The code of the beat.

No I.D. Gives Props to the Maschine by Native Instruments


Acclaimed Beatmaker Reveals How He Made ‘Death of Autotune;’ Sheds Light on His Workflow

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

“It’s probably the tightest thing, since I was on a physical drum machine,” so says critically acclaimed beatmaker NO I.D. about Native Instruments wonder unit, the Maschine, a hardware EMPI (Electronic Music Production Instrument) that features a software sequencer. In this video, the widely recognized mentor to Kanye West breaks down exactly how he put together the beat that would be used for Jay-Z’s “Death of Autotune.” “Death of the autotune was just a sample I had sitting around, he says, clearing up all misconceptions that live instrumentalists were brought in to make the now infamous “D.O.A.” groove. In addition to detailing his method for creating “D.O.A.,” NO I.D. also talks about how his workflow is predicated upon previously sampled sounds that he keeps stored in the folders of his Maschine.

For educational purposes…

“Death Of Autotune” Producer No I.D. on Maschine, (video via Native Instruments)

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  • yessir…been rockin wit Maschine since the summer, my mpc 4k sleeps to the side now lol.

  • Donproductionsbeatz

    Ok maybe i missed something,is he saying no live instruments were used in the making of D.O.A?

  • SoundsAndGear,
    Yo, I really want to check this out. And yo, I didn’t even know that you were using the MPC 4000!

  • Don P,
    Through you for a loop right? I didn’t even think that it was a sample either…

  • The 1.5 update looks serious. I’m was really looking at the MPC 1000 but this might have enough to sway me to Maschine