In this article, we will look into rapper, singer, artist, producer, and recently, vice-presidential candidate, Kanye Omari West.
Most of us home music producers stick to what we know.
We have a DAW of choice, some hardware, studio monitors, a MIDI controller, and a microphone.
However, don’t you just wonder what type of hardware and software do the big names in the industry use?
In case you were wondering, let’s have a look into Kanye West.
This big artist has released tons of songs, singles, and full-length albums.
They sound incredible.
The production sounds fantastic, even for those who are not a fan of the genre.
From a producer’s perspective, it is nice to be appreciative of the production and sound quality of any genre you come across, whether it’s rock, hip-hop, or K-Pop.
Before we find out what DAW does Kanye use, let’s determine if Kanye produces his own beats.
The answer is yes.
Before Kanye got big and worked with legendary hip-hop producers, he did in-fact produce his own music.
What DAW Does Kanye West Use?
His answer, according to an old YouTube video that I came across, says that he does not use a DAW at all.
For Kanye, he only uses hardware.
For sampling music, he uses:
- Roland VS 1880 24-Bit Digital Audio Workstation
- Ensoniq ASR-10 Keyboard
- Akai MPC2000 MIDI Production Center, and a
- Gemini PT-1000 II Turntable
It’s quite amazing how he does the entire recording process with just hardware, which was common back then, but not now.
Kanye Wests’ Sampling Process
If you are familiar with his album, “The College Dropout,” it included songs that were sampled from ‘70s soul songs such as “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” by Dinah Washington, and “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan.
Kanye sampled these tracks using the ASR-10 and adjusted the pitch to make them faster.
After making his own beats, they are recorded into Avid Pro Tools.
A DAW is still involved in Kanye’s music-making process, but it is only there for recording and not for producing the beats and sounds.
Because we all live in the digital age, analog tools would not be enough if you want to record music and release them on digital platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
This was before the DAWs became accessible to people, and before everyone had their own laptop or computer at home.
Now, Kanye West works with tons of different producers who have their own go-to DAWs.
Choosing a DAW
If you are a creative and talented artist, I am sure you can create the best music.
To sum it up, Kanye West did not use a DAW for writing and producing beats for his first few albums, but I am pretty sure that has changed now, especially with the sophisticated tools that Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro X, and other DAWs have to offer.
Going analog is great.
Organic sounds are always the best, but DAWs make things easier, especially if you have an idea that you want to record as soon as possible.