MAKING WAVS: Mr. Porter On Importance Of Unique Sound Design

JLBarrow • January 01, 2015 • 1 Comment

Mr. Porter is the man. While I got into a more spiritual discussion with the Grammy Award winning producer for, our conversation for Nodfactor was far more technical.

“I’ve never made the same sounding beat and that’s because…I obsess with the fact that I don’t want to use the same thing,” he says about his sound design experience. “Dilla told me to make drums every time you make a beat. You cater the drums according to that. We didn’t have zip discs full of beats. We only had enough money to have so many zip discs so you couldn’t take sounds from one thing and do it to another. We made drums every time.  If a bass player comes in I might not want to use the amp that’s in Pro Tools. I might want to have him plug up, go through the mic and create my own sound of it, take it stretch it and put it into whatever program I want to it and becomes a bass sound that I have that’s mine. I just like to design sounds.”

“I remember when I first met Dr. Dre he thought I could play keyboards and I was taking samples and making chords out of the samples,” he adds. “If you using stock sounds, I can always tell when somebody is using Fruity Loops. They use the same shit. To each his own. But I have a sickness that don’t…whatever bone it is I’m not born with it. Because what’s going to set me aside? Some people say I’m stupid but I made millions of dollars doing it that way.”

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  • Beatmill • 2 years ago

    Very informative talk right there. I run a sample sound website and sell loops, samples and sound effects. Some may say buying samples is cheating but what’s the different in buyng a sample you like from a sample sound disc or getting it it off a record? As Mr Porter says is you give 4 people the same sample they are going to make different sounding tracks from it. We have more tools than ever these days to create better music and I think that’s great for the industry. I would like to hear everybody’s take on modern day sampling.