Industrial Strength has launched Bitz & Piecez, a percussion sample library by NYC percussion legend Bashiri Johnson.
The stunningly comprehensive Bitz & Piecez Vol.1 is testament to the Bash-man’s versatility and uncut originality. Culled from his decades-in-the-making personal collection of world instruments, it’s a head-spinning wealth of One shots, jungle-primed loops, and the authentic stems. This pack features over 1 Gb of Bashiri goodness at your disposal, there are grooves for any style you see fit.
A studio guru as well as a fabled live performer, Johnson is one of the most prolific and sought-after percussionists this side of the galaxy. Revered by producers and stars for his soulfulness and intuition, Bashiri is a world class musician and he has performed and recorded with the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.
Precise and powerful, Bitz & Piecez Vol.1 was recorded by NYC’s famed Roc Isaacs, who put to tape such names as Run DMC, Mary J. Blige, and Ziggy Marley. Isaacs rendered the cream of Bashiri’s collection in glistening 24-bit, 44.1-kHz samples, while Industrial Strength’s Lenny Dee remixed all the stereo loops.
Ableton artist, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and nationally touring artist Erin Barra will be discussing and demonstrating the new Ableton Push instrument at Tekserve, on July 18th.
Join us for an evening hosted by Ableton’s Huston Singletary and Tekserve, as they discuss Push and Live 9 with Erin Barra along with revealing tips and tricks of Push, Max for Live and Suite 9.
Giveaways sponsored by Ableton, Tekserve and Moog. A Q&A and after party will follow the event.
The event will be webcast globally via Livestream on http://erinbarra.com/
The event takes place at Tekserve (119 West 23rd Street, NYC) on Thursday, July 18th, 7pm.
Download Erin Barra’s latest mixtape, Comma at Bandcamp.
The Loop Loft has launched The Bunker Sessions Vol. 1, a collection of over 5.6 GB of loops and multitrack sessions by Charlie Hunter and Eric Harland.
Recorded at the world-class Bunker Studios in NYC, seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and jazz drum master Eric Harland bring the inimitable soul and feel of live musicians, playing together at the top of their game, to anyone’s tracks.
The Bunker Sessions Vol 1 focuses on laid back pocket grooves and syncopated funk. Each session is meticulously organized and edited, allowing you to quickly drag and drop the loops and multitrack sessions to create your own custom arrangement.
Loopmasters has announced New York Rap Acapellas Part 2, a collection of rap acapellas by Monster Sounds, featuring some of the best MC’s in NYC.
Many times in the studio you hit a wall when making a tune. The need for an MC to take the track from being great to being a remembered banger is so simple but tricky if you don’t know any decent mic controllers.
Monster Sounds label bosses Aquasky / BlackNoise have been fortunate over the years to have befriended and associated with many great vocalists and here they continue in the successful Rap Acapella series bringing the authentic performances to your studio.
Taking up where NY rap left off Their ‘go to’ man for this pack again was friend Dan Walker aka the awesome NineLives The Cat. Residing in Brooklyn, Dan has appeared on many great house and breakbeat tunes over the years with appearances on projects by Kelevra, Rennie Pilgrem, Ninja Sonik and Costello amongst a host of others. Dan is also part of the helter skelter art punk outfit “The Deathset” who have just recently signed to Steve Aokis “Dimmak” and who have been lucky enough to have had both Diplo and Spankrock adding flavours to their sounds on past records. NineLives has a plethora of past and upcoming original records many of which have been put out most recently by Boogie Boutique and Roca Records and has played a variety of underground NY parties pushed by the likes of Knife Fight and Radical Outing. NineLives The Cats tongue in cheek style is reminiscent of early Beastie Boys/RUN DMC styles of the 80′s.
New York Rap Acapellas Part 2 features
651 MB content, 24-Bit Quality.
286 vocal loops.
216 one shot vocals and phrases.
286 REX2 files.
5 soft sampler patches for Kontakt, HALion, EXS24, NN-XT and sfz.
Apple Loops, Ableton Live Pack and Reason Refill available to purchase separately.
The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £34.95 GBP.
Big Fish Audio has released Hustle: NYC Beats, a collection of 35 construction kits of pure NYC hip hop.
Big Fish Audio is proud to present 35 construction kits of straight up east coast hip hop loops and sounds.
Produced in the styles of East coast hip hop greats, Hustle: NYC Beats has breakouts for each element in the construction kit. Full multitrack drums and drum hits folders are also included in this loop pack to give you total control over the beat. Recorded in the highest 24-bit quality and edited to perfection, this construction kit loop library is ready to drop straight into your latest project and shine.
Offered in Apple Loops, Acidized WAV and REX files, sound design has never been easier. these loops are compatible with every major DAW and sound editing software on the market, and the looping capability makes it easy to quickly arrange and produce tracks with custom beats and personal touch.
The sample library is available to purchase for $99.95 USD.
Dubspot has announced it continues to grow in 2012 with cutting-edge classrooms and new courses.
Over the past few years, Dubspot has grown from a single classroom in New York City’s West Village to a global institute, attracting students from all around the world. This rapid growth has led us to expand our course offering from Dubspot Online and build a whole new floor in our New York facility with four state of the art classrooms.
Each room is acoustically treated and equipped with the latest music technology for music production, sound design, mixing, software – based mastering and electronic music performance. Classes are kept intimate so that each student can work with our instructors to find and sculpt his/her own sound.
We are very proud of our new classrooms and hope you will come explore them for yourself. In the meantime, take a look at this video along with the photos below to catch a glimpse of the expansion process and see what we have been up to.
Ableton Live Producer Certificate: NYC 2/27
Sound Design Certificate Program: NYC 4/17 & 4/18
Reason: NYC 3/14
Mixing & Mastering: 3/13 & 3/25
Online courses in Digital DJing w/ Traktor, Ableton Live, and Music Foundations, just started and there is still time to enroll.
Dubspot and Propellerhead Software have announced a Dubspot Live Streaming Workshop with Hank Shocklee FaltyDL.
Live from Dubspot NYC, streaming worldwide on January 30th at 7 PM EST, comes an interactive workshop featuring Propellerheads’ latest creations: Reason 6 and their Best of 2011 list-topping interface, Balance. Demonstrating the innovative software company’s newest advancements is celebrated Hip-Hop producer Hank Shocklee (Bombsquad, Public Enemy, Def Jam). Electronic record label, Plane Mu, lends their producer FaltyDL to support the broadcast providing an Electronic Music point of view.
“It had layers and it kept going deeper and deeper,” says Shocklee about his earliest experiences with Reason. “I could put any sound that I want to put in there. You don’t need anything else to make a really great track. From a creative stand point it’s utterly amazing”
IMSTA FESTA comes back to New York for the second year running after a very successful inaugural event in 2010. This year’s focus will be on The Future of Music Technology showcasing what’s hot and what’s next for music makers around the world.
IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of the top audio technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. Anyone who makes music will benefit from this event in a number of ways.
IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event. Doors open at 11:00AM and we go until 7:00PM. Open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professionals, semi-Pros, hobbyists and students. All visitors must register on-line www.imsta.org. Early registration is recommended.
Lots of new highlights to come for 2011!
2010 EVENT highlights
All the top music technology companies gathered in a hands-on environment. MORE THIS YEAR!
Attendees packed in for the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series hosted by Shocklee Entertainment. These panels included industry heavy weights that coached visitors on how to get the most out of their music. BACK FOR 2011!
Visitors were encouraged to enter Akon’s Hitlab Song Competition for a chance to perform in front of Akon and win a record label contract. The first, second and third place winners also received software prize packages from world-class music software companies.
Just for attending, visitors received $100 of FREE software courtesy of IK Multimedia.
Finally, Mr. Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘funky drummer’ from James Brown’s band of the 60′s and 70′s made his first New York appearance in ages and blow the audience away!
IMSTA FESTA takes place 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday September 24, 2011, at the SAE Institute in New York.