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ThaLoops announces free Hip Hop Beats Vol.1 for aspiring artists

ThaLoops has announced the release of Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1, a free collection of 11 professional beats.

Free beats at ThaLoops

With an experience of making chart-hitting beats and sounds (UK top 40/European Billboard Top 100) ThaLoops produced a catalog of free beats for all aspiring singers, rappers, dancers and other artists.

Beats are produced by sound developers whose work has been used in songs such as Rihanna’s – Fading, Black Eyed Peas – One Tribe and more.

The catalog of free beats is available at ThaLoops now.

More information: ThaLoops / Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1

iZotope updates BreakTweaker plugin to v1.01

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iZotope BreakTweaker

iZotope has released version 1.01 of its BreakTweaker “future beat machine” for Windows and Mac.

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it’s a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody.

Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today.

Changes in BreakTweaker v1.01

  • Enhancement: Tab key now switches between Sequencer and Generator view.
  • Enhancement: Preset Browser and Sample Browser have been increased in size for better user experience.
  • Enhancement: Trackpad scrolling within the Preset Browser and Sample Browser is now faster.
  • Enhancement: Modulation knob has been optimized for better CPU performance.
  • Enhancement: Distortions have been optimized for better CPU performance.
  • Fix: Addressed an issue with Sample & Hold mode in the LFO.
  • Fix: Addressed an issue with AAX host timing.
  • Fix: Addressed an issue where an LFO applied to a Wavetable or Pitch could cause a crash.

BreakTweaker is available to purchase for $249 USD.

More information: iZotope / BreakTweaker

The Drum Broker announces Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3 Pre-Order

Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3

The Drum Broker has announced a pre-order of the Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3, a collection of 15 original samples created by multi genre music producer and composer, Frank Dukes.

The Kingsway Music Library was created for the sample based producer, DJ, and beatmaker who wants original music to chop, flip, and arrange into headbanging beats without the hassle of digging through endless stacks of vinyl or worrying about sample clearance issues.

The Kingsway samples were recorded to 1 inch tape at 30 IPS, using an onslaught of rare vintage gear and instruments that the average beatmaker, producer, & DJ don’t have access to.

As a heavy collector of records and former sampling beat maker, Frank has an intimate knowledge of what makes a great sample and what makes a dope beat. These samples were created using extreme attention to detail specifically with the beatmaker and producer in mind.

The library is available to pre-order for $39.99 USD (release on March 1st, 2014). The pre-order comes with 3 additional bonus samples.

More information: Drum Broker / Kingsway Music Library Vol. 3

iZotope releases BreakTweaker instrument plugin

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iZotope has introduced BreakTweaker, its new “Future Beat Machine” instrument for Windows and Mac.

iZotope BreakTweaker

Make beats you’ve never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head.

Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it’s a drum sculpting and beat sequencing environment that blurs the line between rhythm and melody. Give your beats an ever-evolving depth that gets better the longer they play. Use rhythmic slicing to drive everything from pitched melodic lines to sweeping rhythmic overtures. Top it all off with the best drum sample library in existence, curated by BT, iZotope, and top producers today. Explore a new era of rhythmic possibilities with this forward-thinking and forward-sounding instrument.

BeatTweaker features

  • Manipulate audio at a molecular level: Reinvent any beat by controlling pitch, rhythm, and texture at the finest resolution on the market.
  • Free yourself from traditional drum grids: Create complex polyrhythmic beats with unique isorhythm and playback speed settings.
  • Experiment with stunning content: Explore presets, drum samples, and wavetables designed by today’s top musicians and DJs, including BT.
  • Craft the perfect drum sound: Blend drum samples with robust synthesis features to generate compelling hybrid sounds.
  • Take control of your beats: Easily trigger and sequence complex patterns and samples using any MIDI controller.

BreakTweaker for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD (regular $249 USD). BreakTweaker Expanded includes three diverse Expansions: Cinematic Textures, Vintage Machines, and Kicks & Snares by Beatport Sounds, and can be purchase for the intro price of $249 USD (regular $299 USD).

More information: iZotope / BreakTweaker

Plugin Boutique launches 24-Hour Sale on Liquid Rhythm

WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm

Plugin Boutique has announced a limited time sale on Liquid Rhythm, offering a 50% discount on the beat generation software by WaveDNA for Windows and Mac.

Liquid Rhythm is an innovative beat generator that enables users to access the building blocks of ten quadrillion rhythmic patterns, import pre-existing MIDI tracks created using their DAW of choice, and mine Liquid Rhythm’s library of loops and kits to quickly create inspiring rhythm tracks.

Liquid Rhythm features

  • Develop musical ideas by instantly inserting and swapping bar-long rhythm patterns.
  • Create beats fast by painting groups of notes directly onto the arranger.
  • Humanize the velocity and groove of multiple notes simultaneously based on their underlying color-patterns.
  • Generate musically-informed rhythm patterns from a customizable palette.
  • Create tom fills and multi-instrument percussion patterns.
  • Integrate Liquid Rhythm into your workflow as VST, AU or RTAS plugin.

Liquid Rhythm is available to purchase from Plugin Boutique for $59.50 USD (regular $119 USD). The sale ends December 30th, 2013.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Liquid Rhythm

Loopmasters releases SP12Hundred – Floppy Beats and Phat Samples

SP12Hundred Floppy Beats and Phat Samples

Loopmasters has launched SP12Hundred – Floppy Beats and Phat Samples, a Raw Cutz series bundle pack featuring vintage hip hop samples.

Rawpacks 16-18 is a cool collection of samples from SP12Hundred, an underground Hip Hop fanatic and master producer who learnt his trade in Brixton, UK after being inspired by Pete Rocks production techniques.

This pack contains his second three packs for Raw Cutz – “Astro Blakk”, “Prestige”, and “Raw Slice”.

Within this pack producers should expect to find 29 Hip Hop Breaks, 649 Inspirational Musical Samples, 78 Kick Drums, 44 Snare Drums, 32 Hi Hats, plus 30 Rex2 Samples.

Floppy Beats and Phat Samples features

  • Astro Blakk is a bouncing pack of Hip Hop nonchalance, comprised of Skunk infused dubby sounds, reverse fx, dusty rhodes, heavy kicks, mystic pads, shimmering chords, blues soaked vocals, emotive hits and filtered keys. From sunrise to sunset this pack has a mood for every occassion and the sp1200 has been used and abused to create this unique collection.
  • Prestige is a tight collection of pumping hip hop samples designed to create future classics and includes tough snares, slam dunked hits, brash beats, twisted fx, funky chords, rhodes notes, jazzy elements, guitar wahs, hard hitting horns, and heavy sax echoes. If you need more class for your beats, Prestige is here as your production partner.
  • Raw Slice features cool jazz chords, inspired soul fx, dusty wax samples, guitar shrills, blunted beats, crisp snares, harsh chords, flutes, horns and buzzing notes. Programmed and recorded with the full sp1200 treatment, Raw Slice is a unique pack with all the right ingredients.

The sample pack costs £39.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Floppy Beats and Phat Samples

Toontrack releases Metal Beats MIDI pack by Dirk Verbeuren

Toontrack Metal Beats MIDI

Toontrack has launched Metal Beats MIDI, a new pack featuring a collection of drum grooves and fills performed by renowned metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork.

After the three volumes in the Library of the Extreme series and a few thousand variations of the most outrageous metal drumming there is, Dirk winds down a tad. In this pack, he delivers a comprehensive collection of straight forward, modern metal drumming – all the way from ultra-slow doom and crushing mid tempo to galloping double-bass work. Essentially, everything you might need in between the blast beats, carpet rolls or skank beats you got from the Library of the Extreme suite.

This collection of drum beats and fills is the perfect match for any traditional or modern metal songwriter looking for world-class, sharp and inventive drumming straight from one of the world’s most well-rounded and dynamic e-drummers.

Metal Beats MIDI features

  • MIDI drum beats and fills for traditional and modern metal.
  • Performed by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork).
  • All material organized in straight or swing songs and broken down by leading instrument (closed hats, open hats, etc.).
  • Each song has a dedicated section for fills.
  • Tempos ranging from 56 BPM to 240 BPM.

The MIDI pack costs $29 USD / 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Metal Beats MIDI

Review: The Raw Cutz Super Pack – 5,000 Breaks, Cuts & Samples

Raw Cutz is a new label by Erik Svahn of E-Lab and Equipped Music, and Loopmasters sample boutique owner Matt Pelling.

Together Erik and Matt have formed Raw Cutz, and hope this site will inspire musicians old and new to make exciting Hip Hop, House, Drum and Bass and other experimental forms using some of the inspirational sounds, swung beats, processed kits and found sounds that Raw Cutz and its Producers will be releasing regularly on this imprint.

Raw Cutz Super Pack

The Raw Cutz Super Pack takes the 30 launch releases from the new imprint, and bundles them in a giant pack with no less than 5,645 individual samples, good for 3.3 GB content.

Whether you are looking for Punchy Kicks, Crisp Snares, Mellow Rhodes, Ethereal Vocals, Dubbed Out Basses, Glitched Jazz Guitars, Drifting Flutes, Funky Horns, Ambient Sounds, and Dusty Breaks – these smoking beats are guaranteed to add the flavour, punch and inspiration to your productions that you have been looking for.

Raw Cutz Super Pack features

  • 300 81-99BPM Raw Break Loops
  • 3,510 Raw Cut Music Samples
  • 778 Raw Kick Samples
  • 468 Raw Snare Samples
  • 331 Raw Hi Hat Samples
  • 302 Rex2 Files

The pack comes with everything listed above in respective folders. You do get file listings of each of the 30 individual packs that make up this super pack, but if you want to find the sounds that are from the same pack you’ll have to use the file name tags to locate them.

A collection of 300 break loops (10 loops per pack) is good for 110 individual breaks, and 190 no kick/no hihat type variations. They have a nice vintage vibe, though when you audition the bunch some of the themes start to sounds a bit the same-ish. Of course nothing keeps you from chopping the breaks up, and since you also get over 1,500 one-shot drum samples so can easily make your own breaks anyway.

For me, the next bit – the “Raw Cut Inspirational Music Samples” – is what this pack is all about.

One of the first sample libraries I bought was E-Lab’s Xclusive Wav Xtension (10-disc pack including the X-Static Goldmine series). I remember it cost an arm and a leg (back then anyway), and it seemed that a lot of the content was simply lifted of existing recordings – nicely processed, but not very original nonetheless. Some samples were blatantly ripped from commercial tunes, but I always loved the vibe of these samples. Especially the melodic one-shot stabs/hits are fantastic, and this is the kind of sampling that in my opinion has its merit.

The music samples on the Raw Cutz Super Pack are much the same. Bass, guitar, electric piano, flute, saxophone, organ, atmospheric sounds, etc.
Short 1 or 2 second sounds, all with that fantastic vintage funky, soulful vibe. While the sounds mostly have a Hip Hop feel, you can easily use them in other genres as well. Many samples have that lovely delay and reverb processing that you would hear on early drum & bass records.

The Loopmasters website says:

These exclusive samples have been crafted carefully by our top producers using technology including MPC and SP1200 samplers, Technics 1210 mk2 decks, Analogue Tape Machines and vintage mics and instruments including Fender Jazz Guitars, Double Basses, Horns, Rhodes Pianos and much more besides.

I have read that text a few times, and I guess it doesn’t actually exclude crate digging. To be honest even if these samples weren’t created from scratch I don’t really care. Sampling has always been part of Hip Hop music production, and I would feel totally comfortable using these samples in my work.

Check the sound examples below to get an idea on what kind of sounds you can expect.

So what do I think?

Product: Raw Cutz Super Pack by Loopmasters
Format: 24-bit Wav samples
Price: £149.95 GBP
Like: beautiful one-shot hits/stabs, well processed for that vintage vibe
Don’t like: breaks could have bit more variation
Verdict: 8/10

This pack is perfect for beat makers. The Raw Cutz Super Pack will save you tons of time, no need to go crate digging!

The 3,500+ sounds are just what you need to create the perfect vibe for your Hip Hop tracks.
Yes, the breaks are nice, the single drum sounds are very useful, but for me, this pack is all about the brilliant stabs, chords, hits, bass & guitar licks, atmospheric fx, etc.

The samples are processed with care to get a great vibe, totally inspiring and full of character.

Get your samplers ready, serious head bobbin’ is inevitable.

More information: Loopmasters / Raw Cutz Super Pack