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In The Studio With…


He’s #1 without question. His sound is incredible and he’s been in the game forever. Every thing he comes out with is hot and his drum programming is undisputed. The video below shows Timbaland and Kanye consulting on revising Kanye’s song Stronger. Kanye did not like the way the mix sounded on the radio so they had to mix it again over eleven times!!

Korg Triton and a Yamaha Motif 7
Ensoniq ASR-10 (Kanye West and the Neptunes have this as well–it’s a discontinued
keyboard that samples)

Yamaha NS10s for monitoring
Neumann U 87 mic, a UREI 1176 compressor and a Neve 1076 preamp for microphones
Digidesign Pro Tools
VSTi software synths

To find out more about Timbaland’s studio equipment read Remix magazine’s Interview below:

Kanye West

Fascinating individual and producer. Kanye is not big on using computers, at least he has not been in the past. In an interview with Remix magazine Kanye’s studio equipment was revealed. “I recorded College Dropout with just that,” West says. “I got a record player with no top on it. It’s a Gemini, just like me. Like most Geminis, I am two people: I’m a rapper and a producer. Hell, yeah.” The setup is listed below

Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard

Akai MPC2000 MIDI Production Center

Roland VS-1880 24-bit Digital Studio Workstation

Gemini PT-1000 II turntable.

To read the rest of Remix magazines interview with Kanye visit Remixmag.com or click the link below http://remixmag.com/mag/remix_kanye_west/index.html

Scott Storch

How does Storch concoct such contagious tracks? Take a look at what we found out from Remix magazines’ interview.

Akai MPC2000XL, MPC3000

E-mu Vintage Pro sound module

Novation SuperNova synth

Roland XV-5080 sound module (2)

Soundart Chameleon audio DSP engine

Studio Electronics SE-1 sound module

Yamaha Motif synth

Digidesign’s Pro Tools

According to the atricle Storch leaves the software side and recording (i.e Pro Tools and microphones) to is audio engineer. You can read the rest of the Remix interview at the link below:



The video clip below is of the duo giving advice to aspiring producers. They even tell how they started on a eight track cassette. Very informative and we list their gear below based off a different interview with Remix magazine.

THE NEPTUNES’ GEAR ESSENTIALS (according to remixmag.com)
Access Virus C synth
Akai Z8 sampler
AKG C 12VR mic
AKG C 414 mic
Apple Mac G4s (3)
Audio-Technica AT4060 mic
Avalon sp737 preamp
Digidesign ProControl workstation/console
Digidesign Pro Tools
Electro-Voice RE20 mics
Ensoniq ASR-10
Fender Rhodes Dyno Mark I electric piano
Fender Stratocaster guitar
Glyph hard drive
Korg MicroKorg synthesizer/vocoder
Korg O1/W keyboard
Korg Triton keyboard
Martin D-28 acoustic guitar
Millenia Media preamp
Moog Minimoog Voyager synthesizer
Moog Liberation synthesizer
Neumann TLM 103 mic
Neumann U 87 mics
Oberheim OBMx keyboard
Pioneer CDJ-1000 digital turntable
Pultec EQ
Shure SM57 mics
Technics SL-1200 turntables
Tube-Tech preamp/EQ/compressor
Vestax mixers
Waldorf Wave synthesizer

To read the rest of the interview with the neptunes visit remixmag.com or click the link below


4 Responses

  1. i really want a record deal at geffen records.i watched ashlee simpson record and she inspired me to sing.i would love to get one when i turn 18.i would like to know how much it cost to get a record deal at geffen records.if any artist read this EMAIL ME!!!!!!i want answers.i really want this to happe!

  2. DAMN nice post! what a find. Expect a trackback on this one… yeah yeah, I know how old it is lol

    I especially liked the neptunes one. I’d be interested to see a more in depth interview with them.

  3. Ashley, it takes a lifetime of hard work, a hell of a lot of talent, and unbelievable luck to land a record deal. It’s not something you can buy. You have to earn it… or be insanely marketable because of your looks, your story, or your individuality (or your family).

    Practice. Record your practices. Listen back to them and be brutally honest with yourself; it’s the only way you’ll get better. Then either find a band to jam with, or do some vocal demos to your favorite songs using a Karaoke disc. You can do it yourself, but it wouldn’t hurt to go into a professional studio.

    Good luck!

  4. hey we wanted to no how to get a record deal please respond back thnx

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