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7 Things Hip Hop Producers Need To Stop Doing

7 Things Hip Hop Producers Need To Stop Doing

Making music is fun. Often times being a beatmaker/producer can be quite challenging trying to come up with something fresh and at the same time stay creative enough to compete with the current musical trends. However, producers usually stick to their own formula, which is a good thing, but some...

8 Things DJ's Need To Stop Doing In Battles

8 Things DJ's Need To Stop Doing In Battles

DJ's were once the backbone of rap music. In the beginning, it was the DJ that got the show started and would rock block parties, eventually using breaks and learning to scratch. In the 1980's, the DMC (Disco Mix Club) first introduced the yearly DMC Mixing Championships, which quickly exploded a...

6 Things Rappers Need To Stop Doing Live

6 Things Rappers Need To Stop Doing Live

Rappers, emcees, MC's, lyricists, spit specialists (okay I made that one up), but whatever you want to call them, rappers are a special breed. Essentially all they need is a pen and some paper to get themselves started in the rap game, plus of course this thing called "talent". I've seen my share...

Understanding Studio Monitors 101

Understanding Studio Monitors 101

The main difference between "Speakers" and "Monitors" is that one tries to provide you with the best possible sound and the other tries to provide the most accurate sound. At a glance, you would think that the best way to find the difference would be in their frequency responses. This is so far fr...

The Lost Art of Beat Juggling

The Lost Art of Beat Juggling

Beat Juggling has always been the favorite part of DJ'ing for me, ever since I saw famous guys like Roc Raida, Mista Sinista, and Babu tear it up on the 1's and 2's back in the 1990's during DMC competitions, exhibitions, and live on stage in front of my own eyes. Being able to take two records a...

The Lost Art of Freestyle Battling

The Lost Art of Freestyle Battling

Freestyling is dope. To witness an emcee freestyling off the top of the dome is literally an art form among hip hop heads worldwide. Being able to spit out words on the fly while at the same time thinking of what to say next is something truly special. So where has it gone? It's one thing to free...

Akai S950 - A Look Back

Akai S950 - A Look Back

One of the most popular hardware samplers over the years for hip hop producers was the Akai S950. Essentially an upgraded version of the S900, this sampler became popular amongst hip hop heads, namely for its 12-bit linear sampling capabilities. Most producers would stack this with an E-MU SP1200,...

Tascam Porta One - A Look Back

Tascam Porta One - A Look Back

For all you young cats that have been making beats with Reason or an MPC, you must not forget that a lot of this beat-making stuff was done way back with 4-track cassette tape recorders! The 4-track was always a popular tool for bedroom producers and home studios since it was small and portable an...

E-mu SP-1200 - A Look Back

E-mu SP-1200 - A Look Back

E-mu's SP-1200 sampler/drum machine was THE machine to have back in the day, all throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Featuring 26.040 kHz and 12-bit resolution - yes, that's very limited, but it did its job very well, giving producers the tools to make very gritty, dirty, legendary hip hop productions...

The Beat Grind

The Beat Grind

Today a post in the forums got me thinking about how much time we actually spend making beats nowadays. A while back I used to make beats daily, and I would also DJ non-stop, whenever I had a chance! Motivation Of course finding motivation is the key, from either listening to some of your favori...

Learn The Technique Of Drum Construction

Learn The Technique Of Drum Construction

The construction of drums could either be a simple or complex process. You obviously have your own way of doing things, but with the tips provided in this article, you may walk away with learning a few new tricks. Concept The first thing that should be done is to come up with an idea for your drum...

Attention Hip Hop Producers: Just Make Music!

Attention Hip Hop Producers: Just Make Music!

When creating music, usually us hip hop producers / beatmakers tend to find our own style, then eventually we get accustomed to doing things a certain way. For example, it's common to see producers say that they start a track with a melody first, then they add drums, then they'll find a sample to...

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