It’s Friday!

Right there dudes – it’s Friday and time to rock the house down.
We’ve got a storming line-up for you on the Southbank, With you old favourite Steve Ramos in for a mega-long set on the more Detroit side of things.
Last time he was in the UK he properly packed the place out, so you best get down early if you want to make sure you get a place – numbers are very limited!

I look forward to seeing you all there, don’t forget to dress sharp & look good!


Aaron Swartz – A legend & Genius.

Just a snippet of an article. I haven’t really spoken about the sad death of one of the internet’s legends – Aaron Swartz.

Aaron Swartz

(CNN) — Aaron Swartz helped create the Internet.

Maybe not the Internet foundations of ARPANET and TCP/IP and Mosaic, the codes and packets and standards on which the whole thing is based. But he was a factor in fashioning some of the Web’s upper floors. With his contributions to RSS coding and the Web application framework, Swartz made some of today’s more expansive Internet possible.
But what Swartz also helped create was a philosophy of the Internet, one that remains the subject of great controversy almost 20 years into its life: the libertarian idea that information wants to be free.
“Aaron was a genius,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and a senior policy analyst at the ACLU. “He was a technologist who was committed to open access to information, and committed to bringing about the changes he believed in.”
“Aaron was an embodiment of the Web, and a contributor to many of the aspects that made it great,” said Matt Mullenweg, who founded the blogging platform WordPress, in a statement. “When I was young and getting into technology Aaron was even younger and literally setting the standards for the Web with contributions to RSS 1.0 and Creative Commons. He inspired a generation to share online, to move to (San Francisco), to not be afraid to start things, and to break down barriers.”
Swartz’s friend: Government bullied him
Swartz died Friday of an apparent suicide in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York. He was 26.
Although Swartz’s life was not without controversy — he faced federal charges that he illegally downloaded millions of scholarly papers from MIT — his death has been met with an outpouring of tributes and grief.

Fort Minor – Remember the name (BeatMaker Remix)


Fort Minor – Remember the name (Beatmaker Remix)

Just so you have an idea of some of the stuff I produce, I’ve uploaded a video for you to listen to / watch. This is a remix I did with a dude I sometimes work with in Ktown. It’s  a Fort Minor track – Remember the name…  and it’s a quality track – one which I couldn’t resist doing a remix of.

Entire track created with Properllerhead Reason on a laptop.
Fort Minor – Remember the name (BeatMaker Remix) Enjoy!

Music Production Software Blog. Day 2.

Afternoon dudes,

I’ve done nothing apart from play around with my iPad this morning – things are just too damn addictive when you’ve got the right bit of software running on them!  Anyway was checking these cool little gadgets to stick on the front that basically convert your iPad into a fully functioning DJ deck. They’re crazy! You have a couple of little wheels that you position in the right place on the graphic, a cross-fader (which is bizarrely placed at the top) and you can edit effects, loops and stuff just like a pair of CDJs !


Anyway – I thought a little bit about how to organize this and figured you want some kind of order. So I’m going to split the site into categories and I’m gonna start with what I know best – beats. So I think we’ll have a “Drum Machines”, “Samplers”, “Loop player”, “Loop libraries”, “Pro drum software” or something like that.

Of course – at this stage I’m gonna ask for suggestions from you all (especially those who call me the most with tech problems – for some reason I’m the ‘tech guru’ in the studio too).

So where to start?  Maybe it’s just an idea if I upload one of my own tracks for you to listen to, just to give you an idea of what sort of things I’ll be laying down in the first parts of this, er, guide? tutorial? review? repository? whatever it’s going to be called I don’t mind!

One idea which I have decided with this, is a section for DJing stuff – The DJ BLoG. In there I’ll keep all the software and related tools DJ related only. Music production stuff stays here where is belongs.

Welcome to Beat Maker

beat-maker_smallWell first, let me say hello.

I’ve built this site with the pure intention of gathering together tools, sounds, samples & software that I use on a regular basis when making music. The reason for this? Simply so that whenever I set up a new mini studio somewhere, I have everything that I need at my fingertips and it don’t matter where the hell I am.  This is gonna be my personal internet bookmark.

Originally I was going to leave myself some little notes by each entry – really just so I could remember details like how many tracks / channels certain bits of software had etc. but then thought – sod it, it would be useful for when I’m showing other people how to set up this shizzle on their computers to have better notes. So hence it’s a bit longer winded than I intended, but you’ll find some really useful notes hopefully, and save you time (as time goes by this site will become bigger and bigger).

Anyway – while thinking about it properly I ended up with the format that you see now. It may change, it may not – probably just depends on how I feel that day to be honest. ;)

Without further – I bid ye well and hope you find this a useful repository.

Some feedback is always welcome too of course!

The Beat Maker