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anyone making hip/ hop music on linux?

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Do you make hip/ hop music on linux? How?

Joined: 04/17/2010

The plan is to use an mpd32 with hydrogen, Ardour together with jack.
Sort of like you would use an mpc with pro tools.

You could try the same but using the keyboard to tap in your beats although using a drum pad controller like an mpd will add the velocitys at real time instead of adding them afterwards.
It's important to use a proper controller if you want to make beats with bongos in and it also makes it quicker to create a live feeling song.

Cut Chemist uses this :

He's sponsored to but it includes hydrogen!

Joined: 04/17/2010

I'm making an attempt at it. I'm no expert in hiphop music, but I know what I like to hear.

At any rate, I'm working on a drumkit right now where the kick drums carry a bit further than the traditional mixes go. I have a rough mix up on one of my sites here:

I made the kit with some custom home made samples, some free samples I got from samplecraze, my 6 string fretless bass and an 18inch speaker emulator to get the sub to sustain. I can't release the kit until the samples are cleared.

The effects on the acid washed drumsound were just 2 layers of eq prior to adding freeverb 3. The original drum samples for that section of the mix were recorded through a guitar distortion pedal to get that extra sizzle.


Joined: 04/17/2010

I make instrumental hip-hop, and I have been for the past ten-odd years, for the past four years I've only been using open source programs. My work flow, in general, is to rip whatever I'm going to sample from vinyl or download it from my Zoom H4, into Audacity, chop it up and export the chosen bits into a convenient location.

Where you get your samples from is up to you.

I reassemble the pieces with Hydrogen. I have a save state that automatically loads the chopped bits. Hydrogen is a fantastic drum machine that also makes a fantastic sequencer. I lay out the samples and rearrange them the way I want. Go to your repository, and download all the available LADSPA plug ins, they are very useful in getting a particular, unified sound to disparate samples.

I export the result of the cut-up technique to wav and load them in Audacity to do the final arrangement, application of melodic effects, or beatmatching of additional samples. The songs "glitter" and "52b" are basically exported straight from Hydrogen. The important thing is to use all the tools at your disposal and finding new ways to use old tools.