Yo! Got busy on the 1s and 2s and recorded a new mix: PhatCast Vol. 2. Was supposed to get busier with this series a long time ago…so here we go again. Quality-a$$ instrumental hip hop and you know it.
Some of those beats were h3ll to mix…there was some really short as well as somehow unquantized stuff, tempo changes etc. Thanks to @Serato for looping things on the fly! I still haven’t used sync once in my life, but some of this stuff makes me think I *need* to use it. But stuff like this is really good practice, and TBH I’ve never been one to mix the easy stuff anyways.
My new album is out today: “Small Songs That My Samplers Sing”. It’s out via Phatventures. Find links here.
It’s a hip hop album that explores vibes of classic boom bap and funk, samples film noir, a movie which I think ranks among the best movies ever made, rare Japanese records…and a whole lot more. There’s also two tracks that see me get away from sampling, and they’re more instrument-based. Can you tell which one?
If you want to pick it up from Bandcamp and support my shit, please do – there’s tapes and digital available. Also streaming, if you don’t want to pay.
I thought that in a way maybe now is not the best time spam your shit or celebrate a birthday…but then again, things have to go on as usual, which at least to me is a consolation in a way.
Hope you like it, and thanks for all support. For the next 24 hours or so, Bandcamp is waiving its fees, so it’s a decent time to make a purchase if you’ve considered it.
• I always bring the level down to -18 based on peaks using Hornet Plugins VUmeter, so the analog compressors after it will have ample headroom, not introducing distortion (unless I want it, and sometimes I do).
• FabFilter ProQ3. I use this to cut off the unnecessary mic lows and thumps as well as cutting out some of the low-mid room resonance that always happens, more or less. It’s amazing how a vocal immediately sounds way less “homebrewn” when you get the boominess 120–250 Hz out; I usually watch out for two separate peaks in that range.
• Universal Audio LA3A and LA-2 compressors. At some point I was experimenting with vocal comps, and just ended up having these two in a row: creates very transparent compression, and even if you squeeze the vocal really hard (7-8 dB), you literally can’t hear it. Just amazing. Also, as a bonus, if you run the signal harder into these, the analog-modeled input stage creates this sweet distortion that can be so useful if the vocal sounds a little too tame and some vibe is required. Kind of “radio-ish” distortion.