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Plug-in Feature

Artist and Producer - Michael Hensen has culminated a list of top 5 free plug'ins and Top 5 Waves Plug-ins for use in Hip Hop production.

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Producer Spotlight

Here we are featuring a series of Hip Hop producers who have made a significant impact on Hip Hop culture and production techniques.

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Beat of the Week

A feature including a new track weekly with production notes and occasionally tutorials on Hip Hop production, plug-in use and a variety of other tips and tricks.

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Sample Albums – WIW, WISWB!

What It Was, What It Someday Will Be! The beginnings of Hip Hop and urban music production started with DJ’s and true Emcee’s. During that early era, came the mashing of other cool urban groups and sounds. Mowtown was no stranger to early Hip Hop sampling along with many other early 50’s and 60’s artists. […]

Bass Extreme – Michael Hensen uses Ren Bass to enhance drum samples

DaHipHop Mix recently spent sometime talking with Producer and Artist Michael Hensen about what he uses to maximize, or get the most out of his percussion kits.   It was no surprise to find out that he uses a culmination of techniques. Specifically for bass enhancement and pushing your drums samples to the max he uses […]

Plug-in Feature : T. Parker’s goto channel strip EQ

DaHipHop mix recently caught up with Hampton Roads producer and mix engineer Tarane Parker to talk about one of his favorite all around plug-ins for use in a variety of mixing and production situations.   It was no surprise to hear that Waves SSL-G EQ was what he selected.   It has a variety of uses in […]

State of the Youth : Hip Hop

I am writing the excerpt today because I recently was on one of the Facebook Groups centered around Songwriting and Production.  After visiting the group I saw a post of a video from a guy who was doing what might have been a diss track.  What I saw, was how the youth and especially in […]

Top 5 Free Plug-ins

Top 5 Free Plug-in’s When mixing in the box plug-in’s have become essnetial for achieving that high end studio sound.  Waves and Slate Digital have been some of the leaders in the market over the last 10 years.  What top’s the list for me is a bass enhancement plug-ins.  I have for years used Ren […]

Beat of the week – Bells to Fall

Beat of the Week Installment 2 : Bells to Fall – Michael Hensen Over the course of the next year we will be featuring one artists beats each week.  Just one track from the selected artist will be posted to this page.  We will also include our entry for the week.  At the end of […]

Beat of the Week – Play on Old School

Beat of the Week Installment 1 : Play on Old School – Michael Hensen Over the course of the next year we will be featuring one artists beats each week.  Just one track from the selected artist will be posted to this page.  We will also include our entry for the week.  At the end […]

Producers Spotlight – Marcella Araica

  Marcella Araica – Mix artist, Production and Label representative. Marcella Araica, a name associated with acts such as Missy Elliot, Timbo and a variety of others artists has been mixing now for quite a few years.  Not exactly your goto mix engineer when thinking about Hip Hop production but she is definitely a jewel […]

Producers Spotlight : In the Lab with Dr. Dre

DR. DRE – Iconic Hip Hop producer ** Andre Romelle Young[2]:1 (born February 18, 1965),[3] better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, […]

Records – The tools of the trade…

The original Hip Hop artist’s and DJ’s were always known to be super creative using some the most analogues technologies.  Some of these things would include turn-tables, the SP1200, and a variety of live DJ consoles.  We have come full circle in someways as some DJ’s have reverted back to the use of turntables and […]