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Producers Buckwild, EZ Elpee & More Weigh In On Making Beats On iPads


 


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Producers Buckwild, EZ Elpee & More Weigh In On Making Beats On iPads
 

 
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"Producing tracks on seemingly basic equipment is nothing new — for many all-stars of eras past, it was the name of the game. A common thread, though, was evolution. For example, many of the beatmakers who fell head over heels with the art back during the turn of the century via the PlayStation gem MTV Music Generator graduated to bigger, more complex set-ups.




In recent years, as portable technology has become capable of handling the daily workflow of many professionals — from designers to video editors — it’s not surprising that music production via iPad has become so wildly popular. Still, despite being a secret weapon of choice for many upstarts (and even some vets), the platform lacks a champion; Fruity Loops, in comparison, counted Soulja Boy and 9th Wonder among it’s earliest tastemakers.

That all changed on June 29, when California super-producer Madlib rocked Twitter with a bold claim: the entirety of his HipHopDX-perfect rated,n collaborative LP Bandana with Freddie Gibbs was produced on an iPad.






Although a follow-up tweet seemed to suggest that perhaps it wasn’t wholly accurate, Freddie Gibbs (in a recent interview) doubled down, adding that Madlib — who only uses iPad (and doesn’t own a cellphone) — produced it specifically on an iPad mini.



While some felt slightly disappointed that a producer they likely pictured producing classics on a dusty analog MPC was potentially catching some sun rays on a balcony while knocking out bangers on the same device as a mere mortal, others saw it as validation and an evident evolution.



“I tell people all the time that it’s not the machine that makes the beat, it’s your mind,” revered Hip Hop producer Buckwild tells HipHopDX when asked about iPad production. “You’re only operating the machine because that’s what your mind tells you to do.”

Buck, who produced classic tracks like “I Got A Story To Tell” by The Notorious B.I.G and “Whoa” by Black Rob, adds how much production has evolved since he first came in the game. He specifically notes how the primitive MPC 1000 had only 10 second sample times, and its predecessor, the MPC 1200, had only five seconds. “Now we’re in the era of having unlimited sample time … we dreamt of days like this.”

“[Older heads] want to be stuck in the 90s … if you’re doing anything remotely technologically forward, they feel you’re not keeping it real,” he explains. “The point of life is to evolve; if you can make beats on the iPad, why not? You can put it in your pocket and produce anywhere. You record your samples, dump them into your device then go to work — and you do what you do.”



The convenience factor is a sentiment shared by another veteran producer, EZ Elpee — whose discography includes iconic tracks like Capone N Noreaga’s “Bloody Money,” G-Dep’s “Special Delivery,” and Nas and The Braveheart’s “Oochie Wally.”

“When you’re on the run one it is one of the best ways to get your ideas out,” Elpee says. “Without having the laptop sometimes, convenience is best.”



While a (potential) Madlib endorsement, as well as that of forward-thinking legends, should be all the ammo new jacks need to delve into the new frontier of production, it should be noted that younger hit-making producers are no stranger to mobile production, even if they don’t advertise it.

L.A. producer/songwriter Ye Ali (with credits that include Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, Chika, Juicy J, and Joyner Lucas) praises the casual nature of producing via iOS. ”Making beats on the iPad is so impersonal that you end up making your best music because there’s no pressure … no big studios, ” he explains. ”It’s like the same thing as people texting intimate, deep thoughts via text, but can’t convey it while talking on the phone. Casual technology is more comfortable to create with.

”I made the melody for a beat on my phone via garage band and sold it for $10k a month later,” Ali admits.

“I’ve used an iPad for production before — it’s different and more convenient as far as on the go production,” says DaBaby collaborator (“Walker Texas Ranger”) Producer 20. “I rock with the idea of producers using an iPad for beats, anything you can use to make music and make it dope is a good idea no matter what it is.”




Producer J57 also points out that many notable producers are implementing iPad production techniques — and nobody even knows. ”One of my go-to co-producers, PJ Katz, can play many instruments, is proficient in Pro Tools and Ableton, can get busy with an MPC, and he also brings in some next levels sounds via his iPad as well,” J57 says.

Katz most recently worked with J57 on the new Jamo Gang single, “Francis Scott Key.”

“I rock with him because he’s a musical genius and knows how to make it sound incredible — you would never know he utilized an iPad on any of the stuff we do.”

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Ultimately, there’s no stopping progression, and as evidenced by the number of people who referenced Intua’s Beatmaker 3 in the replies of Madlib’s tweet, the low barrier of entry is extremely attractive. “You know, if he did use the iPad, kudos to him,” Buckwild exclaims. ”I’d be happy for him to take it one step further … it will inspire some young people who look up to them to go and do what he does.”



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 5 days ago '16        #2
Bidam7 371 heat pts371
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Props for this OP
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 5 days ago '13        #3
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As a producer,the thing that used to always p*ss me off was,people being disappointed that I was using FL. Like they’ll vibe to the beats,compliment em, then ask what I use. Once I tell em I wasn’t using hardware,they was disappointed. I couldn’t never understand that.
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 FrankCastro1731 said
As a producer,the thing that used to always p*ss me off was,people being disappointed that I was using FL. Like they’ll vibe to the beats,compliment em, then ask what I use. Once I tell em I wasn’t using hardware,they was disappointed. I couldn’t never understand that.
yea that used to be fu*king weird. Even producers be like “ you not using a real keyboard like a triton or a fantom” even though them damn things just came with preset sounds that you could tweak which was similar to nexus and other vsts anyway. Unless you are using a moog or a juno like keyboards you weren’t making your own sounds like that. Now pretty much everybody uses vsts or computer programs in some aspect.

The only thing I can see am mpc being better is the swing but you can make a swing on fl studio it’s just producers just use the faster workflow of putting in the blocks
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Buckwild summed it up perfectly...

“[Older heads] want to be stuck in the 90s … if you’re doing anything remotely technologically forward, they feel you’re not keeping it real,” he explains. “The point of life is to evolve; if you can make beats on the iPad, why not? You can put it in your pocket and produce anywhere. You record your samples, dump them into your device then go to work — and you do what you do.”

 FrankCastro1731 said
As a producer,the thing that used to always p*ss me off was,people being disappointed that I was using FL. Like they’ll vibe to the beats,compliment em, then ask what I use. Once I tell em I wasn’t using hardware,they was disappointed. I couldn’t never understand that.
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 5 days ago '15        #6
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Ez Elpee is criminally underrated
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 FrankCastro1731 said
As a producer,the thing that used to always p*ss me off was,people being disappointed that I was using FL. Like they’ll vibe to the beats,compliment em, then ask what I use. Once I tell em I wasn’t using hardware,they was disappointed. I couldn’t never understand that.
Salute to the FL users. Starting off on the MPC (still a MPC guy to this day), then trying to use FL... I was absolutely lost. I have much respect for anyone who can create with it.
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 5 days ago '10        #9
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A joint I did on my phone:


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 5 days ago '11        #10
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 Brok3nImag3s said
Ez Elpee is criminally underrated
Elp was k*lling shxt at one point, these two had me like


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 5 days ago '18        #11
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 FrankCastro1731 said
As a producer,the thing that used to always p*ss me off was,people being disappointed that I was using FL. Like they’ll vibe to the beats,compliment em, then ask what I use. Once I tell em I wasn’t using hardware,they was disappointed. I couldn’t never understand that.
because n*ggas are stupid and watch too much TV

I'm not even a producer and sh*t got me heated

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 5 days ago '11        #13
Sinamatik CFR 13 heat pts13
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its just like how i use FL Studio... i mean i use a tower, but its just the mouse and keypad for me... and n*ggas be mad!

Salute to all the n*ggas making the most with the least!!!
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 5 days ago '17        #14
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If you can make classic beats with your hands and mouth, I’m going to fu*k with said classic beats. I know people that spend 10s of thousands of dollars getting “what they need” as a producer and they absolutely suck. Same with people who can make their beat sound professional but cant make a good beat. Everyone gets so caught up in people’s process and often times a*sociate expensive and rare things with being professional and of a certain level when that can’t be further from the truth.

Then again, nowadays most producers/beatmakers are just splicing the pre-loaded sounds that come in their DAW together
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 bonez79 said
Elp was k*lling shxt at one point, these two had me like




Word, son got hits


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 4 days ago '15        #16
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I can't even make a good beat on ableton/FL studio. Got an mpd and know how to chop it up and use it like an mpc basically...I still suck


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 4 days ago '05        #17
Fauby 26 heat pts26
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Fruity loops user since 2004, love this sh*t.

Was looking into getting a mpc/keyboard and sh*t but i can do everything through my laptop/ fl studio anyways and be more portable
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 4 days ago '16        #18
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Antony Fantano complained about it in his review. Said that the effects and filters used were a dead giveaway of the limitations of the iPad, and some other sh*t.

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