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


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


Stretch That Note: Phatten Up For Christmas – 40% off sample library bundles

Stretch That Note has announced a Holiday sale, offering its sample libraries at a limited time discounts.

Mince pies, egg-nog and turkey aren’t your only route to a fat bottom end this Christmas — because Stretch That Note’s Layered Sample Madness sale kicks off on Friday 14 December. Lasting right through the holiday period, the sale gives you a whopping 40% off a collection of the very best kick- and bass-layering instruments you could wish for!

Everything you need to spend your Christmas and New Year carefully crafting the tightest, phattest and freshest of beats has been wrapped up in two tidy collections.

Stretch That Note Low-End
  • Offer 1: Sort out your low-end (NI Kontakt modules) $100

    Comprising all three DruMM libraries (DruMM 1,2 & 3) and two bass instruments from the same series, L.E.W.D. and PULSE, which combine kick and pitched synth sounds to give you an earthquake-inducing foundation for your tracks.

Stretch That Note Sample Madness
  • Offer 2: Layered Sample Madness (WAV samples) $100

    Comprising samples from all three DruMM libraries (DruMM 1,2 & 3) and the new RAW layering Kits. These aren’t just ‘sample libraries’, though — drawing on STN founder Eddie Bazil’s decades of experience in sound design they combine the expertly chopped and layered attack, decay, sustain and release elements of various acoustic and electronic drums giving you unparalleled and dynamic control over the sound. The sophisticated layering techniques also make clever use of frequency-specific phase cancellation and Mid/Sides processing, giving you — quite literally — an added dimension to your layered sounds.

The offers are available for $100 USD (over 40% off regular of $170). The sale ends on 2 January 2013, at 5pm GMT.

More information: Stretch That Note


Samplecraze releases The Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial

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Samplecraze The Art of Drum Layering Advanced

Samplecraze has announced the release of The Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial by Eddie Bazil.

The Samplecraze Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial continues where the highly successful book The Art of Drum Layering and the SOS Drum -layering Masterclass left off. Why wade through hundreds of drum sounds hoping to find the best one for your song when you can create your own unique drum sounds that will sit well in the mix without clashing with other elements or causing frequency smearing?

With over an hour of new content demonstrating all the techniques in real time, you’ll learn how to assemble new sounds using ADSR elements, how to morph them into new sonic textures using creative phase and phase cancellation techniques, and how to work with filters across multiple drum layers to avoid frequency clashes.

Eddie Bazil also reveals specialist mid/side techniques that add width, depth, and overall thickness to your final sounds, and even demonstrates how to stack layers for incredibly deep and hard-hitting drum sounds like those featured in his acclaimed DruMM libraries. If you need innovative drum sounds across a wide range of genres that slot perfectly into your mixes, this advanced video tutorial is the key.

The video tutorial is available to purchase for $15 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / The Art of Drum Layering Advanced


Stretch That Note releases DruMM for Kontakt

Stretch That Note has announced a range of seven Kontakt 3/4 compatible DruMM modules: one free, and six more that each cost just $8 per module, or $40 for the complete suite.

DruMM Big Grease Kit

Choosing the best sampled drum sounds for modern tracks can be extremely challenging, especially if you want them to cut through a busy mix. With this in mind, industry veteran Eddie Bazil has launched Stretch That Note, a new label specialising in Synthesis and Sound Design, along with its first set of products – a range of NI Kontakt Drum Modules.

Each of the seven available DruMM kits contains sixty carefully chosen drum sounds with bags of street character that can be individually or globally warped via a comprehensive engine, along with several sophisticated effect chains that alter Phatness and Crunch, add Vinyl grunge and alter Width. You can therefore quickly and easily create your own unique sounds with very versatile possibilities.

However, the pièce de résistance is the clever use of Mide/Side treatments, polarity inversion and phase cancellation, to allow multiple kits to be layered without suffering from the normal thinning and frequency cancelation problems. Just load up two or more different kits and trigger them simultaneously for some of the biggest drum sounds you’ve ever heard; almost guaranteed to cut through any mix when required.

Over the years Eddie has programmed new sounds for outfits as diverse as Pet Shop boys, Art Of Noise, Public Enemy and Emu/Ensoniq as well as many others, and his sounds have featured on many chart hits. Now you have the perfect chance to add them to your own tracks.

The DruMM modules for Kontakt are now available to purchase. Sign up at Stretch That Note and receive the first module DruMM free of charge.

More information: Stretch That Note


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