That boy Charlie Clips caught a body on Hot 97. Sheesh. Watch above, or download below. What's your favorite freestyle?
Any accomplished recording engineer will tell you the job requires wearing a lot of hats. Why does Pharrell choose to do the multiple hat thing? I have no idea. But recording engineers walk into a unique set of circumstances every day, with a goal of capturing someone's art and inspiration before it fades into oblivion. It's stressful, multifaceted, and often involves way more than just pressing buttons. If you're thinking about being a recording engineer as a profession, or if you're wondering how to start wowing more clients, put some consideration into improving these skills if you haven't already.
The Uptown neighborhoods in NYC have heard some of the widest variety of Hip-Hop sounds out of any region. A fan of the vibe above 125th street may zone out to the sample influenced Boom Bap origins of D.I.T.C, to the punchy commercially influenced sound of the Diplomats. With Uptown Drums, you're ready for either scenario.
Filled with high quality samples across different styles, Uptown Drums combines live natural drum recordings, drum machine rips, and synthesized hits that offer a huge amount of flexibility when working on Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Beat/Dance music.
Kicks 57 sounds
Snares 62 sounds
Closed Hats 58 sounds
Open Hats 28 sounds
Percussion 59 sounds
All sounds are in WAV format at 44100/24 and sorted by type. Included in the download is an Ableton .ALP version, with all drums divided into their own Drum Racks.
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We've all been there. You try to get a mix sitting right and it just isn't working no matter what you do. If you're new to the process and have had recent issues mixing, odds are, one of these tricky little issues might be the root of your problem. Here's how to get over the hump.
Young Guru has worked with the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Drake, Rhianna, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. In this conversation at Loop 2015, he discusses how his approach to making records allows him to move fluidly between the roles of co-pilot, audio specialist, and even musician, and how today’s engineer can (and should) be so much more than a technician with good ears.
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After 2 weeks of synthesizer heaven, episode 5 of the Lab Science Podcast covers a topic that anyone making music should start to understand, mixing. We're dishing out an episode full of tips that you can start to practice immediately, covering topics like compression, EQing, Saturation, Reverb and tons more!
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The Lab Science Podcast returns with a new episode dedicated to the Roland AIRA System-1 synthesizer. Captain Lean Automatic is at the helm as we navigate through some of the System-1's best features and sounds. We also spent some time at the end experimenting with the synth patched into the Roland AIRA VT-3 Vocal Transformer, and boy were we pleasantly surprised!
For this episode's homework assignment, we've included a download to the entire synth recording track from the podcast, and it's up to you to find a spot on it to sample. There's TONS of audio craziness to choose from, so chop, produce, share and the best song gets a free iTunes gift card!
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A pal of mine recently asked me for a recommendation on delays for Live. I made a point to recommend my favorite 3rd party option (Dub Machines by Surreal Machines) but I also told him that I use the stock ones a lot, since they're pretty powerful when you start to tinker with them. Here's 3 quick tips on using the built in delay sounds in Live.
Repitch Mode = Vintage Analog Delays
Like many of the other effects in Live, right clicking the header of the delays reveals some advanced options under the hood. The Simple, Ping-Pong, and Filter Delays all have alternate engines that can be engaged via this method.
1. Load any of these 3 effects and right click the header
2. By default, delays are set to "Fade". This behavior means that when you change delay times, a gradual transition is made with a crossfade between the old and new times. By changing the selection to Repitch, changing the delay time also changes the pitch, which is how classic tape delay machines like the Space Echo operate. To hear this best, drop a fully wet delay on a return and route some of your snare there. Then start to play with the delay time, unsynced. You'll hear some familiar and amazing dub effects that can be used on any sound.
Welcome back to the Lab Science Podcast. This week we take a look at some synthesis basics while conducting an audio overview of the new Korg Monologue, a hardware synth that literally can't be found in stores. Professor SentZ and Captain Lean Automatic also crack a few Modelo's and discuss Troy Ave, the difficulty keeping NYC clubs open, and the "post crack" hiphop generation.
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Episode 2 of our new podcast Lab Science covers the ins and outs of setting up your own home studio, along with simple upgrades you can make if you're already a home studio owner. We discuss everything from choosing the best DAW for you, to treating your room for cheap. Be sure to listen and follow us for future episodes every week.
SentZ is a Brooklyn raised writer and producer who hasn't been the same since his 1st Helio phone