That air horn sound effect you hear in tunes from Beyonce, Madonna, Missy Elliot is everywhere. Turns out it’s about Jamaica, the deep history of Hip Hop, and a New York DJ named Luis Diaz — via CDM
If you watch closely as he demos the effect, you’ll see the giveaway that it was the radio version that broke the air horn into the big time. Primitive radio software used for triggering audio doesn’t layer multiple triggers subtly the way a sampler would. Instead, you get that weird stuttering, false-start effect you know. And the rest is history.
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