Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine--Classic Sound

The Alesis SR-16 is a classic drum machine that still has a powerful sound. It is still totally relevant. It offers 233 drum sounds in high quality. It has a built in drum sequencer so you can create your own patterns. Each pad is assignable and you can manipulate the drum sounds. It truly is a classic and easy to use.
This drum machine has been around for ages and is still used today in every genre. It only sells for $150.

Here are the facts:

  • 16-bit stereo drum machine
  • 233 brand new drum and rhythm samples
  • Dynamic Articulation
  • 50 preset rhythm patterns w/ A-B variation
  • Fully programmable
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Choosing a school for Recording and Music Business

When choosing a school to go to that teaches recording and music business, you should be aware of some important things. It can be a wonderful experience going to a school for music and recording because you will be able to meet and network with other musicians and studio engineers. Being in class with so many other people with the same interests is an amazing motivational situation. Keep in mind also that jobs are pretty scarce in the music industry. You just have to keep an open mind on what you want to do. Most schools have a Recording arts and Technologies program that are 2 year degrees where you will earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. Some places such as Full Sail in Florida, deal exclusively in audio recording, film and video games which is amazing. It is smart to have a degree especially if you are going for a job somewhere and it is between you and another person without a degree, I would like to think the employer would choose the person with a degree because it shows more experience and education in that field. These days most major colleges have a 2 year music and recording side program so check your local schools.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WindTech PopGard 2000-Microphone Pop Filter

This new and unique pop filter made by WindTech is a perfect alternative to the tradition gooseneck pop filters. As we all know, pop filters are used to limit unwanted "plosives" when recording vocals. This weighs less than an ounce and fits to most condenser mics using elastic bands. It is also very easy to clean.
It sells for $30 and the price cannot be beat.

Here are the facts:
  • Made from hydrophobic material that keep moisture away from your mic
  • Stops plosives while recording
  • Weighs less than one ounce
  • Easy to clean

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LogicKeyboard Pro Tools Advance Keyboard

This USB keyboard for Pro Tools - Mac, is a unique and wonderful way to control your Pro Tools recording sessions to a tee. Not only does it offer standard computer keyboard keys, it also has color-coded keys with Pro Tools shortcuts printed on them. It can save a ton of time recording, editing and mixing. It is a pretty good way to quickly learn all the keyboard commands used in Pro Tools. It sells for around $110.

Here are the facts:
  • Text and icons for main Pro Tools custom key commands, in addition to standard keyboard alphanumeric lettering
  • Based on ro Ultra Thin Alu Keyboard

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tascam SS-CDR200 CD Recorder

The Tascam SS-CDR200 is a rackmountable SD card, USB flash drive, and CD-R recorder. You can use it in the studio to make CD's, or you can use it at your live shows to capture your whole set. Simple controls make it a breeze to use. It runs for about $1,000.

Here are the facts:
  • Flexible rackmountable recorder with support for CD-RW, SD card, or USB flash drive
  • Perfect for permanent installation in schools, churches, or theaters
  • Records in WAV or MP3 format to match your needs
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs and outputs for maximum versatility
  • PS/2 keyboard input for folder/file naming and remote control
  • Optional RCSS-20 for remote control (sold separately)
 Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks!
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit your music on either site!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Samson SR850 Studio Reference Headphones

The Samson SR850's are a semi-open-back studio reference headphone with superior sound. They offer deep bass and clean high frequencies. It is a nice pair of mixing headphones for the price. They go for around $60 and at that price you can afford to pick up 2 pairs for other people recording in your studio.

Here are the facts:

  • Oversized 50mm drivers deliver extraordinary depth and low-end resolution
  • Semi-open-back design prevents overwhelming bass, allowing you to hear fine details of your tracks
  • Self-adjusting headband is both secure and comfortable - great for long listening sessions
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks!
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit your music on either site!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hip-Hop Vs Rap

People who are die hard "Hip-Hop" heads will always hate on "Rap" artists like Waka Flaka. They feel like an artist like that is not a real lyricist. Which is true to an extent. You have to look at it like this, artists like Common and Waka are totally different. It is like comparing apples and oranges. Hip-Hop and Rap are just completely different styles that in the same basic genre. Why do people like "Rap" like a Gucci Mane or Waka Flaka? They like it because it is fun music, party music. Not everyone wants to listen to a song and be deep in thought. People want to dance and get a little wild. Sure the lyrical content may not always be there with these type of artists, but it is fun. I love all forms of Hip-Hop. Some songs suck on both sides but a good song is a good song. So the moral of the story is if you want to make intelligent type lyrical music with meaning then do it. If you want to be a little more loose and make fun, dance, get wild type Rap, then do it! There are fans for both and that is just how it is. Just do it to the best of your ability and do not cut corners with production and delivery in your music. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tempest Hybrid Drum Machine and Synth

The Dave Smith Instruments "Tempest" is a wonderful analog/digital Hybrid Drum Machine and Synthesizer. It has a cool "old school" look and feel but it is a complete beat maker, synth and sequencer all in one. It comes loaded with a large bank of sounds that you can tweak to create whatever you desire.
It sells for around $2000 and is worth every penny.
Here are the facts:

  • 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive backlit drum trigger pads in an 8 x 2 matrix
  • 6 analog voices, each with 2 analog oscillators and 2 digital oscillators, loaded with a large bank of included samples
  • Modulation path includes Dave Smith's classic analog lowpass filter with audio-rate modulation, highpass filter, analog VCA with feedback, 5 envelopes, 2 LFOs, and an extraordinary variety of analog modulation routing options
  • Doubles as a 6-voice analog synth
  • 6 direct voice outputs plus stereo mix outputs, headphones outputs,
  • 2 inputs for foot switches or expression pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • USB
  • 90 panel controls
  • Bright 256 x 64 OLED display
  • Realtime and step recording
  • ROLL button permits creating drum rolls or repeated groove patterns by varying pad pressure as
  • the beat records
  • ROLL button doubles as a momemtary "stutter" effect when the pads are assigned to play beats. Sustain button holds the note of tuned parts (like a keyboard's Sustain pedal) or to choke drum sounds or drumbeats when the pad is released
  • 2 pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers permit real-time recording of note or beat-wide sound parameter changes into the drumbeat as you play
  • A variety of unique effects:
  • Stereo analog compressor and distortion circuits affect the stereo output mix
  • Beat-synced delay is achieved by generating additional delayed note events within the sequencer
  • A beat-synced "stutter" effect is created entirely within the sequencer by looping short portions of the drumbeat on demand
  • Adjustable swing timing with realtime control
  • Dimensions: 15.4" L x 9" W x 2.5" H

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Studio Monitors: Sonodyne SM 200AK

If you are looking for a decent pair of recording studio monitors then check out the Sonodyne SM 200AK monitors. These bad boys are active Bi-amped Nearfield Monitors with 150W 8" Kevlar Woofer and 100W 1" Metal Dome Tweeter. They go for around $800 each but are worth the price if you have the money.

Here are the facts:

  • A serious professional reference monitor for broadcast or recording
  • Controls - front: power switch and volume control
  • Controls - rear: gain control, 4 dip switches for bass/treble tilt, bass roll-off
  • Wall-mount and stand-mount options
  • Lockable XLR input
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PreSonus FaderPort

This has been around for awhile but is still worth buying. The PreSonus FaderPort is a 1-channel USB MIDI Fader with Transport Controls and Pan, Mute, Solo, and Record Enable. It will work with any Mac and PC recording software including Pro Tools and Cubase. Perfect for precise mixing. Switch between channels and adjust as needed. Installation and set up is easy. It sells for around $130 and it does so much.

Here are the facts:
  • Mouse-free music production
  • Complete recording transport control
  • Smooth, long throw motorized fader
  • Write single channel or group channel automation
  • Pan control, mute, solo, record enable
  • Quick window selection (edit, mix, transport)
  • Footswitch jack for hands free punch in/out
  • Compatible with all major Mac and Windows recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, and Logic, with more coming soon
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site





Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Making a career as a recording artist

Here is a bit of advice for those wanting a career as a recording artist. Always remember that people do not owe you anything. Do not expect to get everything for free. Just because you are a "musician" doesn't mean you do not have to work your way up and pay dues. Just because you and your friends think your music is incredible does not mean you are a "superstar". The same goes when promoting your own music to radio. If the program director blows you off or doesn't play your music all that much, do not take it personal. It is just the way it is. Program directors here the same crap from every musician out there that his/her music is better than everyone else and blah blah blah. Do not get mad, threaten and burn bridges. Always be persistent, but do not make an idiot of yourself. Be persistent, creative and pleasant. This is a business and you will get treated with respect if you act like a business man! A career is music is a tough nut to crack.

Friday, November 4, 2011

USB Midi Controller: Novation Impulse Keyboard

The Novation Impulse is a top notch 61-key USB MIDI Controller with Semi-weighted Keys, 25 Knobs/Faders/Pads, Dedicated Transport Controls, and DAW/Instrument/Automap Software. This is a first class keyboard and works with all DAWS from Cubase to Pro Tools and everything in between. It pretty much has everything you need for control including faders and drum pads.
It is selling for around $400 now. Great price for the features.

 Here are the facts:
  • Ultra-responsive semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins
  • Comprehansive DAW/plug-in control surface
  • 9 faders, 8 rotarys, 8 pads, transport controls, and an army of buttons
  • Custom LCD screen always keep you status-savvy
  • Multi-function drum pads let you warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch clips in Ableton Live
  • Ships with Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station, Loopmasters sample library, and Mike The Drummer

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to promote your music

When you release your music to the public you will need to heavily promote it if you want to make sales.
Music promotion takes time and you must put in work. Here are some tips.

1. Get full color postcards printed showing where fans can buy your CD. Include stores and websites where it is available. Pass them out at shows.
2.  Try and get the album reviewed at as many websites, blogs, Ezines and newspapers possible. Any media outlet that has a music review section.
3. Do as many shows as possible.
4. Give away 1 free song online.
5. Make a music video. These days it is fairly affordable to do. Put it on your website and Youtube. Facebook as well. This will help a ton!
6. Send your "single" to as many college radio stations as possible. Also send an Mp3 to as many online radio stations as you can find.
7.  Price the CD to sell. Unless you are a major act, with a large fan following, do not expect to get $15 for your CD. Most people do not want to pay anymore than $10. Most only want to pay $5. Just make sure you are still making a profit.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site