Workshop: Music Production I

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Art of Sampling I


Hip-hop had been founded on the instrumental breaks of funk and rock tracks since the ’70s, and pre-sampling records like The Sugar hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight and West Street Mob’s Break Dance utilized session musicians replaying famous grooves, or turntables cutting up breaks. Now producers could simply sample their favorite parts of songs and cut them up in exciting new ways.

This workshop is designed to introduce the fundamentals of music production with an emphasis on sampling.   If you are a newbie, you will have starting place for what gear (software, drum machines, monitors ect) you should buy and more!


  • Record digging & Record Stores (Value)
  • Fundamentals of Music Production
  • Sample Based Production Techniques (MPC vs Maschine)



Depot Academy : Music Production & Recording

The Depot Academy is committed to high quality music production. Sound is such a beautiful part of the human experience; few are blessed with the gift to manipulate it to create impact. At our Academy we hone and expand your gift of music by providing tools to improve your skills. We also offer a canvas for you to explore to the edges of your creative realm—and beyond!

#TBT RTL part 2- Intro (Via London)



Today we will continue the RTL #TBT(2008) mini series with this joint!  We were about finished with the project and we realized that we didn’t really have an intro.  I chopped up a few records and made beats for an intro but nothing was working– everything I made seemed rushed and stale.  I decided to take a break from the beats and hit up a pawn shop (at the time I was on the hunt for a lefty bass guitar).  When I arrived at the pawn shop the first thing i noticed as I walked through the door was a mircokorg!!!  I was so excited, but kept my cool as I played with the synth.  The sales associate walks over and says “name your price young man, that thing has been here forever”.

I could tell he had no idea what I was holding nor did he know its worth so I replied “…man for this junker i’ll give you fifty bucks”

He took the deal and I left the store super pumped, got home plugged it up and added a baseline to one of the beat I had made earlier that day!  Rhymedy came through I had the beat playing and we wrote and recorded this!!


Stik heard this beat and immediately thought banger!!  Originally it was suppose to be Stik on the hook, but during the final mix down I didn’t think he sounded that good and decided to redo it,  I figured a different voice would add a bit more texture to it and my voice has more growl than his.  Stik Murked!!



I’ve been seriously into the synth funk era for the past couple months!!  I love the poked out baselines and floating pads.  The best part about this era was the drums!!  They were awesome, big, and generic sounding– like they came straight from a keyboard.

The two sequence loop below is my interpretation thus far!

Had a lot of fun making this