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Beatmaking & sampling for Hip-Hop
The Alchemist Masterclass


Get inside the creative process of one of hip-hop’s leading producers

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The Alchemist Masterclass

Sampling as an art form

Sampling is the key to the Alchemist’s process: get inside his eclectic approach to crate digging, finding rare sounds, and creative sampling. Explore his workflow for beatmaking, get his MPC techniques, dive into his approach to DJing, and grasp how he understands the beat as a producer.

Inside his workflow and sound

Discover the techniques behind some of Hip-Hop’s most beloved productions. Watch him analyze his own beats for artists like Nas and ScHoolboy Q and learn how he adds depth to his sounds – from vocal chains and tricks when recording vocals to his preferred plugins and effects when producing within the DAW.

Turn your beats into business

Get Alchemist’s thoughts on monetizing your brand beyond selling music, and learn to think outside the old-school business model. Take a closer look at the alternative revenue streams that made ALC Records the home of some of the hottest products and vinyls in Hip-Hop. 

He's worked with Eminem, Mobb Deep, Mac Miller, Griselda Rap Crew, and Kendrick Lamar, just to name a few

“His beats make you pull out things that you didn’t even know you cared about.”
“Alchemist kicks ass in the studio. It’s a privilege too, because he’s the big bro.”
Boldy James
Boldy James
"I feel like I’m living out my childhood dreams making records with this man."
Freddie Gibbs Aulart
Freddie Gibbs

What will I learn?

Early Career

Hear The Alchemist’s story, from his beginnings in music at an early age to becoming the producer he is today. Hear anecdotes featuring some of Hip-Hop’s greatest names, and get inspired by his attitude of wanting to learn from everything happening around him.

Hip-Hop Sampling

Learn what sampling means for the Alchemist and his approach to sampling on his records.

Discover some of The Alchemist’s favorite samples, the story behind them and what makes them so special.

Alchemist gets into what digging for records means for him and his music, and the importance of finding new and rare sounds as part of his creative process.

In this chapter, Alchemist goes into his sampling philosophy.


Learn some of Alchemist’s most important MPC techniques as he showcases on his MPC 2500: see him chop, layer, sequence, group and edit drums and other sounds. Get his tips and tricks to get the best beats in an organized, fast and efficient way.

In this chapter, Alchemist goes into the ASR-10, the emblematic machine that he used at the beginning of his career.

Making a beat from scratch

See The Alchemist create a beat from scratch, from sampling to chopping up samples on the MPC, and programming drums. Get his workflow, watch him improvise and get his advice on how to do it yourself.

After creating a beat on the MPC watch how The Alchemist takes his beats from the MPC into Pro Tools, and discover his workflow to getting a beat ready for mixing, mastering and recording artists.

Developing a songwriting session

Discover The Alchemist’s songwriting techniques from structure, to creating hooks, to finding unique sonics and ear candy. Follow some examples on his DAW as he explains his process on songwriting.

Recording rap vocals

In this chapter, learn how to build a vibe with an artist, how to create a comfortable and inspiring environment. Learn about communication in the studio, capturing important moments and getting the best out of an artist.

Learn how Alchemist works with vocal chains and plugins. Get his tips on achieving a full sound without overprocessing it.

Learn how The Alchemist approaches Ad- Lib recordings and get his advice on how to get the most out of a recording artist while making them.

See how Alchemist stacks vocals to create unique sonics.

DJing for Hip-Hop

In this chapter, Alchemist gives an overview of what the role of the DJ has meant for Hip-hop. Also, he goes into the relationship between DJing and producing.

Watch The Alchemist DJ as he explains his approach to some of his main techniques.

Track reviews

Learn how ‘My Will’ by Nas was made on his Ensoniq ASR-10 keyboard and hear the story behind the track.

Learn how the beat for ‘Know Ya Wrong’ by ScHoolboy Q was created, how The Alchemist chopped the sample and programmed the drums, all on his MPC 2500.

Branding & merchandising

The Alchemist gives you his advice on how to create a brand out of your music career.

In this chapter, The Alchemist teaches you how to monetize your music career through different avenues like merch, limited edition vinyls and more.

Discover some of the alternative revenue streams that have worked for The Alchemist and see how they can apply to your own music.

The Alchemist shares how his and Oh No’s track ‘Vodka & Ayahuasca’ led them to composing the original score for Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games.

Tips for new producers

Alchemist gives you his advice on how to stay motivated in order to progress and grow as an artist throughout your career.

Beatmaking & sampling for Hip-Hop

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