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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

Producertech launches Mastering in the Box with Ableton Live video course

Mastering in the Box with Ableton Live

Producertech has announced Mastering in the Box with Ableton Live, a video tutorial course from Zeitgeist Mastering.

This course achieves what no one thought was possible, including the person that made it! Producertech tutor Nick D’Ombrain, owner of Zeitgeist Mastering, has surprised himself with the outstanding results that can be achieved by mastering using only the devices that come with Ableton Live 9.

Currently residing in Berlin, Nick has worked with a huge number of impressive names from the music industry – Alex Smoke, Sascha Braemer, Orbital, D- Unity and Eric Volta to name but a few. With his vast array of predominantly high end plug-in mastering tools, limiting himself to Live 9′s devices seemed an impossible task. However, as 8 hours of quality tutorials proves, professional results are entirely possible, and this course shows you how!

Accompanying the tutorials is a Live Template Set, containing a giant Mastering Rack, constructed throughout the course, so students can open up the session and import their own tracks to get going straight away. In addition, there is a written Pro Tips Guide, a Mastering Flow Diagram and 8 Custom Mastering Weapons (Live Racks), which include an Aphex-style Exciter, a Bass Maximiser and various Stereo Enhancement Effects.

The course is now available to purchase at Music-Courses.

More information: Music-Courses / Mastering with Ableton Live

Dynaudio Professional intros Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation

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Chosen by Ear

Dynaudio Professional has announced the release of Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation, a paper by Paul Mac, which provides a practical guide to monitor selection by ear.

Choosing the right monitors can be a challenge in any scenario. To choose well from many candidate monitors for their multiple stereo and 5.1 monitor setups, recording studios and broadcast production facilities often conduct blindfold listening tests. They do this to make the best possible decision based entirely on pure audio considerations.

“Monitors must be the most overhyped and least understood part of the audio chain,” says Fred Speckeen, Global Business Manager, Dynaudio Professional. “Paul Mac brings together his own extensive experience and the seminal AES20 standard to this paper, providing a practical approach to selecting monitors via critical listening. Inspired by the fact that monitor selection by systematic blindfold tests is increasingly common at the highest levels of the pro audio industry, this paper covers the issues of listening environment, listening material and the listening process. Buying monitors is one of the most critical and expensive decisions each of us has to make in assembling a studio that’s a joy to work in. We hope that this paper contributes to making that process a success for everyone.”

The paper is available as a free download along with accompanying audio files for stereo and multichannel system configuration.

More information: Dynaudio Professional / Choosing by Ear

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

Hal Leonard intros Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard has announced that it has published Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers, a new Quick Pro Guides series book.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers is designed to help people who already have some familiarity with Digital Performer – or any other DAW software – jump directly into some of the extremely important and powerful capabilities of this incredible software. Author and noted DP guru David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993; he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers focuses specifically on music production, mixing, film scoring, and live performance. This important resource helps the reader get right down to the essential tasks, providing insight, tips, and tricks that help the creative mind link existing knowledge to the important activities most commonly implemented by DAW users at every level.

The accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Digital Performer

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

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

Backbeat Books publishes The Keyboard Handbook

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The Keyboard Handbook

Backbeat Books has announced that it has published The Keyboard Handbook, a step-by-step course in keyboard playing for musicians of all levels.

Beginning with the basics of posture and technique, it offers a series of more than 80 specially written exercises and covers a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles – from blues to rock, soul to funk, gospel to synth-pop.

The book helps to master even more complex styles, and the authors have built in progressive difficulty through the examples.

The Keyboard Handbook includes

  • a basic guide to reading music
  • more than 80 musical exercises showcasing a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles
  • expert tips on music theory, covering rhythm, scales, chords, and more
  • an introduction to MIDI technology and how synthesizers work
  • lay-flat binding for ease of use at the keyboard or with a music stand

The accompanying CD showcases a range of different electric and electronic keyboards, and features audio tracks of all of the examples shown in the book, allowing readers to work their way through each section at their own pace, while the lay-flat binding means the book is easy to use at the keyboard or with a music stand.

The Keyboard Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Keyboard Handbook