Southside Producer Setup & Bio

Southside

Southside Producer Setup & Bio

If you are a fan of modern hip hop and trap, you probably have heard the 808 Mafia sound tag in a few songs. 808 Mafia is composed of many different producers with Southside and TM88 taking the limelight. They are the pioneers of the dark Atlanta trap sound that has become very popular with many artists. Southside aka ‘Sizzle’ is not just a producer but also a rapper himself, below is one of his latest songs.

He was born Joshua Howard Luellen on February 2nd, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 14 years old Southside began producing beats and at 17 met Waka Flocka Flame. From there he was introduced to Gucci Mane and his career as an industry producer took off. We’ve dedicated this article to breaking down Southside’s producer equipment and setup for aspiring beat makers.

M-Audio Keystation 49

The Keystation 49 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac, PC, and iOS devices. It features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, enhance your expressive capabilities, and streamline your recording workflow.

Specs:

  • MIDI keyboard controller for composing digital music and playing virtual instruments
  • Powered by USB connection to computer with features to fully control music software without reaching for mouse
  • 49 full-size, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys with 1/4-inch sustain-pedal input for expressive performance
  • Octave range buttons; pitch bend and modulation wheels, transport controls
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class virtual piano instrument, and Ableton Live Lite
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Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB High-Resolution USB Interface

Imagine having access to a classic analog recording studio, right on your desktop. Apollo Twin USB for Windows lets you record and mix through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Moog, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more (sold separately), Apollo Twin USB serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

Specs:

  • Desktop 2×6 Super Speed USB 3.0 audio interface for Windows 7/8 with world class 24 bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • Real-time UAD Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQ’s, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near zero latency.
  • Unison technology gives you the tone of the world’s most sought-after mic preamps – including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots”, and component-level behaviors.
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, and AAX 64 i8n all major DAWS. Includes the “Real-time Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. All other plug-ins are sold separately via the UA Online Store. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps, 2 line outs, front panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone out, 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outs for full resolution at all listening levels, up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection
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FL Studio 12

FL Studio 12 totally reworks the user interface and adds exciting new features you have been asking for. FL Studio 12 is a complete software music production environment, representing more than 16 years of innovative developments and our commitment to Lifetime Updates.

Specs:

  • FL Studio 12 Producer Edition is a complete software music production environment
  • Audio editing and manipulation including pitch correction, pitch shifting, harmonization, time-stretching, beat-detection & slicing, audio warping and standard audio manipulation
  • FL 12 has the ability to simultaneously capture all the inputs on your audio-interface
  • FL 12 includes over 32 software synthesizers including Sytrus & Maximus
  • All customers who purchase FL Studio 12 Producer Edition receive Lifetime Updates, installer is included on the USB Flash Drive
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Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor


Beginning with the legendary NS-10M, and continuing with the MSP and previous HS Series, this new lineup shares a design philosophy that emphasizes sonic purity without any coloring or alternation of the original sound.

Specs:

  • 2-Way bass-reflex bi-amplified nearfield studio monitor with 5″ cone woofer and 1″ dome tweeter
  • 54Hz-30kHz frequency response
  • 45W LF plus 25W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 70W power amplification
  • Room Control and High TRIM response controls
  • XLR and TRS phone jack inputs accept balanced or unbalanced signals
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Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitor


When it comes to mixing, honesty is the key. You don’t want studio monitors that sound great all the time because once you take that mix into your car or home stereo it will sound completely different. In the same vein if your monitors are made to emphasize the bass response, then you will mix the bass too low. Accuracy is crucial, and the Yamaha HS8’s continue in the tradition of the industry respected NS 10’s, the best / worst sounding monitors (worst because you’ll hear the good AND bad in your mix!).

Specs:

  • 38Hz – 30kHz frequency response
  • 75W LF plus 45W HF bi-amp system for high-performance 120W power amplification
  • 8-inch cone woofer, 1-inch dome tweeter
  • Large magnets in an Advanced Magnetic Circuit design
  • Bundle includes two monitors and two monitor stands
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