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 “Da Fingaz” Manderson has attained many milestones in his musical career. With 25 years of musical training and dedication to his art of playing and making music, Marcus has been recognized as an outstanding musician, music producer, music composer, and audio engineer.

Marcus graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry with a concentration in Piano. To further complement his studies in music, Marcus went on to pursue audio engineering. 

In 2007, Marcus completed the Audio Production Techniques program at the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences, where he finished top of the class, receiving both an Audio Production Certification and a ProTools Certification.

Because of his deep passion for music and his desire to continually enhance his musicianship, Marcuswanted to learn more about the business side of music in an effort to round out his musical career and audio engineering skills. In 2010, Marcus received his Master of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University; he was the class valedictorian.

Being a gifted musician, songwriter, producer and music composer, Marcus has always stayed true to his beginnings in the church. God has always been the center of his life and those who know him can attest to his humble spirit. Inspired by his upbringing in a Baptist church, Marcus is able to fuse elements of gospel music, jazz music, urban and other genres into his musical productions and performances.

Marcus continues to create music and applies his knowledge of music, engineering, recording, and mixing in both live sound and studio settings. When asked what he wants to accomplish with his music, Marcusresponded, “I want my music to be able to provide for me and my family. I do not need fame. Knowing that I am able to provide for them by doing what I love to do is the greatest blessing”.

Currently, Marcus is an AudioVisual Advisor Technician with the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC where he has created music for various organizational projects, online advertisements and television ads as well as engineered several live events, including high profile lectures and concerts. He also serves as the Chief Musician of his home church in Virginia. Marcus has been married to the love of his life for the past ten years has and two beautiful children. He currently resides in Manassas, VA.

Check out his winning beat here!

 

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Time to announce the winner of our Urban Pop Guitar Flash Beat Battle. This was an extra special contest this round featuring free guitar and bass loops from P5audio’s Urban Pop Guitar and Bass Loops, created by guitarist to the greats, Aaron Mclain, plus we were lucky to bring back special guest judge Greg Savage from www.diymusicbiz.com. And as an extra special bonus both P5audio.com and diymusicbiz.com have each thrown in $100 a piece for a special $200 cash prize. So an extra big shout our to Greg Savage for the hook up. Now back to the contest…

A quick recap of the rules:

7 Day Beat Competition: Produce an original instrumental beat using at least one guitar and one bass loop from the free sounds pack provided.   You were allowed to use as many sounds from the pack as you wanted, plus any additional sounds from your own sound arsenal. The beat could be in any popular genre.  Our contestants could chop, pitch, loop out, re-sample or process these sounds in any way they choose.  Music producers could produce up to two beats f.

Check out the Urban Pop Guitar Demo:

AND NOW TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNING PRODUCERS!!!!…..

First Place goes to returning P5Audio Flash Beat Battle Winner Da Fingaz!

Track: Good Night
Produced by: Da Fingaz

Why we chose this beat:

  • Most complete beat overall.
  • Innovative use of the free sounds provided.Strong musical arrangement. Multiple sections. Complexity! No stagnation!
  • Great arrangement.
  • Spot on sound selections.
  • Originality.

 

Listen to the winning track…

Da Fingaz wins:

  • $200 cash prize ($100 from P5audio.com and $100 from www.diymusicbiz.com) PLUS $100 in FREE P5Audio Sounds!
  • A Blog Post about the Winning Music Producer on the P5Audio Blog.
  • FREE 1-on-1 career consultation session with Greg Savage of www.diymusicbiz.com.

Congrats Fingaz!!

And the runners up are…

2nd Place:

Producer: Sentury
Track: G’d Up
Why?: Hardest banger
Listen!…

3rd Place:

Producer: Electromusician
Track: Motor City
Why?: Most innovative
Listen!…

Runners up will receive $50 in FREE SOUNDS!

greg_savageQuick Beat Battle Tip from Greg Savage (@diymusicbiz):

Stray from using samples/loops as is. Always chop and or build around. This will set you apart in the competition.

Study the competition. For those of you coming into the battle a free days before deadline….you have the advantage..Why not use it?

Thank you everyone who entered this contest, and special thanks to Greg Savage for guest judging and contributing towards the prizes!  This is a great way to start up the summer! Hit us up if you have a good idea for our next Flash Beat contest. It will be coming along soon. Disagree with our choice for winner? Tell us in the comments below. Regardless, be sure to leave everyone feedback on their beat entries. Creating a positive learning community is what this is all about.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the all the latest contest news!

Check out all of the entries here:

Producers, we have a special FREE Hip Hop sounds give away promo from Greg Savage (current guest judge for this week’s on-line beat contest, and owner of www.diymusicbiz.com).  Follow the instruction below to receive a FREE COPY of Boom Bap Phonetics 3.*

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

1) Watch the video below.

2) Leave a comment in the comment section of this post.

3) Click through to Youtube and leave a comment on this video’s Youtube page.

4) If you have a Googleplus account please make sure you have this option activated before submitting comment:

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5) Tweet the video using this link http://ctt.ec/6qlJe 

THAT’S IT!!! GOOD LUCK PRODUCERS!!!

 

To download more free hip hop sounds please visit: http://www.p5audio.com/hip-hop.php.

 

*Boom Bap Phonetics 3 is not a P5audio product. The link to these free sounds will come from www.diymusicbiz.com, NOT www.p5audio.com.

 

 

Urban Pop Guitar and Bass Competition is on!

 

7 Day Beat Competition: Produce an original beat featuring the LIVE GUITAR and BASS LOOPS provided in the FREE SOUNDS PACK (download link below)!

The Challenge: We have provided a FREE sounds pack below containing live guitar and bass loops from our new product Urban Pop Guitar and Bass Loops.  Your job is to create a killer beat using loops from the free sounds pack.  You can use any additional sounds you would like, but to win YOU MUST USE AT LEAST ONE GUITAR AND ONE BASS LOOP FROM THE FREE SOUNDS PACK provided.  Each producer can enter up to two beats. Beats can be produced in any popular style including: HIP HOP, R&B, POP, EDM or other. THE MOST WELL PRODUCED BEAT, WITH THE MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF THE FREE SOUNDS PROVIDED WILL WIN! You can chop, pitch, loop out, re-sample or process the provided sounds in any way you choose. (more…)

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Christmas  Flash Beat Contest Winner!

Happy New Year Music Producers!  It’s been a crazy Holiday… I personally just spent the last 24 hours braving the storms and trying to get to Los Angeles and ended up stranded in Vegas.  However, nothing stops the P5 Beat Contest Machine, and before I grab my first sleep in 48 hours, lets announce the winners!

A quick recap of the rules:

5 Day Beat Competition: Produce an original instrumental beat using the male and female Twerk style vocal hooks provided in the FREE SOUNDS PACK as the predominant element in your beat!  The Free Twerk vocal loops comes from our new product Platinum Twerk Vocal Hooks.   Our contestants could chop, pitch, loop out, re-sample or process these sounds in any way.   Along with the free sounds, producers could use any additional sounds of their choice to create their beats.  Each producer was allowed to enter one beat in any popular genre.

Check out the Platinum Twerk Vocal Hooks demo:

 

AND NOW TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNING PRODUCERS!!!!…..

CHAMPION Winning Producer is…

Producer: Brad Tipsword

Track name: Like That

Why we chose this track:

  • Most innovative use of vocals.
  • Tight job flipping the hook into a different type of dance groove.
  • Overall, solid modern production, nice mix, good sound selection.
  • Those chords are dope!

Listen to the winning track here:

 

The Grand Prize:

  • $100 in FREE P5Audio sounds
  • A blog post about their life / work /music etc…

And the runners up are:

Runner Up #1 : Any Me

Track name: Just Like That

Why we chose it:

  • Infectious beat and good solid mix!
  • Good ear for harmony and melody.

Listen:

Runner Up #2: G Lee Beatz

Track name: Drop It

Why we chose it:

  • Tight overall production
  • Nice chops on the vocal samples

Listen:

Each runner gets a free copy of the Platinum Twerk Vocal Loops!

Thank you everyone who entered our this Holiday beat contest!   It was a great way to end 2013 and start 2014! Hit us up if you have a good idea for our next Flash Beat contest!  It will be coming along soon.  Creating a positive learning community is what this is all about.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the all the latest contest news!

Check out all our entries here:

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Twerk Vocal Flash Xmas Beat Contest is on!

5 Day Beat Competition: Produce an original beat featuring the Twerk Vocals provided in the FREE SOUNDS PACK (download link below) as the only vocal part in your beat!

The Challenge: We have provided a FREE sounds pack below containing a twerked vocal hook from our new product Platinum Twerk Vocal Hooks featuring male and female vocals.  Using this hook, you can either create a beat to support it, take the vocals and re-sample them into a beat, or do something completely new and innovative.  The main rule is that it MUST incorporate the vocals in the FREE sounds pack provided as the featured element.  THE BEAT THAT MAKES THE JUDGES WANT TO TWERK THE HARDEST WINS! You can chop, pitch or loop out, re-sample or process these sounds in any way you choose.

FREE LOOPS below are provided in Acid Loops, Apple Loops and REX Loops.

RULES & REQUIREMENTS:

  • You MUST use vocals from the FREE SOUNDS PACK (link provided below).
  • You may use any sounds you like to create the instrumental beat, but the only vocals you may use are the ones from the FREE SOUNDS PACK!
  • Each of your beat must not exceed 2:30 in total length.
  • Your beat can be in any genre or style, HOWEVER, judges are looking for something that induces booty shaking!
  • You can manipulate these sounds in any way you choose.
  • You must upload your beats by Wednesday, December 25th 11:59PM PST to our Soundcloud page (link to upload below).
  • You may submit up to two beats for this round.

 

What the Judges will looking for:

  • Innovative, creative and musical use of the free sounds provided.
  • Strong musical arrangement. Multiple sections. Complexity! No stagnation!
  • Overall musicality.
  • Well balanced mix.
  • Yes, you can simple put a beat underneath the free hook, HOWEVER, more innovative use of the vocals will most likely insure a better chance of victory!
  • Unique creativity while preserving radio, album and mixtape friendliness!

 

Free sounds this week  come from our new release Platinum Twerk Vocal Hooks!

PRIZES!…

The winning music producer(s) will receive:

  • $100 in FREE P5Audio Sounds!
  • A Blog Post about the Winning Music Producer on the P5Audio Blog.

 

Two runners up will each receive $50 in FREE SOUNDS!

How to Enter:

1) Download the FREE LOOPS HERE!!!

2) Create your instrumental beat.

3) Upload your beat as an MP3 to our Soundcloud drop box below by Wednesday December 25th, 2013, 11:59PM PST!

Send us your sounds

4) Make sure you include both your name and track name as the title of your beat. Examples: “P5audio Beat_your name” .

5) Visit use on Facebook, or here at our Blog on Friday, January 3rd, 2014  for the WINNER! In the mean time, check out the entries on our soundcloud page! Feel free to comment on the entries!

6) Check out the entries…

For those of you who haven’t heard of our Flash Beat Contests: P5audio flash beat contests are short, simple, “mini” beat competitions that can last anywhere from 1 to 7 days. It is designed mainly to help music producers develop music production chops in a positive community environment, while giving participating music producers the chance to win FREE sounds, publicity and other great prizes.

 

Found this great article on www.musiclicensingdirectory.com about the status of the music licensing industry in 2013.  Music licensing accounts for $2.5 billion of the overall $67.6 billion music industry.

Read the full article HERE.

 

State of The Music Licensing Industry – 2013 – An infographic by the team at The Music Licensing Directory

Our biggest sale of the year is Black Friday, and this year we are starting it a couple days early!

Everything on our site is marked down 55%  OVER Half OFF!

55% off Maschine Packs

55% off Sample Sounds, Music Loops and Patches!

Shop NOW!

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We are gearing up for some big Holiday sales and kicking it off today with our Pre-Black Friday sale.  50% off Maschine Packs, 30% off everything with code: Preblack13

Music Producers, this is the time to stock up!pre-black-friday13

This amazing sculpture sounds like something out of an Alien score.  Can’t wait to visit some day….