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Chris Nothdurfter launches #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums

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#HitIt - The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums

Chris Nothdurfter has announced #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums, a new book that takes an exclusive look behind the scenes of modern music production.

Whether you are a bedroom warrior or a seasoned engineer – you will have to program drums at some point eventually. Chris started out as a songwriter and figured out how to make programmed drums sound as human as possible through experimenting as much as he could. Now, after years of successfully producing countless tracks in different genres he decided to pass on his knowledge.

Spanning over 154 pages and including 150 example grooves and fills this book will teach you everything you need to know about drum programming – from creating your first beat to programming complex fills for Pop, Rock, and Metal. Furthermore it covers ghost notes, side stick playing, Snare drum comping, Hi-hat barking, double Bass drum, and Blast beats.

In the “Humanizing” chapter you will learn what it takes to get the most out of your drum tracks and how to modify velocities and quantization to make them sound as natural as it gets.

All the examples in #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums are shown in a platform­independent way so that you can recreate them regardless of the drum software and DAW you use.

Along with the book you get access to a host of bonus resources such as additional chapters (“Odd time signatures” and “Mixing tips”), MIDI file download, discount on an upcoming drum programming video course, access to an online discussion group, and a full 30-day money-back guarantee.

Last but not least you’ll be eligible to enter the #HitItChallenge2014 drum programming competition for a chance to win one of three copies of Toontrack’s new EZdrummer 2.

#HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums is available for purchase for $24.99 USD. A free sample download, video trailers and additional information is available from the website.

More information: #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums

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The Business of Music Licensing eBook by Emmett Cooke

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The Business of Music Licensing

Emmett Cooke has recently launched The Business of Music Licensing, an eBook dedicated to giving you an in-depth guide to the Music Licensing Industry.

It explains exactly how to make money from your music through “licensing” or “publishing” your tracks.

Whether you make music full time, or just as a hobby, this eBook will guide you through the exact path required to start earning money from your tracks.

The Business of Music Licensing contains over 70 pages of useful information on a wide range of topics on the music licensing industry.

The Business of Music Licensing

  • What the music licensing industry is, how it looks, how it works, and how your music can earn money in it.
  • An explanation of all the terms you’ll encounter in music licensing.
  • How to avoid scams.
  • What are PROs/PRS’.
  • Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive.
  • Cue Sheets.
  • Types of music licensing deals.
  • A 3 Year Plan.
  • Meta Tagging.
  • Tips for increasing your income.
  • A list of over 200 good music libraries/publishers to work with.
  • Much more!

The eBook is available for purchase for 12.99 EUR.

More information: The Business of Music Licensing

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iZotope releases free Mixing with iZotope guide

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iZotope has announced the release of Mixing with iZotope, a free guide that unravels the mysteries of mixing with iZotope.

Mixing with iZotope

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, you’ll find a wealth of in-depth principles, tips, and techniques in our new guide, Mixing with iZotope.

Your ultimate guide to all things mixing, this guide breaks down the art, aesthetic and theory behind the audio mixing process. With simple explanations and visuals to help illustrate how tools such as Equalizers, Compressors and FX can transform your mix, the guide also features insider tips on using iZotope plug-ins to get the job done.

The guide is a free download as a PDF and eBook (via iTunes for iPhone & iPad).

More information: iZotope / Mixing with iZotope

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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

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The MIT Press publishes A Composer’s Guide to Game Music

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A Composer's Guide to Game Music

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press has published A Composer’s Guide to Game Music, a new book by the composer of Assassin’s Creed Liberation, The Da Vinci Code and Speed Racer video games, Winifred Phillips.

As an award-winning composer of video game music, Phillips provides a comprehensive, practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field. Among those praising Phillips’s book is celebrated film/game composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven, Metal Gear Solid series), who described A Composer’s Guide to Game Music as “not just compulsory bedside reading for budding games composers, but a fine achievement in itself. Bravo!” Renowned video game director David Jaffe (God of War, the Twisted Metal series) described Phillips’s book as “an important, deep, and rare exploration of video game music by one of the medium’s smartest and most talented voices.”

Musicians and composers may be drawn to game music composition because the game industry is a multibillion-dollar, employment-generating economic powerhouse, but, Phillips writes, one of the most important qualifications for a musician who wants to become a game music composer is a love of video games. “It’s very important to have an enduring passion for games,” Phillips writes. “With the right spark of enthusiasm, the process of writing music for games can be positively exhilarating.”

A Composer’s Guide to Game Music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press offers indispensable guidance for musicians and composers who want to deploy their creativity in a dynamic and growing industry, protect their musical identities while working in a highly technical field, and create great music for a new medium.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD.

More information: A Composer’s Guide to Game Music

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Sample Magic launches exclusive book & DVD bundles

Sample Magic Sale

Sample Magic has announced a number of exclusive limited time book & DVD bundles.

Sample Magic’s book and DVD bundles are back for Christmas. Throughout December you can bag bargain bundles packed with classic Sample Magic releases, including previously sold-out collections such as Sunset Sessions, Funky House Grooves and Minimal Techno. But be quick – stock is strictly limited so once they’re gone, they’re gone!

With savings of up to 70% on individual pack prices, it’s an unmissable opportunity for producers to stock up on thousands of inspirational loops and samples for almost every genre of electronic music, from house, techno and electro to chillout, breaks and minimal.

Sample Magic Bundle Deals include:

  • Ultimate Big Box – Ten seminal Sample Magic releases spanning house, electro, chillout, minimal, deep house, electronica and more. Was £273 – now £99.90
  • Ultimate Books Bundle – the perennially popular Secrets of House Music Production, Paul White’s Producer’s Manual and coffee table essential Classic Tracks for one unbeatably low price. Was £86.75 – now £64.95
  • Chillout Big Box – the essential downtempo producer’s toolkit, containing the best-selling Sunrise and Sunset Sessions, plus Soundtrack & Chill and Around the World in 80 Raves. Was £117.60 – now £54.95
  • Secrets of House Big Box – five classic house collections and the critically-acclaimed Secrets of House Music Production book. Was £164.60 – now £69.95

The book and DVD bundles are available exclusively at Sample Magic throughout December, 2013.

More information: Sample Magic

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iZotope offers Iris Synths sound library & Iris Cookbook

Iris Synths

iZotope has announced that the Iris Synths sound library is available to download at no cost.

Deep within the four gigabytes of the Iris Sound Library, there lies a treasure trove of samples from vintage and extremely rare synths.

Lovingly recorded by our friends at GForce software, these samples include the sounds of legendary favorites like the ARP 2500, EMS VCS3, the Korg PS3100, the Yamaha CS-80, and the Logan String Melody. Our Synths sound library brings these beloved synths into the spotlight, mixing and matching their harmonics to create a broad array of “hybrid” instruments that reimagine your synth possibilities.

The result? Highly musical synth patches for Iris that are ready to roll into your next song…for free!

Iris Cookbook

iZotope has also announced the Iris Cookbook, a free digital book featuring different recipes designed to help you explore some of the musical possibilities Iris has to offer, from spectral selections to special effects.

Want to create that iconic Phat Bass sound? Achieve the perfect Classic Wobble?

This cookbook will help you add flavor to your Drum, Bass, Guitar tracks and even more using Iris.

Download the free Iris Cookbook and the follow-along Iris Cookbook presets.

More information: iZotope / Iris

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