T.I. & Jason Derulo Brass Stabs

  January 7, 2016

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Music Production Video Tutorial - Creating Brass Stabs with ‘Brass Elementz’ Hip Hop Samples from as heard in numerous Billboard hit songs.’s ‘Brass Elementz’ hip hop sample libraries have been used in numerous Billboard hit songs such as Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say” and T.I.’s “What You Know”. To help you effectively recreate melodies reminiscent of these hit songs, we cover 3 vital music production tips in our video to achieve professional-sounding results when using ModernBeats Brass Elementz.

BONUS: Order ‘Brass Elementz’, Get Free Song Submit Uploads to submit your music directly to record labels and film/tv music supervisors via Song Submit. ‘Brass Elementz’ loads automatically into Reason’s NN-XT, Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, Halion, & more. This video covers the following 3 music production tips:

1) Playing In Octaves:

Playing samples in multiple octaves assists in creating that big wall-of-sound effect that you hear in the songs we mentioned above. The drums heard during this tip are ModernBeats ‘RnB Klub Drum Loops 2′.

2) Quantization:

Understanding the finer points of quantization, and undestanding that quantizing doesn’t necessarily mean quantizing 100% will help you develop a natural-sounding style. This video will enlighten you to
those principles.

3) Articulation:

Legato vs. Staccato (articulation) is a principle we’ve highlighted from the beginning of Hit Talk. Understanding the appropriate usage of legato vs. staccato settings using Brass Elementz in Reason’s NNTX sampler, but remember that ‘Brass Elementz’ also loads automatically into Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, Halion, and others as well.

Video intro/outro music was produced using ModernBeats Ethnic Music Chopz.
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7 Responses to “T.I. & Jason Derulo Brass Stabs”

  1. Jo on May 21st, 2011 10:38 am


    I just wanted to know if anyone knew how to create that computerized robot voice like black eyed peas use a lot?. I don’t mean the autotune effect its more like a Eqing/filter or tonal delay type thing.

    Thanks in advance!.

  2. Hit Talk Staff on May 21st, 2011 1:51 pm

    And not a vocoder? Can you point us to a specific example? A good vocoder and a few good synths will give you an enormous canvas of robot voices.

  3. Jo on June 22nd, 2011 7:48 am

    Sorry for the delay in reply,

    On Britney Spears Hold it against me song at 2.30 the effects on the “Now” phrase after the stutters, and also on Snoop Dogg’s Sweat song at 1.33 on the apologize phrase. I think the snoop song has autotune on his voice but also another effect which was what i was trying to achieve… Also if you could recommend and good software Vocoder/Synth that would be most appreciated.

    Thanks for your help

  4. Flow King on July 25th, 2011 7:37 pm

    What production programs do famous producers use?

    Pls Help
    Thank you

  5. ParallaxTr3s on August 2nd, 2011 8:21 pm

    That Britney “‘break’ is crazy, tons of FX used there I can tell. Try Waves Metaflanger/MondoMod combination and use diferent fx on on words or syllabes.

  6. ParallaxTr3s on August 2nd, 2011 8:23 pm

    there are lot of programs producer uses.


    try combining at taste

  7. Hit Talk Staff on August 2nd, 2011 9:07 pm

    @Jo, sorry for the delay. With regard to Sweat: You can try a vocoder with a synthesizer. That’s an old trick.

    Another program to try is Melodyne, which gives you independent control over pitch and formant.

    You may also try stretching tricks with programs like Ableton Live. Sounds like Cataracs were quite busy on Snoop’s vocal line in Sweat. Lots of variation and detail.

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