Quick Guide: How To Count Bars in Rap Music

Whats good!

I decided to make a quick lil post to address a Key topic that may seem basic to some but actually seems to trip quite a few cats up...

How to Count bars in Rap Music.
I know, I know, it may seem like something that everyone is supposed to know but the truth is that a lot of cats don't know how to do this.

That said, instead of me making a long winded, over complicated post describing how to count measures in music I've decided to just share an easy to follow video put together by the homie Curtiss King.

In this quick 5 minute video the homie Curtiss King breaks down [in plain English] how to easily count bars - as well as shares with you a few gems about how a lot of Rappers structure their rhymes. #boom

So sit back and peep this video.

If you have any questiuons or comments - drop a line in the comments section.

Peace ~ 

Game Changer: VST's in REASON 9.5!

Vst's in Reason?

It appears to be so.

According to Propellerhead, Reason 9.5 is going to provide VST support.

This is HUGE. 

FinallyReason users can get what they've always wanted.

I've always had a love / hate relationship with Reason for this very reason (no pun intended).

Like most reason users, I have an arsenal of VST's and have searched hi and low for ways to integrate them into the existing Reason workflow. Now, no more need for hacks, just scan the plugins and add em to the rack.


"So how do I get it?"

Well, according to Propellerhead, its: "Coming on May 29th, Reason 9.5 is a free update to Reason 9."
So it looks like [for now] you are gonna have to sit tight and wait about a month...
Or you can click here and try to sign up to be a beta tester.
Either way, I'm on board.

I can't wait for this release.

Who's with me?

Beatstars and Soundcloud Monetization: Are you leaving money on the table?

Beatstars has made some changes to their Soundcloud Monetization program. 

Are you leaving money on the table?

You could be...

How to set up your Akai MPK Mini MK2 pitch and mod Joystick to work in Reason 9 (with pics)

In this post I'm gonna show you how to set up your Akai MPK mini MK2's pitch and Modulation joystick to work how it supposed to in Reason 9.

For the sake of this tutorial we'll be editing [Hacking] "Program 1" in your MPK.

On a side note: If in the future you want to reset Program 1 for a different configuration or just want to get it back to where you started you can easily revert the changes by either opening the editor and pressing "send", copying the data from one of the other 3 programs or just updating the firmware.

Now that that's out of the way - on to the good stuff.

To get started you'll need the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII Editor installed on your computer.

If you don't have it installed already, here's the link to the download page on the Akai site.

Once the Editor is installed (and your Keyboard is connected) open the program.

(Close out Reason if its open)

From there you are going to need to get the Editor "ta…

The Ultimate Guide: Learn Reason's Thor Polysonic Synthesizer in 10 mins

Whats good y'all!

The other night I was flipping through YouTube, watching different videos (I watched so many I totally forgot what I was looking for initially) and found myself looking though the Reason tutorials on YouTube.

As you may or may not know (if you are a reason user) the tutorials by Propellerhead  (the company that makes the Reason DAW) are pretty informative. They are easy to follow, and the tutorials they have cover everything from the basics (eg: getting started, config, etc.) to the more advanced stuff (eg:tweaking parameters to customize your own patches).

If you are a Reason user you should mos def follow their channel.

Back on topic, while I was flipping through their tutorial videos I found a set of videos that go over  how to create custom 808 bass subs in Reason and even though I have my own "go to" 808's, I watched the video's because I feel like I can always learn something new...

Well, after watching the second video in the set I foun…

Online Music Distribution: DistroKid FTW?

Want to sell your music online?

You're gonna need an online music distributor.

Mastered beats: Mastering beats can help you increase beat sales

"Should I Master my beats before selling them??"