First off, this is sweet. We are so lucky to be doing music in this day and age. The availability of hardware, software, musicians, producers, and awesome resources like this has never been more apparent.
A bit about myself.
I am pursuing an degree in Recording Arts next year at a prestigious university. I am stoked to get some legitimate training, because I am completely self-taught (production wise) up to this point.
I have played music from a young age. Piano lessons from age 10, tons of orchestral, classical, and contemporary performance experience, and extensive private lessons in percussion
I realized my love for producing when I began arranging music on a Roland Digital Piano and multitracking on a Fostex MR-8
Since then, I have expanded my "home studio" and my technologic techniques, and now operate a faux record label called Biscotti Minor Records. I have recorded a lot of local acts, including several of my own projects.
My latest endeavor has been a rap/hip hop crew called Trainlite Politiks. I was making sick beats and they were going to waste, so two friends and I wrote some wraps/hooks to go over them, and it exploded into a two album, 6 month, craze in our town. We sold about 500 albums in the last couple months, all hard copies sold by hand. We are all going to seperate colleges in one month, so it is pretty much live shows from this point on. Our music is going to be on Itunes, going live August 1. To check out our stuff, hit up myspace and search Trainlite Politiks (it won't let me post links since I am new.
I also do some individual recordings, when I get inspired. I end up not liking my music, but I am my harshest critic. I entered a songwriting contest and got runner up. I put my music up every so often, but I am busy enough promoting my crew that I haven't really geared down to make progress with that. For some of my independent jazz/electronica/alt stuff, hit up myspace and search wpva.
Now the fun part: my set-up. In performing with Trainlite Politiks, I grew tired of hitting "play" and rapping along, so I have incorporated a pretty extensive MIDI arsenal that is the flagship of my gear.
I have a custom deck that features an Axiom 25, an X Session Pro, a nanoKontrol and nanoPad, a Casio DG-20, a custom stomp box made from a wireless keyboard, a modded Guitar Hero Midi Controller, a Fast Track Pro AI, and a nice HP suped up for my production work. I run from Ableton Live primarily, reWiring with Reason sparingly. I have countless VSTs, favorites being AutoTune 5 (sorry Jay-Z), Hypersonic 2, and Vocovee.
I have some Beyerdynamic TG x20s, an Audio Technica AT2050, and some Sennheiser and Behringer dynamics on the mic front
I have a lot of real instruments too, including a 6 piece DW kit with old Paiste Sound Formula cymbals, several guitars, a bass, a Digital Piano, various world percussion pieces, and an accordion.
My background is very diverse, as you can see, and I am really excited about what the future holds for me as a producer.
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