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Do You Like to Pre-Treat Your Sounds or Make Major Tweaks to Them in Real Time?


Prep-Cooked Sounds or Made-to-Order?


Each week, I like to audition sounds that I discover (sometimes rediscover) in my MPC 4000. The reason why I consider these sounds to be “discoveries” is because I bought my MPC 4000 used, and as such, it contained thousands of sounds from the previous owner, who had it serviced at Forat. Anyway, while I was recently auditioning and organizing sounds, it got me to thinking about the perks of “prep-cooking” (pre-treating) sounds as well as making them to order.

Although I’m adept at modifying (customizing) any of my sounds to fit whatever beat that I’m working on, I tend to prefer to prep-cook my sounds. Reason why? Well, aside from speed and reliability, prep-cooking—pre-treating—my sounds, in particular my drums, allows me to focus on carving out a consistent style and sound (my own style and sound). However, that being said, I do concede that tweaking sounds made-to-order often creates more zones of spontaneity, which is a big plus for real-time creativity.

For this BeatTips Readers Poll™, the aim is to see which method—pre-treated or made-to-order—everyone prefers to use.

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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

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