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How to Tune 808s the EASY Way in Studio One

If you make hip-hop or pop music, chances are that you use 808s, and regardless of your experience level, I'm sure that at some point or another, you have heard someone say that your 808s need to be in tune. But what does that mean exactly, why is it important, and how do you do it?

In a nutshell, 808 samples are single file audio waves that come pre-tuned to a specific note, and our job is to make sure that that the 808 can be played in different notes so we can create a bassline and that those notes fall within the scale of our composition. 

808 tuning sounds a lot harder than it what is, but the process is actually quite simple, and if you use Studio One, then today I want to show you how to do it quickly.

In this week's video, you will learn:

  1. What 808 tuning is, and why it's crucial for your productions
  2. How to quickly tune any 808 sample in Studio One
  3. Things to look out for when tuning your 808

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