Friday, May 29, 2009

How to make a vision come to life

What's up to my dedicated readers? I'm glad you're here for many reasons. Some people who follow me by blog and/or email have expressed how much they appreciate what I do and that's a great feeling.

Well, I've added another weapon to my arsenal. If you checked out my last blog you know I already use a webcam. The thing about the webcam that I don't like is that the video is very "grainy". No I didn't get the top of the line but I didn't get the bottom of the barrel either.

I did however have an 8mm analog video camera that had plenty of good show footage that I wanted to put on the web. The only problem was the video capturing devices that were on the market a couple of years ago were more than what I wanted to pay.

Well, (and this is why I love eBay) I found a video capture device for $15.00 with NO shipping fees...

...And it was shipped from Asia!!! How crazy is that?

It arrived at my house in about 7 days so immediately went to work to test it out. The only problem I had was that my old computer wasn't strong enough to capture from an 8mm camera. It would only capture from digital video camera. And if you've been following me since January you know what kind of computer issues I was having. Blah, Blah, Blah!

Now that the computer issue is straighten out, I can use my $15.00 video capture device with my $30.00 camcorder and make a million dollars by next Friday right? Not likely but I will be able to do more live product reviews, online interviews, etc.

I tested everything out last night and the quality of the video is GREAT!!!

So whether you want to learn how to make beats online, watch me make a beat, or get some good marketing and promotions tips, you'll be able to see all of this live with your own eyes instead of just reading and hearing about it.

I'll still continue to do The Rap Beat Creator Podcast (Episode 6 coming soon) but like I said the video is a new weapon in my arsenal. After all, you can never have too many guns, right?


Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Make Beats Online With Sonic Producer

Hey, check out this video I put together on a live review of Sonic Producer. I've been telling people about Sonic Producer for almost a year now, and the response has been great.

If you're just getting starting in the music production game and you want to make beats online without buying a bunch of expensive equipment, then Sonic Producer is for you.

When I say you can make beats online, I really mean it 100%. There is no other software on the market like it and for under $30.00 bucks it has solidified its place in history.

Here is the video for you to check out...


I tried to be as candid as possible & I had fun making the review. I encourage all feedback though. I have tough skin so don't hold back. You can comment here or directly @

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Rap Beat Creator


Monday, May 18, 2009

The Rap Beat Creator Podcast Episode 5

Are you looking to make more money off of your beats?

In this weeks Rap Beat Creator Podcast I discuss "How to Make Beats That Create Residual Streams of Income Forever".

Click here now to listen to Episode 5!

Or copy and paste the link below:

In this podcast you'll hear real life examples of how to make money in the music business by making beats.

The music game is wide open. Don't sit on the side lines!

Check out Episode 5 of The Rap Beat Creator Podcast today!

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist

P.S. In case you missed it, here's that link again:


Sunday, May 17, 2009

The studio is back in effect. All haters be forewarned!!!

When I hopped up out my bed & turned my swag on this morning, I knew I would have a great day. I'm alive and well. My family is healthy. I have a job and a successful music hustle. I'm good.

On the real though, I finally, finally, finally got my computer issues squared away and my computer is ready to go.

One of the first things I did guessed it. I made a beat. It felt good to know that I still had rhythm! I'm not sure if I'm going to feature it on the Rap Beat Creator Podcast this week but I'm sure you'll be hearing it soon...

Speaking of the Rap Beat Creator Podcast, I should have Episode 5 completed by this evening. The title is "How to make your own beats that create residual streams of income".

There is lots of money to be made whether you make beats online or use computer software like Reasons or Fruity Loops. Regardless of which method you choose, getting paid many times for a beat that you made once is the way to be successful in the music game.

I'll let you know when Episode 5 is complete.

Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist

Monday, May 4, 2009

Dagnabit, foiled again!!! But there's good news too...

Hey, I know I haven't blogged in a while but it's all good. I told you about all the trouble I was having getting Windows XP to act right on my computer a few weeks ago.

Well, its still acting "fugly".

I don't know exactly what I did but whatever I did it wasn't right. I mean the computer is mad slow and it still locks up every now and then. And upgrading it is out of the question because the sucks to put it bluntly!

What I've decided to do is to get a new motherboard and CPU. I've found a place where I can get a motherboard and CPU bundle for around $150 so I'm gonna take advantage.

Here's what I'll be able to do with a new motherboard:
  • Make more beats (what else would come before that?)
  • Have better sound quality while making beats
  • Produce "The Rap Beat Creator Podcast" quicker
  • Upload video footage from live shows and live product reviews
  • And more!!!
I should have this completed by Saturday. This computer downtime stuff has been kickin' my butt since January...JANUARY. I'll let you know how it goes...

On to other things...

I'll be working on the next Rap Beat Creator Podcast tonight. I should have something for you tomorrow...

Music I'm feelin' right now:
  • Keri Hilson - "Turning Me On" - This is just a well put together song. No question. Polo killed the beat and Keri and Lil Wayne slayed the lyrics. This is a great example of a well written song. Period!
  • Rick Ross - "Magnificent" - Another banger. The track by Justice League is bangin'. Rick Ross drops some nice jewels and John Legend add his own soul spin to the track. But the biggest factor on this track is the beat with nice breakdowns and the xylophone loop. NUTS!
I really like well put together songs. These two songs will not just be hits, they'll be classics!


Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin, The Hot Instrumentalist