Freemasons Tutorial – NI Maschine & Akai MPC swings in Logic Pro & Ableton Live

James of Freemasons wrote in to share a tutorial on how to get NI Maschine and Akai MPC swings natively inside Logic Pro and Ableton Live.

Ever since the release of NI’s Maschine and more recently, the return of the Akai’s MPC range, beat production has taken a huge leap forward sonically and rhythmically. However, both of these machines use their own proprietary systems and protocols for swing quantise.

One of the biggest problems when using these inside DAW’s with your other VST’s and audio is that each has its own quantise system that is not (always) mirrored by the software, so quantising parts running alongside your chosen drum machine to the same swing has often been a case of guess work and time-consuming experimentation.

We always ran into this problem so decided to solve it, and after a few days of quite painstaking work, we have converted the swings from NI’s Maschine and Akai’s MPC into groove templates for Logic 9 / Logic X and Ableton live 8/9 (Maschine only, MPC grooves were already present).

We also created an instructional video showing how you can import these grooves into the applications and into your own Logic startup pages. We hope you enjoy using them as we do.

The groove templates are available to download here.

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Clavia releases free Nord Lead 4 sounds by Freemasons

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Clavia has announced the release of a Nord Lead 4 sound bank by remix duo Freemasons.

Nord Lead 4 Freemasons sound bank

The first bank to debut our brand new Nord Lead 4 Program Library comes from the UK club duo Freemasons, and boy are we proud to be giving away these brilliantly crafted sounds!

Their sounds range from raging thick distorted pads and leads to Lush FM pianos and killer bass sounds. The Performance sounds are rich in texture and have plenty of goodies assigned to the Impulse Morph buttons too.

The Freemason bank consists of 50 Performances and 99 Programs in total.

The bank is a free download at the Nord website.

More information: Nord Lead 4


Loopmasters releases Freemasons 100% Remix Tools

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Loopmasters has released Freemasons 100% Remix Tools, the 100th title in the Artist Series of sample packs.

Loopmasters Freemasons 100% Remix Tools

The Freemasons need little introduction in the electronic music industry, The Grammy nominated remixes and producers from UK’s eclectic Brighton music scene have forged an 8 year career that have seen them first call remixers for the Biggest artists across the globe. With a CV containing Beyonce, Katy Perry, Kylie, Whitney Houston and an intentional gig list to match (not to mention 6 consecutive UK hit singles) it is easy to see why they may wish to keep their studio sounds under wraps . This is however not the Freemasons way.

‘100% Remix Tools’ is a sample pack with a difference, in 2011 The Freemasons moved into a brand new studio and started work on new material. Part of that process was months of careful sound development to create a new batch of Drums, Effects, Processes and Instruments that have the power needed for todays Dance music productions.

8 months of work finally came to fruition this spring – ‘100% Remix Tools’ a collection of upfront, highly processed carefully crafted choice sounds and samples, procured from all manner of mouth watering analog and digital machines and software, and represent a large part of the actual sound bank created for the new Freemasons material . These are the sounds the Freemasons are using right now – this week.

The sample library is available to purchase for £39.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Freemasons 100% Remix Tools


Loopmasters announces Freemasons100th Artist Series Competition + free sample pack

Loopmasters has announced a Freemasons Competition in celebration of the upcoming 100th Artist Series sample library.

Loopmasters Freemasons Contest

We’re approaching a big milestone at Loopmasters – our 100th Artist Series release! Over the years, the Loopmasters Artist Series have developed into an industry standard for sample packs from world class Artists in a variety of genres.

As part of the celebration of our hundredth release, we’ve teamed up with two more big hitters in the EDM world – Freemasons and Future Music to bring you a special opportunity.

We are offering you the chance of a lifetime – to have your track mixed and mastered by the Freemasons! That’s right. The lucky winner will have the opportunity to supply the stems of their own track to Freemasons and have them work their magic – mixing and mastering it in the way that has made them a household name in the clubbing community and set them as sought after producer/remixers.

The competition closing date is May 7th, 2012.

Freemasons have also put together a free sample pack which contains sounds not included in their forthcoming Loopmasters release. The pack is available as a free download for Loopmasters Facebook fans.

More information: Loopmasters / Freemasons Competition