Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Roundup – Remixing Classic Songs by Notorious B.I.G., Kanye, 50 Cent, Dipset, and More!

In our Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine video series, Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam invites noted hip hop producers and artists to revisit some of their classic productions using Native Instruments’ Maschine and create custom setups for performance in a live setting.

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Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 1: The Diplomats “Dipset Anthem” by Rsonist (Heatmakerz)

In the first installment of Reclaiming the Remix, Rsonist (of New York-based hip hop production duo The Heatmakerz, renowned for their work with Harlem’s Diplomats and Juelz Santana) drops by Dubspot for a lesson on Native Instruments’ Maschine with Dubspot instructor and producer Shareef Islam. They explore beat making and music composition, chopping samples and exporting the sounds. They also discuss the influences, sample choices, loops and beats that went into the track “Dipset Anthem,” for which Rsonist sampled Sanchez’s track “One In A Million” from 1988. Shareef also shares tips and tricks for live performance with Maschine.

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 2: M.O.P “Ante Up” by D/R Period (ROCKBOY)

In episode two of Reclaiming the Remix, Brooklyn-based hip hop producer, DJ, and rapper D/R Period stops by Dubspot for a lesson on Native Instruments’ Maschine with instructor Shareef Islam. D/R has produced tracks for some of hip hop’s brightest stars including Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, DMX and Cam’ron  as well as the late greats Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, but to most he is known as the man responsible for hardcore rap duo M.O.P.’s radio hit “Ante Up” and the “Money” song from TV’s Breaking Bad series.

D/R talks to Shareef about his creative process and using his trusted MPC 60 II, and they explore the creative possibilities of Maschine by not only recreating “Ante Up” but then also remixing and recomposing the track with impressive results. In the process, they highlight some of the features and functions Maschine provides for chopping and sculpting samples, building and modifying drum sounds, applying effects and more.

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 3: Notorious B.I.G. “Who Shot Ya?” by Nashiem Myrick of The Hitmen

In the third episode of Reclaiming the Remix, hip hop producer Nashiem Myrick of The Hitmen, a production collective formed by Bad Boy Records label boss and producer Sean John Combs (a.k.a Puff Daddy, Diddy, P. Diddy, etc.) stops by Dubspot for a lesson on Native Instruments’ Maschine with instructor Shareef Islam. Nashiem has collaborated and produced tracks for artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, Puff Daddy, Ma$e, Capone-N-Noriega, Mary J. Blige, 112, and more, but the track he is most associated with is The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?”, the controversial b-side to the 1995 hit single “Big Poppa”.

Nashiem talks to Shareef about the production and recording process for “Who Shot Ya?” which samples David Porter’s “I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over” and features additional drums from Poke from The Trackmasters. Shareef explains and shows the intuitive features of Maschine, offering tips and techniques for working with samples and composing with the software and hardware. He also recreates and performs a live remix of “Who Shot Ya?”.

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 6: Kanye West “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” by Devo Springsteen

In this installment of Dubspot’s Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine series, Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam talks to Grammy Award winning producer, songwriter, and technology entrepreneur Devo Springsteen (a.k.a. Devon Harris) about his 2005 production of the track “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone),” from Kanye West’s 2005 sophomore album Late Registration.

Devo Springsteen, who is actually Kanye West’s cousin, discusses the creative process and production tools he used to create the instrumental track for “Diamonds”- from finding a vinyl record copy of the 1971 Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack (which features the theme song performed by singer Shirley Bassey), to the gear which included an Akai MPC, a Yahama Motif, and Cubase, to the awesome additional musical contributions from producer Jon Brion who played harpsichord and  film director Michel Gondry who played live drums. A magnificent story behind a classic track.

Shareef and Devo also explore the creative possibilities of using Maschine to recreate “Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)” and recompose the track. In the process, they highlight some key features in Maschine and share some remixing tips including resampling in Maschine, using external MIDI instruments, and recording mutes on the fly using MIDI gate designed in Reaktor!

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 7: 50 Cent “Amusement Park” by Dangerous LLC

In the latest installment of Dubspot’s Reclaiming the Remix, music producer and Dubspot instructor Shareef Islam talks to Brooklyn-based hip hop producers Chris Styles, Silence, J Swirv, and Urkel about their early beginnings, the formation of Dangerous LLC production collective, and developing a workflow which allows individuals members of the team to cultivate their skills and grow. They also discuss about their extensive work with multi-platinum rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent, whose work ethic and diligence inspired them.

The original beat for “Amusement Park” was created using Akai MPC 2000, Korg Triton workstation/keyboard, and Avid Pro Tools. Shareef and Dangerous LLC explore the creative possibilities of using Native Instruments Maschine to recompose “Amusement Park”. Shareef recreates the beat, shows off the intuitive features of Maschine, offers tips and techniques for performing a live remix of the track.

Reclaiming the Remix w/ Maschine Ep 8: Heltah Skeltah and OGC  “Lefleur Leflah Eshkoshka” by Baby Paul

Baby Paul (a.k.a. Paul Anthony Hendricks) is a Grammy Nominated music producer whose extensive resume includes works and collaborations with with hip hop luminaries such as Nas, AZ, Pharoahe Monch, Fat Joe, Big Pun, and of course Brooklyn’s very own Boot Camp Clik (consisting of Buckshot, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price, Heltah Skeltah, among others.)

In this installment of Dubspot’s Reclaiming the Remix, Baby Paul talks about getting his start with Boot Camp Clik in the mid 1990s, his early production setup which consisted of an SP-12 drum machine and sampler, an Akai S950 digital sampler, and Commodore 1541 floppy disk drive. He talks about the evolution of his production workflow and creative process, sampling soulful and funky melodic records, nurturing and working with up and coming artists and producers, and much more. Shereef Islam and Baby Paul also explore the creative possibilities of remixing and recomposing the beat for “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka” using Native Instruments Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0.


Learn Native Instruments Maschine – Enroll Now!

Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for performers and producers, you will go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live over the course of three levels. The future of performance and production is here, and there is no time for the future like today.

What’s Included:

  • Maschine Level 1: Programming and Beat Making Basics
  • Maschine Level 2: Sampling, Slicing and Composing
  • Maschine Level 3: Advanced Production and Performance Techniques

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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