Ninja Tune releases Ninja Jamm mixing & jamming app for iOS

Ninja tune has launched Ninja Jamm, a free mixing and jamming app for iOS that lets anyone instantly remix music from the Ninja Tune label using touch control, state of the art effects and killer music from Ninja artists.

Ninja Jamm

The app is a revolutionary fusion of music and software for the iPhone brought to you by the musical innovators at Ninja Tune and the design wizards at seeper.

Combining aspects of DJing, remixing and producing, the app lets anyone experience the excitement of playing with electronic music. Ninja artists such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Mr Scruff and Coldcut, provide the tunes for you to jamm with.

As each tune plays, you can switch seamlessly between the original licks and bonus clips, created by highly trained remix Ninjas, whilst glitching and effecting each channel and firing oneshot samples over the top.

Unlike many other music apps, the Jamm experience is very hands-on and immediate- your human feel is their key to enjoying freestyle mix possibilities. You can touch, tilt, shake and use multiple fingers and thumbs to Jamm and record, create a killer version of a favourite Ninja Tune and instantly share it with the world through Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

The Ninja Jamm app comes bundled with a free Tunepack, Beats and Pieces3 from Coldcut, the cut’n’paste classic from the DJ duo who helped define both the modern remix with Paid in Full and mashup with Journeys By DJ. More Tunepacks from Ninja artists are available for in-app purchase.

More information: Ninja Jamm

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Loopmasters releases Essential Hip Hop

Loopmasters Essential Hip Hop

Loopmasters has released Essential Hip Hop, a handpicked selection of the hottest loops and samples from Loopmasters’ favourite Hip Hop sample packs released to date.

The Essentials Series from Loopmasters are a range of sample packs which include a handpicked “Best Of” collection of loops and samples from our in house team, which reflect excellent value and enable you to sample a good selection of 5 products which we feel include some of the very best loops available for that genre.

If you really like the samples from any included pack within the product then use the included coupon code to get 20% off the full pack at any time!

Essential Hip Hop features

  • 110 loops, and 90 one shot samples from the following packs: Hank Schocklee – Bomb Squad, Coldcut – Sound Science, Doodlebug – Jazzy Hip Hop Theory, NYC Rap Acapellas, The Temple of Boom.
  • Includes 17 Bass Loops, 23 Music Loops, 47 Drum Loops, 20 Vox Loops, 3 Fx Loops, 5 Bass Hits, 7 Fx Shots, 46 Drum Hits, 2 Instrument Hits, 30 Vox Shots.
  • 203 MB content in total.

Essential Hip Hop is available to purchase for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Essential Hip Hop

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Ohm Force intros free SPACELAB PACK by Ninja Tune

Ohm Force / Ninja Tune Spacelab Pack

Ohm Force has announced that Ninja Tune – longtime users of the Ohm Force plug-ins, have prepared the SPACELAB PACK, a free sample pack containing hand picked samples/stems/presets from their Spacelab studio’s last 20 years archives.

“Spacelab is my studio at Ninja Tune headquarters in London. Spacelab 1 was in London Bridge from 1993-2000. Spacelab 2 is in Kennington, 2000- present date. The samplepack contains material drawn from jamm sessions from both Spacelabs 1999-2011.

These sessions are completely improvised and feature a loose group of friends of mine who come together weekly to hang out and jamm. Recently we have been escaping from the grid of quantisation by dispensing with a metronome and allowing the drummer to play freely, using a Roland TD12 Vdrums kit hooked up to various sampled drum kits. Enjoy!” – MATT BLACK (Coldcut/Ninjatune)”.

The Spacelab Pack is free download from the Ohm Force Facebook page.

More information: Ohm Force

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Review: Loopmasters Coldcut Sound Science

I got hooked on music from the Ninja Tune record label back in the mid nineties. DJ Food, Funki Porcini, Amon Tobin, Vadim… Just a few of the artists that got me excited about music in ways I hadn’t experienced before.

Ninja Tune was founded by Jonathan More and Matt Black, the guys behind the most excellent Solid Steel radio show. As electronic music duo Coldcut they have hundreds of releases and remixes on their name.

If you’ve never heard of Coldcut you can read up on Jon and Matt on their wiki page.

Loopmasters Coldcut Sound Science

With Sound Science, Coldcut offers a collection of quality sounds similar to the ones found in their own recordings.

This exclusive sample pack produced for Loopmasters by Matt and Jon themselves features a huge collection of previously unheard and unreleased material which is sure to grace many future hit records through genres such as Hip Hop, Breaks, House and Drum and Bass. A true skeleton key of sound, the loops and samples are a must for every serious music producers collection.

I’m not sure how to best describe the Coldcut sound, but I know it has to do with head bobbing. Funky breakbeats, jazzy bass, high energy synth stabs, groovy melodic samples… mix it all up in a blender and you know it will sound delicious.

What do you get?

Sound Science includes over 350 loops in both Wav and Rex formats, almost 300 single shot sounds, and 45 patches in various popular sampler formats.

The loops are categorized in the following folders, with 4 tempo subfolders each (70, 88, 100, and 133 bpm):

  • Bass (37), includes nasty synth basslines, regular bass guitar, some lovely double bass grooves and even the odd clarinet loop.
  • Drums (166), from jazzy acoustic drum kits to glitchy electronic drums. There are some real gems here, so authentic and funky. Get your chopping tools ready, you’re going to want to cut these up!
  • Musical loops (111), including complete musical themes, simple synth melodies, super sweet chords, funky orchestral stabs, electric, acoustic & nylon guitars (love the foot tapping in the background), various pads, Moog sounds, Theremin… I could go on for a while but I think you get the idea; this stuff is diverse!
  • The last loops folder features a bunch of vocals and sound effects (41). These include blips & bleeps, wobbles, jazzy vox, dubby delay sounds, scratches, and more. Quite some unique and useful sounds.

The larger part of the single shots comprises of drum sounds, also conveniently divided in subfolders for kick, snare, toms, etc. With just 8 bass samples and 11 instrument samples the bass and instrument folders look a little bare. Where applicable the sounds (and loops) have the root key included in the file names.

With the exception of the drum kits and hits the included sampler patches are basically single shot sounds mapped across a few octaves. Nothing to get too excited about.

The variety of sounds in this library is just what you would expect from Coldcut; a mix of real instruments and synths, acoustic drum loops and electronic breakbeats, sugar sweet melodies and noisy sound fx, and lots in between.

Check the audio demo from Loopmasters for an idea of what Sound Science has to offer.

So what do I think?

Product: Coldcut Sound Science by Loopmasters
Format: WAV/REX Loops & Sounds + Sampler patches
Price: £29.95 (download) – £39.95 GBP (DVD)

One of Sound Science’s samples says “let’s just use a sample”, and that is exactly what this sample library is all about. It has that old school sampling vibe, authentic yet fresh.

Due to the wide variety of sounds and styles Sound Science might appear to be a bunch of random samples. However, once you start tossing them together you will find that many actually work together very well.

I only wish they would have put a larger amount of samples in the collection. 350 loops may seem like a lot but many of them are variations on the same beat/melody.

Still, Sound Science is a great sample library delivering the Coldcut vibe I was hoping for; you’ll be bobbing your head in no time!
Now let’s just hope there will be a Sound Science 2.

More information: Loopmasters / Coldcut Sound Science

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Time+Space announces Loopmasters Artist Series competition

Time+Space Loopmasters Artist Series competition

Time+Space has announced the Loopmasters Artist Series competition, your chance to win 1 of 4 Loopmasters Artist Series Bundles.

The Loopmasters’ Artist Series features exclusive collections of royalty free samples from some of the best known producers worldwide.

Originally launched in Autumn 2007, with the release of Aquasky and Trafik, the Artist Series has grown considerably throughout the past year with eight titles now available and plenty more planned for 2009.

The latest producers to join the Artist Series are …

Drumsound and Bassline Smith: Drum and Bass Studio Technique
Coldcut: Sound Science
KJ Sawka: Live Drum & Bass Drums

… and to celebrate the release of these three new titles, we’re giving you the opportunity to win one of four Artist Series bundles each containing all eight DVD titles and worth £320!

All you need to do is answer this simple question: Which two titles were the first to be released in the Artist Series?

The competition is open to anyone, anywhere and the closing date for entries is 28th February 2009. Winners will be announced on or around the 1st March.

Visit the Time+Space competition page for more information.

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