Concluding his three part series, teaching the fundamentals of House production using Ableton Push, Paul Maddox returns to give you the lowdown on arrangement and automation, completing the track he began in parts 1 and 2. As a solo artist and as part of the duo Spektre, Paul has had numerous releases on popular labels and support from headline DJ acts across the globe. His wealth of experience combined with his knowledge of Live and passion for teaching come together in this series of tutorials, as he imparts professional tips and tricks in a clear and concise manner.
In this final instalment, Maddox takes you through preparing the parts created in the previous sections for arrangement, covering various button modes and the creation of scenes, before assigning new effects and device macros, with intuitive settings that add excitement and dynamic movement to the track. Scenes are then recorded into arrangement view, with drum fills triggered in real time, after which Maddox adds the sheen, recording parameter automation that keeps the soundscape fluid and builds up the excitement, whilst the solid beats pump underneath.
Accompanying the lessons is a download pack that contains over 100MB of House FX samples, courtesy of Loopmasters, giving you the tools to add exciting sounds to your own arrangements, as well as the Live set from the course.
The course is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.
Beatmatch has announced the release of Acid House Grooves, a free to download Ableton Live project template and loop pack.
Play around with 52 pre-arranged drum and synth sequences contained inside included project files.
Live template consists of 8 audio channels (separated into 2 main groups) & 2 sends channels (delay and reverb). Each audio channel includes custom effects rack module designed for on the fly editing, making the the template highly flexible. Included project files work best with Akai Apc40 / mk2, Ableton Push or Novation Launchpad, but all are optional.
Acid House Grooves is additionally supported by all major DAW software packages, thanks to the separate 24 Bit Wav audio loop pack included with the download.
K-Devices has announced the release of Alter Echo and Holder, two new Max for Live devices.
Alter Echo is a powerful delay with exclusive parameters.
What and When step sequencers, innovative Texturize section, and the included Side-Chain Compressor let user shape the wet signal as never before.
Sound design by: Afro DJ Mac, Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines, Hyena, and Richard Devine.
The Alter Echo pack contains: 1 device, 71 presets, 5 audio effect racks, 10 live sets, >67Mb of exclusive samples.
Holder is a quality spectral freezer with exclusive advanced features.
Holder grabs short slices of sound, then transforms them in sustained tones, according to different reading modes, and advanced effects of exclusive dronizer panel. It creates beautiful drones, but i t may be even used as a reverb, as a live counterpoints producer, and to enrich grooves with rhythmbased madness.
Sound design by: Hyena, Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines. The Holder pack contains: 1 device, 62 presets, 42 Live clips, 1 Live set, >127Mb of exclusive samples.
Alter Echo is available for purchase from Ableton for 29 EUR/$39 USD; Holder is 19 EUR/$29 USD. A bundle of both devices is 39 EUR/$49 USD.
Niche Audio has launched Stripped Techno, a collection of professionally mixed and produced Techno kits inspired by the minimal sound of modern day Techno.
Each Kit has been created from scratch in both Maschine and Ableton Live formats to maximize the use of onboard effects, compression and usability, creating some of the most flexible and inspiring expansions for these DAW’s yet to be heard.
Expect to find 13 projects, with up to 16 samples in each kit, including Cool processed Drums, Tuned Percussion, Dark and Atmospheric Pads and Chords, Basses and Electronic FX, combining to create a unique and involving sound palette which inspires and excites. Also included are an additional 3 special kits which feature tailored Special Fx samples for additional sample layering.
Patterns are included for each kit demonstrating the balance and combination of sounds that can be achieved, and to act as a starting point for your productions. Each Kit features subtle mix and fx customization to maximize its playability whilst maintaining its balance in the mix and will work perfectly with other external ingredients to create a fantastic track.
The pack is available for purchase for NI Maschine and Ableton Live, priced at £24.95 GBP. A pack of one-shots and sampler patches is also sold separately for £17.95 GBP.
Samples From Mars has announced the release of DATABENDERS_TOOLKIT, a sample pack featuring over 300 samples, two Ableton packs and MIDI clips full of strange and complex sounds created by corrupting data.
For this release, LA Based sound designer Skylar Trainor spent months bending 3d models, A.I. brains, graphics engines, VST plugins and his audio driver. The results of these long sessions were then sculpted and layered in Pro-Tools, and sent to Samples From Mars headquarters for extensive analog saturation. We made sure the waveforms became denser and packed with varieties of harmonic distortion.
Cold and glitchy soundscapes, dark ambience, powerful and dirty drums and subs, reverses, and mutli-sampled modulations. These are complex FX that can be used for weird, ambient, avant garde Aphex Twin / Arca style tracks. Or surrounded by analog elements, and more straight forward 4X4 house tracks (Check the demos).
The sample pack is available for purchase for $22 USD.
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Sample Magic has announced the release of Funk House, a new sample pack featuring sounds for deep, sleazy, funk-fuelled house. Fusing elements of classic disco, bass-driven deep house and neon nu disco, SM White Label … read more
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