The code of the beat.

Jewel Droppin’: Rsonist (of The Heatmakerz), pt. 2


Beat Vet Talks Detailed Shop

Interview by Amir Said (Sa’id)

BeatTips: There’s seems to be like two camps: Some people track straight out of their MPC (or whatever) into Pro Tools. Some beatmakers go in through an analog mixer, then go into Pro Tools. What’s the difference that you notice?
Rsonist: When you go straight to Pro Tools, you’re limited… I ain’t gonna front, I do that sometimes, like if I’m in a rush and I don’t really want to… but like when you go straight into Pro Tools you’re limited on your sounds. Unless you got a million and one plug-ins for Pro Tools… but you still can’t get the sounds of an analog board. On analog board, you can control it by hand… but when something’s digital and you’re controlling it by numbers, you never really get it to exactly where you need it to be, you know what I mean, especially if you got an ear for how you want it to sound. You know like nowadays, I go into the board first and I track it out on the board, then I go straight to CD. And then you know, later on when I’ve got time, I’ll track it into Pro Tools, just to have, so when I sell the beat I don’t have to go through the headaches of finding the track, tracking it out… But I go into the analog board because I get a better sound.

BeatTips: There’s a lot of beatmakers (producers) that don’t have good quality control…
Rsonist: Yeah, there’s a lot of producers like that, just for the simple fact that… it comes from a lot of different things. It depends on who you’re surrounded by… The people that I’m surrounded with not only are they friends and family but it’s people that… they know I respect their opinions. Like perfect example, when I made “Gangsta Music”. That was like my fifth beat for that day… I made “Gangsta Music” that day, I made “More Than Music” that day, those were like my last two beats for that day. And when I got to “Gangsta Music”, my ears was shot! I had made like five beats, so I wasn’t really sure that it was hot, you know what I’m sayin’… ‘cuz when you’re in a room by yourself, after a minute, you think everything is hot, you know what I’m sayin’. I was getting ready to scrap that beat, and my cousin walks in, and he’s like ‘yo, you’re crazy, that beat is…’ So, me respecting his opinion, I put it to CD, and I sold it that night! If you make a beat and you’re not sure about it, let it sit and come back the next day, and listen to it with some fresh ears. And if you still don’t like it, then that’s you. But nowadays I don’t throw away any beat the same day; unless I just know for a fact it’s not going anywhere and it’s not finished, 100%. But if it’s it finished, I’ll let it sit for that night, then come back and play it.

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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

  • That’s some real stuff right there man, some true wisdom, especially about throwing away tracks. It would definitely be dope to have access to analog boards and such, some folks just don’t have the option really. But I know where there’s a will there’s a way!