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Earwaxx Sessions week 14 Channel Zero and Horror Fam

October 29, 2014 Leave a comment
EarWaxx Sessions flyer week 14

Horror – Amityville – Horror

Earwaxx Sessions week 14 Channel Zero and Horror Fam

words by Drew Spence

 

The energizer showcase keeps showing and we like who shows up

 

In a previous post [Located here] I went in to detail about why it is important to put rappers over your music- more important than trying to sell a beat to someone you don’t know for chump change. Working on a career starts with working in the field you have an interest in. It’s an old saying (maybe not that old since I stole it from Griffin Avid) that

 

“Whatever you want to do for money, you will first do for free.”

 

It’s a simple truth that you cannot claim to do something, and even be good at something you have never done. But that’s what we, as hobbyists, do too often. We say we are producers– yet we haven’t produced anything or anyone. Moving on from semantics and word-definitions we touch the reality of your resume.

 

Presume to resume from you resume

 

You can create a nice logo or banner for your website. You can write a nice bio that tells the world how great you are. What counts is what you can do. What you can do is backed up by what you have done. What you have done is what ends up on your resume. Yes, before you get a career, you get the job. Before you get the job, you’ve shown an ability to do the job. That’s your portfolio. That’s your catalog. That’s the show your work part of the answer.

 

The Waxx Museum to see them

 

Rapper Dox_Amillion

Dox_Amillion Opens up

Last night was week 14 of the ongoing showcase Earwaxx Sessions. [Read the opening blog post here]. The line up included a hard-rocking metal band called Go Deep and the rap collective Horror Fam as Channel Zero and Swerve Boyz. Horror Fam is a deep roster of artists that center in Amityville New York. I came across them a few years ago by their manager and mentor Bone. They have dropped numerous mixtapes, videos and pretty much rock out as an army.

 

Young Roc Swerve Boyz

Horror…Hs….

The forming up formula

 

They also figured it out. – How to crowd the stage with friends and fam, but make it work by everyone knowing the songs and performing as one mass. That energy translates to the crowd and they put on an awesome show. The Earwaxx Sessions continues to be a party that we are all invited to. More than that, they have become a community conscious organization that puts on food drives for the holidays. They have been featured in the paper (Long Island’s Newsday) and the their sponsor list continues to grow week by week. Connect and get involved here.

 

Connecting the Dots….

 

So how does this all relate? After their show, while they were making their way through the crowd. One of the artists said ~ You know we did some of them songs at your studio right? Yeah, I was reminded that I have done something– that I am connected to a large body of artists that are putting in work. It’s really all the stuff I’ve done before that makes the doings of tomorrow easier. That why I say Pursue a place and be patient for a paycheck. No one wants to pay for potential or possibilities. The current state of the industry is Risk Management. No development, no investing, no betting or hoping that someone pans out. You need to think the same way and start your journey today. Get involved with your local talent and be a part of what’s happening. For Long Islanders, Earwaxx Sessions is a perfect launch point and networking system. Find your resource and become a resource.

 

You can catch the vid bits on the Earwaxx Instagram

and some clips @ the DynamicaMusic instgram page

 SUPPORT LOCAL, GO GLOBAL

Krudmart Grand Re-Opening with Craig G and Buckshot

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Krudmart Grand Re-Opening with Craig G and Buckshot

Flyer for Krudmart Grand ReOpening

Krudmart kicks into action!

 

Producer’s Edge digital was invited to the Krudmart (@Krudmart) Grand Re-Opening hosted by Buckshot (@Buckshot) with special guest star Craig G (@MC_Craig_G). The Krudmart event took place in the Setauket location in Long Island NY. Craig G, the golden age rap master, with classic records like “Droppin’ Science” and “The Symphony” was there to meet and greet and explain why he’s in full support of an independent footwear movement. Buckshot broke the line down and explained why we need more options for gear-wear and how important expressing your own individuality can be.

 

            Big Earth, a store owner and independent retailer has made the boutique experience affordable and accessible with a cultural center that doubles as a sneaker store. DJ Cut Supreme (@cutsupreme) was on hand and handy behind the decks keeping the Boom Bap on tap. He was joined later by Craig G’s tour DJ, Callie Ban, who utilized his style of blending the classics with the original records that were sampled.

 

 

Big Earth stepped up his hosting game by getting free pizza and drinks and after sundown we went a block down to the Country Bar (ignore the name for now) to see Buckshot and Craig G perform some of their biggest hits. You can imagine what happened when “Who Got Da Props” came on. Craig G went in and covered every inch of the bar with his energetic set and even went freestyle, rhyming about the people at the bar. All in all, it was a solid event and I have Krudmart bookmarked as a place to up your style at. You should bookmark them too. http://krudmart.com/

EarWaxx Sessions Week 4 recap

August 20, 2014 1 comment

EarWaxx Sessions Week 4 recap

                        Going…going…STRONG! And a legend surprises all.

words by Drew Spence

Ear Waxx Sessions Flyer

I would never say that I hate on something, but I am a skeptic. I mean, when news about the EarWaxxSessions first hit my Editor’s desk I said “Every damn week?! These kids crazy. It’s Long Island; you can’t get kids offa that couch and outta that house EVERY week. Nah, son, they need to do this joint monthly.” I was wrong and I can admit it.

Crowd still strong? Yes.

Still enthusiastic? Yes.

Still well-organized and starting on time? Yes.

Tight Acts? Yessir

 

So, now that I see this engine has got no quits in it, let’s recap, rewind and reflect on week 4 for Long Island’s freshest artist/producer/talent showcase. The night opens with hosts @ChadLaw & @Rah_licious welcoming the crowd at exactly 10pm. [Yep, they be starting on time] After a few barbs and well-deserved attention to the lovely Rah_licious, ChadLaw brought out Fallout Shelter for the opening producer showcase part. Conflict of interest aside (ahem), it was a live hybrid-set of beats, bumpers and skits. The energy of rap arrived right after as Keez, YRA, CASTLE HEAD and the crowd that is Frank Buick by himself, tore up the stage.  Shaun Sutton got the ladies going with some sultry R&B. A.T.E BOYZ and AMA rounded things off before a surprise appearance by rap veteran and Juice Crew member Craig-G dropped his science for a new generation that’s more trappy than backpacky. It was an angry old man showing showmanship and why you still want a few veterans active in every war. Now that they’ve added guest appearances to the mix, there’s no telling what you’ll get next week.

 

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Why should you care?

Every artist and entertainer needs a place to show out and the EarWaxxSessions is providing a dope atmosphere by having a dope crowd assemble to enjoy and support good music. If you was thinking of doing it, get it together and do it there. Finally, we have a growing spot that combines generations, genres and future greats. Make Tuesday more than the day that follows Monday. They have.

 

Born-on-date a little early? Don’t know as much about hip hop as you should? Read into the history and career of rap veteran Craig G. There’s a lot more than the legendary verse on Marley Marl’s posse cut “The Symphony” and his own rap classic “Dropping Science”. Oh and if you are a fan of those battle rap leagues, this guy was doing it when it was raw.

 

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Product Review + Free Horn sounds from Diginoiz!

August 14, 2014 1 comment

Product Review + Free Horn sounds from Diginoiz!

 

Diginoiz Orchestral One Shots

202 perfectly sounding multi-format one shot sounds

“Orchestral One Shots” contains 202 perfectly sounding multi-format one shot sounds in Hip Hop, R&B, Modern Pop and more genre.

 

So yeah, I picked this up from Diginoiz and had some pretty high hopes after hearing the demo. This product does not disappoint. I loaded up the 202 bits of juice into NI Maschine and was inspired instantly. I place this Orchestral One Shots into the category of essentials since it’s just so useful. I know there will be a point where I’ll be working on a track and ask myself “What goes there?” and answers like these usually fit nicely. They also pitch well, so the options vary.

 

“…a package of over 200 orchestral one shots, ready to use in Your compositions and productions. If You are in love with hard and dynamic sound or You are looking for something that will enrich Your music, You are in the right place. In “Orchestral One Shots” You will find hip-hop strings, brass, pianos, orchestral drums, hits and more! All of the sounds are in one-shot form with root key included. Have a nice and creative time with our “Orchestral One Shots”



 

AVAILABLE FORMATS

“Orchestral One Shots” contains 202 orchestral one shots, 288 mb multi-format material (24 bit WAV, 24 bit AIFF and 16 bit WAV) ready to use in your favorite sampler or sequencer, both hardware and software, including: Logic, GarageBand, Soundtrack, Digital Performer, Sony Acid, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools, Emagic EXS24 and many more.

 

DOWNLOAD DETAILS

 

Every purchase you make is containing 1 multiformat ZIP files

 

Wav / Acid / AIFF (237 MB)

– 202 instrument sounds (24bit WAV)

– 202 instrument sounds (16bit WAV duplicate)

– 202 instrument sounds (24bit AIFF)

 

 

INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRICE: €20.00 EUR

 

More information, free audio demo & demo pack visit:

http://diginoiz.com/series/orchestral-one-shots/

 

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Diginoiz free brass loops

Free Brass is Bad-ass

This is free and free is a lovely price. I have no idea why it’s free…buy anyhow. Pretty simple: 50 horn/brass loops/ They sound like hooks to beats, but can be easily chopped and rearranged to be whatever you need to choose to flip.

 

How do I get them?

Follow the normal and simple procedure like it was a purchase and after checking out with your cart (cost of zero) you’ll get the download link.

Thanks Diginoiz!

 

 

Produced specially for You, a product of the highest quality in the Urban genre, that will bring Your tracks to the next level. “Heavy Hop Brass” is a collection of 50 heavy, melodic and climatic brass loops. All loops were prepared on professional equipment with highest attention to detail in order to obtain the highest standard of sound. All of this You can find exclusively at Diginoiz.com to free download!

 

“Heavy Hop Brass” contains 50 perfectly sounding loops (85-105 BPM) in Hip Hop, R&B, South Style and Modern Pop genre.

 

Download Details

 

Wav / Acid

– 50 instrument loops (24bit WAV)

– 131 MB total size

 

INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRICE: FREE

 

More informations, free audio demo & demo pack visit:

http://diginoiz.com/series/heavy-hop-brass/

 

The Ear Wax Sessions opens Strong on Strong Island

EAR WAX SESSIONS

Talent on display in a new weekly showcase

 

Artist/Producer Showcase & Open Mic

 

Ear Wax Session Flyer

Sign Up and Show Out

The Challenge: Bring together a whole host of talented folks, put their gifts on display and watch the networking and sharing begin. Create a music scene on the disconnected island where quality connects can collect.

 

The Clear Choice: Every Tuesday going forward, you bring yourself down to the Amityville Music Hall. Take part and be a part.

 

Who’s Doing the Damn Thing?

Alex Yake taps MSFTZ Ent and brings together a huge cast of talent. The event was run by hosts: the engaging frontman @Chad_Law and the sexy and stylish @Rah_Licious. DJ Shuttle kept the tunes on point with a mix of today’s hottest joints and some popular classics. Wristbands were bandied about so all ages were welcome at the watering hole.

 

So what’s it like inside?

The Amityville Music Center is like a slice of Manhattan. You know what happens when you wander down any side avenue of the culturally rich east side and pop your head in a funky bar. The crowd is mixed in mind, but matched in mutual love for all things musical. You’ll get that here, at the AMC. It’s a long bar with a dance floor and stage. There’s an outdoor patio to cool out, cool off and chop it up with your new friends. There are vendor stations where you could peep some fly dresses for your missus by Claudana Designs. [if you was drooling over hostess Rah_Licious in that white joint, yeah Claudana did that] There were tables with slick tees from Brand Rockstar, Dinner Land and I Seen Thos. There was also a huge table in the back with numerous business cards.

 

 

Ear Wax Sessions Flyer Backing

A-List of performers

From freestyle to fashion, the Ear Wax Sessions delivers front and center.

The night started off with the producer showcase as Mike Marshian played his bangas followed by beats_by_lawrence who did a live show, manipulating his music via controller. A few crowd cyphers broke out and yeah, beats is in the building. The performance section started strong with Civil Satellite and ending just as strongly with a set by One Take Carter. Afterwards, the open mic section, where events usually fall off, was thankfully populated with artists worthy of attention. So all in all, it was a great night of music and entertainment. Bookmark your Tuesday nights for the Ear Wax Sessions.

 

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So yeah, as we sit around the campfire and wonder what it would take to change the dire direction of music and return Long Island to a launching point for talent…the Ear Wax Sessions says ‘bring it’. And you should do just that. Bring yourself for the pure enjoyment of talent. Bring yourself to share your work and passion. Bring yourself to perform in front of a supportive crowd. Bring yourself to network and tap into undiscovered resources. Bring yourself to be part of Long Island’s best showcase for talent.

 

As Local as Local News Gets

What’s the point? Well, this is the kind of event that’s needed locally to connect artists to a supportive network. There are lots of places that do not have an active music scene or any engine in place to develop and push talent. This event and these kinds of showcases are vitally important for the future of our art. Supporting the arts is supporting yourself. Git down, come on down.

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Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer,TB-3, VT3 Sam Ash

March 24, 2014 1 comment

Roland TR-8 overview with TB-3 and VT-3 VIDEO

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Roland TR-8

The Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer

Sam Ash Huntington hosts Roland’s Demo Day as Dave Dickerson stops by to run through the features of the new AIRA line. TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline and VT-3 Voice Transformer.

Studio AVX and the Roland TR-8

 Sound examples from the Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer

 

Kit samples captured through USB. Elements normalized and fed into Propellerhead Recycle 2.2.4 and exported as individual slices.

Drum kits were left at default positions with no additional tweaks.

Some sounds, including High, Mid and Low Toms are excluded.

Sound Manipulation Examples :

 Tuning a Kick

Kick sample is started at 0%, 9, midnight, 3 pm and 100% or 6

Decays a Kick 1 and 2

Tune 12 O’clock

Attack at 0%

Compression at 12o’clock

Snare Tune + Snare Snaps

Taken through six positions and captured

Tune and Compression at 12. Decay at 0
Snare Decay

Tune, Compression and Snap at 12.

Taken through six positions and captured

http://www.StudioAVX.com Better Sounds for Beats

Producer’s Edge XC Subscribers have been sent a package containing all the audio samples and kits.

Check your email for download links.

*What’s an XC Subscriber?

IsoBuster: Powerful Data Recovery Software Return of the ASR-10 Part II

January 2, 2014 1 comment

IsoBuster: Powerful Data Recovery Software

Return of the ASR-10 Part II

The tool for recovering and retrieving the difficult grabs.

–words by Drew Spence

IsoBuster Software

You recovery is covered

After replacing the floppy drive with an SD card reader, I needed a way to create the images of my floppy disk library so that they could be archived and later transferred to the SD disk- mounted in the ASR-10. The problem is, Ensoniq uses a unique file system that a standard PC floppy drive can’t read. The ‘image’ is a complete and exact copy of the floppy disk stored as a regular file on your PC  that can be moved around and manipulated like any other type of data. The ASR-10 will see this image and treat it like an actual floppy disk.

OmniFlop [that doesn’t flop like Reggie Miller]

We need to get Windows to see the floppy drive in an Ensoniq sort of way and so we replace the Windows drivers with the OmniFlop drivers.

[http://www.shlock.co.uk/Utils/OmniFlop/OmniFlop64.htm]

[Griffin’s note: make sure you grab the right drivers for your system. 32 or 64bit]

We had to put in a little extra work to circumvent the Windows 7 driver system, but that process went off without a hitch. You can find out the Whys and Hows on that same Omniflop website under Overview. With the new drivers working, I basically have an ASR-10 floppy drive on my PC.

Enter the Iso

For a very reasonable $39.95 USD, you get a robust and feature laden software recovery tool. It can pull from CD/DVD, Hard Drives, USB Flash drives, Zip drives and on and on. Mind you, I had tried just about every free solution out there, including some recommended by the hardware manufacturers themselves, but none worked. I mostly got two errors No floppy in the device or continuous prompts for formatting. Not good. I spent hours trawling through forums and always saw damaged hardware as the suggested problem. I know my floppy drive worked fine on the PC and I know my floppies had projects on them.

On one site, IsoBuster was suggested as an end all-be all solution and I realized I never thought about using recovery software to get my images made from the ASR-10 floppies. IsoBuster saw my disks and made images easily. The newest update, which is 3.3 reads the ASR-10 formatted Disks and creates an image that is 1,600 KB. That means everything is there and the job is done. They have full instructions on their site and have tech support should you need any help with their products. Now that I have this tool, I’m digging through all my old CDs and DVD+Rs that wouldn’t mount and getting back my lost files. Life is good. http://www.isobuster.com/isobuster.php Demo version is available.