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Samplecraze release Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers

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Samplecraze has announced the release of Low End, a new eBook covering everything you need to know about the bass end in pop, dance & urban genres.

Samplecraze Low End

While a great bass end may not guarantee you a hit, failure here will scupper your chances, particularly if you’re working in urban, pop or dance styles. So bass, the bottom end, the low end — call it what you will — to craft a successful pop, dance or urban track, you need to get what’s happening in those low frequencies bang on.

Samplecraze’s latest eBook Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers takes on this vast and much misunderstood subject. Author Eddie Bazil has poured decades of dance and urban sound-design experience into this epic exploration of the bottom end, and the result is far more than a book about mixing.

Eddie covers everything from choosing classic sound sources like the classic Roland TR808 and 909 synths, to programming parts with a real feel — and parts that won’t cause problems when it comes to the mix. There’s plenty of practical advice on sound-sculpting using filters, both creatively and to remove ‘mud’ and avoid masking, on dynamics processing and ways to add ‘warmth’ using tube, tape and analogue gear emulations. All of the production tricks you’d expect to see in dance, pop and urban genres are explained in detail, from layering different sounds and parallel processing, through side-chaining your gates and compressors for pumping and other effects, triggering sub-bass synths, and modulation of various synth and effects parameters, to the many different ways you can use automation to your advantage.

The eBook is available to purchase for $25 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / Low End

Akai Pro intros Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine & bass synth

Akai Professional has announced Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing.

Akai Rhythm Wolf

The Rhythm Wolf is an authentic analog instrument that combines the coveted sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music with genuine Akai Professional workflow. Inspired by the classic analog beat machines and synthesizers of the past, Rhythm Wolf enables today’s musicians to harness iconic analog sounds for music production and performance. The drum machine consists of five highly-tweakable drum sounds and includes a kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion. Onboard controls allow users to customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment. The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and squelchy leads.

Outfitted with six genuine MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, the Rhythm Wolf provides an ultra-responsive interface with a classic drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned using the Swing function, Pattern Select, and Tempo Control knob. A custom distortion signal path, activated by the “Howl” knob, adds grit and character for additional tone shaping. Rhythm Wolf features USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger, and integrates seamlessly with modern and vintage equipment. Two audio outputs enable producers and performers to mix percussion sounds and bass independently.

Rhythm Wolf features

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers.
  • Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion.
  • Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads..
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies.
  • Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming.
  • Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design.
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios.
  • Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources.
  • Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing.

The Rhythm Wolf will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with a $199.99 USD street price.

Akai Professional will unveil the Rhythm Wolf at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: Akai Pro

The Loop Loft releases Mark Kelley Bass Loops Vol 1

The Loop Loft has announced Mark Kelley Bass Loops Vol 1, a collection of bass loops from The Roots bassist, Mark Kelley.

Mark Kelley Bass Loops

As a member of The Legendary Roots Crew (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Mark Kelley’s infectious bass grooves are heard by millions on TV every night. With his first Loop Loft release, “Mark Kelley – Bass Loops Vol 1″, we bring his signature style of deep pocket, fat tone and funky grooves directly to your DAW.

Recorded in NYC with a combination of mic’d (Ampeg amp) and direct signals (Avalon preamps), Mark tracked nine complete sessions covering a wide range of styles including hip hop, reggae, rock, pop and world. Each bass loop was meticulously hand-edited and sliced, allowing you to drag and drop the grooves straight into your production, giving you instant access to one of the funkiest bass players on the planet.

Mark Kelley Bass Loops features

  • 9 Complete Sessions, 231 MB download.
  • Formats: AIFF (Apple Loops), REX2, Stylus RMX & WAV.
  • Tempo Range: 80-180 BPM.
  • 100% Royalty Free.
  • High Quality 24 bit 48 kHz Audio.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Loop Loft / Mark Kelley Bass Loops

Psychic Modulation releases Dubtron2 bass synth plugin

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Psychic Modulation has announced the release of Dubtron2, a bass synthesizer instrument for Windows.

Psychic Modulation Dubtron 2
Dubtron2 takes Dubtron’s modulation-based concept into new territory, exploring quirky analogue basses, modern rhythmic soundscapes, chilly dub techno and experimental ambient textures.

Dubtron2 uses beat-driven modulation and sub-rhythms along with randomization to bring about interesting rhythmic sounds and atmospheres.

This along with it’s serial filter system, a feedback-looping dub delay and a “Phonec-style” Melt feature makes Dubtron2 a extremely versatile instrument with a unique approach to sonic exploration.

Dubtron2 features

  • Dual oscillators with Unison and Pulse Width.
  • Sub oscillator with FM capabilities.
  • Dual Filter system with serial routing.
  • Soft clipping / Distortion.
  • A unique Melt feature that adds instant character to any patch.
  • 3 Polyphonic LFOs with BPM ‘speed dials’ and randomization.
  • Sub LFOs for creating parallel rhythm offsets.
  • 3 assignable Modulation Envelopes.
  • Dub Delay Unit with feedback looping.
  • Multiple targets for modwheel and pitchbender.
  • Universal Value Display.
  • Double Click Parameter Reset.
  • 128 presets.

Dubtron2 for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: Psychic Modulation / Dubtron2

Zenhiser releases Massive Dubstep Basslines 3

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Zenhiser Massive Dubstep Basslines 3

Zenhiser has launched Massive Dubstep Basslines 3, a sample pack featuring a collection of bassline loops and Massive bass patches.

‘Massive Dubstep Basslines 3’ contains 50 bassline loops and 51 bass presets, giving you the option to use one of our killer basslines straight out the box or develop your skills using a specific bass preset that will roar through any dynamic frequency. So if you’re looking for only the biggest speaker ripping sounds mixed with amour plating goodness then this is the Zenhiser pack for you.

This sample and preset pack is influenced by the biggest and dirtiest dubstep tracks to date, we wanted to capture that floor shaking sound then deliver it to you for Dubstep, Drumstep & Complextro devastation. So lift your dubstep tracks today just by clicking the buy button, you’ll never look back after that!

The sample pack is available to purchase for $30 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser / Massive Dubstep Basslines 3

ADSR Sounds releases BASSIC bass synth for Reaktor

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ADSR Sounds BASSIC

ADSR Sounds has released BASSIC, a bass synthesizer instrument for Native Instruments Reaktor, made with the modern electronic producer in mind.

Stripped of all the things that can distract or confuse when designing killer bass music instruments, BASSIC has all the basic components needed to create professional sounds in just a matter of minutes!

No more spending countless hours dialling in settings across parameters that aren’t even necessary. No more complex routing decisions. And no more time spent on things that only seem to derail the creative process!

We created BASSIC with one thing in mind – Simplicity.

BASSIC features

  • Synth with 3 oscillators, including a sampler.
  • Oscillators have bandlimited hard sync.
  • Filter featuring zero delay feedback with saturation.
  • Modulate any knob or parameter on the synth.
  • Distortion, Formant, Bitcrusher, Vibrato, Flanger, Chorus and Doubler effects.
  • EQ section with Low Shelf, a Peak, and a High Shelf filter.
  • Includes presets by OhmLab and BHK Samples.
  • Bassic is open source.

BASSIC is available to purchase for $19 USD. Requires full version of Reaktor 5 (Reaktor Player not supported).

More information: ADSR Sounds / BASSIC

Prime Loops releases Indie Dance Live Bass sample pack

Prime Loops Indie Dance Live Bass

Prime Loops has announced Indie Dance Live Bass, a collection of 41 brand new live bass guitar loops & live bassline samples.

From Friendly Fires to LCD Soundsystem via Gossip and Cut Copy, there’s plenty of sonic evidence that suggests the bass guitar has earned its place in Dance thanks to its rumbling Indie credentials. ‘Indie Dance Bass’ allows you to inject your productions with enough intense four-string swagger to match any of these artists for Indie infused, Dance infiltrating excitement. Pumping in at 167MB, ‘Indie Dance Bass’ drops 41 brand new and exclusive bass loops, pumped out by Prime Loops’ own string slapping bass commander.

With 42 live bass loops and bassline samples to choose from, this Indie Dance Live Bass Loops is stuffed to maximum capacity with dirty overdriven bass manoeuvres, clean and punchy runs, fluid grooves and a mesmeric mix of funky, punky Indie Dance attitude. Bouncing these bass samples into your mix is easier than cracking a joke about how it’s just a guitar with two strings missing. Simply select your sample from the download folder, drag it over your chosen software and drop it in. ‘Indie Dance Live Bass’ will sync with any major name software sampler, which makes using this pack a completely fuss-free process.

The sample pack costs £12.95 GBP.

More information: Prime Loops / Indie Dance Live Bass

ADSR Sounds intros Neuro Bass Sound Design tutorial course by BassGorilla

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ADSR Sounds Neuro Bass Sound Design

ADSR Sounds has launched Neuro Bass Sound Design, a tutorial course comprising 54 videos on how to create Neuro Basses in Native Instruments Massive.

In this course from BassGorilla you’ll see not one or two, but 10 neuro bass sound design techniques.

These techniques were shared with him by Disprove, Ordure, Kursa, Skope, MakO and other producers.

If you’re really serious about advancing your skills for making Neuro music and discovering the exact hidden techniques of the top producers, how much would you estimate that investment to be worth?

The course is available to purchase for $57 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Neuro Bass Sound Design