2 posts categorized "Gear and Equipment for Making Beats"

March 20, 2011

Large Professor on Trying Different Beat Machines

Beatmaking Pioneer Advises To Keep An Open Mind To New Gear

By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)

For most beatmakers, gear changes and explorations are, at one time or another, inevitable. Pursuing your own style and sound has a lot to do with setup that you use. So it should come as no surprise that setup changes are often necessary.

In the video below, Large Professor talks about how he tried out all of the major beat machines (E-Mu SP 1200, Ensonic ASR-10, Akai MPC) of his time, and how it was RZA who helped influence his decision. But whether it was Large Pro's quest to broaden his sound, or a simple case of curiosity and exploration, one thing's for certain: the recording budget—something not afforded to most—definitely gave him the freedom and resources to try out new beat machines.

The video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

Large Pro talks machines and Rza's influence (via Grind Music Radio)

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December 05, 2010

iPad as Handy Music Production Tool

Using the iPad as Wireless MIDI Controller

By AMIR SAID (SA'ID)

Continuing their support of the electronic music production community, computer and hi-tech electronics maker Apple has added MIDI control functionality to the capabilities arsenal of their recently launched iPad. Upon first hearing the news, I envisioned such usage of the iPad in a mobile setting. However, the various videos that I've seen thus far detail the iPad in use as a MIDI controller within a static studio setting.

So does iPad's bonus power mean that some beatmakers will replace their favorite keyboard/drum pad MIDI controllers with the iPad? Probably not. But for users of the Logic DAW (also by Apple), the iPad just might come in handy. In the videos below, both by electronic music producer and all-around tech guy Noe Ruiz (@Ecken on Twitter), the iPad is used similar to how Digidesign's table top (non-rackmount) hardware interface works with its Pro Tools software. The first video is really a demo of the iPad at work, and I must say, it looks quite impressive. The second video is more of the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up the iPad to work with Logic.

For educational purposes...

Making Music with the iPad, video via videopixil


Pixil.info - How to Use iPad as Midi Controller for Logic, video via videopixil

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