After we already had the drums and bass recorded on tape, we worked on the guitar parts for the new “Soul/R&B Track” song that is produced in the context of our current EP project. We ended up recording single notes for the verses along with rhythm tracks for the rest of the arrangement that give the song a decent funky “flavour”. For some of our followers, the recorded guitar material will be a nostalgic flashback to the late 70s/early 80s. As known for our production documentaries, we will briefly go through the signal flow and used equipment to achieve the sound you will finally hear on the record.Continue reading →
When we finished the songwriting for the first song “Come Back” of our EP project, it was time to think about the next track, its genre and all other production- and songwriting-related topics. We decided to work on a soul/R&B song that should be performed with real instruments and stand out because of its “organic”, vibrant arrangement in contrast to the current, contemporary R&B music on the radio that features virtual instruments and is quite Autotune-heavy. We started tracking the drums, as we did for the rock track “Come Back” after I drafted a rhythm concept beforehand out of nowhere. Having a solid drum track as the basis for the songwriting, I was now searching for the best-fitting bass player to write a funky bass line on it collaboratively.Continue reading →
Bouncing 808s, hectic Hi-Hat and high-pitched snare rolls along with ambient synths, are frequently used in the contemporary urban music scene. In the time where Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B are very present on the top of the Billboard charts, at the Grammy Awards and major festivals, you recognise what stylistic and societal changes those genres went through the last decades. AlbrechtProductions created another song collection named “Trap Warriors” that is – as known for the blog – available on Spotify.Continue reading →
In the winter, it is the best time to relax in your comfy living room and – occasionally – watch some TV. That is the reason why I want to recommend some of my favourite music documentaries to you this time. Music documentaries are not only interesting if you are into music but are also super inspiring and motivating if you are an upcoming artist, music producer or audio engineer. Regardless of whether the documentaries are about living or passed-away legends, hip-hop, soul or rock – all of those will make you want to be a part of the music’s history.
Sometimes you need a soundtrack to get in focus mode whether you need to write a term paper, read a book or concentrate otherwise. The problem I face with the music I commonly like to listen to is that the songs contain vocals in most cases. The vocals’ melody and lyrics interfere my concentration because they include too many information and are too vibrant to act as ambient music. Therefore, instrumentals are a good choice. In my case, I like to listen to urban instrumentals (hip-hop/rap and R&B) because of its loop-ish structure and grooviness. Try out my new BEATS Spotify playlist and see if you can increase your concentration and kill the dull silence around you! 😉
If you start your journey in the big world of music production and beat making, you probably feel a bit lost. Even if you already learned how to handle somehow your DAW, you quickly feel disappointed by the onboard drum and instrument sounds that come along with it. A huge step forward is to get better, and high-quality drum sounds that make your speakers bouncing and take your hip-hop, r&b or urban pop beat/production to the next level. Those genres are extremely beat-focused, so the drum sounds have a significant role in the sound design of the track. A good start for beginners or semi-professionals is to learn from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated producers and how things need to sound like. This article will tell you where to get drum kits from key players of the urban music sector and present you four of my favourites. Enjoy!
As I work day and night on the mixes of the actual “von Berg” studio EP project, you are possibly laying in a hammock at a beautiful beach or sipping a tasty cocktail at a bar. But maybe you are just at home on the couch taking a break from the everyday life. I am sure that this begs for a playlist – you really need a soundtrack for your situation… 😎☝🏼
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine at the media agency came up to me in the lunch break and told me “Hey Benjamin, this might be interesting for you! Take some minutes and check this out”. What she presented to me definitively mesmerised me! To reveal the secret, it was the new Gimlet Media‘s podcast called “Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty” which was launched in mid of June 2017. Every Friday a new episode of this podcast will be released. You can listen to it on Apple Podcast, Spotify (not for all countries available) or directly on the Gimlet website. From my point of view, it is comparable to a high quality and professionally produced BBC documentation which I really like. Just audible and with a big portion of urban flair. So what is it about?