In this clip I showcase the new Maschine Studio and Moog Sub Phatty while creating a mid-tempo, R&B composition. I am really impressed with the new Maschine and Maschine 2 software. Enjoy!


Timepiece: Jay Z x Hublot Shawn Carter Classic Fusion


Jay Z has been infatuated with luxury timepieces for quite some time so this latest collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Hublot comes as no big surprise. Designed by Mr. Carter himself and produced by Hublot, the Shawn Carter by Hublot Classic Fusion bears the Shawn Carter logo cut into the dial, revealing some of the movement’s architecture. Measuring 45mm in diameter, the HUB1300 hand-wound movement is quite thin at just 2.90mm thick.
The Classic Fusion will come in two different makeups including black ceramic and yellow gold. The black ceramic model will be limited to 250 pieces and retail at a price of $17,900. The yellow gold model will have a run of just 100 pieces and carry a price tag of $33,900. Both will be available on November 20 from the Shawn Carter – A New York Holiday – pop-up installation at Barneys, which runs through January 3. They will also be available at select Hublot boutiques on November 20.

Gadgets: Sony Hi-Res Audio Players


If you want to listen to your music the way it was meant to be heard, you’re going to need more than just a smartphone plugged into a Hi-Fi sound system. Sony’s new Hi-Res Audio players give you 500GB to 1TB (expandable) of storage to hold and play large lossless audio files in virtually any format. The players come in two models with the HAP-Z1ES ($1,999) model boasting 1TB of storage and an Analog FIR filter, low-phase noise liquid crystal oscillator, and large capacity twin transformers while the HAP-S1 ($999) has 500GB of storage and a 2-channel Class AB amplifier. Both can sync with your existing music libraries on your PC and MAC and can be controlled via Sony’s Android or iOS remote app.

Throwback Joint: Chris Brown x BMC x Outtakes from “Exclusive”

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Cleaning my crib today and found the first draft of a song that I co-Produced with State of Emergency and Kendrick called “Throwed” for what would end up being Chris Brown’s Exclusive album. Those were some very special sessions to me because during that period I realized that we (Adonis, Donnie, Kendrick, and I) had this incredible connection with Chris. Coming off of his first album, which we (Adonis, Kendrick, and I) had created 3 songs including the hit single “Say Goodbye”, I was extremely excited about working with him again. He was very much into the music we were making and it was looking like I was going to Executive Produce the album. We did so many great songs for that project like “Diagnosed With Love”, “Fallen Angel”, “Back To Back”, and “Fatal Attraction”. This was the first time I felt like an artist was empowering me to help guide their vision. I felt like we were going to change the world with that album. But you can never predict how things move along. The direction of the album changed and most of the songs we did got scrapped but finding this CD did take me back to an incredible creative moment in my career and for that I will always be thankful to Chris.