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Kanye West – This is how he does it.

December 9, 2008

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During the past eight years, the 26-year-old has racked up triumphs with such big-money movers as Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Nas, Alicia Keys and Eminem. How does he do it? Not with any Digidesign Pro Tools or Emagic Logic rig, that’s for sure. “I don’t use a computer or a lot of equipment in my studio,” West declares.

“What do I need all that stuff for?”

West uses four primary pieces for sampling, sequencing and recording duties: An Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard, an Akai MPC2000 MIDI Production Center, a Roland VS-1880 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation and a Gemini PT-1000 II turntable.

One of West’s trademarks, besides classic ’70s soul loops, is ample use of speed. Almost every other track on The College Dropout features a sped-up vocal sample, be it Dinah Washington on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” or Chaka Khan on “Through the Wire.”

Kanye’s use the MPC sampler is inspiring.  For all the musicians who wrestle with PC’s his process is liverating to watch.

“I sample them at regular speed, then speed them up inside the ASR-10,” he explains. “I just put the pitch up on the sampler, and it will go faster. The ASR-10 is like my left hand. I can chop samples into 61 pieces without wasting any memory. A lot of old songs are too slow to rap on. So I got to speed them up to a rappable tempo.”

Crag Bauer had this to say about him. “Well, Kanye takes the word meticulous to a whole a new level. The way he works he just isn’t content until he’s tried recording and mixing a song every conceivable way. I was getting calls from A&Rs in July saying, “We have to stop him. We have to cut him off because he’s going to miss another release date.” And my response was always like, “Well you guys have to tell me what you want me to do.” And that call saying, “OK, you’re done, send it in,” would never come. Nobody from the record company tells Kanye anything. To the point where he was in mastering at Sony in New York and ended up booking studio time to do some more recording during the mastering process. In fact, story has it that during the mastering he was listening to the final version with Jay-Z and LA Reid from beginning to end. After they finished listening to the album, Jay-Z and LA Reid both were talking about how much they loved it and Kanye said, “It’s not even done.” And they both were like, “OK. Do what you’ve go to do.” So he kept on going and my belief is that he would have kept on going forever if it wasn’t for the fact that the timing of the release coincided with the MTV Video Music Awards.

Akai MPC1000

Production power, on the move. Inheriting all the essential features which make the MPC series so iconic, the MPC1000 is not only a perfect complement to its larger MPC siblings, but a powerful Music Production Center in its own right. The MPC1000 combines a 64 Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32 voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16 velocity…

Akai XR20

The AKAI XR20 BEAT PRODUCTION center. Superb controller, the power of MPC creativity for your own sequencer. The AKAI XR20 is a portable beat production center loaded with a sound set that is geared towards making hip hop and R&B beats wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. The XR 20 has over 700 pre-loaded sounds and an integrated effects engine.

Akai MPC5000

The Akai MPC5000 is the first MPC ever to include 8-track streaming hard disk recording, a 20-voice, 3-oscillator analog synthesizer with arpeggiator, a new sequencing engine with 960 ppq resolution, pad and track muting and mixing, 64 continuous sample tracks. In addition, the AKAI MPC5000 features a 64-voice drum/phrase sampler with 64MB memory Ð expandable up to 192MB.

Technics SL-1210MK2 (Single)

The Technics SL1210 Mk2 is the established DJ turntable, with solid build, high torque motor and stable tone arm. The legend itself, the SL-1210MK2, which is featured in the Science Museum in London as one of the pieces of technology that have shaped the World we live in. Overwhelmingly favoured by professional DJs the SL-1210MK2’s precision moulded diecast cabinet and…

Source:

http://remixmag.com/mag

http://www.eqmag.com/

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Auralex Famous Clients List!

November 20, 2008

Auralex has just released a list of some of their clients. Quite impressive. If you are looking for Acoustic Treatment products…you can’t really go wrong with Auralex!

“Auralex has 32 years of helping famous folks sound their best, and here’s a sampling of some of the notable entities with whom we’ve worked, often on multiple projects. You’re sure to recognize quite a few of these names, but bear in mind that this is just a sampling…and we’re contractually prohibited from mentioning many of our clients by name.

“A few of them would be tops on this list if we were allowed to mention them.

“The reason the Famous Clients List should be important to you is this. Auralex makes available to ALL our customers the exact same consulting expertise and technical firepower that helps our most famous clients. So, no matter whether you’ve got a few hundred bucks to spend or the kind of mega-budgets many of these clients are used to, you can rest assured that the friendly, competent engineers at Auralex will help your space be the absolute best it can be. I promise that you’ll enjoy dealing with Auralex, just as these famous clients did, and that you’ll be more than pleased with the results we help you attain.”

Eric Smith
Founder & President

·          ABC Radio Network
·          ABC TV
·          AT&T
·          Adaptec
·          Alan Meyerson
·          Alto Reed (Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band)
·          An Anonymous “Phamous” Rock Band
·          Andrew Gold
·          Andy Cichon (Shania Twain, Billy Joel)
·          Anheuser-Busch
·          Apple Computer
·          Ardent Studios
·          Art Academy of San Francisco
·          Audio Technica
·          Audix
·          Azden
·          Baldwin Pianos
·          Barnes & Noble, New York City
·          Barney & Friends
·          Barry Carl (Rockapella)
·          Beavis & Butthead
·          Bell Telephone Research Labs
·          Ben Fowler (E. Clapton, M. McDonald, Bad Co.)
·          Berklee College Of Music
·          Beyonce
·          Bill Fulton (I Am Weasel/Cartoon Network)
·          Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead)
·          Blue Man Group
·          Blues Saraceno (M. Bolton, T. Dayne, Cher, Jack Bruce)
·          Bob Hodas (acoustician)
·          Bob Kevoian (The Bob & Tom Show)
·          Boeing
·          Bootsy Collins
·          Bose
·          Brian Foraker (Heart, Yes, KISS, Starship, Night Ranger, .38 Special, Whitesnake, ELP, etc.)
·          Brian Knave
·          Brian May (Queen)
·          Brian Tankersley (Joel Osteen, Sawyer Brown, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn)
·          Brigham Young University
·          CBS Radio Network
·          CBS Sports
·          CBS Television’s CSI
·          Carvin
·          Castle Oak Productions (Titanic, Tremors, Wings, 21 Jump Street, Jose Feliciano, Sergio Mendes)
·          Celine Dion
·          CharlieUniformTango, Dallas (Cadillac, JC Penney, AT&T)
·          Chevron USA
·          Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down
·          Christopher Cross
·          Chuck Surack (Sweetwater Sound)
·          Cigna Insurance
·          Cinema Video
·          Clay Krasner (Chely Wright)
·          Clint Black
·          Cobra Golf
·          Collateral Damage (Warner Bros./A. Schwarzenegger Film)
·          Collective Soul
·          Community Loudspeakers
·          Crawford Post
·          Daniel Spitz (Anthrax)
·          Danny Seraphine (original drummer of Chicago)
·          Dave Meniketti (Y&T, Taco Bell, Levi’s, Mattel)
·          David Paglia (producer/engineer)
·          David Rosenthal (B. Joel, B. Springsteen, Robt. Palmer)
·          David Schwartz (Northern Exposure, Ellen Degeneres, etc.)
·          Deftones
·          Dennis DeYoung, James Young & Todd Sucherman (Styx)
·          Denver Center For The Performing Arts
·          Dick Ervasti (Voice of Sports on Fox & Tons More)
·          Dick Wilkerson (Former Voice of WGN-TV, Chicago)
·          Digidesign
·          Digital Insight
·          Digital Sound Works (Babylon 5, Frazier/Becker, NBC, ABC)
·          Doane Perry (Jethro Tull)
·          Dominic Guss (Stevie Nicks, The Outfield, Kurzweil)
·          Don LaFontaine (voiceover god)
·          D’arcy & Smashing Pumpkins
·          Dr. Laura
·          Dreamworks
·          EA Sports
·          ESPN
·          Eddie Kramer (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, AC/DC)
·          Ed Friedland (Bass Guitar Magazine)
·          Editel
·          Electroplex
·          Ensoniq
·          Eric Clapton
·          Event Electronics
·          Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
·          Famous Detroit Rapper
·          Fender Museum
·          Folded Space Technologies
·          Ford Motor Company
·          Fruit of the Loom Country Comfort Tour
·          Full Sail Center For The Recording Arts
·          General Dynamics
·          George Lynch, Grammy®-Winner (Lynch Mob, Dokken)
·          George Terry (Eric Clapton Band)
·          Gibson
·          Gino & Ross Vannelli
·          Gordon Campbell (Earth Wind & Fire, etc.)
·          Greg Karukas
·          Harman Automotive
·          Harpo Studios (Oprah Winfrey’s Company)
·          Healing Sixes
·          Henry Lee Summer
·          Hitachi
·          Hunter Fan Company
·          Investor’s Business Daily
·          Irving Azoff
·          JBL
·          James Taylor
·          Jars of Clay
·          Jeff Marino (Carolyn Dawn-Johnson)
·          Jerry Ragavoy (songwriter, producer, and founder of the Hit Factory)
·          Jerry Springer (editing suites)
·          Jim Bratton (Dow, Exxon, Shell, Continental, Compaq)
·          Jim Brock (Kathy Mateo)
·          Joe Bonamassa (#1 Billboard® Blues Artist)
·          Joe “Guido” Welsh (Wal-Mart, Atlanta Hawks, Turner Netwk.)
·          Joey Donatello (J. Jackson, T. Yearwood, T. Braxton, R. Kelly)
·          John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs)
·          John Baxter (Re-Flex)
·          John Blackwell (drummer with Prince, Patti LaBelle)
·          John Ferenzik (Todd Rundgren)
·          John Kay (Steppenwolf)
·          Johnny A
·          Journey
·          Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center
·          Kansas City Royals Broadcasting
·          Kathy Mattea
·          Kenny Aronoff (Mellencamp, Fogerty, Etheridge, Seger)
·          Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush. Healing Sixes)
·          Klipsch
·          Kodak
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