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Sample Magic announces five-day Summer School

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After two years running its Secrets of House Music Production weekend course, Sample Magic has announced the first ever Summer School, a five-day music production class for producers of all electronic genres, from house and techno to dubstep and beyond.

Sample Magic Summer School

This in-depth course covers every aspect of electronic music production – from beats to bass, synths to vocals, FX to arrangement and mixdown to mastering – guided by expert Sample Magic tutors and sound-designers in the facilities of Alchemea College in the heart of London.
Led by producer, lecturer and Future Music regular

Bruce Aisher and with guest sessions from leading music industry professionals – including mastering engineers, music lawyers and Sample Magic co-founder Sharooz – attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the tools and techniques used to create cutting-edge dance music, as well as insights into the wider workings of the electronic music industry – from recording contracts and publishing to copyright and business know-how.

Hands-on learning is fundamental to the course, with plenty of time allocated to refine individual skills with tutors on hand to answer questions. Not only does every attendee use their own music workstation, they will also get our hands dirty with classic outboard and learn studio techniques for recording vocals.

Attendees also receive:

  • A copy of The Secrets of House Music Production.
  • A copy of Paul White’s The Producer’s Manual.
  • £150 Sample Magic gift voucher.
  • Alchemea course credit voucher.
  • Free mastering of a track of their choice at one of the world’s leading mastering houses.
  • Continental breakfast each day.
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day.

The Sample Magic summer school costs £540 GBP and takes place Monday 3–Friday 7 Sept 2012.

More information: Sample Magic / Summer School

Sample Magic announces Summer School – Earlybird tickets now on sale

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Sample Magic has announced its Summer School music production class.

Sample Magic Summer School
Summer School: Led by producer, lecturer and Future Music regular Bruce Aisher, with guest sessions from leading music industry professionals incl. Sample Magic co-founder Sharooz.

After two years running our Secrets of House Music Production weekend course and countless requests, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Sample Magic Summer School – a five-day music production class for producers of all electronic genres, from house and techno to dubstep and beyond. And for a limited time we are offering an early-bird 10% discount.

This in-depth course takes you through every aspect of electronic music production – from beats to bass, synths to vocals, FX to arrangement and mixdown to mastering – guided by expert Sample Magic tutors and sound-designers in the award-winning facilities of Alchemea College in the heart of London.

The Summer School will take place Monday 3 September – Friday 7 September, 2012. Tickets are now available to purchase for £540 GBP (10% off regular).

More information: Sample Magic / Summer School

Rik Simpson installs SSL Matrix mixing console in Coldplay’s Beehive Studio

Solid State Logic has announced that Rik Simpson has installed a Matrix mixing console with inbuilt signal router and multi-layer digital workstation control in Coldplay’s Beehive studio in North London.

Rik Simpson at Beehive Studio

Rik Simpson, Coldplay’s producer, invites us to the band’s North London studio to talk about how he records them, and about his long history with SSL, from working with the G Series as a fifteen-year-old to using the Matrix today.

Coldplay set up the Beehive in 2010, and Chris Martin asked Rik to be involved in the design and build of the new studio. The band recorded the majority of the Viva la Vida at the Beehive with Rik as engineer. Viva la Vida went on to win three Grammys and Rik went on to co-produce (as well as engineer) Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, at the Beehive last year. He tried out the Matrix in the process – and kept it.

The six-minute video of Rik talking about how he records and mixes the ‘Best British Group’ (BRIT Awards 2012) is available here: www.solidstatelogic.com/music/matrix/video.asp

More information: Solid State Logic

Sample Magic announces London 
Electronic Music Event line up

London 
Electronic Music Event

Sample Magic has announced the full line-up for the first ever London Electronic Music Event, with appearances from Ben Watt, Toolroom Records, Dom Betmead (The Nextmen), SoundCloud, Hal Ritson (Dizzee Rascal), DJ Magazine and more.

The London Electronic Music Event, 18-19 Feb 2012, is a weekend of production and business masterclasses incorporating hands-on tutorials, Q&As, round-table discussions and networking. It takes place at the award-winning Alchemea College, Angel, London.

Highlights include:

  • Toolroom Records > Building an electronic music brand.
  • Ben Watt > In conversation.
  • DJ Magazine > How to survive and thrive in today’s music industry.
  • Production workshops > Synth programming with Massive, Mastering alchemy: The gold standard, Bass and kick: A pivotal relationship, Mix bus processing, Taking dance music live, Songwriting and producing for the stars, Drum programming. Hands-on tutorials from author of The Secrets of House Music Production Marc Adamo and lecturer and journalist Bruce Aisher.
  • Business & Marketing sessions > Music business for the freelance musician, Working the blogs: The PR machine, Getting more from SoundCloud, 10 things to look for in a record contract, The perfect team for the solo producer, Six ways to make money in the industry, Identity & branding 101.
  • PLUS… > Demo doctor, exclusive goodie bag, discount shopping, licenced bar, breakout networking sessions and much more.

The event takes place Sat-Sun 18-19 Feb 2012, 9.30am-9pm, at Alchemea College, London. The event costs £140 GBP for the weekend.

More information: London Electronic Music Event

Point Blank launches 1 Year Music Production and Business Diploma Course

Point Blank London Music Production and Business Diploma Course

Point Blank Online has announced a new intensive 1 Year Music Production and Business Diploma course.

You: Love music – you eat, breathe and sleep it. You go out clubbing to it every weekend, you play in a band, you manage acts, you DJ, you want to produce music – whichever role fits you best, it’s a massive part of your life and you are determined to make your mark – to make music your career.

Point Blank Music College: Is the undisputed champion of music production schools, with courses that set you up with the practical skills to gain a foothold in the Music Industry that no other ‘institution’ can match.

Intensive Music Production and Business Diploma: Is full-on with a whopping 3 full practical lecture days per week; it consists of nine 12 week modules running concurrently over three terms and comes with as much practice time as you can handle in Point Blank’s award-winning studios in London. Class sizes are strictly limited and each student has their own state-of-the-art Apple workstation in class. Your tutors are professional music producers and artist management who have worked with successful recording artists ranging from Sugababes and Jamelia, to Florence and the Machine and La Roux, to Massive Attack, Calvin Harris, NERO, deadmau5, Kelis – even Bob Marley!

Exclusive Online Resources: As well as access to the Point Blank studio facilities 7 days a week, students on the Intensive Music Production and Business Diploma course gain access to an innovative range of online resources from Point Blank’s forward-thinking online school: Logic Beginners, Logic Advanced, Sound Design, Art of Mixing, Mastering and 2 genres specialities of your choice. These courses retail at £4,235.

The 1 Year Diploma is enrolling now for January 2012. Please call for details or to check out Point Blank’s facilities on the studio tour which takes place every Wednesday at 3pm. Call first to book a place on 0207 729 4884.

More information: Point Blank London

Producer Sessions Live 2011, UK event with tutorial sessions & hands-on recording gear

After a sold-out launch event in 2010, Producer Sessions Live 2011 features more producers, more gear and more opportunity for today’s music makers to get on the fast track to success.

Producer Sessions Live

Taking place at the state-of-the-art SAE London studios on Sept 3rd and 4th, Producer Sessions Live 2011 features intimate tutorial sessions from some of the biggest names in music production, alongside the chance to get hands-on with the latest hi-tech gear.

As the creators of countless chart and club hits, Artful Dodger, Dave Spoon, Nu:Tone, Danny Byrd, D.Ramirez, Stonebridge, Starsmith and many more will be giving you the chance to learn the tips and tricks that make hits for megastars such as Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Kylie, Kayne West, Robyn, and Tinnie Tempah in a series of workshop master classes.

Run by Future Publishing’s MusicRadar.com, Future Music and Computer Music magazines, Producer Sessions Live also features gear rooms filled with everything from mixing desks to synths and software, with experts on hand to demo the kit and answer your questions.

And get involved with Producer Sessions Live 2011 right now via our amazing remix competition. Head to www.soundcloud.com/producersessionslive and download the parts to Joey Negro’s No Sugar. Remix it, upload your mix to the PSL SoundCloud drop box and you’re in with a chance of winning a gear bundle worth over £3,000! The best remix will be chosen by Joey Negro himself and a panel of producers on the final day of Producer Sessions Live.

Day tickets for the Producer Sessions Live 2011 are available at £10 GPB including free entry to The Ministry of Sound’s huge Saturday night party where Producer Sessions Live will be hosting the Baby Box with exclusive sets from Steve Mac and Mat Playford.

More information: Producer Sessions Live

Confirmed Producer Sessions so far: Stonebridge, Danny Byrd, Adam White, Florian Meindl, Richard Dinsdale, Solo, D.Ramirez, Sharooz, Starsmith, Steve Mac, Kid Massive, Artful Dodger, Nu:Tone, Dave Spoon, James Reynolds, James Hockley, Tommy D and Dom Kane with more on the way!

P5Audio releases London Progno sample library

P5Audio London Progno

P5Audio has released London Progno, a sample library inspired by the entire Dance club demographic of London.

From the super clubs to the small intimate clubs London Progno takes a broad range of sounds from the London scene fusing them together and creating new fresh results!

With a new Genre taking shape ProgNo progressive meets techno seems to be the wave of the future this year and beyond.

London Progno features

  • Over 280 Progressive Techno Sounds and Loops. Including over 90 synth leads and dirty synths, nearly 100 drum loops and over 100 drum and percussion sounds in kits!
  • Additional fx sounds and a custom bass sine kit formatted for software samplers.
  • All loops are labeled with both the key and the Camalot wheel code.
  • All of the Loops are formatted for Acid Loops, Apple Loops and REX2. All of the samples and chops are formatted for software samplers.
  • With tight beats, swinging loops, and progressive pads London Progno is guarenteed to heat up your dance tracks!
  • Influenced by Artists such as Funkagenda, Paul Thomas Eric Prydz, Sonny Whaton and Jon Kong these loops and sounds will provide a solid foundation for your hot new productions!

London Progno is currently available to purchase for $21.24 USD (15% off).

More information: P5Audio / London Progno

Waves releases The King’s Microphones effect plugin

Waves has announced the release of The King’s Microphones, a special microphone simulation effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Waves The King's Microphones

Used exclusively by the royal family for speeches on momentous occasions, each of these three priceless microphones dating back to the 1920s and 1930s was tailored and tuned especially for its specific user: King George V, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth. Beautifully designed and decorated with gold, silver, and chrome adornments bearing the royal coats of arms, each is a one-of-a-kind aesthetic masterpiece with its own distinctive sonic character. The King’s Microphones plugin offers stunningly accurate recreations of the originals’ unique frequency responses, with three proximity settings for each.

Discovered deep within the vaults of EMI outside London by Peter Cobbin, senior recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios, the microphones were used to record music and dialogue for the film, the first time they had been used by anyone outside the royal family. Cobbin, who worked closely with Waves on the development of the plugin, commented, “It was exciting to know we had the very microphone used by King George VI, the central character of this film, and I thought how appropriate and inspiring it would be to have the microphones present at our recording sessions. The royal microphones are works of highly-skilled craftsmanship.

The King’s Microphones for Windows and Mac (native formats) is available to purchase for $99 USD.

More information: Waves / The King’s Microphones