Maschine Workflow

As I revamp the site to house more of the things I’m working on musically, I’ll start doing some of these quick hit videos.  Don’t trip, most will feature products my sound design company offers.  Shameless plug, but hey, I believe in my work.  So, enjoy and leave a comment.  If you’d like to see more stuff or have any kits you’d like me to display in my personal workflow, holla at me.  This one is me getting down on my Native Instruments Maschine MK2.  The video is me working in real time while screen capturing.  In Part 1, I’m simply programming the new drums from our brand new release, The Line Drums Vol.1. into a quick pattern for idea building.  In Part 2., I’ll export the audio into Logic X and build the arrangement further.  Stay posted!  Also, peep my drums below!  Peace.


Download MSXII Sound Design’s, The Line Vol. 1 – Click Here

Producer Talk: Stan The Beatsmith

imageedit_2_9480716262I’ve always maintained that one of the best things about this career is the journey.  The places you go and the people you meet along the way are just some of the perks.  Fortunately for me, I’ve met and been able to learn from some of the most talented people around.  True to that is the homie STB.  I found this cat online by way of a contest my sound design group was running.  He entered it, flipped a sample we’d released, and basically destroyed any hope of a competitor winning.  Over the past couple of months, we’ve continued to commission him out to do demos of our products and such and the music he is putting out continually impresses.  As I continue to evolve into more of a producer’s resource site, I thought it was proper to not exclude content from folks using programs outside of Reason.  So with that, I’d like to invite you to get familiar with the genius that is Stan The Beatsmith.

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Drums For Your DAW and Sampler

DustyDrums 2 Cover

One thing I’ve always based my work on has been the quality of my drums.  Whether producing or sound designing, I seem to take keen interest in making sure the drum offering is correct.  My sound design conglomerate, MSXII Sound Design, has recently taken a unique approach to live drums and both rare & familiar vinyl samples.  The tricks (which shall not be named) are all in the processing of these.  While most start from our own drum sets, we do sometimes use the basis of a vinyl sample and build from there.  Either way, we’re out to create the most usable and unique samples we can.  Maybe its an EQ that catches your ear.  Maybe the way that kick beats through those home studio KRKs.  Or the snare that snaps necks at first listen.  My goal is simply to provide a sound that sparks inspiration.  Both volumes of Dusty Drums are really dope and follow this objective.  I implore you to check them out–peace!

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Producer Talk: Justen Williams


I recently had a chance to catch up with the good sir Justen Williams.  You’ve most notably have seen him as an official Propellerheads Software brand ambassador.  Justen and I have recently been chopping it up on music production, techniques, Reason, and everything in between.  You know my stance; you can learn from anyone and I figured that his insight into beats, the music business, and the industry as a whole would be valuable information for the community. Nevertheless, the dude is on his way–recently landing placements with RCA signed artist Dee-1 and additional work with Ford Motor Co. among others.

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Moog Style Microkorg Mod



Over the last couple of weeks I took to a project that was fairly easy to do with a synth I caught a great deal on.  I found some random posts online about folks modifying their Microkorgs into Moog style boards.  Long story short, here’s my joint (with progression pics) I’ve recently completed.  All in all, between work, fam, and music, I’d say I spent about three weekends on it.  If you’re interested in the mod, I’ll gladly email over some instructions and things you’ll need to get it done.  Peep!


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MPC Drums For Your Music Production


After numerous requests from current customers on the drums from the medleys in my sound design group’s catalog, we’ve decided to release some exclusive sounds to compliment your music production.  Today we’ve dropped the second installment of our MPC Drums from the MSXII library. Nothing to special here, other than some dope a** sounds from floppy disk, through the mpc, with pushed levels and filtering to characterize each drum, and then brought to you.   Below I’ve dropped a couple of medleys to showcase them both!  Enjoy.

Download the original MPC Drums from MSXII – Click Here

Download MPC Drums from MSXII v.2 – Click Here