Tell Your Friends!

Got any old summer jams that you want to hear a new remix to? Submit them to VinylBeatsBlog to get it sampled and maybe turned into a new song! Either leave them in the comments or tweet them on twitter with the hashtag #VinylBeatsBlog to let me know! Everybody has that one feel good summer jam that they know can be remixed into something new and crazy! Share the idea with your friends and family while you all spend this nice weather outside bumpin’ good tunes!

oh yeah and p.s. shout out all my peoples graduating we made it!

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Other Music Production Sites?

There are various other similar websites to VinylBlogBeats online that are dedicated to the art of hip-hop sampling. Many of these sites incorporate blogging into their scheme, but go beyond blogging and add even more content. One example is the subreddit MakingHiphop, a section of Reddit where amateur music producers discuss the ins-and-outs of writing, producing and recording music. Another example is futureproducers, which is more of a forum-structured site for users to ask questions about the process of recording and mixing music. Visitors to the site range from beginners to veterans of music production with a large body of work behind them to prove it. Both sites are valuable resources for any music producers hoping to learn about what’s out there!

Peanut-ize Me

I thought this assignment was pretty entertaining for my Strategic Presentation class. We used the Peanutize Me website to create a Peanuts-style avatar for ourselves. The purpose of Peanutize Me is to serve as an advertisement for the latest Peanuts movie to release in 2015. The avatar creator allows the user to cycle through various choices for things like skin color, hair style and eye or mouth shape to tailor the Peanuts character to your liking, more or less. It’s a funny little app that allows you to export your character as either a profile picture or desktop wallpaper size to use. The layout of the site and the avatar creator is extremely simple and straightforward, with a simple but effective design scheme. While the choices for the physical features of the avatar were pretty in depth, I felt like the selection for clothes and other items for the character were limited. I would have liked to see some sort of music-related theme to go with the character (Schroeder had the piano, right?) but overall I thought the app was pretty cool. It allows the user to express their own creativity through the eyes of a great artist like Charles M. Schultz, who created a timeless masterpiece in Peanuts. View my Peanuts counterpart below:

 

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Creative Commons

I have been sampling since high school, and I have to say sampling is something that you have to keep practicing and learning. I had to watch multiple videos when I was trying to learn how to sample beats and records using different DAWs. Creative Commons can be a go to place to search for videos to learn from because in this manner in agreement to the Fair Use Checklist.

This video meets the benchmarks that are given to be viewed as that of “favoring reasonable use” alongside meeting moral and copyright principles. So I decided I was going to use this video from the creative commons search engine because it can easily teach my readers how to sample their record of choice using any application explained in the video. I chose a video by EJ Fox, he states, “Wanted to make a quick video because I wished I had something like this when I was trying to figure it out. How to find a sample on YouTube, import it into Logic, chop it up, and then play it on a beat.”. I hope you learn from the video check out the link below.

How to use samples to make a beat

“Producing That Fire” Meme

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When I saw this theme I realized this was the one I wanted to use. It had one of the worlds most know actor Tom Cruise laughing sitting in his hysterically, when you know you’re making money. The photoshop edit on it also made is kinda of look creepy, which made the whole meme look so funny and perfect I had to use it for my blog. It is similar to one of those smart humorous themes that make people laugh but also understand that I make and continue to produce fire music from samples I make.

The “Laughing Tom Cruise” is a series of photoshopped images and remix videos based on a press photograph of the famous American actor laughing maniacally during his on-stage appearance as a guest speaker at a Yahoo! conference in early 2006. On January sixteenth, 2008, YouTuber Suburban Hicks[6] transferred a video titled “Tom Cruise Maniac Laugh (REMIX)” which includes a clasp of Tom Cruise manically giggling brought from a meeting with Cruise delivered by the Church of Scientology, which was spilled to YouTube that month, the same meeting the congregation attempted to have expelled, starting Project Chanology. As of October 2014, the remix has increased more than 250,000 perspectives.

Social Media

Do you have a song that you think could be sampled and made into something new and dope? There are various online platforms where music producers get together to post songs they think could be used to flip into a new beat. Sometimes, a voting process goes down that lets the viewers select who makes the best beat either by sample used or on a weekly submission basis. When producers use the same sample in a competition, its usually interesting to see how different people can go at chopping, layering and manipulating the sample in their own unique way. Usually, it’s the unexpected ones that catch people’s ear and have the most potential. One example of a place like this is the “Flip This!” section of the forum at futureproducers.com. Users post links of songs (usually songs from vinyl that have been uploaded to YouTube) with the beat they made out of it, and other users follow suit.

So if you have any tracks that you like, or that you want to hear a new spin on tweet a link to it with #VinylBeatsBlog and show me! I want to see what genres of music my viewers listen to and maybe it can be sampled!

Jumpin Out Da Jing!

So I’m back with another screen cast for Strategic Presentation! It made sense that I should do a screen cast about sampling and show what goes on in the program I use (Logic Pro 9) when you want to sample a song. The assignment for using Jing to do a screen cast previously went pretty smoothly so I figured this would be the same. I tried to keep all the technical information to a minimum because Jing screen casts had a 5 minute time limit, but I still had to split it up into two separate videos. When Jing asked me if I wanted to “Help make Jing better!” when I signed up I hit them with the:

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But my only advice now would be longer video times and the ability to edit the finished product lol. Other then that I think the screen casts turned out pretty decent. I’ve watched what feels like a million of them over the years trying to learn how to use programs and plugins but I never made my own until now. The song I used to sample in the videos is “It’s All Over” by Lee Fields. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

SCREEN CAST FOR DAT ASSignment Part 1 and Part 2

 

Jing Screencast

So this assignment for Strategic Presentation called for creating a screen cast about a blog we visit using a program called Jing. I went to the site at https://www.techsmith.com/jing.html, downloaded Jing and watched the short tutorial video that greets you when you open it for the first time. In all seriousness, the tutorial is probably unnecessary because Jing is so ridiculously easy to use. The screen casts are started by clicking the small yellow bubble that Jing creates in the top right corner of your screen, where more options can be chosen. you can choose to capture just a still image or a video of what is being displayed on your computer. I chose the video option and Jing asked me to select which area of my screen i wanted to record. It then automatically detected my laptop’s built in microphone and i was ready to screen cast. The whole process of recording and uploading the video to the screen cast server was incredibly simple and streamlined. However, like other people doing this assignment have mentioned the biggest thing missing from Jing is the ability to edit what you record over your screen cast. Since you cannot remove instances where you misspeak or where things on screen don’t go exactly as planned, I needed to record my screen cast over from the beginning a few times. Other then that, Jing seems like it would be a useful application to have access to. I chose to record my screen cast while visiting the blog http://hiphopmakers.com/.

You can listen to the screen cast here!

In terms of my own blog, screen casting could be a great tool in demonstrating music production techniques that I use. Since it allows my viewers to see exactly what is occurring on my screen while I speak, it could easily be used to show how I manipulate settings and plug-ins to achieve different sounds. I have watched countless screen cast tutorials over my years learning music production and they have been extremely helpful in learning new things about the programs I use. Thanks for checking out my post and be on the lookout for future screen casts about sampling and music production!!

VinylBeatsBlog’s New Commercial!!

So this week’s assignment was to create a commercial using an audio editing software like Garageband. When I heard this was the assignment for the week I was happy because audio editing is something I definitely know and enjoy! Before starting the project I sat at my laptop and took the time to go through a couple of beats that I made by sampling other records to use in the commercial. After all, since this blog is about sampling it only made sense to choose songs that used the technique in the advertisement! After deciding on which beat I wanted to use, I went back and also found the sound file of the original audio that I had saved.

I chose to put the project together using Logic Pro, because that is the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that I know the best and typically work with. Similar to Garage Band, Logic Pro is a program also created by Apple for the purpose of audio editing. As a result, the two programs share various similarities when it comes to editing audio tracks. At first glance, it’s easy to see how their work spaces share certain traits.

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This is a screenshot of a typical song file in Logic Pro

Both programs use the block style arrangement of audio tracks, and list each separate track in the column immediately to the left of the arrangement window. There are many other facets of both Logic Pro and Garageband that come into play throughout the entire process of arranging and recording a song, but this is typically the window where it all begins. The beat I ended up using in my commercial was one that I made a few years ago that sampled the song “(Do It, Do It) No One Does It Better” by The Spinners. The commercial plays the clip of the original song, and then my beat that contains elements of that original clip.

You can listen to the commercial here!

Leave a comment and I hope you guys enjoy the commercial as much as I enjoyed making it! Thanks!

Header!

Making the header for this page was a pretty simple and straightforward job. I previously have used Adobe Photoshop regularly to create artwork and advertisements for my own music as well as others. I learned the ins and outs of Photoshop mostly through experimentation and trying out many of the different tools it has to offer. It is very easy to find step by step articles from graphic designers who guide you through a process and even provide example pictures to following along with. When I came across settings or tools that I didn’t quite understand or seemed complicated to use I would often look up a tutorial on YouTube showing how to use them. After watching the video and gaining a basic understanding of their function I would research more uses for the tool and possible ways to apply it to the artwork I wanted to create.

Another great thing about Photoshop is how easy it is to find downloadable third-party tools and templates to use. A quick Google search will easily supply you with websites that contain hundreds of fonts, brushes, textures, filters and etc. for download and private or commercial use. Many of these sites offer downloadable content for free, while some require one-time payment or a subscription. Additionally, Photoshop provides its own file-type (.psd), which gives the ability for users to transfer their work from Photoshop to other media programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Final Cut Pro X.

Often times in these programs the user is able to edit the Photoshop file in a manner that is comparable to the layer-centric basis of Photoshop editing. In Final Cut Pro X, I have used layers of Photoshop files as overlays for music videos and advertisements. Once you understand how layers work in Photoshop and how to manipulate them, that technique can be applied to other platforms of media like video.