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Saturday, 30 July 2016

How To Produce A Hit Dancehall Riddim - [VIDEO]

Quick note before we get into it: I didn't went into too many details, this is only an overview of how I might put together a quick riddim.
For this demonstration I kept the overall production simple, and I also produced it within protools.

About Dancehall
If you know about producing music you will know certain instrumentations, sounds and patterns dictate what is known as genres.
In dancehall the drums and the bass together form the overall structure and backbone of the song as it is in most dance music. All other instruments sort of take a secondary place or plays a supportive role.

This took me 45 minutes to an hour to choose and put the instruments together then play them in the dancehall style. It Took another hour to mix the various sounds to how I want them to sound.

When Producing dancehall a basic chord progression will be added to the riddim, from which all the melodies will derive. The melodies are usually left out of the production process until we get the artist's take on the song or until the artist/s record the song with their own melody/s then we can write in the instrument following their melody to compliment the song.
The reason for this is to prevent each artists from singing the same melody when producing a riddim compilation. This is also way of making each song stand out on a compilation.
(It is common practice in Jamaican music to have various artist on a instrumental with their own song or version)

With That Said Let's Get Into it...

The Instrumets used in this riddim:
1 Drums
         Hi hats
         Delayed Snare FX
2 Vocal SFX
3 Strings
4 Bass

Video1 The Production Process:

First I started with some drums which consist of the Kick and Snare, then the Hats followed by Claps, all these created a nice groove, then I added some delayed snare fill to created a sort of sound effect to add character and a unique sound texture to the riddim.

After laying the drum with had a nice groove I played a chord progression with some string hits/stabs. There are also two other stings in this production playing a atmospheric background and a transitional role.

Then finally the Bass was added, playing a simple melody and formed a nice warm blanket over all the other instruments. In dancehall music or historically anyway the bass should envelope you and create an immersive feeling.

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Video2 The Finish Riddim:

The hardest and most time consuming part of producing a riddim is giving it a name.
After going about a hundred names I've decided to call this the "Recipe Riddim".

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The Full Video - Production Process & The Finish (1 & 2)

This is the Recipe Riddim by CP1 RECORDS
You can listen and buy riddims at CP1 RECORDS: www.cp1records.com/production.html 

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Is Hip Hop Loosing it’s Creativity?

Hip-hop has always been using beats/intrumentals and vocal sample from Reggae and Dancehall as well as collaborating with the Jamaican artists over the years, in fact hip-hop is an offspring of Jamaican music techniques ever since Jamaican-born Kool Herc brought the sound system culture to the bronx. A main example of Jamaican music techniques is: Toasting. Which is Rapping/MCing or Talking over the beat.

But more recently we are seeing a new surge of Dancehall music in the forefront of the music scenes and popping in up in the dance, pop and hip-hop charts world. But hip-hop seem to be the leading genre that is using or borrowing from dancehall at the moment, which bring forth the questions: Is Hip Hop Loosing it’s Creativity? and Does it Need to be Rejuvenated with the refreshing sounds that Dancehall music carries?

Without a shadow of a doubt the hot genre of the moment is "Tropical House", which at its core is essentially dancehall, it has been said that it is being called tropical house as a way of marketing dancehall to a wider audience or to the international market, and others are saying it is a way of rebranding dancehall. Either way mainstream european house music is using dancehall beats/instrumentals and dubbing Tropical house.

Tropical house has crossed over into hip-hop where dancehall is being sampled excessively and more Jamaican artists are being featured on high profile rap/hip-hop artist's records. 

Dancehall is becoming more of a pop sound cementing it self in the pop culture to the point where you can hear hints of it across most genre. You can hear it in pop, rock, hip hop, house, african beats etc. not to mention the other genres that derives directly from reggae dancehall.

High profile American artists using dancehall music at the moment are:
Rihanna - Work
Drake - Controlla
Beyonce - Hold Up
Tyga - 1 of 1
Kid Ink - Nasty ft. Jeremih , Spice
Dance music worldwide is looking to and following the Jamaica music scene to see where its taking dance music sonically

Other example of music influence by Jamaican music:
Tory Lanez - Luv
M.O - Who Do You Think Of?Lethal Bizzle Fester SkankSneakbo - Too CoolFifth Harmony - All In My Head (Flex) ft. Fetty WapR. City - Locked Away ft. Adam LevineBruno Mars - The Lazy Songtwenty one pilots: Ride
Krept & Konan - Freak Of The Week ft. Jeremih
Lethal Bizzle - Wobble

Here are some examples of how people feel about the trend:

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

6 Things Young Music Producers Should Do: Music Business 101

6 Things every young music producer should do to make money and kick start their career.
Assuming you have a basic home studio set-up and some experience as a producer, the first 3 things (1-3) you can do straight out the gate and start earning.

From (4-6) and the Bonus (7-8) are also doable but will be more technical and will need a little more business expertise and organisational skills but should not be too difficult.

1 Beats and Instrumentals

Buy Beats and
Example of Beat Store:

Set up a quick and simple website to sell beats.
You can pay to get a website design and developed or if you have the know how you can do it yourself.
There are also lot of free website and blogs available if you are not in the position to pay for one yet and don't have the know how. see> wix.com

Install a beat player with playlist and store features 
Having a playlist and online store features will allow your customers to listen your beats and make purchases. see> myFlashStore

2 Recording Service

Having a small to medium size recording studio is always a plus for any music creator, but you can earn a steady stream of income by selling studio time. All you have to do is becoming familiar with the recording process and offer this as a service where you records vocals and charging per hour.

In London and need to record Vocal or Voice Over?
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Email: info@cp1records.com

3 Rent Out Studio Rehearsal Space

If you have an extra room or a good space in your studio just add this to your list of services to generate that extra income. you can charge artist to use the space either for:

  1. practicing/rehearsal their music
  2. getting ready a performance
  3. hire it out for a photo shoot or
  4. you can record the practice/rehearsal audio as another service.

4 Mixing Service

This can be offered in studio and online and is a service that will also bring in a good steady income, because after recording their song/s artists will need the song/s to be mixed. Mixing starts after the recording process and normally also includes the editing process. 

Artist can send song/s or audio files for  mixing online from anywhere in the world using  FTP server, Dropbox or Wetransfer.

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5 Mastering Service

Mastering is essentially the process of applying the proper and necessary techniques to a final mix.
You don't have to own a high-end mastering studio to offer high-end audio, just have the knowledge and experience in master and let it be known that its a basic digital mastering in the box; where you process audio into an industry standard commercial format that will improve the clarity, definition, and depth of your recording.

This can also be offered in studio and online. 
Artist can send song/s or audio files for mastering online from anywhere in the world using  FTP server, Dropbox or Wetransfer.

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Email: info@cp1records.com

6 Release Music For Artists

Releasing music will mean that you are running some form of label service, so our advice to you is before doing any music business, make sure you put together your contractual agreements with yourself and the artists.

If you are going to be releasing music for artists you should have in-place at least one distributor where the music is going to be sold or a place where you can sell the music to the audience.

Don't have distribution in place? don't worry, nowadays you can easily send your music to various online store like iTunes and Spotify using aggregators. we recommend> TuneCore

This is a good way to start out if you are interested in building your own record label.

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Bonus 7 Career Development

Creative Career Development
Developing an artist takes a lot of not only your time but also your energy, so if you are going to go down this road be certain you are ready to invest that extra time, energy and sometimes money. By investing you are creating a great way to earn future incomes from an artist.

Producers almost always start out with at least one person who they help to develop as an artist and their careers usually grow together in the industry. Meaning as one gets bigger so does the other.
It it wise to have a written contract from the get go so there is no confusion (about rights or finance) when careers start to take of and the checks start to role in.

Bonus 8 Artist Management and Booking Service

This is another great way to earn an income, where you do a bit of admin work managing artists career and dealing with the bookings and if you have a few artists that are in demand and willing to do the work then you will reap the reward.

  • Again always have a contractual agreement in place before doing any sort of music business.

  • All the above services you can offer will take a bit of work to put together and will need promoting to get up and running.

Thanks for reading and please let us know what you think about our list.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lets Get Interacting on Social Media!

I want to get a little more personal with my readers and social media followers so lets get interacting...

Want you to get in touch and don't be afraid to ask me any question you like music or personal.

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Music #HashTags That Get Attention

About #Hashtags 
a word or phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media sites such as Twitter to identify messages on a specific topic.

Weather you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. you will see hashtags you can't escape them this is because you can use hashtags to contribute to industry conversations.

Meaning hashtags can even create a trends and highlight what is current on social media and in the world. As a musicians you should use them too to share your material as well as to get noticed.

Here are some #MusicHashtags that works:
#newmusic #studiolife #studioflow #studio
#studiotime #music #vocals #homestudio
#mastering #engineer #producer #composer
#sounddesigner #artist #latenight #inspiration
#musicproduction #imac #cubase #reason
#logicpro #protools #song #musicislife
#independent #recordlabel #beats

Here are some trendy #MusicHashtags :
#singer #coversong #coverband #newalbum
#performer #musictherapy #newalbum

Music Business Hash Tags:
#musicbiz #musicbusiness #musicindustry #musicadvice
#musicmarketing #crowdfunding #recordlabels
#artistadvice #majors #musicindustrytips

If you have any hashtag that you think should be on this blog let us know.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Essential Components for Your Home Studio

Are you planning of setting up your home studio?Setting up a studio at home at first may seem like something only an expert can do, but it can be quite simple if you have the know-how and this blog is about to give you just that.
If you are just starting out start with the basics that you need to get the job done, you do not buy expensive equipments yet; just the essentials.You can produce, record, edit, manipulate and mix in a lines room in your house using just a few basic equipments.

Computer Set or Laptop

First on the component list is a computer or laptop. Use whichever that is available or that suits you best.Also make note of the specifications as this is important when buying your DAW. A good amount of memory is always useful as audio recording can quickly take up a lot of space.

2 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

DAW is an essential program you need to record, edit, mix, and master your music. A digital audio workstation (D.A.W.) is an electronic device or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files such as songs, musical pieces, human speech or sound effects.Types of DAWs on the market are: Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Sonar, Audition. However, we suggest that you buy the most compatible program with your computer, your budget.

3 Audio Interface

An audio interface is a piece of hardware that expands and improves the sonic capabilities of a computer. Some audio interfaces give you the ability to connect professional microphones, instruments and other kinds of signals to a computer, and output a variety of signals as well.We suggest that you buy the most compatible audio interface with your DAW.

4 Studio Microphone

Next on the list a microphones, these are important as they convert sound waves into electrical energy variations which may then be amplified, transmitted, or recorded.

5 Earphones

The earphones can be used for recording vocals/instruments, for listening to your music when you're producing or after the final edits, Since you are just beginning to record at home, starting small and simple is fine. You don’t need to buy expensive component instantly.

Here are two bonus components that you will need but are not necessarily essential when starting out.you can get these cheap and they will give you cleaner recordings and more clarity when mixing down; in terms of what you are hearing.

6 Monitor - (Speakers)

Studio monitors are loudspeakers specifically designed for audio production applications, such as recording studios, filmmaking, television studios, radio studios and project or home studios, where accurate audio reproduction is crucial; which will allow you to create a better mix of your music.

7 Acoustic Treatment

Treating your rooms acoustics with the use of absorbers, diffusers, and reflectors will help give a room the desired sound and, that can overall be better for your recording as well as mixing.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Best Audio Services In London: Awe-Inspiring Examples [Video]

Here at CP1 we try to be flexible with the audio services we offer, from recording vocals and voice over to producing music and and writing film scores. If its to do with sound we do it.

Music and Sound Design Examples:

6 Reasons To Use Our Services Today:
  1. Quality Audio/ Music Equipments
  2. Affordable Prices
  3. Friendly Experience Engineer
  4. Comfortable Creative Space
  5. Great Atmosphere
  6. Our audio services are available 24/7 via CP1RECORDS.COM
Don’t Waste a Moment looking for another recording studio/ services.

Come along and join us at CP1 Records studio and make your project a reality.

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