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2 May

DJ Manipulator bangs out a dope ass beat for us in the 2nd installment of ‘Badland Sessions’. DJ Manipulator kills it using samples from vinyl and The Drum Broker’s International Breaks, Marco Polo’s – Pad Thai, and Jake One’s – Snare Jordan Kits exclusively!

Follow DJ Manipulator on Twitter by clicking here and download the Drum Samples from The Drum Broker by clicking here


29 Apr

DJ Manipulator bangs out a dope ass beat for us in this episode of ‘Badland Sessions’. DJ Manipulator kills it using samples from vinyl and The Drum Broker’s International Breaks, Marco Polo’s – Pad Thai, and Jake One’s – Snare Jordan Kits exclusively!

Follow DJ Manipulator on Twitter by clicking here and download the Drum Samples from The Drum Broker by clicking here


Sample Shootout: Akai S900. Akai S2000, MPC Ren, & E-Mu E4XT Ultra

10 Jul


Very Dope Sampler shootout from Drum Broker customer Fanu (

Read on:

I’m a sampling freak. And a sampler freak.
I’ve been loving hardware samplers since early 2000.
Mostly, I’ve been using a whole lot of Akai as well as E-MU.

(At this point it’s relevant to say that if you’re one of those ADHD heads, or belong in the cult of TL;DR, I wouldn’t blame you for scrolling down till you see a Soundcloud player, as that’s where the goodies are)

Around 2009 I, like many, went all digital and thought my hardware days would be over as I considered DAWs so convenient and magnificent; quick, easy to use, and you can take them wherever you go. Little did I know that I’d go back to my roots. I made an album and some EPs with my all-digital setup (mixing some of it in an outboard desk for a while), but ever since I sold my hardware, I realized I missed working with a hardware sampler plugged into a desk.
You can say what you want about working with a laptop setup, but I’ve always found that hardware samplers, when plugged into a good desk, have that certain warmth that I find extremely pleasing to the ear.

Anyways, cut to the chase and fast forward to today: currently I’ve got an Akai s900, Akai s2000, Akai s3200, Akai MPC Renaissance, Akai MPC Studio, and E-MU E4XT Ultra. Here’s a few brief words about each.

The Akai s900 (made in 1986) I only use for sampling sounds, and then I sample sounds out of it into other samplers or my laptop. It’s got this sweet 12-bit crunch that nicely rounds off the top end and it brings some presence into the mids, which helps get especially the drums to stand out in the mix. Seriously. Someone once said, “Beats coming out of an old Akai sound like bricks”, which is a compliment. The s900 is still the choice for many hiphop producers because of its “organic” sound. Its drawback is the display which only has two lines of text. And oh, its ram is 0.7 megabytes. You read that right!


Illmind – 12 Laws For Rappers

8 Feb

If you haven’t already stumbled upon Illmind’s 12 Laws For Rappers, then I highly suggest that you take a minute to read it. Whether you are a producer, beatmaker, or aspiring rapper in the making…. there is something for everyone.

I wanted to elaborate on point #8 which Illmind outlines in the following excerpt:

8. Never Say “Let’s Collab”

The word “collab” is short for “collaboration”. Most hip-hop producers understand a “collab” as nothing more than you asking them for a free beat (or more). This is not a good starting point. A producer must feel like the partnership will become lucrative (either immediately, or in the future).

As a paid producer ala beatmaker & entrepreneur I couldn’t agree more. The word “collabo” is an instant turn off to me. I make it no secret that I don’t work for free (in the proverbial internet music sense). Illmind hit the nail on the head with the partnership idea. Approaching a producer with a solid plan that is mutually beneficial to both the artist and producer is wise alternative to asking for a “collabo”. Here is one possibility that I am always personally open to…

Artist approaches me for beat x which is going to feature a well known artist, lets call this artist Kool G Rap. Having always wanted to work with Kool G Rap and hear Kool G over an Alkota Beat, I’d gladly pitch a beat that would feature such a monster on the mic. Further, the Artist has plans to shoot a music video for the song featuring Kool G. This is a mutually beneficial situation. While I wouldn’t be gaining anything monetarily from this partnership/”collabo”, I could add Mr. Kool G to my resume and having a music video on YouTube featuring an artist of Mr. G’s caliber would certainly draw in some fans, potential clients, and respect. Above all, I would get the satisfaction of hearing Kool G spit over my beat.

Of course this is a hypothetical scenario, so don’t expect to see Kool G + Alkota Music video next month, but I’ve done several deals similar to this in the past few years even partaking in the financing of certain ventures. The bottom line is, its competitive for us as beatmakers/producers, however I don’t think working for FREE is a smart move unless you redefine FREE. Handing out beats for free will get you on the radar of a few people if you are smart about it and work with the right people,  but get involved as much as possible. Ask to be present for the mixing, mastering, or recording sessions. Ask for some love on Twitter from the artist following. Just make sure you get something for your hard work.

With all that being said… I hope that Illmind’s Law For Rappers spreads like  herpes and that people start to absorb some of his commonsense business acumen


Stompboxx Music – The YAMS Tape

26 Dec


Stompboxx Music is back with another beat tape just in time for Christmas & the end of 2012. The YAMS Tape, produced by M.Simp was produced entirely using Propellerhead’s Reason 6.5 and mixed/mastered using a slew of Rack Extensions that are readily available for the production software.

Peep the excerpt from the Stompboxx Team:

YAMS, or Young and Musically Inspired is a free instrumental project from M.Simp of Stompboxx Music. The collection, inspired by his son, includes an eclectic blend of soul/southern/gritty/funky/bangin’ records! Please download, jam, and share the project.

*All tracks were fully produced in Propellerheads Reason*
*Grandeur contains additional programming by @JRSwiftzVA*
Download the tape below:

Behind The Beats with Khrysis

21 Dec

Khrysis talks with Digital Hustle Films & The Drum Broker about making beats, workflow, sampling, drums, & much more. Don’t sleep on Khrysis playing some crazy NI Maschine Beats.

Follow us on Twitter: @digitalhustler @khrysis @drumbroker & don’t forget to get the Official Khrysis Drum Kit here:

Blap On The Radio – Theme Song feat. Skyzoo (produced by Illmind)

14 Dec

Brooklyn Nets: YES Network TV Intro (prod. by Marco Polo)

13 Dec

You don’t have to be a patron of the Barclays Center to be familiar with the soundscape that’s now symbolic of the Brooklyn Nets. The anthemic horns and infectious beat, produced by the Brooklyn by way of Toronto producer Marco Polo, is also used as officially licensed music for the Nets, courtesy of the YES Network, the team’s official cable broadcast channel. Those that tune into the games will be sure to recognize the animated video clip, which is used at both the intro and outro of all their broadcasts, as well as during highlights, commentary, and transitioning to and from commercial breaks. The instrumental, which is now available for stream, exclusively via Pigeons & Planes, is also played during the games in the house that Hov built.

This sync placement was made possible by Beats & Rhymes, the Indie Urban subsidiary of DeWolfe Music.

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO STREAM (Extended Beat): Pigeons & Planes

DJ DN3 “The Campaign EP” Feat Drum Samples From The Drum Broker

17 Nov

Soulful hip-hop music is a way of life for DJ DN3 and the crew. He’s been holding it down as a deejay and producer from Philadelphia to California. He won first place in the Emcee Nemesis “All I Need” remix contest. Blessing us with mixes like The Milkbone Show mx01 and Sunshined The #@$% Out summer mix. DJ DN3 has been putting in work! His latest project features Drum Sample Kits from Big Noise MPC.

“My fellow Americans (and the rest of you earthlings)… Rap cats, (Mr. Miranda, Mouse Powell, and Mega Ran, and myself) recently embarked on a tour to campaign for your ears. On this campaign, I took the opportunity to create some music and ideas that would be formulated to this short EP while I was on the road. I’d like to send a very big shout out to Noiseman at Big Noise for hooking me up! Big Noise MPC (Drum Broker Affiliate) is where I coped the drum kits used to create this project’s soulful and grimy sound. All joints were produced using the very portable Native Instrument’s Maschine Mikro”.

The Music: Each beat that I composed used drum elements of Alkota’s Gems From The Crates, Illmind’s Blap-Kit Volume 1 and M-Phazes’ Dirty 30 Drum Library. I have an old soul sample library that I keep on my traveling external hard drive. This way I can come up with things on the go to complement any other plug-in VST instrument sounds I have on my laptop. Each day we were on tour, I composed a beat whenever I had the downtime to do so. Then out of all of the beats I composed, Mega Ran, Mr. Miranda, and Mouse Powell took a pick on what they wanted to write to. They all recorded the tracks after we got back from tour.

We would like to thank all those who came out to support us and The Campaign Tour, which spanned up and down the west coast. Stay tuned for our next campaign. This a free gift to all so… Enjoy ~ DJ DN³

Planetary of Outerspace/AOTP – Where I Left Off (produced by Alkota)

14 Nov

New joint from Planetary of AOTP/Outerspace “Where I Left Off” produced by Alkota.

Support the movement and download it via BandCamp here: