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Pete Rock,Hank Shocklee, Lord Finesse & Ski Beatz-The dirty heartbeat of the golden age By Ben Detrick

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Pete Rock,Hank Shocklee, Lord Finesse & Ski Beatz-The dirty heartbeat of the golden age By Ben Detrick

In the summer of 1987, E-mu Systems released the SP-1200, a drum machine and sampler designed for dance-music producers. An update of a previous model known as the SP-12, the souped-up edition allowed for the recording and manipulation of a 10.07-second sample with gritty 12-bit sound quality—now you could craft a complete instrumental on one portable machine. Just as the Stradivarius or the Fender Stratocaster were standard-bearers by which other instruments were judged, the SP-1200 quickly became the tool of choice for East Coast beat-makers during rap's so-called "Golden Age," a period during the late '80s and early '90s, when...

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Digging For Hidden Jewels

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Digging For Hidden Jewels

    “Gotta get ya fingers dusty.” - Diamond D. In musical terms of this thing called Hip Hop and specifically crafting its sound, digging in the crates formed the backbone, pushing producers to sonically manipulate and subsequently create new creations out of long-forgotten ones. Sounds were culled from sources far and wide and diggers scoured the globe in search of the next record, next break, next hit to set them apart from their peers, if for nothing more than being the first one to hook it up. For many fans and producers alike, the “sample-based sound” is what they...

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