Remember when we first started hearing the term "mumble rap"? Initially it referred to rappers that had lyrics we couldn't easily understand. But lately it's an umbrella term used to often inaccurately describe a majority of the new artists. This "one size fits all" narrative has unfortunately ushered in a divide between some of the older participants in hiphop, and the youth trying to forge their path in the game. I personally think lumping everyone into this tag is dismissive, and ironically it reminds me of when my generation and peers got lumped into being strictly "backpack" rap fans, and underground MCs.
Sean Price "The 3 Lyrical Ps" feat. Prodigy & Styles P (Prod. Harry Fraud)
Rest in Power to the God's. Peace to OG Styles P who continues to carry the torch for The LOX. Share this post for the culture.
With Moog's recent Black Friday sale, I've been receiving a lot of inquiries about my previously uploaded Model 15 x Ableton Rack. A few users reported installation issues, so I figured it'd be a good time to update the rack. Version 2.0 utilizes "Control Change 8" from Robert Henke, replacing "8ccs" from the previous version for anyone who had errors with that file. It should load directly from the Ableton project but is included just in case. (Thanks Robert!). I've also corrected defaults on certain parameters and added info text for each bank that explains what's being controlled.
Once you download and unzip the file above, in order to make everything work, you'll need to install the included CC Map into the App. The quickest way is to Airdrop or Message the file labeled "MODEL15 CCMAP.m15c" to your iOS device. Opening this on your iOS device will load Model 15 and apply the CC Mapping to the app. To verify the Mapping loaded correctly, go to Settings > MIDI> scroll down and select Save/Load CC Map. Click save and name your mapping whatever you choose.
Next, open the file labeled "SentZ Moog Model 15 Rack 2.0.alp" on your computer. This will prompt you to choose an install location, so Install anywhere you'll remember and open the session that's created once everything unpacks. The session will open up Ableton with the Rack loaded. You can then click the disk on the rack to save it automatically to your "MIDI Effects Racks" or you can drag and drop it to the location of your choice. Configure the settings on the included External Instrument track and your off
The Rack is divided and labeled into a few banks to better group functions together:
Bank1: 921 A/B Oscs: Controls the Driver Oscillator (921A) and the 921B Oscillators
Bank 2: 921 VCO OSC: Controls the 921 VCO Oscillator, Rectangular Width, Auxiliary Output Waveforms and Clamping Point Sections
Bank 3: FILTER/HP/LP: Controls the Main 904A VCO LP Filter. Aux HP and LP refer to the independent filters to the right of the 921B Oscillators. FixFilLP and FixFilLP control the Low Pass and High Pass knobs of the Fixed Filter Bank 907A
Bank4: FixFltr: Controls each frequency band of the Fixed Filter Bank 907A. (Again, the Low and High pass knobs are located in Bank 3
Bank 5: ADSR Envelopes: Controls the 2 ADSR Envelope Generators 911. Note, the layout has been "corrected" to the standard ADSR instead of the Model 15's native ADRS envelope layout.
Bank 6: MIX/ATTEN 995: Controls the Mixer levels and levels of the Attenuator 995, located to the right of the Fixed Filter Bank 907A
Bank 7: Del/R Att/ Amp: Controls the delay parameters, Amplifiers, and Reversible Attenuators. RevAttn1 refers to the module located to the right of the Mixer. 2 and 3 refer to the Reversible Attenuators next to the Delay (2 on top, 3 on the bottom)
For your convenience, an External Instrument device is also nested at the end of the rack.
Be sure to comment if you'd like to see additional mappings for other iOS synths. Odds are, I own it already :)
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Peace and happy Mooging!
If you've ever played a first person shooter like Call of Duty you're probably familiar with a "Free for All". In one of these types of battles, everyone on the map is an enemy. Your radar is literally filled with little blips you need to strategically avoid while still being on the attack. Negative experiences can be looked at in the same way, little dots on your radar that try to pull you from your goal. The difference with life verses a game though is you don't have any way of seeing all of the dots of negativity. Sometimes you can see them from a distance, but often they often just pop up out of nowhere. What's worse is they tend to cloudy up the rest of our radar so we can't even see other problems around or respond well to the moment. It's important for your happiness and your progress as an artist to learn how to armor up and deal with that. Fortunately there's some easy and actionable steps you can take without buying anything new or reinventing the wheel.
Lab Scientists we are reporting live from #909Day and the thirst for new gear is real. Captain Lean Automatic is currently vacationing in Puerto Rico’s finest beaches and trap spots, so Professor SentZ is here dolo to give you the low low, on all this new Roland goodness. We’re also answer a chunk of questions from our Lab Scientist submissions. If you’d like to submit a question, reach out at LabSciencePodcast@gmail.com.
This week we’re also proud to announce Lab Science University, our online curriculum dedicated to Digital DJing and Production. Our first 4 courses are already up, including a 3 part Digital DJing with Traktor Basics course and a primer on Sampling in Ableton Live.
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One of our Lab Scientist questions came from Aderra and we promised to post a link to an article that will help with phasing! You’ll find it below! Shout to the guys at Omega Recording Studios for the tip
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Peace all, Professor SentZ here. I'd like to Introduce the Lab Brief, a short segment in between episodes where we discuss quick, actionable tips and scene announcements that we think you'll enjoy. Today Professor SentZ discusses some ways to maximize your practice routines whether you're a DJ, performer, or play an instrument. We'll also discuss how to manage the expectations of other creatives in the crowd during your sets.
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Booking your first DJ gig is a huge accomplishment. You're leaving that bedroom setup and taking your mildly awkward Milly Rock skills to the public. In the excitement, there's a good chance that you'll forget some things, so I've compiled 8 questions to ask yourself before your debut that will give you a comfier first ride than a married couple that saved themsel.... never mind.
Do I have all of my required equipment?
It's essential to do a walk through of a space, or have a conversation with the venue about what equipment is available, so you can bring whatever they don't have. Some places have mixers, some don't. Some places have mixers that somehow predate disco. The point is, find out before you get there and write a checklist of the items that you need to pack, down to the cables and power strip. You should also use your walkthrough to scout general logistics like booth and speaker layout. If possible, ask if you can come in before operating hours a few days before the event to do an actual sound check, and make sure everything works. Take photos during the walkthrough too so you can reference the layout and booth setup. You can use these photos for promotion leading into the event too.
DJs can sometimes be the biggest dickheads in the world when they notice another DJ using something they don't. I started on vinyl, but always considered myself a producer first, so as controllers hit the market, I gravitated to them pretty quickly. In 2008, I grabbed a Hercules RMX and a much uglier version of Traktor, and started spinning out in Brooklyn, New York. Unlike my techno DJ counterparts who could get away with embracing technology, I was bringing this nerdy shit into underground rap and funk rooms with some of the best vinyl selectors in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy. The clowning was real.
One thing I noticed quickly though was that the criticism only came from current, and aspiring DJs. The dancing crowd itself couldn't care less what I was using to play, they just appreciated the selection, and the execution. The biggest thing I began to hear was, "I'm so glad you don't play the same thing every week like DJ XYZ" and that made me put my energy into prepping great crates and practicing instead of worrying about haters. You have to take the same approach. Understand that discouraging figures are going to try to steal your energy and enthusiasm. Don't let them. Ever.
The largest Traktor Remix Set in the world has arrived, and it's full of punchy drums and sub bass for live remixing. Introducing The Rap Pack: Rhythm, a collection of 192 Hip-Hop Drum and Bass loops of varying styles that can be mixed and matched for an infinite amount of combinations. We had to stretch everything across 3 Remix Decks just to fit it all!
Most Remix Decks are merely stripped down versions of pre-existing songs, and as such offer less oppurtunity to make something new and fresh. That's where we come in. Our Remix Decks are laid out with live remixing and experimentation in mind. The Rap Pack is sorted and labeled chromatically, so you can easily scroll to a page containing the exact key you want, and kick's sub-bass will be tuned correctly, keeping your remix from sounding like a mess. Each note contains four rows of sounds, with columns organized by instrument type (Kick, Snare, Hats, Percussion)
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It's been a few but we're back like Crystal Pepsi. Professor SentZ & Captain Lean Automatic have been busy releasing the Black Space Odyssey - Kushstorm EP, but are back to talk in depth about how we can all beat that lovely little monster called Writer's Block. We know you get it, now it's time to learn how to deal with it.
This episode's topics also include, video game music, balancing your music career and love, and of course, turning up to Dipset records. We also take some time to discuss Arturia's Analog Lab Software as part of our new review section of the Lab Report. This segment features full video too, so if you'd like to follow the visual clip, click here.
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SentZ is a Brooklyn raised writer and producer who hasn't been the same since his 1st Helio phone