Start with getting familiar on the MPC. What each button does, different modes and features. A rough overview of how the MPC works from setup to playing a beat. Also some history of beat machines in the hip hop world. Homework: Find a song/record to sample.
CLASS TWO: SAMPLING
This class covers the art of sampling with the MPC. From finding a sample, to looping, to sampling techniques and audio levels. We go inside the MPC's programs to arrange and assign samples. Also sample chopping and truncating.
Homework: Listen to some classic breakbeats ie: substitution, impeach the president, god make me funky
CLASS THREE: SEQUENCING
After you learn about sample and how they work we get into sequencing and tempos. From short one bar sequences to eight bar song modes, we explore how to sequence and develop song structure.
Homework: Instructor gives you the names of samples that make up a hip hop classic and students find the samples and reconstruct the classic using the MPC.
CLASS FOUR: MIXING AND EFFECTS
When you have a lot of samples going on at once you'll need to balance the sounds. Within the MPC you can adjust the volumes of samples. You can also use some cool effects like reverb, flange and echo. Mixing techniques and advanced sequencing will be discussed.
Homework: Bring in one of your favorite hip hop records/songs so we can dissect it.
CLASS FIVE: SPECIAL FEATURES
The MPC effects sound in ways that are unique to the machine itself. We go thru the final stages of beat making, exploring filters, milti mode and q-link. Now we are ready to make some beats!
Homework: Make your own beat using these techniques.
CLASS SIX: THE FINALE
The students become teachers as they play and explain the beats they made. We will have an open discussion about each students beat with questions and critiques.
Homework: Pic your favorite producer with explanation of why.
CLASS SEVEN AND EIGHT: THINKING OUT SIDE THE BOX!
Students will get a rare chance to go out on the town with a digging legend and hit up the local record stores. Once done digging students will get a chance to see a vary rare record collection and a couple other very cool things!
8 Week Program: $ 319 TOTAL TUITION COST (PROGRAM STARTS 1st Week of Oct.)
We are all students of Hiphop