Although I’ve been making downtempo, dub, and similar sorts of music for years (as well as remixing other people’s songs), by kids think I should get “with it” and start making “beats” instead. I honestly had very little idea of what they were talking about, until they started playing rap songs in the car, and told me that it isn’t usually the rapper who makes the music for these songs. I didn’t realise that the rapper has someone else do this, but something licences (or not!) these “beats” from someone else. After listening to a few raps songs and youtube tutorials about making “beats”, I had a go at making some myself on my new Akai MPK Mini Mark 3, and my kids think the beats are “sick” !!!
I’ve since found out that you can put these beats on a marketplace, and on Youtube for people to license, so I’ve upload a couple to Beatstars.com, and onto my Youtube channel. So far there have been many plays, or sales (none!) but I’m having fun making the beats. If anyone who’s reading this needs some beats or likes the ones in the video, let me know in the comments on Youtube, or via my beatstars account.
I have done a review on Youtube of the new M-Track Duo 48-KHz, 2-channel USB Audio Interface from M-Audio, with 2 Combo Inputs with Crystal Preamps, and Phantom Power.
It’s the first time I have done a video review, so please bear that in mind when watching.
Links: M-Audio Duo Product Page: https://m-audio.com/m-track-duo
Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Lcu8JQ
M-Track Duo Setup and Installation: https://inmusicbrands.force.com/maudi…
In this video, I review the M-Audio M-Track Duo, and explain some of the features and uses of this new USB audio interface. It is compatible with Windows and Apple Mac. I’ve tested it myself on Windows, using Ableton Live 10. The M-Track Duo is class-compliant on PC which means it works pretty much out of the box. It is very affordable and compact, and easy to use. It has two independent TRS/XLR inputs with M-Audio Crystal Pre-amps. I’ve bought and tried a few USB audio interfaces recently, and M-Track Duo is a lot more affordable, and clearer sounding, for some on a tight budget who wanting to make their recordings and podcasts sound more professional.
Listen to my music:
Video edited by Laura Blackburn Don’t forget to subscribe for more reviews and music tech tips and tricks – coming soon!
A few years ago, I did a DJ set at an event at work and because my job involved a certain virtual learning platform, every called me “DJ Blackboard” (geddit? DJ Blackboard sounds like DJ Blackburn, as in Blackburn my surname!) I’ve still got the tracks I played, but so far DJ Blackboard has yet to have a mix on the internet.
Until Today! Here is a short mix of some of the tracks on “Everyday, Everyday – The Mistrust Remixes” now playing on Mixcloud:
Buy the way – look out for the full album of mistrust remixes on Bandcamp here.