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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samplecraze launches Jubilee Madness 2 for 1 deal

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Samplecraze has announced it is offering all its sample packs and sound libraries for a 2 for 1 deal, while Samplecraze is moving servers and redesigning its website.

Buy and sample pack or sound library and choose another product of the same value and email us with your selection and we will send it to you our compliments.

Grab this offer while it lasts as Samplecraze will be discontinuing the current library content and will be replacing it with very specific instruments and effects and libraries to compliment the new content.

The offer will last until the end of the month and it makes no difference how many products you purchase, we will match it with the same number/price. So, if you buy 5 packs, email us with another 5 packs of your choosing and we will send you the download link.

Thank you for your continued support of the Samplecraze brand. The new website will have fresh new content and will be focused on very specific areas of sound design and audio production.

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Samplecraze releases Pitch Manipulation production video

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Samplecraze Pitch Manipulation

Samplecraze has announced the release of Pitch Manipulation, the latest addition in the production video tutorial series.

The subject of pitch, what it is, how to define it and how to reference it has been a bit of a ‘dark’ subject for some as it entials understanding certain physical processes and that comes with the maths.

I have tried to keep this video simple yet informative with emphasis on using real life examples both visually and aurally with before and after projects.

The video is over 50 minutes long and is staggered in stages, so that the more experienced can skip to the relevant section.

Where relevant I have tried to provide as much information as possible so that you can experiment using the same settings and processes. Using popular software like Propellerheads Recycle, Antares Autotune, Cubase as the DAW, Voxengo Span and Sound Forge I am hoping that the priciples and techniques will translate across to your system.

This video covers all aspects of pitch manipulation using the most popular softwares like Autotune, Recycle, Span, Cubase and Sound Forge.

The Pitch Manipulation tutorial video is available to purchase for £4.99 GBP.

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Samplecraze releases Urban Dynamics sample library

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Samplecraze has announced Urban Dynamics, a new drum sample library.

Samplecraze Urban Dynamics

Urban Dynamics aims high with acres of low end kicks that will make you ill, biting snares that have been ‘thickened’ to dominate, squelchy and wet claps that fit into any composition, and the whole pack is nicely rounded off with fizzing hi hats and assorted percussion to help you get the best out of your beat productions.

A select, but thorough, selection of 312 drum and percussion samples are on offer here with emphasis on achieving seriously low and crunchy textures.

Although aimed at the Breakbeat and Dubstep genres anyone who likes a bit of low end will find a use for this sample pack.

Drums have never quite been the same since ‘phatness’ became the new genre.

Urban Dynamics is available to purchase for £11.99 GBP.

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