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Loopmasters interviews Goldbaby’s Hugo Tichborne + free taster sample pack

Loopmasters has released a free taster sample pack as part of an interview with Hugo Tichborne of Goldbaby Productions.

Goldbaby at Loopmasters

Goldbaby samples are purveyors of quality sample based instruments, with a passion for vintage drum machines and synthesizers. The label has a fantastic reputation for creating useful and interesting instruments for use in many different genres of music. With a huge roster of multiple award winning sample collections under their belts already, Goldbaby are also in demand by leading software companies for sample content, having worked with Native Instruments, FXpansion, Dave Smith Instruments, iZotope and XLN Audio amongst others!

The free pack includes samples from Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook 2, MPC60 Vol 3, SP1200 Vol 2 and When Alien Drum Robots Attack Vol 2. The download includes kicks, snares, claps, HH, Cymbals, Toms, FX and a few REX loops.

More information: Loopmasters

Hal Leonard publishes Behind the Boards – The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed by Jake Brown

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Hal Leonard Book has announced Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed, a book by Jake Brown.

Jake Brown Behind the Boards

The term “soundtrack of our lives” is one commonly tossed around by artists, fans, critics, and historians when discussing rock ‘n’ roll’s timeless hits, spanning every subgenre from pop to hard rock and country to new wave. Now, music biographer Jake Brown takes music lovers into the studio to see how that soundtrack was actually created.

Behind the Boards: The Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Records Revealed is the first definitive rock record producers’ anthology of its kind. Written for both fans and academic audiences interested in the art of sound recording and record producing, the book features intimate first-hand accounts of the making of some of rock’s greatest hits via interviews with the producers who recorded them.

“Every Breath You Take” by the Police, “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd, “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, “Beautiful Day” by U2, “When the Levy Breaks” by Led Zeppelin, and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC all are featured in Behind the Boards, as well as works by Bob Dylan, the Pixies, the Rolling Stones, KISS, Bob Marley, the Who, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, and many more. Brown’s research reaches as far back as Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album, Electric Ladyland, (Historic Studio A at Electric Lady Studios is shown on the book’s cover) and peers into the future with an exclusive look inside the making of Aerosmith’s upcoming album, Music from Another Dimension.

Featuring exclusive interviews with 31 of producing’s biggest names of today – or any day – including Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), Dave Jerden (Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains), Bob Rock (Motley Crue, Metallica, The Cult), Butch Vig (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins), Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice Cooper), Don Was (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Elton John), and Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon), Behind the Boards is the last word on how some of the greatest records in music history were made, told by the men and women who made them.

The book is available from Hal Leonard for $29.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Behind the Boards

Win Guy J’s Transitions EP sample pack by Loopmasters

Loopmasters is offering you a chance to win a copy of Transitions EP, the recently released sample pack by Israeli producer Guy J. This is the first in a brand new Artist EP series of sample libraries featuring full tracks and all components used to make those tracks.

Guy J

2012 sees Guy kick off an exciting new project with his close colleagues and friends at Bedrock: his very own imprint “Lost & Found”, a sub-label for John Digweed’s long running mothership where he’ll release music by himself and his favourite producers.

Then there’s the small matter of a release on Cocoon, one of the most highly regarded labels in techno and beyond, and some exciting collaborations in the pipeline with some other inspiring artists.

Loopmasters Transitions EP

He’s also launched a new series in partnership with Loopmasters which sees a full blown Artist EP released together with all the loops, hits and stems used to create it. Guy J – “Transitions” is a beautiful collection of four deep hypnotic House and EDM tracks together with all the associated sample used in the production of them.

This brand new concept takes four fully produced tracks from Guy J and gives you all the components used to make those tracks for you to dissect, remix and restructure all completely royalty free. Included are all the usual formats normally seen in our award winning sample library’s such as Loops, Hits, Rex files and Sampler Patches, giving you not only four fully mastered ready to play out club tracks but all the audio used to create it to play with.

All you need to do for a chance to win the Transitions EP pack is read the Guy J interview at LoopBlog and answer the following question:

  • What is Guy J’s main piece of studio gear?

You have until Sunday 23rd, 2012, 11.59pm CET to submit your answer.
The winner will be selected randomly from all the correct entries, and announced the following Monday. Good luck!

More information: Loopmasters / Guy J Transitions EP 01

Tom Salta talks on video games scoring and Spectrasonics

Tom Salta

Time+Space has posted an interview with Tom Salta on video game scoring and why he is a fan of Spectrasonics instruments.

“There’s something about Eric [Persing]’s sensibilities when creating libraries that really resonates with me and the kind of sounds that inspire me. I consider him the godfather of sound designers and I know he has inspired many of the people creating sound libraries today.” – Tom Salta

From working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Mary J Blige in the early days of his career through to composing soundtracks for some of today’s most popular video games including Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Tom Salta has established a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most versatile composers.

His album ’2 Days or Die’ (produced under the alter ego of Atlas Plug) has the rare distinction of every track having been licensed for film trailers, games, TV shows and commercials including last year’s Toy Story 3 trailer, and his game scores have earned him numerous award nominations including the MTV Video Music Awards and BAFTA.

Tom is a fan of Spectrasonics plug-ins so Time+Space got in touch with him to get the lowdown on why he uses the plug-ins, how he composes for games, and the gap he recently discovered in the sample library market…

And once you’ve read the interview why not enter the competition to win one of three Atlas Plug albums signed by Tom himself!

More information: Time+Space

Propellerhead’s Music Making Month an Unmitigated Success

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Propellerhead Music Making Month

Propellerhead just has capped off its tremendously successful Music Making Month, a series of activities that spanned the entire month of May to inspire and help people with their music creating endeavors.

During the month, Propellerhead held 25 live streaming interviews, clinics and Q/A sessions plus an additional dozen tutorials and videos with music professional and insiders on topics as varied as song inspiration and lyric writing to synthesis techniques and mixing/effects tricks to promotional ideas and placement opportunities. All sessions and materials are now archived and can be viewed at: www.propellerheads.se/mmm

“This was a great opportunity realized—to give back to our community by offering them access to the music people, knowledge and resources that circulate in and around Propellerhead,” said Ernst Nathorst-Böös, CEO. “We’ve been amazed how much the community itself added—making the live sessions networking events unto themselves through chat, links and other real-time conversations.”

More information: Propellerhead Music Making Month

Above & Beyond talk to Time+Space

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Time+Space Above & Beyond interview

Time+Space talks with ‘Omnisphere’ fans Above & Beyond about production toys, techniques and their new album.

With a successive ranking in the upper heights of DJ Mag’s revered Top 100 DJs list (currently residing at number 5), a steady stream of gigs around the world and a brand new artist album about to drop, it’s safe to say Above & Beyond are enjoying immense success right now.

The Trance trio, which consists of Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness, are known for their mixture of sleek dancefloor rhythms, epic hooks and song-writing sensibilities and are great fans of Spectrasonics’ flagship power synth ‘Omnisphere’.

For the latest of their online features, Spectrasonics’ exclusive UK distributor Time+Space interviewed Tony about the group’s success, their production toys and techniques, using Omnisphere and their views on ‘VST Trance’.

More information: Time+Space

Short links for December 3rd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

Designing Sound TV

# Designing Sound TV

Miguel Isaza introduces Designing Sound TV, Television for Sound Designers.

Could you imagine the concept of television re-imagined for sound designers only? How would that be?

How would be a Field Recording TV channel? or can you imagine a show where you can see how the sound of a recent film was done? or what about watching some channels where you can find other guys like you recording sounds outside the world? What if you could watch interviews with different sound designers each night while you drink a cup coffee?

Well, I’ve created something like that, but using the Internet. It’s called Designing Sound TV, a new website packed with lots videos about sound for films, video games, tv, and more. There you can find all kind of stuff on sound design, field reording, foley, mixing, and more.

# Hiphop Experience vol.4
Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm brings the fourth part in series of free hiphop drum loops (36 loops in stereo wav format, 24bit/44.1kHz, 43 MB).

# Music Kits #1: DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Music Thing is back! (though Tom notes that “Normal service will not, I’m afraid, be resumed…”)

After almost two years since the last blog post Tom Whitwell returns with a list of 23 DIY guitar effect pedal kits.

Music Thing DIY guitar effect pedal kits

Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent a few evenings building DIY guitar effects. It's fun to build things that you can use. If you want to get started, one of the hardest things is buying components. Try to buy a 10Ω resistor from Farnell, and you’re faced with a choice of 345 items. So, starting out buying a kit is a good idea. At least you’ll know the parts are right, even if when your soldering isn’t.

However, not many people sell kits. Despite the potential markup on a handful of bulk components, the customer service is – presumably – a nightmare. Here are 23 companies who will sell you complete component kits for guitar effects – many more people produce PCBs, or sell finished pedals. Stay tuned for similar lists on synths/noise boxes and tube amplifiers.

# Google Translate Beatboxing – If you haven’t heard about Google Translate’s beatboxing skills yet you probably spend a more than healthy amount of time away from the interwebs. Check it out, it’s cool.

# Home Recording Tactics

Home Recording Tactics

Jon Tidey at Audio Geek Zine shares some useful tips on editing & workflow as part of a series of 9 interviews with recording engineers from around the world.

What is Home Recording Tactics? This is a collection of audio interviews with 9 hard working, successful home studio engineers (including me). The interviews were led by Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. He got these guys to share all their secrets on a variety of home recording topics.

Also features sound design tips by Nick Maxwell of NicksTutorials.com

# Virtual Theremin Made with Kinect; Real Thereminists Will Make it Useful

Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn writes:

Who says technology has to move fast and die young? Leon Theremin may have been a full century ahead of his time, before computers, before transistors, before jet engines or atomic power or rockets.

ReacTable creator Martin Kaltenbrunner has a virtual Theremin prototype built with Microsoft’s depth-sensing, 3D Kinect camera. And what he really needs is some players of the real Theremin to help develop it.

SoundCloud Record

# Capture And Share Your Sounds

SoundCloud’s iPhone app makes it easy to record and share your sounds from anywhere.

Today, we’re excited about the release of the recording feature.

The Record button will make it easy for you to capture all kinds of sounds right on SoundCloud & with the iPhone app and share them from anywhere to everywhere on the web: your website, social network profiles or simply between friends & family.

# TouchOSC for Android released

From hexler.net:

Friends of hand-held devices not sporting the omnipresent “i” prefix take note: TouchOSC for Android has been published on the Android Market! And it’s free. Free as in beer.

Short links for August 10th, 2010

SONION + SuONOIO

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Interview, Workspace Tour: Alessandro Cortini’s SONOIO Album and Synth

Peter Kirn talks to Alessandro Cortini:

Call it cable addiction. Italian-born musician Alessandro Cortini, known for his live keyboard work with Nine Inch Nails, retreated into the studio with classic and contemporary Buchla modular synths to make “SONOIO.” Guided by his uniquely personal compositional style, he was able to wrangle that mess of chords and layers of analog sound into a genuine collection of beautifully-written songs, stacked high with Buchla timbral goodness.

Check some tracks from Alessandro’s new album below.

# Why Use High Sample Rates?

Tim Prebble writes:

This is a question I see often: if the final form of the project is 44.1kHz or 48khz, why bother recording at high sample rates? There isn’t any one answer to that question, there are lots of answers. But I thought it might be useful to illustrate a reason by using a real world example…. And if you cannot be bothered reading all of this, then just remember this: Plugins LOVE dense data!

Korg MonoTron

# Review: Korg Monotron

Tom Shear has had some time with the Monotron and shares his thoughts.

Whether or not the Monotron is for you really depends on your expectations. I've already outlined what it does best and if that sounds appealing to you, I can recommend you just place your order and get one now. You'll have an amazing amount of fun with this thing. If you're looking for a budget MS-20 to blast out some wall shaking basslines or other melodic bits, you're probably going to be disappointed.

Tom has also posted a free sample pack with some percussion sounds, sweeps, shrieks, and some tonal sounds from the Monotron. Get them here.

# The definitive Beastie Boys sample source collection

If you're a Beastie Boys fan Christmas has come early, folks. The brain/brains behind the sample source blog Miscreant Productions have compiled pretty much every single song that has been sampled by the Beastie Boys from Licensed to Ill to To The 5 Boroughs. As if that wasn't enough, they've even gone and thrown said samples on Megaupload for y'all to download. I know epic right.

In the words of the trio themselves “ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out”:

# Good-looking Ikeahacked speakers

Ikeahacked speaker by Charles Visnic

From Make: Online

Inspired by the classic spherical speaker array Instructable from user mzed, Charles Visnic created these cool wireless speakers by transplanting the guts of a pair of RocketFish speakers into some birch bowls from Ikea, mounted rim-to-rim.

# Makunouchi Bento – Swimé

Makunouchi Bento has released a free 8-track album, Swimé. Headphones listening recommended.

<a href="http://makunouchibento.bandcamp.com/album/swim" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://makunouchibento.bandcamp.com/album/swim']);">Rain Dragon, Hidden Genius by Makunouchi Bento</a>