eq’d, and my instruments are leveled before I make the beat. If I decide to use a sample, I’ll mix and eq that before adding it into the sampler. The sounds that you put into the beat is the recipe..the ingredients. Start with quality sounds for your beat. If you use muffled, muddy sounds, you’ll surely get a distorted beat. Once you get a solid “production recipe”, stick to it as the foundation and evolve your sound around that…. Great sounds in,your great style of “cooking up a beat”, and a great mix , may equal great beats.
I’m at a place in my production where I want to add ingerdients that make my ” ear candy” unique….Like Mrs. Willie Mae..I can’t give all my secrets, but I can get you thinking in new directions to give your music something different. I usually try to come up with new sounds to incorporate into the mix. I mangle some loops, or hum a tune in, or add effects. When you think about it,…..the possibilities are endless. Never be afraid to experiment with your music, just as chef experiments to make a new dish. Aighty I’m off to fire up the equipment..and cook up some new heat for the streets!

Pz Til Later
Happy Beat Making

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Producers Spot Light 2

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 2 - 20081 COMMENT

20 Syl making a mean classic HipHop beat..This guy does it from scratch… I’ve seen this several times. I get motivated from producers like him…

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Monday Morning Goodies…

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On June - 2 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

Hey all, hope everything is going smooth. I went with BlueHost hosting for the blog and it’s been a smooth transition. Eventually I will get a custom theme, I’d like to design it myself so it will take some time. For now I’ve chosen a free one from the net. Here’s what the screen shot looks like:

There are a lot of cool themes and blogging info there. Scroll through and check em out BlogPerfume
I’ve transferred all post, and I’m adding the links today….
For todays production category I’m going to continue with a few Fruityloops Tutorials from the “Tube of You’s”…..

Rewire Reason To Fl Studio 8:
This is pretty cool and quick. I haven’t tried this yet, but it appears to be the way I read in the Fl help file ** hint hint..HELP in any application is your friend**….

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Life1..Be Inspired

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 31 - 20081 COMMENT

Let The “Son” Shine In…

Charles Dickens:
“This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in”
Musicians, artist, mothers, fathers, sisters,brothers, family and friends…please be inspired! If you are feeling discouraged in life, it is time to re direct that negative energy into something positive. This quote is a simple way to do so. The energy it takes to think about what you are lacking or to replay a depressing occurrence can be turned positive with effort. Do something active…go for a walk..clean the back some jumping something to take your thoughts off that dark “blotch” in mind….stay active, stay positive,…stay inspired…

Pz Til Later
Ms.TRuth Is Soul

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Getting New Host Today..

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 30 - 2008ADD COMMENTS

Okay so I’ve finally chosen a great host..the design will definitely change..and the site may or may not be down for a day or two..Im getting started now..**gulp** wish me luck ….;-)

pz til later
Update..Its ….later 🙂 and it went Im off to designing..That part was easy!

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Dirty South Fl Studio 8 Tutorial (Feature Article)

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 29 - 2008121 COMMENTS

I want to have some fun this evening and do a basic Dirty South Style Beat Tutorial. I’m not doing this to go over the top with all the brass and progressions…. I’m doing a basic beat for tutorial purposes. It may help new producers or anyone whos new to Fl Studio….

I am using Fl Studio version 8. I have saved a template for my default start up containing a kick, hat,snare, and clap. I load that up and make a
basic drum pattern.

I am using a 16/4 Grid because its easier for me to do breaks when I work with 8 bar patterns. In Dirty South Beats you’ll notice the Hi Hats are usually twice the tempo of the actual beat. This can easily be achieved in Fl Studio. I started this tutorial at 143 Bpms, which will sound like 71.5 once we spread the kick and snare as pictured above. I right click the hat channel and select “Fill each 2 steps”, place a kick on the 1, 7, and 13, next I add a snare on 9, and 25 active steps/squares. Next I repeat the same pattern again to fill my 16/4 Grid. Now I have the “overused” basic pattern for a Dirty South Beat…..

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I have a foundation for a quick melody line. Here is where I begin to tweak my kick using * NFX’s tip…
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Basic Piano Chords

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 28 - 20086 COMMENTS

48 Basic Piano Chords
Heres a video that goes through some piano chords. It shows the notes on the piano, then shows notes on a score sheet.I watched the whole video 1st. I took out a pen and wrote them down 2nd. Last I pushed pause and played the notes.

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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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