Monday, 28 March 2011

Great Tutorial for making Hip-Hop HITZ

I don't know who the hell this guy is, but he's funny, and obviously has his production skills DOWN. Note to all those purveyors of terrible toy-ass sounding wack hip-hop beats; the secret's out!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Zoiks there's a Linn LM-1 on eBay

Oh my gawd yes as the title of the post may suggest, a Linn LM-1 is on eBay UK:

The Linn LM-1 is one of the rarest drum machines everrrr. It was produced in incredibly small quantities, and initially only sold to a handful of superstar musicians (they were ludicrously expensive).

It was the first (I think?) drum machine to use real drum samples as the building-blocks of its soundbank (other drum machines such as the Roland TR-808 used analogue synthesis).  Drummers rumoured to have been 'sampled' for the LM-1's sounds included Jeff Porcaro and James Gadson (from the LM-1 wiki)

It's all over albums like 'Dare' by The Human League and 'I, Assassin' by Gary Numan, but of course, there's one artist who has the LM-1 featuring on pretty-much his entire discography... Prince

A huge part of what made (early 80s) Prince so awesome were his otherworldly drum sounds. Prince used the LM-1 exclusively, using extreme manipulation of the LM-1's onboard sound-shaping capabilites (pitch-shifting, envelope-shaping etc) to create sounds and grooves that were literally out of this world. The sounds are tricky to recreate, believe me i've tried and I own a bunch of LM-1 sample libraries. 

Goes to show, some machines have truly got soul...

Here's a list of classic Linn bangers. Some of them can even be sampled (shhh)

1. Prince- 'D.M.S.R'
2. League Unlimited Orchestra- 'Things That Dreams Are Made Of'
3. Gary Numan- 'Night Talk'
4. Prince- 'Raspberry Beret' (or Kiss, When Doves Cry etc etc)
5. Vanity 6- 'Nasty Girl'
6. Devo- 'Going Under'
7. Ultravox- 'We Came To Dance'
8. Alexander O'Neal- 'What's Missing' (Linn 9000 probably)
9. Daryl Hall & John Oates- 'Maneater'
10. Michael Jackson- 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

ANYWAY... I digress. Wonder how much this thing is going to go for... already at £1600 with tiiimmme to go blud...

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

In the studio with... Chromeo

My sister had a go at me recently, saying that my blog only featured music of African-American and Hispanic musicians.

Not that that's a bad thing, but for the sake of racial equality, here are some white boys, Canada's finest (fuck an arcade fire);

CHROMEO. Rocking some old-school MIDI vibes in the studio on a Pentium 3 and an insane arsenal of 1980's funk synthesizers and drum machines. Head to the 2-minute-mark for some of that original oberheim flavaaa.

Nice studio lads. As Liz Lemon likes to say in 30 Rock, 'I... want... to... go... to... there'

With thanks to Neil for the tip-off, and through gritted-teeth I must thank v-v-v-vice for the content