How this top producer turns his laptop into a studio

How this top producer turns his laptop into a studio


(energetic hip hop music) (man beatboxing) – He took a voice note of
him just doing a drum pattern and now the drum pattern is here. – [Man] There it is. (loud thudding kick drums) – Listen to that. Now we’ve already got
the beginning of a song. – I think having a mobile set
up can have its limitations, but at the end of the day, I can make something that
sounds just as good as something that I would do in this studio. – When you think of
how a hit song is made, you might imagine it all happening in a big professional studio, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Most music has been recorded this way, but in the past, you
usually had to be signed to a major label in order
to get access to studios. And these studios required a lot of space, people, and equipment. Now technology has advanced to the point, where many of the tools
needed to build a song can fit in the palm of
your hand, literally. (metallic hip hop beat) Oak Felder is a songwriter
and pop music producer who has worked with
artists like Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. Oak may work with some of
music’s biggest players, but what he uses to make their songs can mostly be done on a phone and laptop, which allows him to work
from anywhere in the world. Day to day, how much are you actually doing on the go, versus in a traditional space like this? – My main computer is a laptop, so technically I’m mobile everywhere. Technically. And in a lot of ways, the
setup that I have here is just a beefed up version of what I would normally have on the road. – So it’s the same thing, just a little upgraded.
– Scaled up, yeah. – So how has mobile production
personally empowered you or changed the way that you work? – It’s helped me a lot. Inspiration sort of strikes everywhere. Not only when you’re in the studio, right? I get a lot of ideas when I’m asleep, believe it or not. I’ll get up and I’ll sit down at like this mobile rig that I have. Or there are times when I’m out and about and I’ll think of a crazy lyric or I’ll think of a really cool melody, and I’ll use my voice notes on my phone or I’ll use the music
notes app on my iPhone to just put the idea down. – Think about how many
hit songs do not exist because someone did not
have access to technology or a way to put it down in the moment. – Yeah, for sure. I can sit in the car and
do a track on my computer. – [Dani] To see how Oak
produces outside the studio, we headed to a home recording session with singer and songwriter Zhavia. ♪ Gotta leave my candlelight burning ♪ – [Dani] They’ve been
working on a project together and Oak demos how he can
build a beat using software called Battery as soon
as we get in the car. – So I have this kit,
actually, that I put together, and I do this a lot. Like when I know I’m going
to work with an artist, I’ll just source different vibes or I’ll just create them. Alright, pull up Logic. Hi-Light’s plugged in. Hard drive’s plugged in. So let’s start with a kick. (phone playing beatbox drums) (loud thudding kick drums) That’s my kick. (loud thudding kick drums) – [Dani] This is like
super fascinating to me because I’ve never really seen anyone use the touch bar in this kind of way. – [Oak] Oh really? It’s so convenient. (loud thudding kick drums) Plugging in dongles. (thumping hip hop beat) So when we were in the car earlier, that’s where it started. And I when I walked in
here and played it for ’em that’s what they heard. As they were writing the song, I started adding more elements to it. – [Dani] Those elements
include sounds and effects from plugins and samples. In the past these elements would need to be created with hardware, but now software can be downloaded or installed on a laptop. These are used to create
the foundation of the track. Next, the vocals are added. ♪ Ways ♪ ♪ Son are ways to get it everyday ♪ ♪ Only catch me resting in my grave ♪ ♪ I’m too busy counting numbers ♪ ♪ If I’m losing watch me do it better ♪ ♪ Come on with another ♪ ♪ On your way ♪ – Okay, so she did record that lead vocal, but after she recorded that, we did all the background arrangements, and that’s where a lot of
the track count comes from. – All of these layers are then stacked into a project in Logic, adjusted, and then mixed for the final product. How many layers of
audio are there in here? – In this track? Well all together, the
track plus the vocals, there’s 177 tracks. – What? – Total yeah. So that’s every background, every stack, every crowd vocal, every hi-hat, every tom, every kick, every snare, every percussion, every bassline, every chord, everything! But the truth is, is that
all of these layers sort of group together to make singular things. So when you listen to it with her vocal. ♪ Got me made ♪ ♪ They don’t know I got a hundred ways ♪ ♪ Hundred ways to get it ♪ – Oh yeah yeah yeah!
♪ Everyday ♪ – I mean it sounds like there’s a party happening behind you. – [Dani] What’s significant is not just that a laptop is mobile, but software is powerful enough to essentially be a studio. – [Oak] Recently I did
a record for Demi Lovato called Sorry Not Sorry
that has a gospel choir, but that gospel choir is yours truly. ♪ Baby I’m sorry ♪ ♪ I’m not sorry ♪ – And it literally is me and Sean Douglas, the other writer on the record and Demi herself, stacking our vocals like 40 times. And I did it on my laptop, and I did it no problem because the processing power’s there. – [Dani] This processing
power has given rise to a new generation of bedroom producers who don’t need a studio to make music. – I think the technology has
become the great equalizer. I think we’re all on
an even playing field, and now it’s about skill. Now it’s about who’s just good. – That’s actually true because we can have an even
playing field, but that means that everyone has to be
better at what they do. – [Oak] That’s exactly right. If the next bedroom producer comes up, and does a better record than I do, they’re gonna overtake me. – So people’s creativity will be unlocked, but right. It’s still, it’s the level of creativity that you have up here. – That’s exactly right. I think now we can be judged based on our actual
capability versus our access. Now that the technology is learning how to get out of the way. – What do you mean by that? – I think that should be
the goal of technology. Get out of my way. (laughing) Seriously, that should be the goal! And give everybody the access to that. Somebody who doesn’t know how
to use Pro Tools very well has a damn good idea in their head, and I think it’s better for the art. (buzzing electronic music) – This video is sponsored by aLoft, different by design.

100 thoughts on “How this top producer turns his laptop into a studio

  • September 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm
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    Which audio editing tools do you use on your phone or laptop?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    So amazing they’ve only been do this for 15 years

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    this inspired me to make song in garageband

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    i couldnt be in that interview cus of her face lol i cant dam

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  • July 21, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Dude lookin like hog rider from clash royale

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  • July 22, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    thank GOD for technology!

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    I miss the time of producing @Danilo :’(

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    4:18 u dont litreally need these many sounds to make a hit song 🤣

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  • July 23, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    Ive been doing this on FL studio forever. Back in the day people used to clown me when I had what was called "fruity loops".
    I used to makes beats on it and reason in coffee shops. Then I made a mobile studio to record artists at their home and made thousands

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  • July 25, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    wow as a fourteen year old i only have a macbook and i also do the same

    saving up money to get decent keyboards/mics/set-ups tho

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  • July 27, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    we gotta have a creative appreciation day.. not alot of people can choose to continue making music so we lose alot of great talent

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  • July 28, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    its like they just found out that you can make music using software

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  • August 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Can somebody help me with what software I should use for my music pls

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  • August 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Just get a MPC Live. Done.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    which sw wud u guys recommend for a win 10 dell xps 15 9570 Intel i7 16gbRam

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    All that talk about compactness and portability is undermined by the iLok.
    sorry, you just lost a USB slot, plus if the USB key goes missing, which they do…..Sorry, session's over!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    5:50 Shawty just zoned out!

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    I wanna have a conversation with this dude

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  • August 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Hmm, that was a good statement to end the video with, technology should get out the way. Think of the Wacom tablets and stuff

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    This isn't Music. It's simply beats & rhythms. I bet most these people couldn't read a simple piano lead sheet if you paid them a million dollars. Most of these people simply "loop & Layer" – – & ANYONE can do that. Anyone can take pre-sets, drop in some vocals & call it "music", but it's just high tech noodling.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    Wait a second what??? Laptops exist?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Where can I send you Money…

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    Of course there's an iLok on there, bleh.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:49 am
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    Say it with me Life, Tech, Music. 😎

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Dang i miss l.a.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    It's not even about the beats. The production is not even impressive. It's more impressive how he gets everybody to collaborate on a track with him. You gotta have major connections/money to even put these songs/artists together and market them. I know for a fact that anybody who's musically inclined and using top VST plugins and DAWs can make instrumentals just as good as this guy. (AND HE KNOWS THIS). A bedroom producer is not able to contact these artists and say hey please listen to my beats and we can reach the billboard 100 with LUCK. It costs money to be in the winner's circle especially in POP/EDM MUSIC.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:27 am
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    I was wondering why Mr. T was making music when I saw the thumbnail

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  • August 19, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    And he's using logic on that Mac. Logic is the truth.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    But i love the art of recording inside the studio with a big mixing console, racks, amps, etc.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    1:52 isn’t that sorry not sorry’s pattern lol

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Ok, he isn't special.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    😉

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:49 am
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    "Bedroom Producer" lol

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  • September 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    dude got lucky with 1 track now he's preaching about production he got cheaper stuff than kids at my school. lol gtfo

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  • September 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Now, let's try with real music!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    The problem is not the equipment the problem is the music education.Skill doesn t mean create something that is almost the same with any other thing out there.Pop nowdays has sentimental intelligence of 10 year old children.THIS is the problem..

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    4:44 , its so good

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  • September 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Dude smoked the touch bar. My next purchase

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    TOP PRODUCER!!!!!!!!

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    In the present day, hardware is still better then software, i am talking about mastering hardware specifically.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 3:43 am
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    I still use the actual instruments

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  • September 16, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    177 tracks? LOL!!

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  • September 16, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Wait what? Who didn't know this? How do you think anyone's been making music for the past 15 years?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    the future is more like folk but modern just strait fun to sing fun to make fun to be around the feel joy the meaning is happiness make it down

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    cool tips

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  • September 20, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    He is all around so attractive to me.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    Love how humble he is!!

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  • October 9, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    Everyone uses laptops for music duh, conventional computers are way less ergonomic or accesible.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    "start>5:33>end" ⭐

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  • October 18, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    Ya'll check out genshin.

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  • October 23, 2019 at 2:54 am
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    why dis dude a mixture of shaq and magic johnson tho 🤔

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  • October 24, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    5:35 — Its not about being better,
    its about who has the contacts to get signed or catch a break. Or the LUCKY shot to work with famously known artists to boost your career to do other big major projects.
    Because its about ONE thing….. An OLD man who died recently whos been in the music business since 1957 said.
    YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RECORD. so the philosophy within this video is moot….
    There are a huge amount of people that really know how to produce music just like the major people thats out there right now, but they never catch a break, so they are never heard.
    Its about being at the right place at the right time to catch that once in a lifetime big break.

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  • October 26, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    Keep it up 🔥🎶

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  • November 1, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    Yeah but all beats tracked out in these daw beats sounds nearly identical. For example the high hats. That being said i have used outboard gear for 20 years plus and the sound character and texture is definitely more interesting but to keep up with all this new software im having to modernize not just for buisness but to keep building and learning the art of recording and producing wich is probably the only thing in life i enjoy as far as a career is concerned

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  • November 5, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    So basically I am watching an apple ad ? 😒 Very clever apple lol

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  • November 6, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    Dope video… I’ve been recording at home since 1998 and it’s amazing to see how far music technology has come… There are no more excuses, now we can make great music…

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  • November 13, 2019 at 3:39 am
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    Which laptop is he using?

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  • November 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    a year later, apple used him to promote their new 16 inch macbook pro

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  • November 17, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    What are they talking about? The guy didn't produce any MUSIC

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  • November 18, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    daws (digital audio workstations) have been around for over a decade and artists have produced music with them forever now, is this really anything new? no

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  • November 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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    Who's here beacause he saw the macbook pro 16 video

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  • November 19, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    177 tracks?! My laptop would explode😂

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  • November 20, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    Interesante

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  • November 20, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    I wonder what aphex twin could do with that touchbar

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  • November 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    In the new era creativity matters

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  • November 21, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    all he do is layering samples and libraries together then mixing.. these hiphop/trap producers cant sound desigh at all. thats how it is nowadays and I hate it.

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  • November 22, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Hmmm… for some reason this video felt like more of a collective Ad. and promo for music making software… especially because nothing in it was as groundbreaking as it made it sound. Seems like they’re just trying to get others out there who aren’t already producing to buy software…

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  • November 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    I like those Jordan 1’s

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  • November 27, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    It's all the same style over and over and over..nothing is new. Come on people, start experimenting with different time signatures…be unique.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    Expected something along the lines of, "PLUGINS and DAWS exist! Wow!", got a somewhat interesting interview. Sweet.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Really interesting!! I am writing an album. Hey man if your out there’s. There’s skope. Please take a look at my music vids..I’ll eat my hat if there’s not a hit here. Here’s my insta…@shootfromthehiplanza

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  • November 30, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Is he using GarageBand?

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  • December 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    177 tracks???im doing something wrong😩check out my beats though

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  • December 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    zhavia❤

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  • December 5, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    This story is like 20 years too late, lol

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  • December 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    Man that autotune 😂 Lol

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  • December 14, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    Get out of my way

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  • December 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Curious about the specs of his Mac laptop

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  • December 17, 2019 at 4:34 am
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    Mr. T's son

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  • December 19, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    Music production software has been around since 1992.

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  • December 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    This is the same guy from the macbook pro 16" add

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  • December 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    More of this! Please!

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  • December 25, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    the longest Apple ad I have seen

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  • December 25, 2019 at 9:17 am
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    Where is the KAiKU Music Glove? That’s the most handy wireless midi controller out there.

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  • December 25, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Motivational

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  • December 26, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    This video is like 10 years late but suuuurre

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  • December 26, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Apple is so limitated

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  • December 27, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    No one:

    Oak Felder: This project got 177 Tracks

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  • December 29, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    Wau, thats true artist!

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  • December 31, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    And Shaquille O'Neal is now a music producer.

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  • January 1, 2020 at 8:45 pm
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    Song at 0:23 ?

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  • January 6, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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    Does this video sponsorized by Apple ?

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:32 am
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    It’s the guy in the 16 inch commercial

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  • January 17, 2020 at 5:50 am
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    I use a phone to make my music
    ;-; (plz im broke)

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    177 tracks for a song without a full band though? ok.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 1:20 am
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    Music is the only industry where there is no jealous,greed, one love music spreads every where

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  • January 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm
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    So many people in these comment sections being ignorant towards modern production and producers. Trust me they can do a way better job at mixing and writing songs than any of you can. It's so hard to get vocals right especially for pop and you old farts put it down because they use auto tune? If you knew anything about producing youd know autotune doesnt fix a bad performance it enhances or adds flavour to a good one. This guy and others such as max Martin and Ian kirkpatrick are modern geniuses and should be given more respect

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  • January 25, 2020 at 8:07 am
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    177 layers🙏🙏

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