Posts Tagged ‘9th Wonder’

15 January

Episode 4 – Software Based Production

When did “software based production” get popular in Hip Hop?

9th Wonder

9th Wonder

This is a very interesting topic but this all can be traced to one person, 9th Wonder. Back in the 1970’s when Hip Hop started everyone was rhyming over disco music. Just looping an R&B or Disco song was good enough. Beat machines were the next phase in Hip Hop. Legendary producer Kurtis Mantronik of the Hip Hop group Mantronix was a producer who popularized the The Roland TR 808 and TR 909 beat machines in the 1980’s. Then sampling became the thing to do and it was all hardware based and that hardware was very expensive to purchase. The Large Professor at 18 years of age asked his mother to purchase E-mu SP-1200 Drum Machine/Sampler which became a popular in the 1990’s. She agreed but in the process had to max out 3 credit cards for him to get it. As sampling (and getting those samples cleared – Check Episode 2 for more detail) became more of a dominant thing in Hip Hop music the hardware that was used to make music got better. (more…)