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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 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

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Producertech launches Mastering Now – The Complete Guide & An Industry Example video tutorials

Producertech Mastering Now

Producertech are proud to present 2 brand new Mastering courses, available now at Music-Courses.com.

Both courses have been created by Nicholas D’Ombrain, the director of Zeitgeist Mastering, who crams his years of experience mastering big names and record labels across Berlin and beyond into this series of tutorials, in order to pass on his valuable tips and mastering know-how.

The first course, Mastering Now – The Complete Guide, is a comprehensive, in-depth look at audio mastering and will give you exactly what you need to begin or go further with your audio mastering with real confidence. The course consists of over 6 hours of dedicated mastering tutorials, including 3 real life example tracks mastered from start to finish, a guide to the tools of the trade, some of the more secret tools and processes used, and a look at how to improve your critical decision making. There is undoubtedly something in this course for everyone!

The second course, An Industry Example, is an hour-long step-by-step guide to mastering a dance track from start to finish, using predominantly Waves plug-ins. This is also one of the last three example tracks from the Complete Guide, so anyone wanting to try out that course can sign up to this shorter course first to see an example of the content and delivery, before deciding whether to upgrade to the full course, which can then be done at a discounted rate.

After signing up to the course, students can access the streamed module movies 24/7 for as long as they need, allowing them to be watched and rewatched until everything has sunk in. At any point, Nicholas and the other Producertech tutors can be contacted via the forum, which allows Music Courses students and any mastering enthusiasts to discuss issues and interact with one another.

Sign up to the Music Courses website today to check out the trailer movies and sample module from the courses, which include a free pre-mastering lesson, covering the necessary steps and essential tips to preparing your track for optimum mastering results.

The courses are available to purchase at 15 EUR for An Industry Example and 60 EUR for The Complete Guide.

More information: Music-Courses / Mastering courses

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Hal Leonard publishes Making the Scene: Nashville

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Hal Leonard Books has announced Making the Scene: Nashville, a step-by-step guide by Liam Sullivan, showing you how to live, network, and succeed in Nashville.

Hal Leonard Making the Scene: Nashville

How hot is Nashville? So hot that when ABC was looking for a setting for a musical/drama series to compete with Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, it landed in Music City, U.S.A. Aspiring singer-songwriters, country music fans, and musicians of all stripes inspired by ABC’s Nashville to move to country music’s hometown will find a wealth of invaluable information about what it will take to make their mark in Making the Scene: Nashville – How to Live, Network, and Succeed in Music City by Liam Sullivan.

One could argue that moving to Nashville is the easy part. Getting acclimated and gaining a foothold in the Nashville music scene can be another story. Making the Scene: Nashville addresses those challenges, while serving as a comprehensive guide for musicians and artists looking to move to and establish themselves in the city. Making the Scene: Nashville is filled with interviews with Music Industry professionals, who provide insight into how the music scene in Nashville works and what the best plan of attack is for hitting the big time.

There are also uplifting and heartwarming interviews with singer-songwriters from around the country who have made the move and embrace Nashville as their new musical home. Music venues in Nashville are plentiful and bustling with singers and songwriters every night, and Sullivan lays out a step-by-step approach to figuring out not only how to get gigs, but also understanding how the music business in Nashville works. With the help of interviews with a host of Music Row professionals, Making the Scene: Nashville covers every facet of Nashville’s music scene: from tips to performing “live” to understanding music publishing terms that every musician should know. Sullivan explains the best way to approach an open mic or writer’s night, and maps out the most musician-friendly neighborhoods. He also looks at Nashville’s hundred years of music history, important to know when speaking with music publishers and executives alike.

Van Morrison once said, “Music is spiritual, but the music business is not.” From where to buy gear to where to see live music and where to network and exchange ideas with other musicians, Making the Scene: Nashville provides the tools newcomers will need to meet the challenges of the business and make the move to Nashville.

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Making the Scene: Nashville

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Hal Leonard publishes The Power in Cubase – Tracking Audio, MIDI, and Virtual Instruments

Hal Leonard Book The Power in Cubase

Hal Leonard Books has published The Power in Cubase by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.

This comprehensive, thoughtful, and engaging guide is written to help the new user master the ins and outs of Cubase.

Consider this: Cubase is a program that will turn your computer into a complete recording studio. That is, Cubase can create virtually every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a “real” studio, including a few components that don’t exist in the hardware realm. Imagine the challenge of sitting at a large mixing desk and being expected to use all that technology to produce professional recordings. Well, by installing Cubase on your computer, that’s exactly what you’ve expected of yourself. Knowing how daunting that task sounds, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, if not disillusioned.

The Power in Cubase: Tracking Audio, MIDI, and Virtual Instruments will help you get started so that you can use Cubase to your full benefit. It is specifically written to allow a new user to quickly get started with Cubase while avoiding a myriad of pitfalls. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Next, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations. You’ll also learn how to avoid common mistakes that can ruin a recording. Finally, you’ll learn how to properly record MIDI, instrument, and audio tracks. Whether they’re your own tracks or those of a client, you’ll achieve recordings in your own home or project studio that were recently considered unobtainable without a big studio. And you’ll discover Cubase is easier to learn than you may have expected.

The book is available for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / The Power in Cubase

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Hal Leonard publishes Music 3.0 Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age

Hal Leonard Books has announced the release of Music 3.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age, a book by by veteran music and technology author Bobby Owsinski.

Music 3.0 Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age

Music 3.0 is a completely updated edition of the original best seller, featuring the latest music business and social media concepts as well as brand-new interviews with a variety of the industry’s top movers and shakers.

Music 3.0 not only looks at the music industry’s evolution and how we got to Music 3.0, but also provides the information that today’s musician or music business executive needs to take advantage of the new music industry paradigm. What has changed? Who are the new players? Why are traditional record labels, television, and radio no longer factors in an artist’s success? How do you market and distribute your music in this new world? How do you make money in this new music world? How do you develop your brand? How do you use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as marketing tools? What are the new technologies that are being introduced that will influence how we sell or market? All these questions are answered in the book. This second edition also contains new low-cost high- and low-tech tips for marketing and promotion.

Music 3.0 is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Music 3.0

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u-he announces new synth, tutorials & ACE manual

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u-he has announced it will be releasing a new synthesizer instrument soon.

We’ve been silent for a while, but far from idle! Urs and Clemens are still working feverishly on our NEW SYNTH. If all goes well, there’ll be a major announcement soon.

Ensconced in uhe’s southern outpost near Frankfurt, I have been making some more Zebra2 and ACE tutorials. Improve your programming skills in bite-sized, easy-to-swallow chunks: go to the uheplugins YouTube channel

The ACE User Guide has also updated, with internal references, all recent features etc.. More navigable and more detailed, more like the new Zebra2, Zebralette, MFM2 and Uhbik manuals. Documentation is FUN (so there!)

More information: u-he

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