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 Reasontowork.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Propellerhead Software Announces Reason 8

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Propellerhead Software Announces Reason 8 today.  Those of you that frequent this site know that I’ve been #ReasonGang my entire career.  Tons of gear comes and goes in my lab, but the Reason platform has been the one staple where all ideas find a home for print.  On the surface it looks as if the interface has been redesigned, drag-and-drop now implemented, and audio editing features have been enhanced.  These have been some user requested features for a while now via the forums.

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Unkempt Breaks Refill

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My sound design conglomerate, MSXII Sound Design, is pleased to announce our first refill for Propellerheads Reason with The Unkempt Breaks Refill!  Based on the wildly popular Unkempt Breaks collection, the refill now harnesses the unmatched power of Reason to expand on the incredible live drum loop pack!  Designed with taking creativity to new levels in mind, the refill appeals to both beginners and seasoned users of Reason alike.  It is also backwards compatible with Reason version 6.5 and above; allowing you to take advantage of stock devices such as ECHO, Dr. Octo Rex, and Pulverizer. Whether you like mapping drums in the 16 pads of Kong to program like an Akai MPC, or you’re needing unique grooves to get your song ideas started, the Unkempt Breaks Refill is for you!  Details below…

Refill Features:

  • All original, unique live drum breaks based on the Unkempt Breaks collection by MSXII Sound Design
  • 27 mulit-tracked drum songs (with templates) to start your own song ideas
  • 3 different FX combinators for sound manipulation and coloring
  • Dedicated tape saturation, tube warmth, and bit crushing buttons and knobs on each combinator unit
  • 6 different combinators for Dr. Octo Rex and Kong kits
  • 27 groove files based on the drum loops
  • 6 songs per each FX combinator to jump start songs
  • 10 Dr. Octo Rex patches
  • Compatible with all stock devices in Reason version 6.5 and above 
  • 535 MB Refill file

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Purchase The Unkempt Breaks Refill – Click Here

Rob Papen Predator Review

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I recently was approached with an opportunity to review a dope product in the Rob Papen series of plugins, Predator.  From his website, Papen describes his products as “powerful instruments and plug-ins that bring together innovative design, uncompromising sound quality, and musical, production-grade presets to make your tracks shine.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Here’s why…

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