Producertech launches Making a Drum & Bass Groove with colo[r]

Producertech has launched Making a Drum & Bass Groove, the first part in a “In the Studio with…” series of video tutorials by colo[r].

color[r] Making a Drum & Bass Groove

In the first of a lengthy three part series, producers Chris Octane and Liam O’Mullane invite you to join them in the studio, where you can observe their methods and advanced techniques for creating a serious Drum and Bass groove. Currently producing as part of newly formed outfit ‘colo[r]’, Chris and Liam bring together a veritable mountain of experience in electronic music production, DJing and sound design.

In the first instalment, Octane and Liam create their signature drum sounds by combining synthesised and acoustic elements. Next, they create a pattern and apply processing and effects to give it the punch and power to carry the track. Their attention to detail is evident when it comes to designing the bass: expertly manipulating synthesisers, filters, and other effects, including altering parameters on the fly using an iPad – which interfaces with Live using Max for Live objects. Following this is a lesson in creating edgy, dynamic percussion using sampling techniques and expansive manipulation. To conclude, colo[r] fine tune the various elements to wrap up the foundations of their new track.

The tutorial course is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Producertech / Making a Drum & Bass Groove

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Loopmasters releases Astro Blakk by SP12Hundred

Loopmasters has launched Astro Blakk, a new Raw Cutz series sample pack by SP12Hundred.

SP12Hundred Astro Blakk

Astro Blakk from SP12Hundred is a bouncing pack of Hip Hop nonchelance, comprised of Skunk infused dubby sounds, reverse fx, dusty rhodes, heavy kicks, mystic pads, shimmering chords, blues soaked vocals, emotive hits and filtered keys.

From sunrise to sunset this pack has a mood for every occassion and the sp1200 has been used and abused to create this unique collection.

The pack is available for purchase for £9.95 GBP.

More information: Raw Cutz / Astro Blakk

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Singomakers releases Sylenth EDM Superstars

Singomakers has launched Sylenth EDM Superstars, a collection of patches for the Sylenth1 synthesizer instrument by Lennar Digital.

Singomakers Sylenth EDM Superstars

This collection includes patches designed closely to the sound of Hardwell, Oliver Heldens, Ummet Ozcan, Knife Party, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, W&W, Nicky Romero, Sander Van Doorn, Dannic, Dyro, Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta and a lot more other EDM Superstars!

Expect to find 100 perfectly designed patches for Sylenth 2.2+. This Collection includes Phat Bass Patches, Huge Leads, Pluck Synths, Pads, Modulated Bass lines all with Macro control for tweaking, live performing and more!

So if you are trying to get that sound of TOP EDM labels like Spinnin, Revealed, Protocol, Size, Mixmash, Refune, Axtone, Flamingo, and others, this sample pack is 100 % for you!

The soundset is available from Loopmasters for £19.95 GBP.

More information: Singomakers / Sylenth EDM Superstars

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Review: Dread Recordings Vol 1 – Titan sample pack

Loopmasters Dread Recordings Vol 1 - Titan

Dread Recordings has teamed up with Loopmasters for a series of drum and bass packs by artists signed on the label of DJ and producer Ray Keith.

For the first volume in the series, Titan brings a sample pack featuring over 460 MB of loops and samples.

Birmingham Born and bred Titan started his musical journey as a sound engineer and whilst experimenting with MC-ing he grew more interested towards the production side and slowly over time built up a solid and mostly self-taught production skillset fired up by an industrious work ethic which to this date has earned praise by his fans and fellow peers alike.

The pack includes 52 bass loops, 82 drum loops, 10 music loops and 41 synth loops (also in REX format). The one-shots comprise 104 drums, 27 sound fx, 9 stabs, 37 synth noises, and 74 bass samples. Sampler patches for Kontakt, HALion, etc. are also included. All loops and samples have bpm and key info where applicable.

The bass loops are sub heavy, with a nice gnarly distortion on quite a few of them. The drum loops have good variety in tone and style, with most of them being 8 beats in length. From the music loops section I particularly enjoyed the ninja & korus flutes; the other loops (piano, violin, organ, Rhodes) didn’t stand out too much to me. The synth loops offer good variety of sounds with interesting melodies and tones. Nice job on the Shadow Boxing type sound (Doc Scott), love that one.

The bass samples are really good, musical and full of character with lots of filter action. Drum one-shots are nothing too special but useful nonetheless and the sampler patches include 10 drum kits made with these sounds. The fx samples are quite nice and in the music section it’s the same as with the loops; the ninja flute sample scores. Lastly, the synth samples offer a nice selection of interesting, well designed sounds.

Check out the demo below to hear a selection of sounds from the pack in action.

So what do I think?

Product: Dread Recordings Vol 1 – Titan
Format: 24-bit samples + patches
Price: £24.95 GBP
Like: Great loops, quality synth & bass one-shots
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 8/10

Titan delivers an interesting mix of old and new. A lot of the material has that Jungle vibe from the mid 90’s but with a more modern touch.

On the whole the pack offers a good amount of quality loops and samples, with the bass and synth sections being my favorites.

Loopmasters has a free taster pack available to download so go check it and see how you like these sounds.

More information: Loopmasters / Dread Recordings Vol 1 – Titan

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Loopmasters launches Halloween Sale – 30% off packs

Loopmasters has launched its Halloween Sale, offering a 30% discount on sample packs and sound libraries, including products by selected partner labels.

Loopmasters Halloween Sale

Our Loopmasters Halloween Sales have begun! Save big on a huge selection of sample packs from Loopmasters and a variety of labels. Act quickly, this offer ends November 2nd!

The sale ends November 2nd, 2014.

More information: Loopmasters / Halloween Sale

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