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Loopmasters Ragga Vocals Volume 1, vocal samples by Ragga Twins

Loopmasters Ragge Vocals Volume 1

Loopmasters has announced the release of Ragga Vocals Volume 1, a sample library featuring vocals by the Ragga Twins.

This first Ragga Vocals release from the Ragga Twins on the Booty Farm label features long and extended BPM and Key Synced Raps which can be used royalty free in productions, and are expected to be featured on many Dubstep, Breaks, DnB, House and Ragga/Dancehall productions for years to come.

Never before has such a comprehensive collection of royalty free vocal samples been available for producers to use in their music – the lyrics are inspirational, delivery perfect and the sound quality is perfect for use in pro productions, and to form the basis of future hits throughout the industry.

With Nick Deekline producing this collection its easy to see how such a unique and exclusive set of samples were created with Dance music as the main focus. Famous for his mashups and ghetto style, Deekline has extracted only the best recordings and put them down through the very best equipment in a top London studio.

Ragga Vocals Volume 1 features

  • Over 1.8GB (wav) of royalty free 24 Bit Ragga Vocal samples between 94 – 174 BPM.
  • Total of 168 Long Vocal Acapellas consisting of:
    • 157 Vocal Loops in 24 Mullti Track Construction Kits.
    • 16 Bonus Acapellas.
  • Apple Loops, Wav loops and Rex2 Loops available separately.

Ragga Vocals Volume 1 is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Ragga Vocals Volume 1

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Sample Magic announces Secrets of House Music – The Course

Sample Magic Secrets of House Music - The Course

Sample Magic has announced Secrets of House Music – The Course, a music production course by Bruce Aisher and Sharooz.

Since the publication of our debut book, The Secrets of House Music Production, we have been inundated by requests for people to attend a course to learn the techniques and tricks of house production first hand. So we listened, and over the past three months have fine-tuned a brand new course, with the award-winning Point Blank College in London, and now we’re pleased to be able to offer a first set of dates.

Taking inspiration from the successful book Secrets of House Music Production, this intensive weekend course is aimed at Logic users and reveals professional tips, tricks and techniques to take your tracks to the next level.

Guiding you through the creation of an original track will be expert producers Bruce Aisher and Sharooz. Bruce has released tracks and remixes on many respected labels including Bedrock, Global Underground and Lost Language.

DJ, producer, label manager – and SM head honcho Sharooz – will present an insiders guide to the music business and host a music industry Q&A. His tracks have featured in sets from the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta and D Ramirez amongst many others.

PLUS! Every participant will leave with an exclusive goodie bag worth over £300 including a copy of the book, Sample Magic sample packs and a Point Blank T shirt.

“Secrets of House Music – The Course” takes place in London’s Old Street 3 and 4 July, 2010 11am-7pm. The cost of the course is £395 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / Point Blank College

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Native Instruments releases Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments Abbey Road 60s Drums

Native Instruments has released Abbey Road 60s Drums, the first of Native Instruments’ collaborations with Abbey Road Studios London.

This KONTAKT Instrument delivers expressive acoustic drums that combine detailed realism with flexible and nuanced control. Containing no emulations or acoustic modeling of any kind, this instrument consists entirely of high-quality samples of two vintage kits – beautifully recorded with period equipment in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio Two. The sound of ABBEY ROAD | 60s DRUMS can be easily molded from within the instrument itself, going from vintage to modern and taking in all points between.

Abbey Road 60s Drums features

  • Two highly sought-after vintage drum kits:
    • The Gretsch round badge White Marine Pearl (Jasper Shell) from the early 60s includes a 24” kick drum, one 13” and one 16” tom.
    • The second kit is a Ludwig Hollywood from 1967 with a 22″ kick, and 12″, 13″ and 16″ toms.
  • Snare drums include a Ludwig chrome Supra-phonic 400 (1966), Ludwig wooden jazz Festival (1966), Ludwig Mahogany (1959) and Slingerland Radio King (1964).
  • A selection of vintage Zildjian cymbals were used from the early and late 60’s, including a rivet cymbal dating from 1963.
  • Recorded using only the absolute best period equipment, including the legendary REDD.17 valve mixing desk from 1958, an EMI TG mixing desk introduced in 1967 as well as a valve Studer J37 4 track 1-inch tape machine from 1964.
  • Executively Produced by Peter Cobbin, Abbey Road’s Director of Engineering, recorded by Mirek Stiles and assisted by John Barrett and Kris Burton. Native Instruments sound designers Paul Maurer and Nicki Marinic were on hand to oversee the sessions. Drumming duties were performed by one of London’s top musicians, Ralph Salmins.
  • Over 29,000 24-bit, 44.1 kHz samples.
  • 6.3 GB library size, using the new Kontakt 4 sample compression.
  • Up to 30 velocity layers for a single articulation.
  • Up to 6 variations of drum hits at the same velocity for added realism.
  • Separate vintage and modern mic samples for direct, overhead mono, overhead stereo, and room mics.
  • Two snare options for each kit.
  • Separate Right and Left hand samples for the most common Snare, Tom, and Hihat articulations.
  • Snare Top/Bottom and Kick In/Out samples.
  • Optional snare bleed samples for many drums.

Abbey Road 60s Drums is available to purchase for 99 EUR. DVD Delivery starts on February 1st.

More information: Native Instruments / Abbey Road 60s Drums

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Loopmasters releases Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer

Loopmasters Meat Katie - Tech Funk Producer

Loopmasters has announced the release of Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer, a collection of dance floor ready grooves and melodies for the Tech Funk production elite by DJ/Producer and Label owner Meat Katie aka Mark Pember.

South west Londoner Mark Pember (AKA Meat Katie) has had a long history in Dance music. In his time he has recorded for such prestigious labels such as Wall of Sound, R&S Records , Kingsize, Bedrock, Perfecto, Great Stuff, Renaissance, Saw Pember has also remixed for / collaborated with Arthur Baker, U.N.K.L.E, Deep Dish, D.Ramirez, Peace Division, Chicken Lips, Robbie Rivera & James Zabelia, to name but a few.

Not satisfied with being a world class DJ and Producer the self confessed workaholic also found time to set up and run his own highly influential LOT49 imprint with Dylan Rhymes, which maintains a reputation as being a taste-making label, with over 60 releases under its belt featuring artists such as, Dubfire , Audiojack, D Ramirez, Elite Force, Lee Coombs, Robbie Rivera, Marco Bailey, James Talk and Evil 9.

Mark decided to take us back to the days when searching out loops in dusty basements and secondhand record stores lifting kicks & snare, bassloops & Hooks bits of vocals from films etc… this was seen as part of the creative process, finding a 4 bar loop that would inspire a whole track, mark has made it slighter easier for you by allowing you to get a taste of what can be achieved and how far you can diversify with his loops by his demo that moves effortlessly through the techy genres, still maintaining a moody and an overall feel, the very same feel has gained him a reputation as being a unique and influential Artist, very hard to pin down but the words ‘Tech-Funk’ just ooze out of this pack.

Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer features

  • 800MB Tech Funk Samples; 424 Wav Samples, 302 Loops.
  • 35 Bass Loops, 78 Drum Loops, 17 FX Loops, 33 Hats Loops, 52 Percussion Loops, 43 Synth Riffs, 14 Stab Loops, 30 Vocal Loops, 112 Single Drum Samples, 10 Synth Stabs.
  • 13 Patches for Reason NNXt, Halion, Kontakt, EXS, SFZ Samplers.
  • Formats: Wav, Acid, Rex2, Reason Refill, Live Pack, Apple Loops, Halion, Kontakt, EXS, SFZ, Live Presets and NNXT.

Meat Katie – Tech Funk Producer is available to purchase in various formats, priced at £24.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Tech Funk Producer

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Dark Side Of The Tune releases Queen’s English

Dark Side Of The Tune Queen's English

Dark Side Of The Tune has released Queen’s English, a spoken word sample library.

In this spoken sample library, unexpected vernacular contrasts with wholesome British correctness, delivering dramatic audio clips without the licensing hassles from Hollywood.

Drawing on the disciplinary pronouncements of London-based dominatrix Miss T, producers can add new life to composition through urban street jargon, master & slave instruction, retro cookbook text, fetish descriptions, and other miscellaneous sound bites. Tone is bossy, imperious and crisp.

Queen’s English contains 176 stereo samples recorded with tube equipment at 44.1 kHz. 24 and 16 bit files are offered to accommodate most samplers.

Queen’s English is available on DVD+Download for $29.99 USD.

More information: Dark Side Of The Tune / Queen’s English

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.7

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam of the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, has released version 1.7 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files, combining powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.7

  • A new “Insert Item At Selection” function on the Edit menu can be used to create Note and Region layer items whose time extents correspond to the current selection(s).
  • Interactively editing points in the Note and Region layers now works much more smoothly.
  • SV can now import MIDI files that use SMPTE timecode for event timing (importing MIDI files using with the more common timebase-based timing was already supported).
  • Time values throughout the display may optionally be shown in seconds and frames at various frame rates.
  • A crash on exit in Windows has been fixed.
  • A very unobtrusive user survey is now included.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU General Public License) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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Sonic Visualiser updated to v1.6

Sonic Visualiser

Chris Cannam has released version 1.6 of Sonic Visualiser, an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files, combining powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

Changes in Sonic Visualiser v1.6

  • The Colour 3D Plot layer now supports logarithmic vertical scale and linear interpolation options.
  • A new colour scheme (High Gain) has been added for spectrogram and Colour 3D Plot, which improves readability for some data.
  • Further performance improvements have been made to Colour 3D Plot.
  • Various other bug fixes.

Sonic Visualiser is available as freeware (GNU General Public License) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More information: Sonic Visualiser

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