GIVEAWAY: Dixonbeats Midnight Plugin (Two FREE Copies Inside)

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Dixonbeats and ErrorTheProducer have released Midnight, a Phonk-inspired plugin and loop kit for macOS and Windows. Dixonbeats also kindly provided two FREE copies for two lucky BPB readers – read on to learn more about the giveaway. 

If you’re asking yourself, “What the funk is phonk?” you’re probably not alone.

I’m a pretty big hip-hop/rap fan, which extends to many of the seemingly endless sub-genres, and that’s what Phonk is.

Phonk is a sub-genre heavily inspired by 1990s hip-hop that utilizes chopped vocals and loops, and there is no shortage of samples.

Before I go on, I’m no music snob, and I think that’s evident enough in my posts, but the sub-genre I refuse to embrace is mumble rap. Are we seriously being asked to pay to hear people mumble over a beat?

I mean, I get that you can almost understand what most of them say, but it’s a stretch; I’m calling BS on mumble rap!

Now that my barely-in-context rant is over, Midnight is phonk-inspired but not exclusively useful to phonk producers.

The plugin has 39 presets split across four banks: Cowbells, Keys, Bass, and All Presets.

With a preset selected, you’ll see the playable sample on the right and the reverb type on the left. If the included presets aren’t enough, you can add external sounds.

To add your own sounds, click the sample on the right of the GUI, and the plugin will switch to OneShot Mode, where you can assign your one-shot a key to make it playable.

Watching a really slick but dark and gritty trailer that uses hip-hop as a soundtrack is powerful because the overriding emotion is raw. That’s what Midnight sounds like, for lack of a better description, and I mean it as a compliment.

It’s not genericit’s versatile, and it depends on what you play, of course, but some of the presets sound great whether you’re producing something for the club, social clips, or feature films.

The plugin features some tweakable parameters, including a filter section (HP/LP), an ADSR envelope, saturation, and delay.

Although you can use Midnight for all sorts of productions if you’re new to phonk and want to try it, the included loop kit will help you get started. The kit features fifteen loops with lovely melodies in various keys and BPMs.

If you like any variation of hip-hop or just dark and gritty sounds in general, give Midnight a shot.

In other news, I was very sad to miss Superbooth this year for the first time in a long time, but BPB was on the ground to get the scoop on 2024’s best releases. Check out our videos.

Midnight is available in AU and VST formats for macOS and Windows (tested on all major DAWs).

The Giveaway

Dixonbeats kindly provided two FREE copies of Midnight for two lucky BPB readers.

To enter the giveaway, please answer the following question in the comments below: What is your favorite hip-hop track?

We will randomly pick two winners and announce them on this page on May 30th.

Good luck, everyone, and thank you for reading BPB!

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126 Comments

  1. I’m not a hip hop aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, but I really like Eminem’s “Without Me”

  2. One of my favorite hiphop’s track is Thriumph by Wu Tang Clan, besides Straight of Comptom by NWA and Thuggish Ruggish Bone by Bone Thugs N Harmony…there’s alot more, impossible sitck with just one!!!

  3. Although it is not my favorite style, the Vanilla Ice classic immediately came to mind: “ice baby” (I’m very old, what can I do?)

  4. Philthy Neal

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    I don’t like hip-hop, rap, or modern RnB. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, give me real music please 😂🤣😂

  5. i still really like ‘straight outta compton’, the track and the album. it still holds up really well after all these years.

  6. it’s probably: Method Man & Busta Rhymes: What’s Happenin’
    since it’s with both of my all-time favorite rappers in one track.

  7. Its song from 1994 but that beat still hits in 2024. Win or loose check this out. CASUAL – I DIDN’T MEAN TO (feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

  8. Not looking to win the plugin but if I had to name ONE track out of all the songs in Hip hop, it would have to be Holla At Me, Heartz of Men, Dear Mama, Killuminati, Keep Ya Head Up, Hail Mary, Fake Ass Bitches, How Long Will They Mourn Me, Brenda’s Got A Baby, Representin’ 93, Peep Game, California Love. Fuck With Dre Day, Nuthin’ But A G Thang, Lil Ghetto Boy, Forgot About Dre, The Watcher, Message, It’s All On Me, Deep Water. Regulate, This DJ, And Ya Don’t Stop. NY State of Mind, Halftime, It Ain’t Hard to Tell, Death Row East. Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit, Method Man (36 Chambers), Protect Ya Neck, My Block (Scarface), Paid In Full, Finest Ones, The 18th Letter. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See, Dangerous. Strictly business, You Gots To Chill, Straight Outta Compton, Let The Funk Flow, When Will They Shoot, Now I Gotta Wetchai, It Was A Good Day, Fairytale 2, Check Yo Self, Ghetto Bird, You Know How We Do It, Click, Clack-Get Back!, Race Card, Hello, Givin’ Up The Nappy Dug Out. The Ghetto. Get Out The Club, Corner Bodega, Too Hot. F*** it, Bored of writing now. I named one.

  9. Sinceramente no escucho rap, mas bien escuchaba una cancion de Ñu metal que en este caso si me gustaba, y ahorita una de sci-fi metal de Andromida – Real.

  10. OG GOAT – Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
    “Said a hip-hop, the hippie to the hippie. The hip, hip-a-hop and you don’t stop rockin'”

  11. Ante Pancirov

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    my favorite is ‘Bijes’ (Rage), from the debut album of the young Croatian hip-hop group Hram. it’s amazing that such young people do such mature lyrics and vintage cool sound

    • Otherwise:
      Noname – Diddy Bop or Reality Check
      Saba – HEAVEN ALL AROUND ME
      Travis Scott – Goosebumps
      Young Thug – Pick Up The Phone, London
      50 Cent – P.I.M.P., In Da Club, or Candy Shop
      Kodak Black – ZEZE
      Nicki Minaj – Seeing Green
      Kanye West – Through the wire
      Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty or All The Stars
      Jaden Smith – Fallen
      SOB X RBE – Paramedic!
      Higher Brothers – WeChat
      J. Cole – Wet Dreamz
      Drake – Nice For What
      Blu – Drive In or Maybe One Day
      Migos – Walk It Talk It
      Ski Mask The Slump God – Foot Fungus, Faucet Failure, Cat Piss, Catch Me Outside, or Like A Soccer Mom
      JID – Baguetti or Ego Check
      Bas – Fried Rice, Tribe or Nirvana
      Ed Sheeran – Antisocial
      Soulja Boy – Kiss Me Thru The Phone or Crank That
      The Game – El Chapo
      A$AP Rocky – Too Many Gods, Everyday, Babushka Boi,
      Trippie Redd – Taking A Walk
      Comethazine – Walk or Bands
      Famous Dex – PICK IT UP
      … too many more

  12. I like the whole Chronic album by Dre, probably the best Hip Hop album ever made. Just immaculate grooviness.

  13. Denílson Souza

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    decada de 80, Run-D.M.C. “Walk This Way”: Gravado com Steven Tyler e Joe Perry dos Aerosmith, essa versão rap da música foi um hit internacional e fez mais sucesso do que a versão original do Aerosmith.

  14. MultipliedCow

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    Tough to say just one. I’ll just say “Iz They Wildin wit Us & Gettin’ Rowdy wit Us” by Busta Rhymes and Mystikal. That track blew my mind when I first heard it.

  15. Thanks James, BPB & DB

    I don’t have a single favourite but heres one of em…
    Eric B & Rakim – Juice

    Rakim found the bass guitar sample and is playing the drums on this

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