Samplecraze release Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers

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Samplecraze has announced the release of Low End, a new eBook covering everything you need to know about the bass end in pop, dance & urban genres.

Samplecraze Low End

While a great bass end may not guarantee you a hit, failure here will scupper your chances, particularly if you’re working in urban, pop or dance styles. So bass, the bottom end, the low end — call it what you will — to craft a successful pop, dance or urban track, you need to get what’s happening in those low frequencies bang on.

Samplecraze’s latest eBook Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers takes on this vast and much misunderstood subject. Author Eddie Bazil has poured decades of dance and urban sound-design experience into this epic exploration of the bottom end, and the result is far more than a book about mixing.

Eddie covers everything from choosing classic sound sources like the classic Roland TR808 and 909 synths, to programming parts with a real feel — and parts that won’t cause problems when it comes to the mix. There’s plenty of practical advice on sound-sculpting using filters, both creatively and to remove ‘mud’ and avoid masking, on dynamics processing and ways to add ‘warmth’ using tube, tape and analogue gear emulations. All of the production tricks you’d expect to see in dance, pop and urban genres are explained in detail, from layering different sounds and parallel processing, through side-chaining your gates and compressors for pumping and other effects, triggering sub-bass synths, and modulation of various synth and effects parameters, to the many different ways you can use automation to your advantage.

The eBook is available to purchase for $25 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / Low End

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Samplecraze publishes Beat Construction: The Definitive Guide for Beat Makers

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Samplecraze Beat Construction

Samplecraze has announced that it has published the Beat Construction guide for beat makers.

Just as every great master’s painting needs a great frame, every stand-out tune needs a stand-out beat: get the beat right, and you can turn your OK tune a foot-tappingly infectious masterpiece. But while most DAW software gives you the tools you need to craft the perfect beat, but you still need to know HOW to do it — else you’ll end up with a robotic groove that impresses no-one!

Just what is it that makes a stand-out beat? How do you give your beat it’s own unique identity? What is it that gives Timbaland’s beats that special vibe — and how can you copy him? These questions and many more are answered in the latest e-Book from Samplecraze.

Whether Dre or Rihanna is your thing, or you’re more into dance, pop, old-school electro or trip hop, Samplecraze’s new bible of beat creation takes you on a practical hands-on exploration of the beat-making process, which will leave you with a deep understanding of how the world’s leading beat creators get the sounds they do, and, more importantly, how they inject that all-important ‘nod factor’ into their tunes.

Starting with the basic foundations of sculpting and layering individual drum sounds, there’s plenty to get the newbies up to speed. But it goes much deeper than that. For example, there are chapters on various slicing techniques, using modulators and new techniques to create 3D motion and stereo width. Author Eddie Bazil also reveals the secrets of advanced ‘ghosting’ techniques, and there’s a section comprising several chapters dealing with how to ‘rip’ the feel from commercial tracks using your DAW (yep, that’s right, you can steal the feel from your favourite track without sampling it and infringing copyright!). And in case you’re left in any doubt, there are workshops on building urban and dance tracks from the ground up.

As with all Samplecraze’s books, there’s a heavy emphasis on step-by-step practical examples, with plenty of screen captures from various software packages to show you what’s going on. There’s a whopping package of over 350MB of audio, MIDI and REX files that illustrate the points being made, and rather than compromise the audio by streaming it or compressing to MP3, Samplecraze have presented the files themselves as pristine quality WAVs. That way, you can listen to them and tweak them in your DAW as you work your way through the exercises in the book. And when you hear them, you can be sure that Bazil is a man who knows exactly what he’s talking about!

So… if you want to make cutting-edge beats, why waste time trawling through forums for tips and tricks from bedroom producers? This book has all the answers and has to represent the best $15 you could spend.

The guide (193 pages) is available to purchase as a download for $15 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / Beat Construction

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Samplecraze releases The Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial

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Samplecraze The Art of Drum Layering Advanced

Samplecraze has announced the release of The Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial by Eddie Bazil.

The Samplecraze Art of Drum Layering Advanced video tutorial continues where the highly successful book The Art of Drum Layering and the SOS Drum -layering Masterclass left off. Why wade through hundreds of drum sounds hoping to find the best one for your song when you can create your own unique drum sounds that will sit well in the mix without clashing with other elements or causing frequency smearing?

With over an hour of new content demonstrating all the techniques in real time, you’ll learn how to assemble new sounds using ADSR elements, how to morph them into new sonic textures using creative phase and phase cancellation techniques, and how to work with filters across multiple drum layers to avoid frequency clashes.

Eddie Bazil also reveals specialist mid/side techniques that add width, depth, and overall thickness to your final sounds, and even demonstrates how to stack layers for incredibly deep and hard-hitting drum sounds like those featured in his acclaimed DruMM libraries. If you need innovative drum sounds across a wide range of genres that slot perfectly into your mixes, this advanced video tutorial is the key.

The video tutorial is available to purchase for $15 USD.

More information: Samplecraze / The Art of Drum Layering Advanced

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Stretch That Note DruMM Elements—Drum modules for Kontakt released

Stretch That Note DruMM Elements

The innovative and experimental arm of Samplecraze, Stretch That Note have released DruMM Elements, the latest in their on-going range of the DruMM series entitled.

Elements concentrates on providing individual sample category modules: kicks, snares, claps and so on utilising the STN method of phase cancellation and M/S for ‘depth and width’ .

The first collection of 6 NI Kontakt drum modules, also provided as stand-alone sample sets, with serious warping and mangling tools, concentrates on kick samples. Affording extreme yet highly useful dynamic tools such as Sub Harm, Space, Saturation, Mash, Wreck, Presence and a host of others, DruMM continues the STN philosophy of ‘if it can be warped, stretched, mashed or bludgeoned then so be it’.

6 sexy GUIs carrying 360 samples with manic tools affords the user an unprecedented level of control over sample manipulation and ensures that the sheer size, depth and width of the results cannot be matched by others.

The DruMM Elements modules are available to purchase for $10 USD each; the complete set is $50 USD.

More information: Stretch That Note / DruMM Elements

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Samplecraze Clearance Sale—Discounted samples, sounds & videos

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Samplecraze has announced a “Clearance Sale”, offering a selection of its samples, sounds and videos at a discount.

As we are moving across to new servers with completely new content Samplecraze will now be clearing their current content of sounds, samples and videos.
Classics like the Inspired By Series, Mixtape Toolbox, Platinum Percussion, Galactic Textures, MPC 2500 Videos and much, much more are offered from as little as $5, amounting to a staggering 80% discount.

Grab these deals as the content will be removed by the end of September!!

The sale ends September 30th, 2012.

More information: Samplecraze / Clearance Sale

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