Friday, December 7, 2012

Man Vs. Machine

Well i went a head and got something that I said that i was not going to get.  I know that music producers and music players have a ton of gear lust.  Every year  something new is released, that was better than last year's model.  So you go through the song and dance of trying to convince yourself that you're not going to buy anything new no matter how nice it is, as you are still learning the In's and Out's of  last year's model.   So you try not to read the reviews and fall for the hype wagon about how much better this model is compared to yours.  Then you switch to "Ok I can maybe get this new joint if I just sale my old one and some other things I don't use any more". Or you try to convince yourself that you could put some money away and buy it, but if you are like me, you have rent, car notes, insurance, kids etc.. better yet you have "LIFE" and no matter how much you rob Peter to pay Paul, Peter still comes by to look for his cut.  So what do you do in this instance?   You buy OLD equipment, that you wanted when it was new equipment. 

I started out using and old program called Plamsa with was made by Cakewalk. just used it mainly for recording mix tapes to use when i did radio when i didn't feel like taking the turntables up to the studio. Then i got the producing bug and wanted a sampler so that i could start producing my own joints.  My first sampler was: The Peavey Sp

In order to use the Peavey SP you had to have a way to trigger the samples because the Peavey SP wasn't a sequencer, it was just a sample editor. What I used were 2 Hr 16's I had a HR-16B and Mixofilx had a HR 16 OG.

We did many of beat tapes with this set up, but it was a pain because the way that the HR's and the Peavey were set, you didn't have a click track or anything to put you on the 1 of the beat.  so we just had to use a work around.  By using the work around it taught you to use your ears and pay attention to the smallest of details to make sure that you were making something funky!  After this we ventured off in to MPC's Ejay, Fruity Loops etc... If it made beats we tried to touch and learn all we could, but it became over whelming to try to keep up with everything that was coming out.  so we settled on NI's Maschine and Mikro. which brings me full circle  when we had our studio we were using pro-tools M-Powered and using the Mackie 1220i Onyx FW  which was really good, but the m-box is kinda handicapped but effective.  I always wanted to get the Digi 002 with Pro-Tools LE, just never could justify the cost of it.  The beauty of old equipment is that the price comes down eventually that  you can afford it.  So yell we finally got one, even though it like 7-8 years old it doesn't matter because it does what we need it to do. So to all the producers out here that think that you have to have the newest joints, trust me you don't!  It's the man that makes the machine and not the machine that makes the man.


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