San Francisco, CA (November 8, 2013)—Pablo Sierra Whaley—aka Professor Whaley—has been writing raps and producing music since 1988 and continues to curate the Rap-Matics curriculum and operate his production studio with the help of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 3.
A founding member of pioneering San Francisco hip-hop group Bored Stiff, Whaley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Whaley also spent several years as a middle school math teacher and department chair in the Bay Area, where he first developed his innovative “Rap-Matics” program for boosting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) competency using elements of hip-hop, poetry and technology.
“I knew that my students loved the hip-hop culture,” said Whaley. “As an MC, I knew that rapping was a tool that could be used to connect people with concepts and information. I had ‘math-raps’ and ‘chemistry-raps’ to prove it. So I decided to create a literacy program that fused rap with mathematics. This was in the spring of 2000. To my knowledge, I am the first educator in the United States to have created a hip-hop-based math literacy program.”
Whaley founded his Sonic Legacy Music studio in 2005. “I’ve used hundreds of different plug-ins, from the freeware to the top-of-the-line stuff,” he said. “But nowadays, whenever I make music, I use Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3. It’s an extremely versatile plug-in. I’m using it for mixing and mastering several of my own projects right now, including unreleased Rap-Matics tracks and client projects.
I have also used its de-noising, equalization, and compression to clean up audio from Rap-Matics video footage. The EQ is amazing, especially on drums and vocals. The scalable GUI is awesome. The presets are truly useful and the EQ curves are easy to grab and manipulate. The compressor is clean, but I can tweak it to get a more grimy sound when I need it.”