Illmind Blap Kit Vol. 4 May 31 2013, 0 Comments
If 3′s a charm, then 4 is good luck. Six months after the release of the highly successful “Blap-Kit Volume 3″ in 2012, and the innovative “808′s & String Breaks” Edition, !llmind is proud to present BLAP-KIT VOLUME 4 to the masses! Featuring some of !llmind’s favorite drum kits, Volume 4 continues to celebrate punch, warmth, and compatibility with each sound. Again, each drum was carefully hand-picked and sonically shaped to make layering easy. Whether it’s grimy hip-hop, commercial trap, or anything that requires true sonic PUNCH, this kit is for you. These are some of !llmind’s RAREST sounds, never before heard or shared, until now. Stand out from the rest of the pack, and get your copy today.
- Over 120 NEW drum sounds (kicks, snares, hi-hats, claps, snaps & tambourines) in 16-bit/44 WAV format.
- 4 EXCLUSIVE drum-break loops played by !llmind and created from actual drums, eq’d and processed.
- All drum sounds were sampled into an Ensoniq ASR-10 AND Akai S-20 at 33khz/12-bit for maximum warmth + punch!NO reverb or delays added make layering easy and more flexible.
- NO compression or saturation/flat “pancake” sounds.
- Carefully mastered just “under-zero”. NO nasty “digital-clipping”.
- All drum sounds were hand-picked, created, and stripped by !llmind himself from his personal drum stash.
- Includes drum kits used on beats !llmind produced for Kanye West during the making of G.O.O.D. Music’s “Cruel Summer” LP.
- BONUS !llmind custom made digital “sweepers”, never before heard.
- Also includes 3 signature !llmind “bass tones” in key “C” – “B”, ready to easily map on your keyboard.
Download Illmind’s Blap Kit Vol. 4 from The Drum Broker here: http://hiphopdrumsamples.com/products/illmind-blap-kit-vol-4-hip-hop-drum-samples
Example Beats featuring these drum samples:
Royalty Free Drum Samples May 12 2013, 0 Comments
The Drum Broker (www.hiphopdrumsamples.com) just released 2 new Original Break / Royalty Free Drum Loop kits:
This is the very first full length release from Tombongo & Drummer Richard Preston and features 87 old school funk and soul drum loops released in multi-track format. These are original, royalty free drum breaks.
The multi-track packs offer separate .wav stems for the bass drum, snare drum and left and right overhead channels for each loop so that you can achieve independent control of the mix levels and greater control of EQ and effects.
Every care was taken to capture an authentic and truly awesome drum sound by using vintage drums and microphones, and recording directly onto 2″ tape at the wonderful Gizzard studios, London.
Recorded Using the following:
- Recorders: Studer A80 2″ 16 Track Tape Machine
- Digitising: RME Fireface 800
- Desk: Alice Stancoil, 1970′s Quadraphonic desk
- Mics: Coles 4038, Calrec 600, Shure 545, Calrec CM 10, 10” speaker
- Drums: 1966 ludwig Superclassic, Ludwig 400/Black Beauty, Vintage Zildjian A’s and K’s
Example Breaks from Tombongo Funk Drums:
Oh Snap! The Drum Broker is bringing you some Dirty Arse Drum Breaks from Drummer Timmy Rickard & Monosole. If you are looking for original (royalty free) drum breaks, then you need to add Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol. 1 to your collection.
- Instant Digital Download
- 163 Drum Breaks in 24 & 16 bit WAV formats
- Organized by BPM folders (85bpm – 120bpm)
- Drum kit mic’d with one Coles 4038 ribbon mic for a vintage sound
- Compatible with all major software DAWs including; Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Propellerheads Reason, etc.
- Compatible with all hardware samplers that accept the WAV file format; Akai MPC samplers, Roland MV8000, Yamaha samplers, etc.
- 60′s Gretsch round badge kit
- various bosphorus cymbals
- various snare drums
- Coles 4038 ribbon mic
- API preamp
- RME converters
- Drum sticks
Example Breaks from Dirty Arse Drum Breaks Vol.1:
New Drum Kit – Beat Butcha Protein Kit (Pure Protein To Beef Up Your Beats) May 09 2013, 0 Comments
Download Link: http://bit.ly/ZMz9Ff
Beat Butcha is back with an all new EXCLUSIVE drum kit for The Drum Broker: The Protein Drum Kit – Pure Protein to Beef Up You Beats
Butcha is known for his work with Danny Brown, Mac Miller, G-Unit, Mobb Deep, Prodigy, Sean Price, Lloyd Banks, Curren$y, & Mr. Probz to name a few. But more importantly Butcha is known for having some of the dopest drums in the industry.
This time, Butcha chopped this exclusive collection of drums straight from the 2-tracks of of his best work and then EQ’d & Compressed the drums to perfection. The end result is Pure Protein to Beef Up You Beats.
- 80 Custom Knockin Kicks
- 90 Custom Snappy Snares
- 78 Custom Hats & Percussion
- 12 Custom FX
- 260+ Custom Drum Samples (Total)
Example Beats featuring these Drum Samples:
Propellerhead Reason 7 Torrent May 04 2013, 0 Comments
It’s that time again folks! Propellerhead has released their latest and greatest version of Reason, Reason 7. If you came here looking for the Reason 7 Torrent go ahead and read the article Confessions Of A Pirate before proceeding.
It’s 2013 and Propellerhead has finally given us all of the features we have asked for. MIDI Out, Graphic EQ/Spectrum Analyzer, a nice Mixing Console, Plug-ins a.la Rack Extensions, etc, etc. So if you are still attempting to justify pirating the latest and greatest version of Reason 7 due to the lack of features, you should probably suck a fat dick. The initial response to the Confessions Of A Pirate article were absolutely ridiculous. It was like listening to a bunch of 8 year old children attempt to justify stealing candy because the candy didn’t contain x,y, & z ingredients that would make it the “best candy ever created”.
As an avid Propellerhead Reason user I’ve been supporting (financially and otherwise) the Reason ecosystem for the last few years and it feels good to get my adult on and legally download and support a company whose products I use daily.
Should you want to do the same… head over to the Official Propellerhead Reason 7 Page
Production Minimalism April 24 2013, 0 Comments
Have you ever glanced around your studio and asked yourself, “Why the fuck do I need all this gear?”. If you answered no, you are either going to absolutely love the idea of injecting a little minimalism into your workspace or totally reject it. Honey badger and I don’t give fuck. There is no denying that we find ourselves (beatmakers, producers, musicians, insert your audio related occupation or hobby here) the
victims product of capitalistic and consumerist clutter. Before you go into Red Scare mode, hear me out. Capitalism has blessed the audio production world with some innovative and arguably necessary products. In my humble opinion too many great products.
The by-product of cheap technology and development coupled with internet marketing is depression. We are bombarded with an endless stream of must have midi controllers, DAW’s, plug-ins, etc. Add the revitalization of the so called vintage gear craze to the equation and you might be feeling a tad bit inadequate in the gear department.
Over the last 10+ years I’ve owned my fair share of expensive hardware and dabbled in the expansive cloud of plug-ins and feature excessive DAW’s. You can easily find yourself down the rabbit hole chasing the latest and greatest or the oldest and sonically “best” equipment money can buy. You will certainly spend a substantial amount of time and possibly find yourself near bankruptcy chasing the perfect tool. In the end, you might go over the precipice and ask yourself “Why the fuck do I need all this gear?”
My latest experiment in producing music has been to inject a little minimalism into my workflow and production workspace. I find myself more productive and the creative process is beginning to be fun again.
I’ve made it no secret that I use Propellerhead’s Reason software to produce my music. I don’t use some strange combination of Reason & Pro Tools or Reason and Ableton Live. I don’t obsess over new features of version x,y, & z of a given product. I’ve learned to work within limitations of my DAW (especially with Reason). I can honestly give a fuck what your DAW or Drum Machine can do that mine can’t. Maybe you should too. I use a single production tool and plan to master it completely. The workflow makes sense and allows creativity to flourish. My plug-in (Rack Extensions) are minimal and essential and accomplish their desired task.
I’ll argue that you can never have enough sounds, so I’m always getting my hands on more drums samples, samples to chop, virtual synths, and so forth. Having a solid sound bank is crucial to creating fresh material, but without inspiration its useless.
I’ve narrowed down my multitude of midi controllers to a single device that integrates near perfectly with the Reason workflow (Nektar Panorama P4). I own a beefed up E-Mu SP-1200 for sound design projects and drums. Again, tools that I use frequently and add value to my creative production and workflow.
Overall I’ve reduced my setup to the bare minimum, the essentials if you will. I’ve reduced physical, mental, and virtual clutter to the point where I can master the few tools that I use most frequently and never have to worry about the latest and greatest and must have’s of the music industry.
Injecting a little minimalism into my life as a beatmaker has done personal wonders. Shit worked for me.
The next time you glance around your studio or bedroom, ask yourself, “Is all this gear necessary?”. The next time you spend hours on internet forums reading “This Machine vs. That Machine” posts, ask yourself, “Is this necessary?”.
In the end, most of our consumption does little to add value to what we do best… be creative and make music.
Khrysis Interview April 01 2013, 0 Comments
Exclusive interview with producer Khrysis brought to you by The Drum Broker (www.hiphopdrumsamples.com)
Propellerhead Reason tutorials and more! Reason To Work launches… March 19 2013, 0 Comments
With the launch of Propellerhead’s Reason 7 on the horizon, now is a good time to brush up on your Reason production skills! Along with every incremental release of Prop’s production software comes a rush of excitement to get back to the beats and start playing with new features! When it comes to Propellerhead Reason tutorials, we are often inundated with EDM/Electronica centric how-to videos dubbed with corny British accents. As a hip hop producer & beatsmith it can be frustrating finding applicable tutorials and techniques centered around hip hop production. Don’t get me wrong, the EDM/Electronica guys have skills and we can apply most of their techniques to hip hop production (or production in general for that matter), however nothing truly beats a well done tutorial geared towards true heads!
Enter “Reason To Work”, a new site geared towards hip hop beatmakers and producers using Propellerhead’s Reason. Reason To Work, is the brainchild of Stompboxx Music’s M.Simp.
M.Simp is launching the producer requested site, www.reasontowork.com on 3.19.13! After 3 years of operation in Stompboxx, we have constantly received inquiries from young, up & coming producers about our technique behind the boards, marketing schemes, business practices, and overall approach to the industry as independents. Reason To Work will serve as an outlet to anyone that wants to journey with us musically. M.Simp will cover production topics in Propellerheads Reason such as compression, gating, drum layering, arrangement and programming. In addition to these topics, the site will also feature exclusive interviews from industry movers that will share their insight on the game. So much is ahead and we look forward to building with you!
Support the Stompboxx by supporting this new venture by M.Simp!
Reason to work features excellent step by step video tutorials (free) on various production techniques including everything from parallel compression to routing Kong to 16-Outs.
Check out this example on routing Kong to 16-Outs:
M-Phazes – The Vault (Drum Library) March 19 2013, 0 Comments
M-Phazes & The Drum Broker just dropped his latest and by far one of the dopest drum kits out there, “The Vault”. In case the kit wasn’t dope enough, you can also get the dirty SP-1200 Version which features the renounwed 12-Bit grit of the E-Mu SP-1200.
Download the kit here: http://bit.ly/Z5xug8
Multi-Award winning producer M-Phazes has dug deep into his production vault and lifted the drums used in some of his best productions to date. Literally exported directly from the original session files, these drums are still layered with M-Phazes’ original effects processing. Mix and match over 100 customized drums taken from any of these 15 songs to create your own bangers:
- Aint Gonna Wait — Ed OG
- Assassins — Pharoahe Monch ft. Jean Grae & Royce Da 5’9″
- Back On The Scene — Slaughterhouse ft. Dres
- Flying Through The City — Bliss N Eso
- Good Morning — Drapht
- The Hit Man — Pharoahe Monch
- I Can — Bliss N Eso ft. Jehst
- Middle Finger — Emilio Rojas
- Priceless — Pegz ft. Dialectrix & Joe New
- Rock & Roll — Illy
- Sex, Drugs & Video Games — David Banner
- Still Standing — Pharoahe Monch ft. Jill Scott
- Thanks For Tuning In — Mantra
- The Raw — Saigon ft. Inspectah Deck & Bekay
- You, Me & Everyone We Know — Jean Grae
Whilst many other drum libraries contain hundreds upon hundreds of drum samples, M-Phazes has opted to avoid throwing a random bunch of drums sounds together in a zip folder and calling it a drum library. Instead he’s giving YOU quality over quantity with a package of professional sounds all normalized and featured on songs from some of the best artists in the world.
Propellerhead Reason 7 March 13 2013, 0 Comments
OMG! Propellerhead Software announced Reason 7 today. Very excited! I’ve been using Reason to do all my music since around 2008 (Version 3) and I’m enthralled at the new line up of features. As if Reason wasn’t already the complete package, Reason 7 is bringing its A-Game with the following new enhancements:
- MIDI Out (Yes its dated, but now I can sync the SP-1200 and other hardware devices to Reason 7 as my controller)
- Auto Slice Audio & Bounce to REX
- Mixing Features Available from the Rack
- Spectrum Analyzer and Graphical EQ/Mixing for the Mixing Console
Peep the Epic promo video:
For juicy details, specs, release date information & more, hit up the Official Propellerhead Reason 7 page
“GOT BLAPS!? 2” Official 808s & String Breaks March 12 2013, 0 Comments
So you think you got BLAPS? Prove it! PRODUCERS, enter my exclusive “GOT BLAPS!? 2” contest by simply doing the following:
1. Purchase the brand new !llmind SPECIAL EDITION Blap Kit: “808s & String Breaks” Sound Kit here.
2. Make a beat using ONE “String Break” riff and (at least) ONE “808” kick drum contained in the kit, along with ANY other drums/samples/sounds of your choice (genre doesn’t matter)
3. Submit ONE beat to email@example.com (MUST be an mp3 email attachment.)
4. Cross your fingers!
The contest will end on SUNDAY MARCH 31st at 11:59 PM, which means any submissions after this time will NOT be eligible.
The WINNER will be chosen (by !llmind himself) and announced by the end of first week of APRIL 2013 via LIVE USTREAM (date/time announced soon)
The WINNER of the second official “GOT BLAPS!?” contest will receive the following:
1. Limited Edition !llmind “ASR-10” USB DRIVE (Contains: BLAP KIT VOL 1 – 3 + unreleased drum kits & sound fonts, !llmind’s ENTIRE catalag of songs produced + released since 2002, and additional surprise material. USB Drive will be mailed out when it’s ready from manufacturing.)
2. FREE 1 hour online video consultation with !llmind (via google chat).
3. ALL future “Blap Kits” and !llmind Sound Banks released in 2013, for FREE (*minimum 1 kit or sound bank).
4. The opportunity to submit up to 10 beats to !llmind, to be constructively critiqued with detailed advice from !llmind himself. (*response provided via direct email from !llmind.)
5. First priority on a slot to perform in a future B.L.A.P. Showcase in NYC in 2013. (*travel expenses not included.)
GOOD LUCK!!! We wanna hear some HEAT!!
Get “808s & String Breaks” HERE
Illmind – 808′s & String Breaks (Exclusive Blap Kit) March 03 2013, 0 Comments
Download 808′s & String Breaks here: http://hiphopdrumsamples.com/products/illmind-808s-string-breaks-special-edition-blap-kit
“For the longest time, I’ve had the idea to develop a complete sound kit consisting of nothing but string sections. Classical music has played a huge part in my life, and throughout the years, I’ve learned to appreciate the various textures that string instruments deliver, regardless of genre, from cellos, to violins, to epic 30 piece string orchestras. “808s & String Breaks” is a culmination of 2 of my favorite textures: heavy TR-808 kick drums, and royalty-free string compositions. I’ve partnered up exclusively with www.hiphopdrumsamples.com to bring to you this unique and exciting special edition BLAP KIT. I hope it inspires you to create amazing musical pieces of your own!” -!llmind
“The new !llmind kit 808s and string breaks is crazy. The 808 are knocking and I love the string loops. Def dope!”
-Cardiak Flatline (Grammy Nominated Multi-Platinum Producer “Diced Pineapples” Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, “Start It Up” Lloyd Banks, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Fabolous & MORE!)
- Over 120 audio files (over 1.6GB worth) of authentic !llmind 808 kick drums & original string riffs, in 16-bit/44 WAV format.
- All string riffs were completely composed by !llmind, including violin solos + groups, cello solos & complete multi-piece string orchestras.
- String Riffs vary, from aggressive 87 BPM minor chord “street sounding” riffs, to 120 BPM Pop compositions & everything in-between!
- All 808 kick drums were sampled from an actual TR-808, into an Ensoniq ASR-10 AND Akai S-20 at 33khz/12-bit for maximum warmth + punch!
- String riffs include BPMs + all layered stems, separated instruments for maximum use, easy looping & creative flow! The possibilities are endless.
- Compatible with most standard DAWs & drum machines that use .WAV formatting.
- NO compression or saturation/flat “pancake” sounds.
- Carefully mastered “under-zero”. NO nasty “digital-clipping”.
- ALL SOUNDS are completely royalty-free!
Mike Chav Drum Arsenal Vol. 6 (Warped Drums) February 24 2013, 0 Comments
The Drum Broker just released Mike Chav’s Drum Arsenal Vol. 6 (Warped Drums). If you aren’t familiar with Mike Chav’s work.. Get Familiar! Dude has some dope drum samples.
Excerpt from The Drum Broker Website:
Taught the art of Drum Science by the late J Dilla, Mike Chav is one of the industry’s top engineers & sound designers. He’s Jay Electronica’s engineer/right hand man and a good friend of the late J Dilla. Chav has mixed and mastered records for everyone under the sun including: J Dilla, Eminem, D12, Snoop, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Redman, Jay Electronica, Bilal, and Dr. Dre to name a few.
The Drum Arsenal Vol. 6 (Warped Drums)
This collection is called ‘Warped Drums’ because I have taken each kick and snare, copied it and ‘warped’ them until I had several variations of the original drum. I warped each sound with varying methods using different effects settings, time compression/expansion etc. Playing different variations of the same sample (at the same or different velocities) is a way to achieve a new kind of pocket that can only be made with a drum machine/sampler and sequencer.
The idea is to mimic the feel a great drummer while using synthetic sounds and a sequencer.
These sounds vary from modern, heavy, dirty, clean, wet, effected etc etc. They are all sonically awesome. With this collection your music will sound pro and mixed before an engineer even touches it –if one touches it at all! This collection has been created with the best of analog, digital and human (ears, brain) equipment.
Selling Beats Via Soundcloud February 15 2013, 0 Comments
I’ve gotten quite a few readers and followers of the Alkota Blog asking me, “Where did you get that customized ‘Buy This Beat’ button on your SoundCloud Player?”.
Its really quite simple! As many of you know, I prefer to handle all of my exclusive arrangements via e-mail, phone conversation, or face to face. However, when it comes to leasing beats this is a cheap and easy solution to lease quickly and effectively. Most importantly, the “Buy” button appears across all platforms when embedding via SoundCloud. What does that mean? It means that the potential for a conversion (sale) is more likely, and potentially exponential assuming other people are sharing your link & embedding your music on multiple websites, blogs, SoundCloud, etc.
Lets take a look at how to easily set this up:
1. First things first… we need a mechanism to distribute (digitally) the beat files (wav, mp3, tracked out files, etc.) and collect money. I use Fetchapp for my digitally delivery and payment collection. You could also use Pulleyapp or a number of other digital delivery services. But for now, lets stick with Fetchapp.
2. Sign up for a Fetchapp account, choose appropriate data plan, upload your beats (or music), price your beats and generate a transaction link. (Fetchapp provides all the documentation on this, so I’ll spare the little details).
3. Next… log into SoundCloud account and upload a beat or create a ‘set’. Edit the track information and click “Show More Options” which will reveal a whole new world of options for your song or beat. In the example below you can see that I renamed the Custom Link Title Field to “Buy This Beat (Price$$$)”. I filled in the Buy Link Field with the link that Fetchapp generated for my upload. Click Save and BAM! You can now sell & digitally deliver your song, beat, etc.
This obviously has some limitations compared with other methods of embedding and selling beats. For instance, you can’t create multiple delivery options or variable pricing for each and every licensing flavor. But why would you want to randomly sell your tracked out files to Joe Schmoe on the Internet? I’m a firm believer in a dialog / negotiation when it comes to prices & exclusive rights. But for plain vanilla leasing efficiency and cross platform distribution… this is an excellent option!
Caio Terra: The Keys to Success in Jiu-Jitsu February 14 2013, 0 Comments
I recently submitted some music to the fine folks over @ BJJ Hacks to be used in their awesome video/documentary line up. As a BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for all you cave dwellers) practitioner myself, it’s pretty awesome to see my interest in music and BJJ Converge. Some Alkota Beats were recently featured in the Caio Terra: The Keys to Success in Jiu-Jitsu interview/mini doc.
Excerpt from BJJ Hacks:
World champion Caio Terra rose through the ranks of jiu-jitsu at an incredible rate, going from white to black belt in only three years.
The outspoken roosterweight champion is known for his incredible technical knowledge and proficiency, and in this interview he gives us some invaluable advice on how to become as successful as he was in BJJ and even life in general.
Custom Akai MPC2000XL Giveaway from The Drum Broker & Big Noise MPC February 13 2013, 0 Comments
a. Customized Akai MPC2000XL from Big Noise MPC featuring:
- 2-Tone Bamboo Skin
- Grey Rubber Deck Embellishment
- MC-2000XL Flash Card Reader (new SATA to ATAPI version).
32MB Internal Memory
- Thick Fat Black Pads, Pad Corx
- Custom Pad Damping System
- Upgraded Knobs & Slider
- Large Rubber Feet
b. 16GB Akai MPC 2000XL Flash Drive Packed with the ENTIRE Drum Library (All Kits & Breaks) from The Drum Broker
1. Enter your e-mail address into the following form:
2. Tweet to Win! Follow us on Twitter by clicking these buttons:
Then copy & tweet the following message:
“Win a custom Akai MPC2000XL packed with Drum Samples from @Drumbroker & @BigNoiseRadio details here: http://bit.ly/Pl6t3t”
3. Purchase any products on the Big Noise MPC & Drum Broker Site(s) from Febuary 15, 2013-May 31, 2013 and automatically be entered to win.
*Winners will be randomly selected via E-Mail Pool, Twitter Handles, & Customer Database on June 1st, 2013. You can increase your chances of winning by completing all 3 methods of entering.
TPB AFK – The Pirate Bay Away From The Keyboard February 10 2013, 0 Comments
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Illmind – 12 Laws For Rappers February 07 2013, 0 Comments
If you haven’t already stumbled upon Illmind’s 12 Laws For Rappers, then I highly suggest that you take a minute to read it. Whether you are a producer, beatmaker, or aspiring rapper in the making…. there is something for everyone.
I wanted to elaborate on point #8 which Illmind outlines in the following excerpt:
8. Never Say “Let’s Collab”
The word “collab” is short for “collaboration”. Most hip-hop producers understand a “collab” as nothing more than you asking them for a free beat (or more). This is not a good starting point. A producer must feel like the partnership will become lucrative (either immediately, or in the future).
As a paid producer ala beatmaker & entrepreneur I couldn’t agree more. The word “collabo” is an instant turn off to me. I make it no secret that I don’t work for free (in the proverbial internet music sense). Illmind hit the nail on the head with the partnership idea. Approaching a producer with a solid plan that is mutually beneficial to both the artist and producer is wise alternative to asking for a “collabo”. Here is one possibility that I am always personally open to…
Artist approaches me for beat x which is going to feature a well known artist, lets call this artist Kool G Rap. Having always wanted to work with Kool G Rap and hear Kool G over an Alkota Beat, I’d gladly pitch a beat that would feature such a monster on the mic. Further, the Artist has plans to shoot a music video for the song featuring Kool G. This is a mutually beneficial situation. While I wouldn’t be gaining anything monetarily from this partnership/”collabo”, I could add Mr. Kool G to my resume and having a music video on YouTube featuring an artist of Mr. G’s caliber would certainly draw in some fans, potential clients, and respect. Above all, I would get the satisfaction of hearing Kool G spit over my beat.
Of course this is a hypothetical scenario, so don’t expect to see Kool G + Alkota Music video next month, but I’ve done several deals similar to this in the past few years even partaking in the financing of certain ventures. The bottom line is, its competitive for us as beatmakers/producers, however I don’t think working for FREE is a smart move unless you redefine FREE. Handing out beats for free will get you on the radar of a few people if you are smart about it and work with the right people, but get involved as much as possible. Ask to be present for the mixing, mastering, or recording sessions. Ask for some love on Twitter from the artist following. Just make sure you get something for your hard work.
With all that being said… I hope that Illmind’s Law For Rappers spreads like herpes and that people start to absorb some of his commonsense business acumen
New Drum Kit – Ski Beatz – Karate School Drum Kit February 05 2013, 0 Comments
Enter the Official Ski Beatz Drum Kit, Karate School Kit (Drums For Ninjas)!
Known as one of the most prolific hip hop producers over the last 20 years, Ski Beatz has crafted classics for Jay Z, AZ, Camp Lo, Curren$y, Talib, Murs, & many more. The Karate School Drum Kit features drum samples designed and hand picked from Ski Beatz personal drum stash.
To honor Ski’s chopping skills on the E-Mu SP-1200, we spent hours re-sampling the kit through our E-Mu SP-1200 to create a 12-Bit (Dirty) version for vintage analog flavor & grit. Forget the vintage mode button, these drums have authentic 12-Bit flavor that your Maschine or MPC Renaissance can’t replicate.
- Hand picked & designed drums by legendary producer Ski Beatz
- 100 Sounds – 25 Kicks (Clean & 12-Bit), 25 Snares (Clean & 12-Bit), 25 Hi-Hats (Clean & 12-Bit), 25 Live Percussion (Clean)
- E-Mu SP-1200 Vintage/Analog Flavor
New Beat: Gone For Now January 13 2013, 0 Comments
New Beat: Gone For Now (80BPM) produced by Alkota. Contact me for rights / licensing by click here
Interview: Tommy Tench on MPC Renaissance, NI Maschine, Dubspot, & His dynamic role in the industry January 02 2013, 0 Comments
1. Take a minute to introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Tommy Tench and I’m a Producer and DJ operating out of my studio in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. I specialize in sampling and making beats, and I’m a huge fan of Turntablism, which I practice daily. My YouTube channel, which I started posting videos to a few months ago documenting the process of beatmaking, currently has 1300 subscribers and shows no signs of slowing down. I have numerous few projects lined up for 2013, working with artists (most of which I am supposed to keep quiet!) as well a super limited run of vinyl pressings with some producer friends of mine. I am also former student and current employee at Dubspot, a music production and DJ school, where I oversee the Tech Department.
2. How did you transition from being a Dubspot student to an employee?
I started taking classes one summer, and spent as much time as I could there. I got to know everyone pretty well, and one day they needed help setting up a private event because a few people were sick and couldn’t make it. They kept asking for help over the next few weeks, and I approached them to make it a permanent position in the Tech Department. I worked for about a year and a half as a regular Tech, until this past august when I was put in charge of the entire department.
During this time, I was able to learn and listen to everyone around me and really soak up tons of information. Everyone there is so talented and knowledgeable, its crazy really. The whole place breathes music, and can cater to everyones’ specific tastes. It really helped me be where I am today. It’s incredibly important, no matter how good you are, to keep your mouth shut and listen sometimes. I do a lot of that.
Alkota: A lot of “up and coming” beatmakers & producers assume that the the music industry has a single linear path to success where licensing and selling beats is the name of the game. What most of the new jacks don’t know is that the industry is a multi faceted and dynamic beast.
Oh man. Couldn’t have said it better myself. The modern producer has to wear many different hats. He has to not only produce the track, but mix, master and release it himself. He also has to promote the song, coordinate with artists, get studio time, and in a lot of cases, coordinate the legal side of it with contractual agreements and licensing stipulations. Gone are the days where you show up at a label with beats and they write you checks on the spot. Now, if you’re one of these elite producers, these things may not apply as much. But I see that changing rapidly.
But having to do all these extra things are what makes it fun and interesting. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to learn and try to be the best producer out there, then go ahead and make your $5 beats off your pirated version of FL Studio. Just remember that theres a glass ceiling with that style, and you’ll never reach your full potential. No disrespect to anyone who pirated FL Studio and sells $5 beats, just try to do something different on top of what everyone else is doing. I mean, I bought a DSLR to record my videos, now I understand photography really well. White balance, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, focal length, etc. I also understand lighting and video editing. I then promote it online as much as possible. I understand SoundCloud really well to the point where I have videos on how to share to all your groups in one click using html scripts. You really get to learn a lot of things inadvertently through this process. Is it harder? Yes. But you don’t gain as much if aren’t trying to figure everything out all the time. I mean honestly, the whole beat making process is really just a puzzle you have to put together. This part here, this part there and so on. The other things are basically the same, just a different puzzle!
3. Can you talk about your role in the industry from the standpoint of an educator?
I get to meet all these big named artists through Dubspot, and there are two kinds of people. The ones that are always learning and trying to get better, and the ones that have what me and my friends call “Old Man Skills.” Now the Old Man Skills have nothing to do with being old. I know 22 year old kids with OMS. Its the refusal to try anything new, which is essentially the unwillingness to keep learning and elevating your craft. These people literally get stuck in time. I firmly believe that if something works, stick with it by all means, but who’s to say that theres not something you could do differently to make it that much better? This is especially true in Turntablism. Guys that are legends in the game but for some reason stopped learning new scratches, new juggles, etc. I would rather choose to not use something, (like a particular trick or technique or even new software) then to discard it without at least testing it out myself. I think it all boils down to being humble and willing to learn, while still thinking you’re the best out there. Its a fine line between the two, but if you really do become the best remember this: The best producers are also the best at learning.
4. What direction do you want to take your music and movement in the next few years?
First and foremost, I would like to incorporate more of a performance aspect to my production. I’m currently working on this now, taking all of the different things I can do and trying to piece it all together. I’ve documented the production side of things, but I would really like to showcase the performance side of it. There are so many different options that people can try out and theres a lot of potential to innovate. I think that the producer is the new DJ. You make crazy music, but the way you support yourself is by performing it. AraabMuzik is a really good example. Not only is his production top-notch, but he’s extremely fun to watch. Its why he’s doing a lot of festivals and probably making more money than he ever did selling beats, while traveling the world basically. The big picture for me going forward is to be as well-rounded as possible. I think thats just another piece of the foundation.
Alkota: We’ve seen your NI Maschine Videos & now your latest videos featuring the Akai MPC Renaissance. A lot of people getting started making beats want to know where to spend their money and which software package & controller will offer the most bang for their buck.
Oh man. I get a ton of questions about this in particular, so I’ll answer it as simply and straight-forward as possible. Hopefully I can put this one to bed.
When to get an MPC Renaissance:
- 1. You are a previous (or current) owner of any MPC, or have experience with Propellerhead’s Reason software.
- 2. You sample a lot, especially from vinyl or external sources.
- 3. You do not have a sound card, mixer, etc.
- 4. You Value hardware and workflow over portability and convenience.
- 5. You don’t have any other music-making software or would like to consolidate your production into one unit.
When to get a Maschine (MKI or MKII)
- 1. You don’t have $1200 to spend.
- 2. You want to have some kind of controller but would like the benefits of software as well.
- 3. You plan on using it primarily for tracking drums, especially inside another DAW (like Ableton or Logic)
- 4. You don’t sample very often, if at all.
- 5. You are already writing a lot of music in another DAW and don’t.
- 7. You value portability and convenience over hardware quality and workflow.
Reason 6.5 is also a great option for those who want everything but the kitchen sink. I have a bunch of producer friends that use Kong with an MPD or trigger finger and they couldn’t be happier. For me, Reason gives me the most options in terms of mixing. Definitely consider this if you want a complete option for beatmaking. Also, the MPC Studio is another great option if you don’t want the ins-outs of the Renaissance. It’s the true competitor for Maschine. Same “Weight Class” if you will.
With that being said, all of these options are great for making beats. Whatever you pick out of the above will be a great decision.
5. Which Drum Machine/Software Hybrid setup do you prefer and recommend?
MPC Renaissance for the actual producing of my tracks. Slicing, arrangement, and workflow are all really good. Recently I’ve been using Reason for mixing. The SSL board is awesome, and you really don’t need a ton of plugins and extras to make it sound really good. As it should. I was shown this insane trick with the Control room output back into the SSL. Maybe a tutorial on that at some point. Crazy stuff. Needless to say, I like to stay “in the box” with all of these things. The less time I spend jumping from one program to another, the better. So basically its “MPC Renaissance and Reason for mixing.” Awesome combination if you ask me.
Alkota: You’re YouTube channel has a hefty following!
Yeah it has really taken on a life of its own. I just wanted to show what I was doing and hope that it would inspire others to do the same. I have some really big plans for the channel, and I would like to make each upload more consistent, like an actual TV show. I have a bunch of ideas on how to make it even more engaging. I read somewhere that YouTube is the second biggest search engine, next to Google. Hilarious since Google owns YouTube. But seriously, think about it. If you don’t look something up on Google, where do you look? YouTube. Producers need to get their stuff up there, and if you’re someone who’s just starting out, do research and see what guys are doing on there and what you like about their channel and what you don’t like. Thats the direction you should go.
6. What do you have in store your subscribers in 2013?
Performances. I have a few beats that I have been practicing, sort of like Jeremy Ellis, or AraabMuzik. Obviously my skills aren’t where those guys are at, but I’m going along the avenue of my own style being the focus. Also, a full MPC Renaissance tutorial series starting from the ground up. I want to produce it really well. I’ve actually got a lot of inspiration from you, Alkota! Your Side-Chain with Reason 6 video on YouTube would be the format that I am going for. I would also like to do some interviews with the guys you see in my videos. A spotlight or something. Just to give a background on who these people are and what they’re all about, and why I choose to work with them. Definitely be on the lookout for my channel in 2013.
7. Whose your favorite beatmaker / producer?
Alchemist. I also like Sid Roams a lot. If you don’t know who these guys are, look them up. For a minute there, Sid Roams surpassed Alchemist I think. The reason I like these guys is their production is just really f*cking tough. I mean, Alchemist could take “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Paul and Mary and make that shit hard. Also, they have their own style but its always different in some way. Alchemist always picks the right snares for his tracks. It bothers me a little bit actually. Sid Roams make really good use of layers and fills in their tracks, which I’m a big fan of. I also like that they’re all from LA, and make quintessential East Coast Hip Hop tracks. They took something that already existed, and elevated it. Its that whole learning/analyzing/elevating thing i’ve been harping on.
8. With that being said, how many beats do you make a week? Whats your creative process & workflow like? Do you strive to improve your production during each session? Break it down for us!
I actually don’t make beats as fast as I’d like. I’m currently doing 2-4 a week. I could make one a day if I really pushed myself. I like to work on a track and finish it through completely, but not necessarily in one sitting. I’m also consistently reinventing my workflow, so I try to be as efficient as possible. I try to break up all the different steps up into little pieces and not save everything for one day. A lot of guys that I know wait until the weekend to do a majority of their producing, but it rarely seems to work out for them. I need to be doing a beat a day, honestly. Now that I think about it, I should document a month where I do a beat a day, and post it on YouTube, just for the challenge. Don’t steal that idea!
9. Whats the day in the life of Tommy Tench like when you’re not making beats or working on your YouTube channel?
Its crazy, my life doesn’t really have much balance to be honest. Or maybe it does depending on how you look at it. My job involves music and is surrounded by music, and then when I come home I work on more music. When I’m online, I’m either studying other peoples YouTube videos or searching blogs for samples. I don’t own a television either. I’m at the point where I can’t watch TV without wanting to do something else. With that being said, Im a huge Football fan, so I try to watch a lot of sports and get outside as much as possible. I live right by the HighLine, which takes me right to Dubspot. I walk that to decompress and to admire the scope of the city. It makes me appreciate things a lot. I also take vacations to decompress when I go visit my Mom in Columbus or my brother in Chicago. I just spend a lot of time outside and with my family. By the time I leave, Im ready to work on more music.
10. For the readers who are interested in following you, checking out your videos, or getting in touch… whats the best way to holler @ Tommy Tench?
If you need to contact me the best way is to do so on Twitter or YouTube. I’m pretty terrible at responding to Facebook messages, so don’t be offended if I don’t respond. If you get at me on twitter or youtube, and you don’t hear back, then you can probably be offended. I also use SoundCloud a lot and have over 3,300 followers there.
Stompboxx Music – The YAMS Tape December 25 2012, 0 Comments
Stompboxx Music is back with another beat tape just in time for Christmas & the end of 2012. The YAMS Tape, produced by M.Simp was produced entirely using Propellerhead’s Reason 6.5 and mixed/mastered using a slew of Rack Extensions that are readily available for the production software.
Peep the excerpt from the Stompboxx Team:
YAMS, or Young and Musically Inspired is a free instrumental project from M.Simp of Stompboxx Music. The collection, inspired by his son, includes an eclectic blend of soul/southern/gritty/funky/bangin’ records! Please download, jam, and share the project.
*All tracks were fully produced in Propellerheads Reason*
*Grandeur contains additional programming by @JRSwiftzVA*
Download the tape below:
Behind The Beats with Khrysis December 20 2012, 0 Comments
Khrysis talks with Digital Hustle Films & The Drum Broker about making beats, workflow, sampling, drums, & much more. Don’t sleep on Khrysis playing some crazy NI Maschine Beats.
Illmind Blap Kit Vol.3 December 13 2012, 0 Comments
With the success of Illmind’s BLAP KIT VOL. 1 & BLAP KIT VOL. 2 Illmind has decided to drop a 3rd volume! Over the years, Illmind made close to 3,000 beats, and each one of them is unique in their own right. He’s collected, created, layered, and processed so many drums, but carefully handpicked this special collection for Volume 3. This collection is probably the “crispiest” one yet. These are some of his favorite drums, all with a focus on “snappy” snare attacks and thumpy/mid-low kick drums. We hope they inspire you to create amazing beats!
Illmind Blap On The Radio – Blapisod 002 with guests Jake One & Symbolyc December 13 2012, 0 Comments
If you haven’t checked out Illmind’s latest venture, check out “Blap On The Radio” a weekly radio show featuring veteran producers, engineers, and other industry guests breaking the business down.
In the second show of BLAP On The Radio we had the likes of Grammy Award winning Symbolyc One and Jake One in the studio. S1 is fresh off his production on the latest 50 Cent single “My Life” which features Eminem and Adam Levine. We talk to him about his approach to production and his upcoming projects. We talked to Jake One about his most recent success producing for Rick Ross, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. All that and much more.
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