Friday, June 20, 2008

How was Madonna's "4 Minutes" created? Demo tells you how

Calling all producers, beat makers, engineers, and good old fashion music maker connoisseurs! Demo, Timbaland's long time engineer and former assistant to the legend that is Jimmy D, tells you how he, Tim, and Danja created Madonna's "4 Minutes" in this great article from Sound On Sound Magazine. Check it out:

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BIG shout out to Guilty J for the scans.

13 comments :

  1. good find bro really good read thanks for that

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  2. yeah, this is nice info

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  3. i hope fucking Demo dies. His mixing has RUINED EVERY TIMBALAND PRODUCED SONG SINCE HE STARTED WITH HIM!

    Sounds are distored! FUCK YOU DEMO!

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  4. nice read...this explains alot but fuck deadlines sometimes....mix that shit right because you can tell the difference...

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  5. thanks for passing this on!

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  6. Seriously, I'll read this article later, but I hope it explains why everything is so fucking clipped with distortion. "Voices" is the worst-sounding song I've heard in ages. Unlistenable...

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  7. does he mention that "4 minutes" starts with a garageband loop?

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  8. "I can overdrive it and it sounds great."

    Yes Demo, you can overdrive it. But it does not sound great.

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  9. Sound on sound are obsessed with tim i swear

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  10. I thought "4 minutes" was a rushed and ragged ass song, and I still do after reading that piece. As for Madonna's auto tuning, you just know she was tuned to death and back. I think her vocals on every song on Hard candy were auto tuned.

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  11. what about the version from the snippet! that was some next level funk!!!

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  12. Nice read. It's funny though, I thought I was the only one picking up on how all of Demo's mixes are not great, the kick is always clipping among other things. Ms. Lago is much better and her mixes are more interesting. And when they decide to get it mastered by Chris at Sterling Sound, might as well throw the CD in the garbage, remember the Ms. Jade album, that mix was awful! Bring back Jimmy D!

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  13. What's the records Demo talking about with the whole mastering wars and setting a trend?

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