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Producertech Ableton Live Training Weekends starting soon

Producertech Ableton Live Training Weekends

Producertech has announced that its Ableton Live Training Weekends by certified trainer Rob Jones are starting soon.

The Live Training Weekends are now taking place on the 18th-19th January 2014 for the beginners course and on the 25th-26th January for the advanced course. They are currently available at 20% off with code PLFB20.

Live Training Weekends features

  • 2 full days of software/production training with an Ableton certified trainer.
  • Instruction on Ableton’s Push control surface.
  • Free access to Live-Courses.com online level 1 or 2 course (worth £150).
  • £100 voucher for Loopmasters samples supplied for every attendee.
  • Evening’s entertainment of Live DJs and performers.
  • Additional demos of recent Focusrite/Novation hardware releases.

The course costs £295 GBP. Use coupon PLFB20 to get 20% discount.

More information: Producertech

Novation updates Launchpad app to v1.2 (incl. Audio Import)

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Novation Launchpad

Novation has released version 1.2 of its Launchpad music app for iOS, which now includes audio import as an in-app purchase.

The Audio Import upgrade transforms Launchpad app into a powerful performance tool for users that want to play original music on their iPad, with timestretching, Launch family integration, and full Dropbox integration for import.

Import WAV/AIFF samples by BPM with Dropbox (free Dropbox account required) and assign them to any Launch pad as loops or one shots. Whether from professional sample providers or exported from your own productions, combine your samples with built in and In-App purchased Launchpacks to create a unique library to perform with.

Changes in Launchpad v1.2

  • Audio import (via In-App Purchase) — Transform Launchpad app into a powerful performance solution to play your own original music (audio import via Dropbox).
  • Improved library manager — Browse categories, packs, and favourites.
  • Improved edit modes — New trigger and sync types.
  • Per pad volume edit.
  • Graphics overhaul.
  • Miscellaneous bugfixes and improvements.

Launchpad for iOS is a free download at the iTunes App Store. The Audio Import is available to purchase for £4.99 GBP / 5.99 EUR / $6.99 USD.

More information: Novation / Launchpad

justin3am’s clips and stuff in Bitwig studio

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Justin Sullivan wrote in to share this video of “clips and stuff in Bitwig studio”.

Here is a video I put together on Saturday. It covers some features of the Polysynth in Bitwig Studio. I’m using the Panorama P1 in Instrument Mode to control it.

More information: Bitwig

Producertech announces Live Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced Level Weekends

Producertech Live weekends

Producertech has announced the first of many live teaching events, starting in November with 2 Ableton Live weekends by certified trainer Rob Jones.

These weekends, one for Beginners and one for Advanced level users, include 2 full days of training on Ableton software and music production in general, as well as instruction on Ableton’s control surface Push, free online courses and £100 worth of samples from Loopmasters.

Located in Producertech’s new UK headquarters, the Echoplex Studio complex in Eastbourne, these events allow students the opportunity to interact directly with certified trainer and online course creator Rob Jones, while he teaches the ins and outs of Live in detail to a class of no more than 16 people. Throughout the day, there will be exercises set, which students can carry out on the provided workstations or their own laptops, along with in-depth group and one-to-one mentoring to maximize students’ experiences and learning.

The first weekend, for beginner-intermediate level users will cover all of the basics of producing with Live, right from the very start. Each area will be explained comprehensively and some more complex aspects like envelopes and modulation will be introduced, so both someone starting out and those with a little experience already are suitable attendees. The second weekend then goes deeper into mixing and sound design, looking at more technical aspects of producing and performing, to take a student’s skills to the next level, and is suitable for someone who has been using Live for some time and has a reasonable grasp on this amazing software.

Ableton’s control surface Push will also be shown, so that students can see a first-hand demonstration and have an improved understanding of how it works. There will also be some demonstrations of recent hardware releases from Producertech’s sponsors Focusrite, Novation and KRK.

Every attendee will be given an online course from Producertech – the level 1 (Beginners) course for attendees of the first weekend and the level 2 (Advanced) course for the second weekend. These courses, worth £150, mean that students can continue studying online for as long as they need after the event. Any students who are already signed up to these courses will be allowed access to other Producertech courses, such as Paul Maddox’s Tech House and Techno course, up to the same value, free of charge. Furthermore, Loopmasters are kindly supplying all students with a voucher for £100 worth of sample packs of your choosing, from their enormous library of high quality samples!

Live Beginner-Intermediate & Advanced Level Weekends

  • 2 full days of software/production training with a certified trainer.
  • Instruction on Ableton’s Push control surface.
  • Free access to Live-Courses.com online level 1 or 2 course (worth £150).
  • £100 voucher for Loopmasters samples supplied to every attendee.
  • Evening’s entertainment of Live DJs and Performers.
  • Additional demos of recent Focusrite/Novation hardware releases.

You can sign up by emailing rob@producertech.com, to reserve one of only 16 places.

Producertech is offering rekkerd.org readers a 20% discount on all courses at Live-Courses.com, Logic-Courses.com and Reasoncourses.com. Use coupon code REK20 at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Producertech

Beat and Novation launch free Bass Station II sample packs

Beat & Novation Yin/Yang

Beat has announced it has released two free Bass Station II sample packs in collaboration with Novation.

Novation and German Beat magazine are giving away two sample packs of the new Bass Station II among their Facebook fans.

The „Yin“ and „Yang“ pack consists of 400 MB sounds and loops each: bass sounds, lead sounds, FX, arps and drum kits tweeked by Marco Scherer for Novation.

Best of all: Both packs also contain the new REX compatible SFZ player and loop engine „Zampler/RX“ (VST & AU) based on the well known Dune synthesizer by Synapse Audio.

The sample packs are free to Novation and Beat Facebook fans.

More information: Beat (Facebook) / Novation (Facebook)

Novation intros Launchpad Mini & Launch Control

Novation Launchpad Mini

Novation has introduced the Launchpad Mini and Launchpad Control, two new controller units.

Launchpad Mini

The Launchpad Mini is a compact version of the celebrated Novation Launchpad, featuring 64 three-colour launch pads and 16 performance buttons that enable you to produce and perform music with your iPad® – as well as your PC or Mac.

Launchpad Mini is part of the growing ‘Launch’ family of music-making gear. Partner Launchpad Mini with its bigger brother Launchpad S, grow your studio with a Launchkey or Launchkey Mini, and add high quality rotary controls with Launch Control.

They all work together to give you control over the Novation iPad apps – including the Launchpad iPad app and the Launchkey iPad app.

Launchpad Mini features

  • Compact Launchpad with the same powerful functionality as the Launchpad S.
  • 64 three-colour Launch pads – play loops, samples, sounds, and also control effects on iPad, Mac or PC.
  • 16 additional three-colour performance buttons.
  • Fully integrated with Novation’s Launchpad app for iPad.
  • Effortless integration with Ableton Live, just like the celebrated Launchpad.
  • The same high level of integration with FL Studio 11 as Launchpad S.
  • Connects directly to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included).
  • Tough, compact, trustworthy design.
  • Combine with the growing Novation Launch family of products for even broader integration with your music production software and apps.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for Mac or PC – plus Launchpad app for iPad.

The Launchpad Mini is scheduled for release in October 2013, priced at MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD at dealers.

Launch Control

The Launch Control is a robust, compact controller with 16 assignable knobs, eight three color launch pads, and four function keys – designed to be the perfect partner to Launchpad.

The perfect partner to Novation Launchpad, Launch Control works with all major music software – and with the iPad. Launch Control’s three colour pads can be used to play loops and samples, while the knobs can tweak filters, effects, levels, panning, and more.

Launch Control is the perfect partner for Novation’s Launchpad, the controller that changed the face of modern music performance with its grid of 64 multicoloured pads. To Launchpad, Launch Control adds 16 knobs, enabling you to transform performances and studio workflow – and another eight three colour launch pads.

Novation Launch Control

Launchpad Control features

  • Compact control surface with 16 knobs and eight three colour pads.
  • Perfect partner for Novation’s Launchpad, Ableton Live and FL Studio – plug and play with the built-in mappings, create your own and MIDI-learn parameters.
  • Integrates perfectly with the Launchpad app for iPad – control volumes and filters with the knobs, and trigger FX and clips with the pads.
  • Tough, portable and bus-powered – even from an iPad.
  • 448 controls using 16 on-board templates – eight factory templates and eight user templates to create and save your own control setups.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite – the music production software used by countless leading artists to produce and perform – and an extensive Loopmasters sample pack.

The Launch Control will be available in September 2013, priced at MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD at dealers.

More information: Novation

Novation releases Supernova Soundpack Vol.2

Novation Supernova Soundpack Vol 2

Novation has announced the release of Supernova Soundpack Vol.2, a free collection of sounds for the UltraNova or MiniNova synthesizers.

Download Volume.2 of the Supernova soundpack here and transform your UltraNova or MiniNova into the original Novation virtual analogue monster.

Another 64 sounds from original sound designer Phill Macdonald.

The soundset is a free download.

More information: Novation / Supernova Soundpack Vol.2

Novation intros Launchkey Mini controller

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Novation has announced the Launchkey Mini, a compact new mini-key instrument/controller.

Novation Launchkey Mini

Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads – use them to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition Launchkey Mini features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.

Launchkey Mini works immediately with the new free-to-download Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and gives you hands-on control of major Mac and Windows based music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.

Launchkey Mini features

  • Go anywhere, play anywhere — Launchkey Mini is fully powered by iPad or USB – no need for power sockets or batteries – and it’s ultra-lightweight and easy to carry.
  • 25-note mini-keyboard — Fast action synth-style mini keys ideal for modern playing techniques.
  • 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads — Launch loops, samples, effects and more and get direct visual feedback.
  • Knobs and buttons for total control — Eight knobs, seven function buttons, and two performance buttons to enhance and control your sounds in real time.
  • Free software for iPad, PC, and Mac — Launchkey Mini is a fully-integrated instrument with the Novation apps for iPad, and provides hands on control of the included synths and music software for your Mac or PC.

The Launchkey Mini will be available to purchase in September 2013, priced MSRP $124.99 USD / $99.99 USD street.

More information: Novation / Launchkey Mini