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Maschine Beatmaking Video – DJ Manipulator x The Drum Broker

14 Sep

DJ Manipulator knocking out a banger on Native Instruments Maschine using Drum Broker’s – Texture, Crunch, & Percussion by EARS Sample Pack


Beatmaking Video – V Don – Bodega Bamz “Bring Em Out” ft. Flatbush Zombies)

7 May

V Don knocking a beat out from Bodega Bamz latest project. V Don breaks down how he made ‘Bring Em Out’ featuring Flatbush Zombies on Fruityloops

Cop V Don’s Signature Drum Kits Here: V Don – Drum Kits


2 May

DJ Manipulator bangs out a dope ass beat for us in the 2nd installment of ‘Badland Sessions’. DJ Manipulator kills it using samples from vinyl and The Drum Broker’s International Breaks, Marco Polo’s – Pad Thai, and Jake One’s – Snare Jordan Kits exclusively!

Follow DJ Manipulator on Twitter by clicking here and download the Drum Samples from The Drum Broker by clicking here


29 Apr

DJ Manipulator bangs out a dope ass beat for us in this episode of ‘Badland Sessions’. DJ Manipulator kills it using samples from vinyl and The Drum Broker’s International Breaks, Marco Polo’s – Pad Thai, and Jake One’s – Snare Jordan Kits exclusively!

Follow DJ Manipulator on Twitter by clicking here and download the Drum Samples from The Drum Broker by clicking here


Ableton Live Beatmaking Video – MSXII Creative Space

7 Apr

M.Simp of MSXII breaks down a dope Push 2 beatmaking workflow with Ableton Live and the Ableton Push 2 controller in the latest Creative Space video. Simp mashes out a live beat incorporating some of MSXII’s Drum Samples, live sampling techniques, and some most excellent keys!

Don’t sleep on this Video!


Boom Bap Heroes Vol. 1: ASR-10 feat. Illmind, Emile, & Jake One

15 Jul

Brought to you by Cyrus & The Drum Broker


Custom Akai MPC’s from Big Noise MPC

21 Mar

Custom Akai MPC 2000XL from Big Noise MPC

Ran across an awesome boutique company out of the Bay Area called Big Noise MPC. Big Noise sells some really awesome custom wood grain paneled MPC’s (standalone or drum machine) along with a slew of MPC specific accessories, drum kits, and merchandise from Fat Beats. These panels are so nice it has me contemplating getting another MPC just to look pretty on my desk!

For more information on Big Noises’s MPC customization and their MPC Card Readers you can visit their site over here: or check out who also carry Big Noise MPC Product line.

Digital Digging – Why I Quit Sampling Vinyl

26 Jan

I want to preface this quick article by saying, I will never quit sampling entirely. It is absolutely crucial to my sound and the way I make beats. However, the time has come in my career and musical journey to change direction. Since I began making beats, I’ve been diggin in the crates for samples to flip. During the last 2 years, I have been digging in other places for samples, specifically digitally. I know some die hard vinyl junkies and beat makers won’t understand my reasoning and truthfully i’m not here to debate my departure from getting my fingers dusty. This is meant to be an insight into a new way of doing things and hopefully my readers can gain something from my insight.

Sync Licensing –

During the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to license my music for Television and Media (Sync Licensing) and capitialize on a new revenue stream aside from selling beats to independent artists and labels. The problem (and I hesitate to say “problem”) with sync licensing is that original and sample free music is a requirement to license. If your music contains samples, it must be pre-cleared, meaning you fork over the sample clearing fees in hopes that your song will generate a revenue stream. Considering the price of sample clearance fees, it makes more sense to avoid sampling entirely and create sample free music. It takes time to create sample free music using live instrumentation and synths. Time spent learning new instruments, time spent engineering sounds to have the essence of vinyl, and time spent breaking free of the constraints of sampling. This equates to less time for diggin in the crates.

Digital Digging –

Let’s face it… everyone is digging in the crates for samples. The inherent problem with diggin for vinyl is that everyone is sampling the same material and diggin in the same spots. In order to get unique samples, you have to dig hard (in other countries) and spend money (trade shows, rare vinyl, etc.). If you are like me, geographically displaced (I live in Alaska) finding rare samples and vinyl isn’t easy or possible. Again, less time spent making music and more time searching for samples. If you thoroughly enjoy digging for vinyl and are passionate, it makes sense to continue diggin in the crates. However, there is a whole new world of music waiting to be chopped up.

Its 2012 and the Internet has opened up a whole new way to access samples for making beats. Digital digging. Spotify, iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, and many other digital domains have become my modern day equivelent to the “milk crate”. There is tons of new music and genres to dig in and it is much easier to access digitally. Electronic, indie rock, new soul, etc. I’m big on workflow and efficiency, so it makes sense to spend less time finding samples while finding samples that less people are using.

Outsource your diggin –

Some people are going to disagree and even feel that it’s cheating, but I’ve outsourced my digging to some extent. I still want dusty samples! I want vinyl pop and crackle. I’ve been fortunate enough to run across a few diggers who send me samples to flip. It takes me 5 minutes to listen through the preview samplers and pick which tracks I want and bam… HQ Wav file is in my inbox 30 minutes later. You might call it cheating, I call it a competitive advantage. Again, less time physically digging for samples by taking advantage of a new workflow. I can knock out more beats and allocate more time to creating original music and honing in my mixing skills.

Love it or hate it, digital digging is acceptable and can change your workflow, creativity, and so much more if you are willing to embrace it.


Making beats on an iPad…Akai MPC Fly

20 Jan

Not gunna lie… this one might be tempting! As much as I wanna hate on this, making beats on the iPad just got a whole lot more legit. Lets check some features and specs, shall we?

The Hardware:

  • The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2
  • Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing
  • Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more
  • Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering
  • Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport
  • Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charges iPad when plugged into wall power

The App –

  • Sequence four tracks simultaneously: four-track mixer built in
  • Built in sound library of samples and drum kits
  • Record and overdub sequences and create and edit your own Programs
  • 16-Levels mode: play one sample at 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note variation slider allows you to manipulate attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable Swing setting
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing
  • Sample using internal mic or line-in and trim and categorize samples
  • Sample from your iPod library with turntable interface
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook or twitter
  • Supports WIST, Wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • Supports AudioPaste

The Specs –

  • Pads: 16 velocity sensitive with aftertouch. backlit by velocity
  • UI Buttons:Ideal performance controls available, including:
    • Note Repeat
    • Transport Controls
    • Mute / Solo
    • Track Select
    • Erase
    • Timing Correct

Akai announces the MPC Renaissance – EPIC FAIL? Or the Future?

6 Jan

Akai MPC Renaissance –

Oh Wow! Akai announces the new MPC… The “Renaissance” as they are labeling it. Looks to be about useful as the Native Instruments Maschine. Not really that impressed with hardware controller/software combinations. I don’t see the point. This is essentially the same thing as running a Pad controller + existing DAW… but if it bangs and speeds up your workflow, by all means go cop one!

Onward to the promo video!

Get hyped on this promo video…

MPC Renaissance Specs –

You can find out more about the MPC Renaissance in the video above, and specs are below.

We can also tell you that Akai has two more MPC products on the way: the MPC Studio looks set to be a slimline version of the MPC Renaissance (a Maschine Mikro rival, perhaps?) while, intriguingly, the MPC Fly is designed for the iPad 2. More details on these as we get them.

MPC Renaissance hardware

  • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
  • Vintage Mode changes output sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC transport controls
  • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac or PC with 64-track sequencing capability
  • Two XLR-1/4″ combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
  • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 2.0 hub built in
  • Up to eight pad banks―more than any other MPC ever
  • Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
  • Stereo 1/4″ out, stereo assignable mix 1/4″ out & S/PDIF I/O

MPC Renaissance software

  • 64-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Runs standalone and as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible