Archive | July, 2010

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Master session with Just Blaze

Posted on 26 July 2010 by D' MacKinnon


Hip-hop producer Just Blaze discusses some of his methods for sound creation, finding the right beats and the pros and cons of sampling.

Check out the video on ASCAP’s site.

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AudioFinder

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Tip of the week: Asset management using AudioFinder

Posted on 09 July 2010 by D' MacKinnon

Once you’ve amassed a large collection of samples properly cataloging all of these sounds is critical for optimum workflow during a studio session.  On Mac I’ve found a great program that handles this, AudioFinder.  AudioFinder lets you catalog all of your sounds by genre, type, or project.  You can then quickly search through for a particular sound, for example “hi-hats” and it will retrieve a listing of all the hi-hat sounds on your system.  You can then right within the app preview the sound at any pitch or BPM and if you like it just drag and drop it right into Logic, ProTools or Ableton.

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Alesis Andromeda

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Alesis Andromeda and Ion officially discontinued

Posted on 08 July 2010 by D' MacKinnon


The Alesis Andromeda and Ion synths have officially been discontinued. Get them while you can. I’ve heard nothing but good about the Andromeda but I’ve heard they were pretty expensive to produce and sales have declined with the increasing popularity of software synths.

Alesis discontinued products page.

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Rick James

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Rick James

Posted on 07 July 2010 by D' MacKinnon


I’ve been listening to a lot of Rick James over the past few weeks and I’ve come to realize that’s he’s a genius.

If you listen to the musical structure of the songs there is a lot to appreciate. Good use of instrumental counter-point, and a serious understanding of what makes a good groove. In addition to his talent for creating visceral funk music the lyrics he wrote went perfectly with the songs. Most of his lyrics talked about either getting laid, smoking pot or life in the ghetto. I wonder how the sound of funk would have continued to evolve after the 1980’s if hip-hop hadn’t taken off and displaced funk as the voice of black music.

Unfortunately, his slew of personal problems began to overshadow his creativity has time went on. I also think he let his bitter feud with Prince get the best of him.

Rick James is more remembered now for his criminal and drug exploits during the height of his fame but if you look past his notoriety at the music he created it was remarkable.

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