Interview with The Sampler's Podcast

I recently was blessed with the privilege to speak with our friends over at The Daydream Sound about business, life, finances, fatherhood, the internet, today's landscape as a producer and much more. Episode 31 of this dope podcast covers a lot of ground and provides more insight to the MSXII collective school of thought. Hope you're blessed by it and find some value in it! Enjoy!

 

Master Your MPC: Creative Lessons Ep. 1

Even though alot of you ask, I rarely get to show some of my process while creating. Time won’t allow between actual work & family. What I typically do is share it sometimes on my @MSXIISOUND channel’s Instagram & Insta Stories. This particular story was from the sessions we were working on during for the Akai MPC Expansion Soul Provider 2. I didn’t put this one on the actual expansion, but there’s another kit on there (“Gordine”) that was built with the exact same process, vocal technique, and sampling workflows. Still had this in my phone so I figured I’d make a series of it from time to time. Enjoy Creative Lessons. I’ll post these as I have time & feel inspired. Leave a comment if ya dig!

 

Talking Lo-Fly Dirt, Fly Tape, the Current iOS Music Landscape and More with AudioKitPro

I recntly spoke with the AudioKitPro team about my thoughts on the future of iOS music production, the current mobile music landscape, how sound designing & music production has influenced the decision to take MSXII more mobile, and much more. It's a very in-depth, insightful look into where things are headed with my company MSXII Sound Design. I also gave a bit of info about 2 new upcoming MSXII iOS apps that are already in development! Enjoy!

 

Working on the new Serato Studio

We can finally speak on this as the first round of beta testing is out. Serato Studio is a project we worked on for nearly a year and half along side the homies there at Serato. They’ve created a super simple DAW that runs just as dope as any & hosts Serato Sample. My squad and I have built probably 70% of the stock library content with more to come! All unheard MSXII stuff…new drums, loops, samples, instruments, and much more. Peep DSTL & I as we linked up with the Serato fam in LA to speak about our contributions. Background track provided by ya boy…actually built in Serato Studio with a few our sounds. Squad up!

 

Soul Provider 2 MPC Expansion

One of our favorite projects is back with a dope follow up! Soul Provider 2 got the level up treatment recently as we locked in on the MPC to bring you tons of new, exclusive material in the format. It’s also the first expansion Akai will carry for all three lines; the MPC X, Live, and the new Akai Force. Peep the demos + my guy JK Swopes [from soundsandgear.com] review!

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Drums Out The SP404 Series

Been working on a new series of dope drums w/the team. Tons of unique stuff in these drum kits with heavy processing & such for the champs. Shot a quick video demostrating the sound with some added Fly Tape & Lo-Fly Dirt FX thru the iPad. Whole demo track below. Enjoy!

 
 

Lo-Fly Dirt Featured in Sound On Sound Magazine

Anyone that really knows me can tell you I’ve spent a ton of time at Hastings reading music magazines back in the day. Sound On Sound was a go-to joint for me. Now, to see our app Lo-Fly Dirt featured in the magazine, makes the win that much sweeter. Huge deal for us and most definitely grateful for the write up by SOS!

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“Lo‑Fly Dirt is provided as an AU3 plug‑in only but should run fine in any iOS AU host such as AUM, AudioBus, BeatMaker 3, GarageBand or, as I did with my own testing, Cubasis. Having inserted the plug‑in on a suitable track, the app is simple enough to use. Bottom‑left are the input and output faders (by default, these seem to be set to zero; raise them to hear what the effect is doing), while the large dial that dominates the GUI is a dry/wet knob rather than a gain control. Wound increasingly clockwise, you get 'more' of the effected audio.

In terms of lo‑fi processing, the app offers seven modes, each with a different flavour of lo‑fi treatment. These are arranged along the top of the display and you cycle through them using the Mode button. With none of the virtual LEDs alight, you get the Default mode which delivers a very light saturation effect. This is really rather nice and can be used on almost any audio source. This includes vocals, where a little can add a nice warmth and a lot can give you some grit without things ever going too far.”

Read the complete article.

 
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Beats via MSXII Sound

Quick joint from a recent demo. Most of my new material is usually pulling up in these…Enjoy!

 

70's Soul Aesthetics Vinyl from MSXII

If you've been around the MSXII movement for any amount of time, you know we still wholeheartedly believe in tangible, physical mediums in music production. While digital offers so much, there's still something about "holding" a great product. 

We're extremely proud to present, The 70's Soul Aesthetics Vinyl! This incredible 12" LP is now shipping worldwide. Enjoy the video shot by our fam via 343 Media and cop the vinyl at the link below!

Get the 70's Soul Aesthetics 12" Vinyl - Click Here