Producertech releases Arranging Techniques with Push

Producertech has launched Arranging Techniques with Push, a video tutorial by Paul Maddox.

Arranging Techniques with Push

Concluding his three part series, teaching the fundamentals of House production using Ableton Push, Paul Maddox returns to give you the lowdown on arrangement and automation, completing the track he began in parts 1 and 2. As a solo artist and as part of the duo Spektre, Paul has had numerous releases on popular labels and support from headline DJ acts across the globe. His wealth of experience combined with his knowledge of Live and passion for teaching come together in this series of tutorials, as he imparts professional tips and tricks in a clear and concise manner.

In this final instalment, Maddox takes you through preparing the parts created in the previous sections for arrangement, covering various button modes and the creation of scenes, before assigning new effects and device macros, with intuitive settings that add excitement and dynamic movement to the track. Scenes are then recorded into arrangement view, with drum fills triggered in real time, after which Maddox adds the sheen, recording parameter automation that keeps the soundscape fluid and builds up the excitement, whilst the solid beats pump underneath.

Accompanying the lessons is a download pack that contains over 100MB of House FX samples, courtesy of Loopmasters, giving you the tools to add exciting sounds to your own arrangements, as well as the Live set from the course.

The course is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

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Modal makes NAMM debut with modulus.002 synthesizer

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Modal Electronics has announced it will be show its modulus.002 analogue/digital hybrid polysynth at The NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

Modal Electronics modulus.002

Within five months of its July 2014 launch as modulus.002, this high-flying, highly-specified analogue/digital hybrid super-synth with 12 discrete voices of polyphony is impressively in the hands of a highly-satisfied international customer base now nudging into three-figure territory. That includes some well-known names… though, being British, Modal Electronics is not into name-dropping. Drop-dead gorgeous in both looks (with all-important voice parameters always accessible via a well-thought-through, hands-on user interface that also includes an unrivalled high-quality, context-sensitive 4.3-inch screen with wide viewing angle, and much more besides) and, most importantly, sound — surely speaks volumes about the volumes being sold so swiftly, 002 has played a significant role in proving that whoever said that the high-end hardware synthesiser market is dead is dead wrong!

Which is exactly why the company has been spurred into working on a range of followup product launches for 2015 and beyond. By bolstering its team with the welcomed appointment of William Neen, former CEO of Foxconn Europe, to the board of directors as company CFO, it now benefits from a wealth of electronics industry and manufacturing expertise to help it in realising its ambitious vision. Very exciting developments lie ahead, so watch this space…

Speaking of which, the company started to reconsider its Modulus ‘branding’ and concluded that it needed one more readily reflecting what it is looking to achieve in the long term. Though the Modulus trading name dates back to when current company co-founder and director Paul Maddox made his much-admired MonoWave synthesiser in 1999, by becoming aware of the reemergence from bankruptcy of a non-related MI industry company also known as Modulus, Maddox and his fellow directors decided to create a unique brand by also using The NAMM Show 2015 as the perfect platform to announce that it will be now known as Modal Electronics going forward.

As a breakthrough British company, Modal Electronics has taken the brave decision of investing a not inconsiderable sum to showcase the 002 in Hall C, Booth #4907 at The NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California. There the Modal Electronics team would be delighted to meet and greet all visitors and also demonstrate the latest software developments that are all set to make this easily updatable super-synth superfine. Come check it out.

002 is available to purchase for £2,995 GBP (plus VAT).

More information: Modulus Music

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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.

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Modulus launches modulus.002 synthesizer

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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.

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