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New Korg Keyboard Workstation: Kronos

Note: Watch at least the first 6 to 10 minutes to see an impressive live performance…especially if you like jazz drums and piano!

This video is long but worth it. Also, if you have decent headphones, wear them when you watch this to get the full effect. Unless you have really great PC speakers, they just won’t do justice here.

So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the video!

GB Admin Out!

If you use a keyboard/synth or other hardware in your music production process, like the Akai MPC for instance, and you have not seen the latest game changer from Korg, you need to check out this video!

This Workstation has seriously upped the stakes and anyone who is serious about their production should at least be aware of what it can do.

If you don’t play keyboard already, watch this video and you might want to start.

The Kronos Keyboard Workstation was unveiled in January 2011 at the NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, one of the largest music product trade shows in the world.

As the successor to the OASYS Synthesizer Workstation, Kronos has already won honors as the best workstation for 2011 at the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) Ceremony on April 7, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany, beating out the Kurzweil PC3K8 followed by the Yamaha Motif XF as the first and second runner ups.

As for the rest, the vid speaks for itself.

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Rap Beats Buyers

The last post, “Marketing Your Beats and Music,” ended on the idea of you figuring out who buys beats like yours and, as promised, I am going to talk about that a little bit now.

Typically, shoppers for beats can range across a broad audience which will include people who just want something to rap over to impress their friends as well as established industry pros.

If you are looking to turn a profit at some point, then your marketing efforts should probably be geared toward industry performers like singers, rappers and spoken word performers.

Keep in mind that, of course, your options are Read the rest of this entry »

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Marketing Your Beats and Music

In yesterday’s post, I was pretty depressing about some  of  the painful stuff that can happen when you have the guts to put yourself out there and start marketing your beats and music.

Don’t get me wrong, you might find that your work is sent from the gods and everybody is just eating it up right from the beginning. If that happens to you, then I am excited for you too and I wish you all the good in the world. However, what is realistically more likely to happen doesn’t usually smell anything like that and you need to be prepared to Read the rest of this entry »

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Selling Your Beats

This post is for those who are new to beat making and/or music making in general. Please keep in mind that, in the end, these are really just my opinions and not laws. Also, if you are a seasoned pro already, you probably already know this stuff.

However, if you are new and thinking about selling beats now or in the future, there is one thing that you should understand which is common to e’rybody including you.  What is it? It is this:

Your approach to marketing your work and where you focus your efforts is as critical, if not more critical, than the beats that you make.  In other words, without an effective strategy to market your beats, nothing… and  I repeat…  Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Do Beats

How to do beats is something that is simple to get started in, fun to learn, and difficult to master. If you want to know how to do beats, you have to search for the right tools and information and most of all, you need to learn to listen to music to break down the elements.

This is the beginning of your journey to learning how to do beats of your own.

The elements of how to do beats for the basic hip-hop beat, for example, are quite often composed of Read the rest of this entry »

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Adam Blackstone, Jae Deal, Jordan Rudess, Lyle Mays, Tom Coster and Rich Formidoni on Korg Kronos

I don’t gain anything by telling you this, but it is good information to know about for beat makers, artists, producers, etc…

So, If you watched the video in the last post about the Korg Kronos Music Workstation, you probably already understand the benefits offered by this unit.

But you might be thinking, that’s cool, but I make beats so why do i need a piano?

Or, you might just be thinking… how much?

Well, the latter question is easy. Kronos is expected to be available in May 2011 with a starting price of $3,750 USD for the 61 key version according to synthgear.com.

This might seem a little pricey to many, but some of the new capabilities of the Kronos Music Workstation are truly revolutionary which really helps to justify spending that kind of money in my opinion.

Just to say it again, Kronos is a game changer and the bar has been lifted once again by Korg.

Now to address the first possible question… I am a beat maker, so why do I need a piano?

Well, maybe you don’t, but then again, Kronos is not a piano, it is a fully loaded music production workstation.

Maybe in the first post on this topic, the video was more geared toward jazz and other genres, but don’t let the smooth taste fool you. You could crank out some serious beats with this thing too. Including, MPC style and more.

If you don’t believe it, just watch this promotional youtube video put out by KorgUSAVideos and hear what Jordan Rudess, Lyle Mays, Tom Coster, Adam Blackstone, Jae Deal and Korg’s own Rich Formidoni have to say about it, or rather “play” about it. (Just a poorly chosen play on words for you!)

P.S. If you don’t know who these guys are, just ask google… they got cred!)

Later!

GB Admin Out!

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What is Beat Making? Is it Really Art?

Beat making is fun, exciting, controversial, and incredibly prevalent throughout the world of music today. Whether you are aware of it or not, it is with you every day, at nearly every turn no matter where you go. From Tokyo to Islamabad, the art of the beat is happily practiced, proliferated and pounded out through speakers all over the globe and it is here to stay. Some questions that the uninitiated or the curious and aspiring computer music maker might ask are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Beat Making Software vs. Hardware

Decisions, Decisions…

When you decide that you want to make your own beats, there are two things that you need to know starting out. How are you going to work and what are you going work with. To get to an answer, one of the first things to consider is whether you will use music hardware, computer music software or a balanced and functional combination of both in your recording studio. Read the rest of this entry »

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Online Vs. Offline Beat Making Software

Choosing Beat Making Tools

When you get set to make beats on your computer, one of the hardest things to do is finding good beat making software that you can use to make usable beats that are better than just an 8 bit ring-tone. The trick is finding the right tools so that you can produce pro quality tracks and this will include comparing online vs. offline beat making software while you are deciding what is best for you at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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