Hip-hop Producer P.Morris' Quick Production Tips
April 26, 2017
Los Angeles by way of Kansas producer P. Morris makes hip-hop/R&B music with and for the burgeoning Bear Club Music Group collective. At a recent session with L.A.’s Output software, Morris explained some of his workflow shortcuts and tips, such as preferring to work with audio over the complexity of editing MIDI data.
He also mentions that he uses a 3-minute recording buffer to capture everything he does in Ableton Live so that he can go back and retrieve any “happy accidents” that he may want to use later. Such a recording buffer may be a Max for Live device, but Morris didn’t say specifically.
He did, however, specifically name-drop the Xfer Records Cthulhu VST/AU/AAX plug-in ($39) that he uses for creating chord progressions with entire chords assigned to a single keyboard key. Cthulhu includes more than 150 chord presets and lets you create and rework chord progressions with a single note press. The plug-in also has a powerful arpeggiator for creating rhythmic and evolving chord riffs, potentially from a single note.
In another video, P. Morris give his thoughts on collaborating with vocalists in the studio. And if you want to know how a person can chart their DJ set in both the Metal and Trap categories on Mixcloud, check out P. Morris’ recent mix above.