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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

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

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

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

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

Sample Magic releases Paul White’s Producer’s Manual – iPad Edition

Sample Magic Paul White's Producer's Manual

Sample Magic has announced a fully interactive iPad Edition of Paul White’s Producer’s Manual, an essential recording and production resource.

First published in 2011, Sound On Sound editor-in-chief Paul White’s Producer’s Manual became an instant best-seller.
Now the team behind the book present this all-new and expanded iPad edition featuring all of the original content across 320+ immersive pages alongside over an hour’s worth of video walkthroughs direct from Paul’s studio, fully enlargeable photos, diagrams and an expansive glossary.

Every paragraph from the original book has been ported into this beautiful looking, easy to use app, a scrollable reference manual that covers all aspects of recording and production music, including:

  • all you need to get great recordings, from vocals and drums to guitars and bands,
  • in-depth guides to dynamics, reverb, studio acoustics, monitoring and more,
  • taking your mix to the next level. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware, and
  • how to master your own material when the budget doesn’t stretch to professional mastering.

The Producer’s Manual iPad Edition is available to download for £14.90 GBP from Apple Store.

More information: Sample Magic / Producer’s Manual iPad Edition

Bobby Owsinski releases Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Producer, author, and technology advisor Bobby Owsinski has announced the release of his Social Media Promotion for Musicians book.

After numerous requests from musicians, artists, bands, engineers, producers and songwriters all over the country, best-selling recording and music business author Bobby Owsinski has finally put the social media strategies taught in his famous clinics into a new book called Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band and Your Music Online.

Published by BOMG Publishing and topping out at 300 pages packed with insider tips and tricks, Social Media Promotion for Musicians provides the latest techniques used to raise your online profile more effectively and efficiently than you ever thought possible, which can lead to more fans and followers, increased page, post and video views, and greater ticket and merch sales. Best of all, the information is laid out so anyone can do it!

Social Media Promotion For Musicians covers all aspects of a musician’s online presence on the most widely used platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and various bookmarking sites. Special attention is also given to personal and band websites, blogs, newsletters and branding.

Social Media Promotion for Musicians features

  • How to increase your online exposure to increase your fan base.
  • How to have more time for music by saving at least an hour every day on common social media operations.
  • Exclusive promotional tips that boost your views and followers.
  • How to uncover and develop your brand.
  • The secret behind successful tweets and posts.
  • How to craft an effective newsletter to increase your ticket and merch sales.
  • 10 ways to make sure that fans, music critics and bloggers, bookers and promoters, and agents and managers always have your latest information.
  • Ways to optimize your YouTube channel and videos to maximize your views.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD (print & Kindle).

More information: Social Media Promotion for Musicians

New Atlantis Audio launches Halloween Sale

New Atlantis Audio Halloween Sale

New Atlantis Audio has announced its Halloween Sale, offering deep discounts on its sound libraries and Loop Life book.

Happy Halloween!

As a special treat for today only, enjoy horrifyingly low prices on all of our Reason ReFills, the dark and spooky Nightshift sound library, and even our Loop Life book.

All prices have been unmercifully slashed to the bone, but there’s a Pay What You Want option in the cart for kind souls. Safe and Happy Halloween from team NAA. Enjoy!

The sale is today only (October 31st, 2013).

More information: New Atlantis Audio