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Zenhiser releases Manic Drummer & Huge Trap Drums sample packs

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Zenhiser Manic Drummer

Zenhiser has announced the release of Manic Drummer and Huge Trap Drums, two new sample libraries.

Manic Drummer features 480 drum loops, beats & drum fills for breaks, dubstep and drum & bass.

Need a live drummer that can go absolutely mental? Do you make Breaks, Dubstep, Drumstep or Drum & Bass? Well if you’ve answered yes then we have just made your dreams come true, we locked up one of our drum producers, filled him full of Red Bull and other synthetics & what he delivered is an outstanding collection of full on live drum loops, processed to f*ck beats and a huge array of drum fills that will make any track sound awesome.

Totalling 480 beats and drum fills this is a one stop shop for all your live drums. There’s two different bpm’s of live drum beats & fills, 140bpm & 174bpm which means all the genre’s that need this type of funky ass drummer madness are covered, Drumstep, Dubstep, Hardcore Breaks, Drum & Bass and just about every sub genre in between.

Zenhiser Huge Trap Drums

Huge Trap Drums includes 80 Trap beats and 110 Trap drum sounds.

Zenhiser presents ‘Huge Trap Drums’, another monster in the Trap drum sound and drum beat arena. From speaker thudding kicks and 808 hat heaven to stacked claps and dance floor attacking snares Huge Trap Drums throws up nearly 320mb of pure Traptastic madness.

This sample pack comes loaded with trap drum sounds, enough to obliterate your next ten tracks and if you’re not feeling particularly inspirational there’s a huge chunk of 180 beats to choose from. Huge Trap Drums is not designed for your laid back groove, it’s pushy full on Trap that it’s designed for.

The Manic Drummer pack costs $30 AUD, Huge Trap Drums is $25 AUD.

More information: Zenhiser

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Samplecraze publishes Beat Construction: The Definitive Guide for Beat Makers

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Samplecraze Beat Construction

Samplecraze has announced that it has published the Beat Construction guide for beat makers.

Just as every great master’s painting needs a great frame, every stand-out tune needs a stand-out beat: get the beat right, and you can turn your OK tune a foot-tappingly infectious masterpiece. But while most DAW software gives you the tools you need to craft the perfect beat, but you still need to know HOW to do it — else you’ll end up with a robotic groove that impresses no-one!

Just what is it that makes a stand-out beat? How do you give your beat it’s own unique identity? What is it that gives Timbaland’s beats that special vibe — and how can you copy him? These questions and many more are answered in the latest e-Book from Samplecraze.

Whether Dre or Rihanna is your thing, or you’re more into dance, pop, old-school electro or trip hop, Samplecraze’s new bible of beat creation takes you on a practical hands-on exploration of the beat-making process, which will leave you with a deep understanding of how the world’s leading beat creators get the sounds they do, and, more importantly, how they inject that all-important ‘nod factor’ into their tunes.

Starting with the basic foundations of sculpting and layering individual drum sounds, there’s plenty to get the newbies up to speed. But it goes much deeper than that. For example, there are chapters on various slicing techniques, using modulators and new techniques to create 3D motion and stereo width. Author Eddie Bazil also reveals the secrets of advanced ‘ghosting’ techniques, and there’s a section comprising several chapters dealing with how to ‘rip’ the feel from commercial tracks using your DAW (yep, that’s right, you can steal the feel from your favourite track without sampling it and infringing copyright!). And in case you’re left in any doubt, there are workshops on building urban and dance tracks from the ground up.

As with all Samplecraze’s books, there’s a heavy emphasis on step-by-step practical examples, with plenty of screen captures from various software packages to show you what’s going on. There’s a whopping package of over 350MB of audio, MIDI and REX files that illustrate the points being made, and rather than compromise the audio by streaming it or compressing to MP3, Samplecraze have presented the files themselves as pristine quality WAVs. That way, you can listen to them and tweak them in your DAW as you work your way through the exercises in the book. And when you hear them, you can be sure that Bazil is a man who knows exactly what he’s talking about!

So… if you want to make cutting-edge beats, why waste time trawling through forums for tips and tricks from bedroom producers? This book has all the answers and has to represent the best $15 you could spend.

The guide (193 pages) is available to purchase as a download for $15 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / Beat Construction

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The Drum Broker launches Kool G Rap Beat Contest

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Drum Broker Kool G Rap Beat Contest

The Drum Broker has announced the Kool G Rap Beat Contest, offering its customers the chance to win a 16-bar verse from American rapper and hip hop legend Kool G Rap.

The Drum Broker & legendary producer Domingo of Beats4tunes.com are proud to announce their latest contest/giveaway. This time we are testing your beatmaking skills in a contest to find the BEST beat. The winner will get a 16-Bar Verse from Hip Hop Legend/Heavyweight Kool G Rap courtesy of Beats4Tunes.com and The Drum Broker.

The best beat submission will be judged by Domingo on July 31st, and a winner will be announced August 1st, 2013.

A single winner will be picked based on beat composition, mix quality, drum selection, & over-all beat quality by Veteran Producer Domingo.

The contest is open to all Drum Broker customers.

More information: The Drum Broker / Kool G Rap Beat Contest

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Drumdrops launches Now That’s What I Call 80′s Drums

Drumdrops Now That's What I Call 80's Drums

Drumdrops has announced Now That’s What I Call 80′s Drums, a collection of 80′s drum beats.

Featuring twenty 80s Pop drum tracks ranging from 71BPM to 179BPM, this is a wide-ranging collection of 1980s beats. It takes influences from a variety of 1980s acts, with nods towards drum grooves synonymous with the styles of George Michael, De La Soul, Soul 2 Soul, Happy Mondays, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, to name a few.

Performing the tracks is drummer Steve Sidelnyk (Madonna, Annie Lennox, Massive Attack), who began his career in the 1980s. The album was recorded by Brit Award-winning producer/engineer Chris Potter (The Verve, U2). To complete the 80s vibe, recording took place at Miloco’s Sofa Sound studios in West London, which is owned by producer Hugh Padgham (The Police, Genesis, Phil Collins).

Recorded on an SSL G-Series console with a rack of vintage Neve 1081s and 1064s, they were able to recreate an authentic 80s Pop Drum sound. All of the drum tracks were recorded to 2″ 24-track tape on a Studer A800 tape machine, while the live room added a suitably controlled drum sound.

A DW Collector Series drum kit was used for this recording. The snare drums used were a Ludwig Black Beauty, Ludwig Coliseum and a DW Craviotto. The kit was fitted with Evans drum heads, and nineteen microphones were used to record it, ensuring what we at Drumdrops believe is the best sound possible – have a listen for yourself.

Now That’s What I Call 80s Drums is available to purchase as Multitrack Sessions for £80 GBP, Stems and Mix Files for £55 GBP, or a Loops Pack for £45 GBP. Single tracks are also sold individually.

More information: Drumdrops / Now That’s What I Call 80′s Drums

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The Drum Broker releases International Breaks 101 on vinyl

International Breaks 101 Vinyl

The Drum Broker has released a remastered 12″ vinyl of its International Breaks 101 sample library featuring 101 breaks.

You won’t find these breaks anywhere else! Our dedicated digging team scoured the planet for these super dusty and rare break beats.

Ready to chop, loop, and layer, International Breaks 101 features 101 breaks from from the late 60’s to early 80’s. Our team assembled a comprehensive break beat kit with ultra rare gems from Russia, China, Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, UK, and Brazil.

If you are looking for more variety than your typical over sampled Soul Breaks, then this kit is is perfect for your production arsenal.

The 12″ vinyl is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: Drum Broker / International Breaks 101 Vinyl

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The Loop Loft launches special content for Native Instruments MASCHINE, KONTAKT and PreSonus Studio One

The Loop Loft Maschine Kits

The Loop Loft has announced the introduction of three new classes of music-creation content developed directly for and with partners at software developers, Native Instruments and PreSonus: MASCHINE Kits, KONTAKT Slice Machine 002 // Loop Loft Beats and Studio One Sound Sets.

Each of The Loop Loft’s new products is instantly available for download from thelooploft.com and its retail partners.

Loop Loft partner content

  • MASCHINE KITS – Groove producers and beat-makers will find The Loop Loft’s MASCHINE Kits the perfect content compliment to their Native Instruments MASCHINE production systems. With more than nine titles available starting at just $9, MASCHINE Kits are the perfect way for producers to expand their library of samples and sounds, instantly ready to make into beats.
  • KONTAKT SLICE MACHINE 002 // LOOP LOFT BEATS – Music-makers can create and manipulate their samples like never before using KONTAKT Slice Machine 002 // Loop Loft Beats for Native Instruments KONTAKT 5 software. This custom beat-slicing machine contains 225 of the finest drum breaks from The Loop Loft, prepped and ready for tweaking. Developed with Samplephonics, The Loop Loft created the Slice Machine to enable producers to easily add, move around and effect loop slices so that they can subtly change a beat, or totally glitch it out beyond recognition.
  • STUDIO ONE SOUND SET – Simon Phillips Session Tracks is the first sound set developed for PreSonus Studio One music-production software. Producers can use this broad-ranging collection of rock drum loops recorded by master drummer Simon Phillips to build chart-topping rock songs in Studio One. Simon Philips, whose drumming career highlights include stints with Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Gil Evans, Stanley Clark, Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Mick Jagger, Toto and The Who, is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer.

All products from The Loop Loft are available immediately from thelooploft.com and retail partners.

More information: The Loop Loft

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Producers Choice intros Ultimate Production Toolbox by Pablo Beats

Producers Choice Ultimate Production Toolbox

Producers Choice has announced the release of Ultimate Production Toolbox, a sound lirary featuring 2.3GB of high definition samples, drums & instruments by Pablo Beats.

We teamed up with Pablo Beats to give you the most complete collection of production tools on the market. Industry quality drums, leads, basses patches, FX, vocal hits and more. Plus you can take 50% off the RRP for the first week only

Ultimate Production Toolbox features

  • 2.3GB in total – with a HUGE 1.5 GB instrument library for Kontakt 5 and Direct Wave. Including Bells, Slides, Basses, Pads, Leads, Piano’s and more.
  • Kicks – including everything from growling 808′s to the super clean
  • Claps If you purchased Pablo’s other kits – you know that it’s worth buying this kit JUST for the claps! They sound incredible. These claps are the best available right now!
  • SNARES – the snares included sound sharp and snappy. Very loud – You can hear the effort that went into the sound design. Pablo is king of super tight drums!
  • Hats, Percs & Cymbals – All top grade, crisp samples that you will rely on.
  • Stabs Plucks & Loops – From string and orchestra hits, to breakbeats, to piano loops, to layered stabs & more. All royalty free and ready to use in your tracks.
  • Vocal Samples – Chants, shouts & more – to add the finishing touch to your beats.
  • Sfx – Custom, creative and fresh risers, upsweeps and FX to add energy to your music.
  • Mixer Presets – For FL Studio Users. A great selection of ready to use presets to help you get a better mix! Mixer presets for mastering, drum channels and more.
  • Plugin Presets – For FL Studio Users. Presets for Harmless & Sytrus including leads, pads, basses and more!

The sample pack is on sale now for $34.95 USD.

More information: Producers Choice / Ultimate Production Toolbox

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