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The Best Hip Hop of 2011

While 2011 will not be remembered as hip hop's greatest year, there were a number of noteworthy releases to celebrate.  These include the following:

REKS: 'R.E.K.S.' LP


Boston MC REKS proves that tenacity and talent will pay off in the end.  On this eponymous album REKS' rapid fire, intelligent flow is complemented by a stellar line up of producers including DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Alchemist and REKS' Boston buddy Statik Selektah.  Guest MCs include Freeway, L-il Fame and fellow Boston lyricist Terminology.  With such a diverse cast of contributors it would be easy for this album to become an inconsistent compilation.  However, the consistency of the album is one of its strongest points.  There is no fast forward material.  Indeed, plenty of tracks demand rewinds.  This is the album that REKS was destined to make.


The Roots: 'Undun' LP

The words 'concept album' would have many hip hop fans running away in fear.  However, The Roots yet again provide an al…

Make Music at Home: Installing VSTs and Loading Multi-Samples into REAPER

Make Music at Home: Installing VSTs and Loading Multi-Samples into REAPER

Getting Virtual Instruments and Samples into REAPER.

Previously, I discussed soundcards, Virtual studio technology instruments (VSTi's) and samples (here).  We have also covered how to install REAPER on your computer, here. 

Now, we're ready to go one step further, installing VSTi's on your computer.  

Part 1: Installing VST's in REAPER.

VSTi's are one of the most popular and easy ways to start making music on your computer. By and large, VSTi's are often easily manipulated, easier than say, a sample can be, due to the fact the sound is being made through very complex maths which can be tweak by, say, the tune of a dial, or by flicking to another preset.   

Downloading and installing VSTs can seem complicated at first, but videos like this one below, from youtube user Mark Spencer make the process much less daunting. 

I found this video really useful when learning how to install VSTs in REAPE…