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MPC-Samples releases MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

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MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare

MPC-Samples has announced the release of MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare, the first in a series of tutorial books from MPC-Tutor created for the new generation of Akai MPCs – the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

Written for the latest MPC Software 1.4, ‘Sampling Laid Bare’ focuses entirely on teaching practical and creative sound design, sample editing and program construction within the MPC, providing 270 pages of in-depth, hands-on tutorials on a range of sample-based MPC workflow topics including:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all chopping features, with a speed chopping workflow guide.
  • Practical uses of all program parameters with including the all new envelopes in MPC Software 1.4.
  • Sample recording and resampling.
  • Creative sample editing and sound design techniques.
  • Advanced drum layering examples.
  • Looping breaks and instrument samples.
  • Building velocity sensitive finger drumming kits from drum multisamples .
  • Creating realistic instrument emulations using both DRUM and Keygroup programs.
  • Using insert effects as sound design tools.

Plus many tips, tricks, tweaks and essential shortcuts to help streamline your day-to-day workflow. Each tutorial takes a hands-on, step-by-step approach with clear screenshots (from both the LCD and the computer environment) and all the MPC project files you need to recreate every tutorial within your MPC as you read along.

With its intuitive structure and jargon-free approach, this book is ideal for complete newcomers to the MPC world; and if you’re a legacy MPC owner looking to make the transition to the computer/controller environment, it contains all the information you need to quickly and effortlessly adapt your existing workflow.

‘MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare’ is available to purchase as an electronic book in PDF format, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: MPC-Samples / Sampling Laid Bare

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New Atlantis Audio launches special deal on Loop Life eBook — the Insider’s Guide to the Indie Soundware Business

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New Atlantis Audio has announced a limited time promotion on the Loop Life eBook guide to indie soundware business, loaded with essential insider info, tips, strategies, and insight to give you the inside track.

Loop Life

We are publishing a big update to our book soon. New chapters and material, new formats for mobile devices, and maybe even an interview or two with some great soundware creators. The book includes free updates for life, so now is a great time to grab it at a huge discount — just $9.99, marked down from $29!

If you’re interested in turning your passion for music and sound design into a career you love, this is the only book on the subject. It’s loaded with essential insider insights from industry veterans with a dozen successful years in the business.

More information: Loop Life

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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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Backbeat Books publishes The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

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Tony Bacon The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

Backbeat Books has announced it has published The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book, a complete history of Ibanez electric guitars by Tony Bacon.

Ibanez is arguably the most important Japanese guitar brand, and this new book tells the story of its electric guitars, tracking the fortunes of this impressive brand from its origins to today. The reader is hooked after first paragraph: “How on earth were they going to sell all these mad-looking guitars? Would they prompt Ibanez’s final plunge into guitar-making oblivion?” We all know the story has a different ending, and Tony Bacon tells it in a fascinating and captivating fashion.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book leads us from the early years, through the decades and on to today, from the first cheap and basic models, to the copies of leading Gibson instruments, such as the Les Pauls, SGs, and Explorers, to Steve Vai’s impressive and spectacular JEM signature models in the late ‘80s, and on to the international success of Ibanez original designs. Exclusive interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Benson, Mick Thomson, and others illustrate Ibanez’s leading role among guitarists of many styles, from metal to pop to jazz and alternative rock. The book hinges on the game-changing development of Vai’s JEM model and its important related design, the RG, and explains the intriguing ups and downs in the history of this great modern guitar brand.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book is a veritable treasure: a thoroughly researched story, exclusive interviews with some of the best guitar players of our time, and a useful reference section detailing production years and specifications of all Ibanez’s electric models. The amazing gallery showing virtually every Ibanez model ever made, as well as vintage posters and pictures of famous players makes this book a must-have for any guitar enthusiast.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

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Arturia offers 50% off Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack

Arturia Dr. Bob's Collector Pack

Arturia has announced a 50% discount on Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack as a tribute to synthesizer pioneer Dr. Bob Moog who would have been 79 on May 23rd,

Arturia is proud to pay tribute to the father of electronic music by introducing a limited edition pack in collaboration with – and to the aid of – the Bob Moog Foundation.

Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack includes two of our award-winning software instruments, the Minimoog-V and the Moog Modular-V at a groundbreaking price.

It also offers a unique glimpse into Bob Moog’s life, by including an exclusive book of private archives from the Moog Foundation and a DVD documentary.

The limited edition box is available to purchase for 129 USD/EUR through May 30th, 2013 (regular $299 USD / 249 EUR.

More information: Arturia / Dr. Bob’s Collector Pack

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Hal Leonard publishes Worship Musician Presents The Worship Guitar Book & The Worship Drum Book

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published the The Worship Guitar Book by Doug Doppler and The Worship Drum Book by Carl Albrecht, two Worship Musician series books.

The Worship Guitar Book

With the release of The Worship Guitar Book, acclaimed guitar talent and music industry expert Doug Doppler has written the most comprehensive guide for today’s worship guitarists. Being an accomplished musician and a true worshipper himself, he understands the challenges that worship guitarists face every day, and provides answers and help for those who want to express their love for God through the gift of music.

The Worship Drum Book

The Worship Drum Book: Concepts to Empower Excellence is a powerful guide for drummers playing in both contemporary and traditional churches that are transitioning into using full rhythm sections rather than just organ or piano. This book covers methods of playing and explains concepts for touring with ministry groups and worship artists. But most of all, it will help drummers understand their calling as a minstrel for the Lord in the modern worship world, and have the drums speak from their heart.

Both book/DVD sets are available to purchase for $19.99 USD each.

More information: Hal Leonard Books

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Rob Papen extends limited-edition EDM & Urban bundles + The 4 Element Synth available at student pricing

Rob Papen EDM / URban Synth Bundles

Rob Papen has announced that the availability of the limited-edition EDM and Urban synth bundles has been extended to the end of June, 2013.

These two special bundle packs were created with Urban and Electronic Dance Music producers in mind.

The EDM Synth Bundle and the Urban Synth Bundle each include three Rob Papen synths, saving you around 45% off the combined price, but don’t wait around as there are only limited amounts available worldwide.

Limited-edition bundles

  • The EDM Synth Bundle SRP: € 199.00 / $239 / GBP 169.00
    Comprising Rob Papen’s Predator virtual synth, Punch drum machine, and Blade virtual additive synthesizer plug-ins, the EDM Synth Bundle is a highly-flexible electronic monster, offering masses of diverse sounds for electronic dance producers.
  • The Urban Synth Bundle SRP: € 199.00 / $239 / GBP 169.00
    Ideal for producers of Dubstep, Drum ’n’ Bass, Garage, and Grime, the Rob Papen Urban Synth Bundle includes the SubBoomBass ultra deep bass synth, Punch drum machine, and Predator virtual synth plug-ins, and will also seamlessly fit into Hip Hop, Rap and R&B music creation workflows.

Users that already own one or more Rob Papen products can get an upgrade offer at an authorised dealer or directly from robpapen.com.

Note: these bundles also include Predator 1.6.4, the latest version with over 450 new presets.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Rob Papen has also announced that his The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is now available at student pricing for everyone.

After all, anyone who wants to know what all those knobs and sliders on their favourite analogue synth actually do is a student of subtractive synthesis!

Remember that when Rob started to play his first synth at the end of the ’70s he had to learn the hard way… reading (and rereading) the Korg MS-20 manual from cover to cover. Had a well-written book about synthesis existed at that time then it would have helped Rob enormously in his quest for new sounds! Of course, the Korg MS-20 had no presets so Rob had to create sounds from scratch each and every time he wanted to play.

Over time that became easier, but you can benefit from all his blood, sweat, and tears. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this well-written book that’s as easy on the eye as it is to understand, together with more than 10 hours of entertaining and educational DVD material.

As well as watching additional online video content to supplement the book, other good news is that readers can download the demonstrative Predator presets used by Rob on the DVDs.

The book/dvd set is now available to purchase for 55 EUR / $69 USD (available in the US through Sweetwater).

More information: Rob Papen

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