Artist Drop: Matt Walker

Posted Dec. 18, 2015, 10:01 a.m.

Matt Walker also known as “MAT MEGA” is a hip hop producer from View Park, California and he's been an active producer for 15 years. Over the years, Matt has worked with all types of artists and enjoys making not only hip-hop tracks but rock and pop as well as dancehall, funk, jazz and electronic. Matt says: "I like to keep a open mind when it comes to music. I’m currently working with two bands “The Milky Way Band” (Keys / Production), and  “Palms Side Ent” (Dj / Production) rocking shows from San Francisco to Long Beach".

Matt took some time to talk to us about how he's using Reason and he's also dropped a few beats for you to continue working on.

When you load up a brand new Reason song, what’s the very first thing you do?
When I load up a brand new Reason session I'll set my rack up with what I'm gonna be using for the track. That way my work flow is smoother and it helps the the process move faster.

Do you have any production trick that you always use?
Oh yeah, you always gotta have a few on stand-by. One trick I like would be putting Scream 4 on my drums. By doing that, it gives the drums more slap.

What do you do when inspiration just isn't there?
Whenever inspiration isn't there, I'll go dig for samples to catch a vibe from, to put me back in the zone.

How do you use Reason in your music making?
It honestly depends what kind of song I'm working on. The only thing I'd say I rarely switch up would be how I lay drums. I usually stick to ReDrum or Kong when laying drums. Anything else like synth, bass, keys etc I'll use almost anything from Kong to the combinator.

The three most used devices in your Reason rack?
3 most used devices for me would be the NN-XT, Kong, and Dr. Rex.

What’s the hardest thing about making music, what do you struggle with the most?
I would say what I struggle with sometimes would be the mix. Just getting it all mixed down to where everything sounds crisp and clean. I think that's one of the most important things when creating music. Getting your mix tight to where you can hear everything clear within the mix.

What motivates your creative ideas and creative activity?
There's a few things that motivates me: either I could be listening to another producer and get motivated or when I'm around my bandmates, I could hear one of them play something and get motivated. I could even be watching tv and hear a crazy sample and immediately wanna go take that sample and chop it up.

Posted Dec. 18, 2015, 10:01 a.m.

Meet the Salazar Brothers

Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

The award-winning production crew Salazar Brothers are no strangers to the Propellerhead community. Aside from production credits for a roster of artists spanning from the Swedish Hip Hop elite to bands like Mando Diao, the brothers have also made significant contributions to the Reason Sound Bank and released their own Reggaeton ReFill.

Salazar Brothers beats
Bounce to this collection of beats, fresh from the Redline Studios; home of the Salazar Brothers.

Reggaeton collection
Remix, sing or rap on them, add your flavor! The Reggaeton collection is your chance to get a taste for the comprehensive Reggaeton ReFill, produced by the Salazar Brothers.

Figure Remix Challenge

Ghosts is an eerie but beautiful Figure piece by HeyGoAudio with huge remix potential. What can you do with it? Open it in Figure and tweak it slightly or give it a complete makeover. Drop your remix to Propellerhead and share it with the world!

Best of Mode Audio remix challenge

Last week’s remix challenge from Mode Audio got picked up by quite a few Propellerhead music makers. Hera are a few of our favorites.

Posted Aug. 21, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

Your new drummer—free drum loops for your music!

Posted July 23, 2015, 2:23 p.m.

Get a new drummer for your next track! This week we've made a feed with acoustic drum loops, perfect if you need a solid foundation for your next song or just want something to jam to. Check out the feed, open a loop in Take or Reason and make some music!

Figure drum loops

Do you prefer waveforms and filters to sticks and cymbals? Check out this feed of electronic drum loops made in Figure! Ready to build on in Figure, Take or Reason.

Posted July 23, 2015, 2:23 p.m.

Rap to this

Posted May 29, 2015, 12:54 p.m.

This week, we want to hear your rhymes and your flow as we serve up a selection of beats to rap to. NYC based producer/engineer Mike Kuz dropped a beat to Propellerhead. Now let’s hear what you can do with it–open it up in Take or Reason and rap to this!

 

We asked the beatmakers last week to serve up some fresh beats for your rapper friends and the response was great! We made a feed with some of our favorites, so let’s hear what they sound like with your vocals on top!

Posted May 29, 2015, 12:54 p.m.

Artist Drop: Mike Kuz

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

Check out this raw beat straight from hip hop producer Mike Kuz. Wether you rap, remix or sample—open this beat in Reason or Take and make music! It's not every day you can collaborate with a producer/engineer from Stadiumred Studios, a studio with over 12 Grammy wins to its name.

Mike Kuz is an NYC based music producer & mix engineer from Newington, CT. It wasn’t long after his 2010 move to New York that he began earning stripes in the industry, contributing to works by artists such as Wale, J. Cole, Slaughterhouse, Common, Teyana Taylor and more. Working closely with Hip-Hop legends Just Blaze & Young Guru, Kuz has an endless source of knowledge and inspiration to draw from. He has been instrumental in creating the sounds for up-and-comers OnCue, The I.S.A. & S*T*Y.

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

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