Producertech has announced the launch of Maschine Courses, a new website offering quality online training for Native Instruments’ powerful groove production studio, Maschine.
The courses on offer range from complete guides, covering all areas of the software and hardware, to courses focusing on certain styles of music, like House and Glitch Hop, as well as a Producer’s Guide to Music Theory, with many more courses to follow.
The site has a sleek look and intuitive functionality, working well on all browsing devices, such as smart phones and tablets, making it easy for students to access courses from wherever they are in the word, at whatever times they like. Plus, all of the courses come with accompanying downloadable materials, such as Maschine projects, bonus packs of Loopmasters samples and Maschine kits, written notes and even projects that enable students to practice their newly-acquired skills.
The Complete Guide to MKII course is now fully updated to Maschine version 2, and also new tutorials are currently being made with Studio and Mikro, so very soon there will be complete guides to all three versions of the hardware. Many more courses are planned for later in the year too, including those that teach other styles of music like Drum and Bass and much more!
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Producer Tech has released the Complete Guide to Maschine MKII, a video tutorial course that takes you through every part of the Maschine v2 software and hardware, slowly explaining how each one works and the ways they can be used to create a variety of different styles of music.
The lessons begin by showing how a pattern is constructed, by playing the pads, or drawing in events. Then, there are lessons covering the various pad modes, including step mode, keyboard mode and various velocity modes, explaining how to use them and when they are most suitable. There are then lessons on Scenes and building arrangements within Maschine, the Sampling facility and how to record and edit your own samples, and finally 2 lessons on effects, that teach the full range of effects in the library and how they can be used as inserts or sends for processing sounds, groups and the master bus.
The course comes with written notes, as well as the Maschine projects created in the movies. Plus, there are 240MB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters included in the course pack. Before signing up, check out the free sample lesson embedded below, which provides an introduction to Maschine and the course.
The course is available from Loopmasters for £39.95 GBP.
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Producertech has launched Producer’s Guide to Music Theory with Maschine, a video tutorial course by Rob Jones.
If you own Maschine and feel you could do with a bit more knowledge on the theoretical side of music, to help you understand how to create basslines, chord sequences and other musical parts in a particular key, then this course is for you.
Created by accomplished music producer and classically trained musician, Rob Jones, the course begins by explaining the principles of the key of a song and what major and minor scales are, before showing how that knowledge can be used to make melodies or riffs using various intervals and chords, in order to produce basslines, a main hook, lead or pad sound, to create the main groove or form the breakdown of a track.
As well as showing many examples of all of the techniques taught, which are outlined in the written notes and saved into the Maschine project files that come with the course, there are also exercise projects, for practicing identifying keys and making basslines or chord sequences, to put your newly acquired skills to the test. Check out the free lesson excerpt below before signing up, for an example of the course content and delivery…
The course is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.
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Producertech has launched House Production with Maschine by Rob Jones, a video tutorial course for Native Instruments Maschine.
This course takes you through all of the stages of creating a classic, melodic, deep house track with Maschine, from the initial creation of the beats, right through to exporting the final mix, with virtually the whole process done from the hardware control surface.
After the beats are constructed in the first lesson, which is available as a free sample of the course, the second lesson shows how all of the melodic parts of the track are conceived, using the main chord sequence as the basis. A lengthy vocal sample is then edited, sliced and processed to form a number of different vocal parts, used throughout the track, which is then arranged and mixed, all within Maschine.
In addition to the Maschine project from the course, there are 4 Maschine kits supplied from Loopmasters’ Niche Audio range, as well as a bonus pack of additional House samples too.
The course is available for purchase for £19.95 GBP.
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Producertech has launched Glitch Hop Beats & Bass with Maschine, a new tutorial video by Defazed aka FracTroniX.
With a solid background in the heavier, darker side of production, having numerous releases under Defazed and Metaphra in genres like Neurofunk and Drum and Bass, he’s found new inspiration of late in Glitch Hop.
After the creation of his six and half hour set of tutorials on producing Dubstep in Logic Pro, he started to experiment with NI’s awesome Groove Production Studio, Maschine. The powerful software/hardware combo proved the perfect instrument for unleashing the heavy beats, twisted basslines, glitchy accompaniment and huge leads that produce the distinctive and highly appealing style.
In this first part, he guides you through the steps required to create a fat drum break and rude bassline to go with it, with bass sounds created from scratch with Massive and resampled in Maschine, then programmed into various patterns and mixed with the beats. The lessons come with the Maschine project from the course, as well as a bonus pack of samples from Loopmasters.
The video course is available for £13.95 GBP.
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Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I, a video tutorial course by Paul Maddox.
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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Producertech has announced the launch of its all-new Live Courses site, originally released back in 2009.
With core courses created by certified Ableton Live trainer Rob Jones, this site has become widely known as one of the best platforms for learning about the software and music production, at an affordable rate and during times that suit you best, all from the comfort of your own home.
With brand new tutorials made with Live 9, a vastly improved look and functionality, as well as updated technology that features optimum compatibility with all computers, tablets and phones, the new Live Courses is set to define new standards in online learning once again.
Accompanying the core courses on the site, for beginner-intermediate and advanced Live users, are a whole host of additional courses on certain styles of music or aspects of production, created by Producertech tutors Paul Maddox, DJ Fracture and Nicholas D’Ombrain, covering techno, tech house and drum and bass production, and also how to master professionally with Live’s built-in devices.
Live Courses is offering an introductory discount of 30% off all courses in March using the coupon code LCLCH30. Click on C on the Courses page to apply the discount.
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