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Deconstructing the Construction Kit – Samples for music or sample-based music?

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Look and Listen! More lunacy with Loops

BFA Hands on Fantom

We have two articles on this subject already, but new questions about using royalty-free samples in the production system have come about. And so, how many samples may you sample before your song is no longer a song, but instead a series of samples? And more importantly, why does any of this matter?

Well this whole idea is personal and totally subjective. There is a reason each individual makes their own bar for considering when their art is their own.
I don’t walk down the purist path because there is always someone more PURE than you. And if you believe more pure is better than objectively, factually someone will ALWAYS be better than you. Even if their output is horrible by your own standards. It’s putting the Process before the Product.

For drums….we can create a line of thought that gets ridiculous but makes logical sense.
Guy A uses a step sequencer loaded with samples to make his drum pattern.
Guy B says A is not as good because he uses drum pads and really finger drums.
Guy C says B is not as good because his electronic drum set is more real playing than cheating with pads.
Guy D says C is not as good because he plays a real acoustic drum set.
Guy E says D is not as good because he samples real world noises and natural sounds and is more original than using something as limited and boring as a drum set.

Guy A loads D’s samples and creates a drum pattern…and somehow he’s the fake-est for doing so.

BFA Drive

Think of all the reasons for NOT using construction kits/samples/presets/templates etc……

1. Someday someone might use the same sound.
2. Someday someone might recreate my song on youtube and make it look easy.
3. Someday someone might sampleID one of my tracks
4. Someday someone might have a beat/track/song that sounds like mine.

And now deal with the reality that ALL of these are based on FEAR.
Afraid of how someone who is meaningless to you will think about you and your art.
This is a self-esteem issue when you only have imaginary confidence -based on what you think *might* happen in the future over your music.
As opposed to dealing with the reality of whether or not it’s WORKING FOR YOU.

Make music for money, hope it makes you rich.
Make music for fun, hope you’re having fun doing so.
Make music for no other reason than you are driven to do so, then I hope enough of the two previous reasons happen to sustain your desires.

BFA hands on controller

This (PURITY) is IMPORTANT as an INDIVIDUAL CHOICE is- it may well decide how far and how seriously you take your music.
If you INVEST yourself heavily (Money, Emotion, Time, and Effort) in your music, you are more likely to take your ambition to an end result.
Not saying the end will make you rich, famous, popular but it’s harder to walk away from something you care about.
And if your music is YOU, then you will care enough to do something with it.

Anyone can noodle, move some sounds around…press some buttons, slap some keys…
Mixdown, limiter, upload and post on a profile/forum.

Anyone can tear down that process. Criticize, belittle, analyze it…
What they can’t discredit is the effect and impact your music has on others.
That’s the part that isn’t subjective and determined by a peers opinion.

If you can accept that idea then you will realize the importance of picking a creative workflow and ethic that TOUCHES YOU FIRST so that you are inspired, no – DRIVEN to give your music a chance to touch others.

Griffin Avid is a Media Editor for Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine.

Production related videos http://www.Youtube.com/GriffinAvid

Previous articles dealing with using loops and samples in your music.

https://producersedge.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/using-construction-kits-in-your-production-loops-of-music-phrases-etc/

https://producersedge.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/drum-works-ii-the-ideology-of-loops/

Big Fish Audio FREE kit of the week and 40% off – massive savings and Xmas early

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Big Fish Audio 25 Days of Christmas Sale!

25 days of Christmas sale

Save early! Big Fish Audio

Announcing the Big Fish Audio 25 Days of Christmas Sale! Starting December 1st on each day before Christmas, Big Fish Audio will have four products priced to spread holiday cheer! Save 40% off four new products every day!

The 25 Days of Christmas Sale includes products from our entire catalog. Look for savings on premium virtual instruments and the freshest loop products on our site. No coupon needed. Each set of four products will be on sale for only 24 hours and then we’ll roll out a new set of specials. So check back often and Happy Holidays!

Click here: http://www.bigfishaudio.com/25daysofchristmassale.html

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Ambient Skyline

Ambient Skyline

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Get this week’s free samplepack featuring one free kit of loops from Ambient Skyline. This pack only contains a partial set of loops from the included kit. The full library contains various other loops and samples from the kit. This set contains WAV, REX, and Apple Loop versions of each loop or sample.

Ambient Skyline is an inspiring and unique collection of ambient and cinematic chill out loops, rhythm beds, music beds, and a lot more. Recorded and performed by seasoned professionals on top of the line gear, these sounds will bring a new kind of magic to your music. With 5GB of original content (duplicated into acidized WAV, REX, Apple Loop, and RMX formats), and 2,266 loops and samples from ambient guitars to a collection of effected rhodes loops, these sounds can add an esoteric new dimension to many different musical settings.

Click here to get the FREE KIT: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Fish-Audio/163752639634?sk=app_190322544333196

Their Facebook page and other kits of the week.

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*Don’t forget, if you LIKE their page you get a discount on the BFA site.

Big Fish Audio’s 25 Days of Christmas Sale!

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment
big fish audio logo Christmas sale

big fish audio logo Christmas sale

Announcing the Big Fish Audio 25 Days of Christmas Sale! Starting December 1st on each day before Christmas, Big Fish Audio will have four products priced to spread holiday cheer! Save 40% off four new products every day!

The 25 Days of Christmas Sale includes products from our entire catalog. Look for savings on premium virtual instruments and the freshest loop products on our site. No coupon needed. Each set of four products will be on sale for only 24 hours and then we’ll roll out a new set of specials. So check back often and Happy Holidays!

 

CLICK HERE TO HEAD OVER AND CHECK OUT THE HOLIDAY SPECIALS!

Halloween 2012 FREE TREATS and LESS Tricks!

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

There is one day a year where it is acceptable to knock on a stranger’s door and ask for a treat. A lot of us, in and around the music industry, tend to feel and act like every day is Halloween. We wear the costume of someone serious and expect doors to be opened and our grandest aspirations advanced just because we knocked really loud.

I’ve come across many producers and beat-smiths who feel their work is done because a particular A&R has their music. They say things like they are in or it’s a done deal. I ask why? They reply something along the lines of my beats is dope. I say: yes, but why are you getting the exclusive shot? Is it possible he’s heard a lot of dope beats? Is it possible, you are not the only choice for submissions? How good an A&R can he be if YOU are the ONLY music he has to shop?

We say to artists all the time – it takes more than talent, or better yet, it takes EVERYTHING but talent. Don’t expect your ‘relationships’ to give up their contacts or pass you along or give you your big break until you’ve earned their trust or understand that they won’t help you until it helps them more.

Two sides of the Bag

What works? As a person who’s done his fair share of trick or treating I have to say some approaches work better than others. The houses that had no candy or crappy stuff got egged. The people with the quality treats got revisited -sometimes with us wearing new costumes. As a creative, that’s your goal- to keep showing up with new and engaging looks and showing your ability to arrive prepared.

If your goal is to be solicited as a business, then it makes sense to have your house in order and be able to deliver on the promises you make. Smoke and mirrors has always been a part of the game, but we are looking to create a career, not a hustle. In reverse, as a content provider, it is in your best interest to position yourself to receive long work, not luck up on a big break. Put in work if you want those doors to open.  Have a happy and safe Halloween. This blog post is sponsored by Big Fish Audio. I’ve been using their libraries for a while now and thought I’d share a one in particular that got our attention in the office.

–Drew Spence Editor In Chief Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine

http://www.ProducersEdgeMagazine.com

Platinum Synth Melodies $49.99

Platinum Synth Melodies from Big Fish Audio

Platinum Synth Melodies from Big Fish Audio

Need blazin’ synth loops that will set your productions apart from the pack? Platinum Synth Melodies is loaded with 30 multi track synth loop sets ready to help create your next urban synth laced track. From big screaming lead lines to club ready arpeggios to thick warm pads this product delivers. Whether you need hip hop, urban pop, or dance this product has you covered. Mix and match the loops to create thousands of music ideas. Platinum Synth Melodies is another Beat Warrior product from Nova Loops. The production team’s credits include Tu Pac, Flo Rida, Wu Tang, Jodeci, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, NFL, BET, HBO, and are responsible for over 20 million records sold worldwide! All parts in this product are separated, edited and come formatted in WAV(Acidized) and Apple Loops format. When you need synth ideas for hip hop, urban pop or dance, look no further than Platinum Synth Melodies.

Download the FREE SAMPLER HERE

http://www.ProducersEdgeMagazine.com/forumdownloads/halloween2012.zip


Also, the newest Mark of the Griffin is here. It’s a Halloween themed episode called NIGHT ZONE. If you don’t know, Drew Spence from PE Mag has been working on an adventure web series about a regular guy who is turned into a vigilante/detective. Check it out.

-Xodus Phoenix

BIg Fish Audio Free Kit of the Week -High quality ethnic cinematic percussion

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Score of India Big Fish Audio

Get this week’s free samplepack featuring one free kit of loops from Score of India: Percussion Loops. This pack only contains a partial set of loops from the included kit. The full library contains various other loops and samples from the kit. This set contains WAV, REX, and Apple Loop versions of each loop or sample.

High quality ethnic cinematic percussion is hard to come by. Today, you’re in luck. We’ve manage to take cinematic percussion and infuse it with the culture and sounds of India. In this 3.6 GB (1.27 GB of original 24-bit acidized WAV content) loop library you’ll find the perfect Indian rhythm beds to add to your musical score. Whether you are scoring an action packed drama, a soaring landscape, or a high speed chase scene, you’ll find a perfect fit with these loops.

http://demo.bigfishaudio.net/downloads/freekit_scoreofindia.zip

Full Package Link : http://www.bigfishaudio.com/detail.html?512424

Producer’s Edge Issue 10 Mr Porter

Producer's Edge Issue 10 Mr Porter

Mr Porter is transported. Issue 10

It’s Mr Porter, the producer behind Eminem, D12, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Game, Lil’ Kim, Obie Trice, G-Unit and so many more. Before he helped 50 Cent P.I.M.P, he was P.U.M.P.ING up a huge cast of rappers with monster tracks. He’ll take us back to his first placement and help you get to first place. We also have sick feature on Kerry ‘Krucial’ Brothers.

 Also, find out why your next studio secret-weapon might be downloaded from iTunes. This issue is jam-packed with sounds and samples from Big Fish Audio, Bluezone Corporation and Prime Loops

Read the Magazine for FREE here…

Producer’s Edge Magazine Issue 09 Special Holidaze FALL 2011

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment
Producer's Edge Issue 09 Cover Happy Holidaze

Are you Naughty or Nice with it?

Producer’s Edge Digital Magazine Issue 09 has dropped. This is a special Holidaze themed issue. It’s all about the giving and the getting- – ready to have a productive 2012 and beyond. We’ll rewind with tips for making better beats and finding your signature sound. By the end we’ll know if you’ve been Naughty or Nice.

Xtra Content Subscribers do not need to download any of the FREE content inside this issue. You will be getting every item included in your normal Issue Download Package. Check your email. This issue’s Download is 1 Gig in size and can be purchased separately.

This issue’s package contains samples from:

Big Fish Audio Southern Grilin

Big Fish Audio Grind Mode R&B

Big Fish Audio The Crate Ultimate Urban Samples

Big Fish Audio Beatage

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Enjoy the Holidaze Season and be safe, full of sound and productive.

-Drew Spence, Editor in Chief Producer’s Edge Magazine.

Issuu Producer’s Edge issue 09 Holidaze Special

http://issuu.com/producersedge/docs/issue_09_producers_edge_fall_2011

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