Monday, April 16, 2012

Need Easy Hip Hop Beat Making Software?

So, you wanna make some 'gangsta' rap beats? Or some funky hip hop beats? Well, the easiest way is to get a good hip hop beat making software. Problem is, most good beat making software is hard to use or requires you have a lot of "extra" equipment to actually produce some tight beats. Not to mention, most software is expensive, some costing upwards of $400. You'd be better off finding a little cheaper piece of software that still has all the features you need to make a phat rap beat, then, your in business.
Making tight beats are easier than you think, as long as you have the right software for making hip hop beats. Especially, nowadays with a lot of the beats being more simple in nature, with less "stuff" going on in the background. A lot of rap beats use more heavy bass lines, a hard kick and a snare, and that's basically it. You can always add more instruments, high hats, etc. but most of the grimy style beats are actually pretty basic they just hit really hard. Me personally, I like simple hard-hitting underground beats and but I also, like cool beats with more instruments and sounds too.
They got some websites out there now, that you can make your own beats on the site and everything. You don't need anything but your computer to get on the internet and you can download your finished beat to your ipod and let everyone check it out. It's cool and I think something like this would be better than blowing a couple hundred dollars on hip hop beat making software that you don't even know is any good. Its always better to try it out first.
You can check out my boy J-Lewis' website. He's got it set up so you can make your beats right on the site! Then you can download it and everything. Check it out /tight-beats1

Some Choro News

The "Rainha do choro"/"Queen of Choro", Ademilde Fonseca passed away on March 27th, 91 years old. Ademilde Fonseca died of a heart attack, she will forever be remembered as a unique singer, an expressive and original interpreter of choro and related Brazilian popular music. An obituary in Portuguese and English is available here. R.I.P.
If you are searching YouTube for Brazilian music, I recommend a visit to the BRAZILIAN MUSIC channel by SenhorDaVoz, click here. - The channel has uploaded c.1900 videos and contains both audio takes of recorded music and video recordings of TV programs.The channel has generated playlists to make the navigation easier. In the playlist for Jacob do Bandolim I was surprised to find some uploaded videos of private audio recordings featuring Jacob do Bandolim, a couple of them taped from radio programs and some from the home of Jacob. Below I insert a video take of a radio performance, Jacob do Bandolim and his conjunto playing "Soluçando" by Cândido Pereira da Silva

Next week, April the 23th, Dia Nacional do Choro commemorating Pixinguinha's birthday will be celebrated all over Brazil and other places where choro and Brazilian culture is an integrated part of local culture. Be shure to check out local media for information on events in your area.Here at the blog we will mark choro day by commemorating Ademilda Fonseca and her great recording debut of "Tico-tico no fubá" from 1942 - enjoy the "Rainha do choro"/"Queen of Choro"

Summertime is coming closer this part of the Earth, and if you haven't planned your summer holidays yet, a great option may be to join a week of Summer School learning to play choro. The Dartington International Summer School of Music, England, offers a course of choro 11-18 August directed by João Bosco de Oliveira, more info to be found at the organisation's website, click here