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Recently I’ve been working with a free, easy to use compressor from Klanghelm called MJUCjr (no idea how to pronounce it). It’s a great plugin I think you should have in your arsenal. It has a warm sound and goes from a transparent to more heavily compressed sound. Other than it’s nice looks, one thing I found significant is how simple it is to use. There are only 3 settings, how Compress, Make-Up (gain), and Time Constants (predefined attack and release).

How it essentially works is that you turn up the Compress knob until it starts to well, compress the signal. Depending on the Time Constants, it will start compressing at a different threshold set by your Compress knob. Once you find the right combination of Compress + Time Constants, you then turn up your Make-Up gain to match the amount compressed shown in the VU meter.

I think this is a nice plugin, especially for those in their beginning stages of mixing because it has less settings to focus on; making it an easier way to learn compression. I find it works best for 3-5 db gain reduction as I found it starts to pump heavy after that point. However, I’ve only used it for vocals and melodic instruments (I haven’t tried it on drums yet).

Give it a try and let me know what you think with a comment below.

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After a year of producing, recording and personal projects I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot as a mixing engineer. In this time I’ve found many good free plugins I’ve come to rely on. I’ve put together this top 10 free VST plugins list that will help give everything you would need to complete a solid mix.

Below are links to each of the plugins to download:

I’m back to YouTube coming first with this new vlog. I’ve been consistently working on new music without sharing too much, but I felt it was time to return to YouTube. There’s also a lot of new music has come out recently that has me inspired and so I felt like sharing.

You can checkout my friend Tactix on YouTube at his channel here.

Here’s some links to Spotify of the projects I’m referring to so you can listen for yourself.

Record Rap Vocals at Home

Posted by on 25.02.2017 in Video

At a family wedding in Jamaica just over a year ago, Inspired to get back into music and finally build the home studio I've always wanted. From then on I spent the entire year learning and honing my craft, everything from production, home recording and mixing.

I mostly record rap vocals in my home studio, which I prefer to have a dry clean sound. Of course it's a well-known fact that apartments are the best place in the world for recording vocals (more like the worst). So I thought I'd share with you what I've learned and how I've setup my space. Using moving some moving blankets and good positioning I've been able to cut down on unwanted room acoustics.

Here's a song I recently recorded at home to give you a sense of the quality I'm getting.

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What gear am I using for vocal recording?

So in this video you will see a breakdown of my apartment, where and what I use to record vocals and a few vocal demos of different locations in my apartment to see why I chose the spot I record in.

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Street Paradise | West Coast Type Beat

This is one of my favourite beats from the archives that I've put together. I'm a big fan of Dr. Dre / west coast type beats and for me this fits in with the style. I see this being perfect for an artist with the voice or style of The Game. Watch the video / listen to the longer version and let me know who you think would be a great fit for this.

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$5 Dollar Rap Show

Posted by on 20.02.2017 in Social

This weekend I attended the $5 Dollar Rap Show in Kensington Market and let me say, what an amazing event. There was a great line up with several local talented artists including Mikerophone, More or Less, BirdsofPrey with the headliners being PremRock & Fresh Kils. If you have never seen these guys live before, I highly recommend it.

Here’s a clip of Fresh Kils rocking the MPC live with a live sax player!

Creating a Hi-Hat Loop

Posted by on 16.02.2017 in Social

Working on a little hi-hat loop tonight, my goal was to try to get a more realistic sound. I want to create my own loops that sound like live recordings. With the little bit of processing I added, I think it’s come a long way. Figured I should share this knowledge as I was learning the technique from this article while doing.

Run Away (Cover : Remix)

Posted by on 15.02.2017 in Music
Run Away Cover

This is cover / remix of "Run Away" (original by Kanye West), where I played the main piano melody (not sampled) and mixed it to sound like the original. After I had the melody down, I was inspired to create my own rhythm and arrangement. My aim was to make a cerebral experience sonically and visually. Let me know what you think.

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This week I focus on getting back to production as I show a behind the scenes of how I create beats. Additionally, I continue working on my fitness with an unexpected event that happens in the gym with the self-powered treadmill … spoiler alert, it almost killed me!