The recording studio is a sacred place. Emotions are drawn out, and hopefully classic music gets made. But even on the quietest days in the lab, lessons are learned. I'm very conscious that I'm from a generation of hiphop producers who grew up interning and assisting studio sessions out of necessity. It was during that time that I learned the gems about the recording process as well as how to navigate the industry itself. Lead engineers made you clean every thing in the studio, but they also sent you home full of information if they were good at their job.
It's 2016 and there's more up and coming artists, producers, and engineers than ever, with way less studios to soak up game. So to help give back, I've started podcast called "Lab Science" with my production partner Lean Automatic. Each week we'll discuss a part of the process, give examples, review gear and give out HW assignments and prizes. We may not be able to bring you in the lab with us when we record, but we're looking forward to revealing the gifts of the process as if you were right next to us on the console.
To ease into it all, the first episode is a light look at where a lot of us hiphop producers started, sampling, We'll look at it from a moral and technical standpoint and discuss classic tracks, looping vs. chopping, sample technique, paying original artists and a whole lot more.
Be sure to listen for this week's HW assignment too. Completed work can be placed here for a chance to win a prize and get your music featured in an upcoming episode.