Producertech intros Making Melodic Parts for House with Push

Producertech has launched Making Melodic Parts for House with Push, a video tutorial course by By Paul Maddox.

Making Melodic Parts for House with Push

Renowned producer Paul Maddox returns with his next set of tutorials, showing how to create a classic, retro- inspired House track with Ableton’s award winning Push hardware controller.

Having built a solid groove in part 1, Paul now adds numerous melodic elements, including a catchy vocal hook, chord stabs and arpeggiated synth lines, all programmed using Push’s wide variety of instrumental modes.

In addition to the streamed lessons, 100 bonus house samples from Loopmasters and the Live set are also provided, giving you all the tools necessary to make original melodic parts of your own.

Making Melodic Parts for House with Push features

  • New Tutorials on Making Melodic Parts with Ableton Push.
  • Pro Tips and Sound Design Techniques from Paul Maddox.
  • Comprehensive demonstrations of Push’s functionality.
  • Tutorials come with the Live Project from the course.
  • 100 House Melodic Samples from Loopmasters.

The course is available for purchase for 17.95 EUR.

More information: Live-Courses / Making Melodic Parts for House

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Modulus launches modulus.002 synthesizer

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Modulus

Modulus, founded in 2013 by Philip Taysom and Paul Maddox, has announced the modulus.002, he world’s first analog/digital music synthesizer designed for the Internet age.

Using high quality components, the Modulus.002 is a premium product designed to be the flagship in the Modulus range. The keyboard layout includes a semi-weighted, five octave key mechanism and has been ergonomically designed by musicians so that the hands fall naturally and intuitively to the controls.

It provides twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrility if required. Adding to the ease of use is a large integral display screen that is context sensitive, i.e. it displays the control parameters of any control knobs immediately when touched by the user. Quick recall banks enable preset sequences and settings to be stored for instant use such as during a live performance.

NCOs (Numerically Controlled Oscillators) are used for stability and accuracy while an analogue transistor ladder filter provides classic ‘warm’ sounds.

modulus.002

modulus.002 features

  • modulus.002 provides twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrality if desired.
  • Two oscillators per voice with two sub oscillators, which can be switched from being either traditional square wave to having the same waveform as the main oscillator – in effect making four oscillators per voice.
  • Analogue / digital hybrid architecture uses NCOs for very high resolution, and very stable oscillators. Over 50 different waveforms, ranging from classic analogue sounds to more unique digital shapes.
  • modulus designed 24db per octave four pole transistor ladder filter, with some very unusual morphing characteristics or ‘polesweeping’, enabling transition from four pole through bandpass to one pole 6db per octave, or anywhere in between.
  • Two LFO’s, one per voice and one global.
  • Extensive modulation options, all accessed directly from the front panel – no menu options!.
  • modulus.002 features a range of sequencing options – a built in 16 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with 16 dedicated step time editing knobs on the front panel and MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running.
  • A very highly featured arpeggiator with a wide range of different modes, including modulus ‘hold’ mode, enabling arpeggiator-based sequences to be created.
  • The modulus Animator, which enables any control parameter on the modulus.002 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced.
  • Superb UI, a great departure from the norm of synthesisers, featuring a very high quality 4.3? screen with wide viewing angle, display is context sensitive where the control parameters of any control knob that is touched by the user, is immediately displayed.
  • Twelve ‘quick recall banks’ are accessible directly from the front panel, enabling performing musicians to get rid of their set sheets and build set lists of presets, sequences and animations, all quickly accessible from dedicated front panel buttons. Up to ten banks of quick recalls can be created, making live performance a doddle.
  • VCF and VCA envelope generators.
  • Four Key Modes – Poyphonic, Monophonic, Unison and Stack.
  • Very high quality construction, uses a premium FATAR semi-weighted five octave key mechanism with aftertouch.
  • All voice control parameters are accessible from a well designed and intuitive front panel, that follows a traditional synthesiser work flow.
  • Pure analogue signal path with combined XLR/TRS sockets for balance / unbalanced outputs. Further, each of the twelve outputs can be brought out individually via a dedicated dsub socket.
  • Two audio inputs enabling audio processing from the VCF onwards plus external MIDI in and out.
  • XY joystick and Sustain and Expression pedal inputs for performance controls – any control parameter can be assigned to any joystick axis (X+, X-, Y+, Y-) by pressing the dedicated front panel selector button.
  • Ethernet port to connect your modulus.002 to your network and enable updates via the internet (no more midi sysex dumps) and access to the Modulus cloud features.

The synthesizer will be available August 2014, priced at £2,995 GBP, excluding VAT and local taxes.

More information: Modulus

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Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I

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Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I, a video tutorial course by Paul Maddox.

House Production with Ableton Push Part I

This is a course for anyone wanting to get into producing House music with Ableton’s Push, by one of the most respected producers of the last decade, Paul Maddox. With numerous releases under his own name and also his co- productions as Spektre, on labels like Data, Positiva, Tidy and Viscious, his tracks have seen support from revered DJs such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela.

On this course, Paul shows a hands-on approach to making music, using Ableton’s revolutionary control surface Push. Multiple drum tracks are created, sequenced, layered and processed, with parts played in live or programmed with Push’s step sequencer and then edited with the hardware controls. A funky bassline is then added to complete the groove, created from scratch with the Live Suite synth Operator.

Accompanying the lessons is a download pack containing the Live Set from the course and over 100 extra house drums hits and bass samples from the Loopmasters collection.

The course is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Producertech / House Production with Push Part I

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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.

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Producertech launches Techno & Tech House Production in Live 9 + 25% House courses

Techno & Tech House Production in Live 9

Producertech has introduced Techno & Tech House Production in Live 9, a music production video course by Paul Maddox of Spektre.

With numerous releases under his own name and his co-productions as Spektre, on labels like Data, Positiva, Tidy and Viscious, Paul Maddox’s music has seen support from the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela.

Here, Paul shares the secrets of his success, showing how he creates the track ‘Let You Go’ in a step-by-step guide. Sign up now to get 25% off!

Music-Courses House courses 25% off

Music-Courses is also offering a 25% discount on its House courses.

To give you more spending money for your holidays, Producertech are offering 25% off all our recent house production courses.

Just enter the following codes on the basket page to apply the discount.

More information: Music-Courses

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