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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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Samplecraze releases Creative Force – drums inspired by RZA

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Samplecraze Creative Force

Samplecraze has announced the release of Creative Force, a collection of drum sampled inspired by RZA.

RZA, one of the Hip Hop elite, is responsible for a whole new style and sub-genre of Hip Hop. His sound is both instantly recognizable and unique and Creative Force is a tribute to that.

Continuing our best selling Inspired Series this extensive sample pack contains a variety of drum and percussive samples created in the style of RZA: consisting of 336 kicks, snares, claps, hi hats and percussive samples that have been processed using choice hardware to encapsulate the sound that is RZA.

Creative Force is available to purchase for £11.99 GBP.

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Samplecraze releases Harmonic Distortion production video

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Samplecraze has announced the release of their latest production video on the subject of Harmonic distortion – Odd/even harmonics, valve driving and tape saturation.

Samplecraze Harmonic Distortion

Today, more and more producers are turning to the wonderful world of tape saturation and valve driving to attain warmth and a full bodied texture for their production and sound design projects.

However, one needs to understand the subject of harmonic distortion to get the best out of any active gain staging equipment, be it for tape saturation or over-driving valves/tubes.

To do this it is crucial to understand the theory and application behind harmonic distortion, so this comprehensive video tutorial covers all the following topics:

  • What is harmonic distortion? How does it occur in tape and valve based systems?
  • What are active gain stages?
  • What are odd and even harmonics and how do they affect the sound?
  • How to create odd and even harmonics and blend them to create new textures.
  • What is hysteresis?
  • What is bias?
  • What are triodes and pentodes and how do they affect harmonics?
  • What is tape saturation and how do you process it?
  • What are the characteristics of tape?
  • What is saturation compression?
  • What is magnetic threshold?
  • What are grids?
  • What are valves and how do they work?
  • How to use tape saturation and valves plugins (ferox/ psp vintage warmer/ psp tape sat2/ voxengo tube amp/ nomad tape warmer/christortion)

The Harmonic Distortion production video is available as a digital download for £3.99 GBP.

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Samplecraze releases production video on Phase

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Samplecraze has announced release of their latest production video on the subject of Phase, what is it and how does it affect your mix.

Understanding what phase is and how it behaves is integral to any sound production project. It finds its way into tracking, mixing and sound design, yet it seems to be a confusing subject for many.

Total and partial phase cancellation can result in all sorts of mixing anomalies, so knowing what it is and how to rectify such issues is crucial. Moreover, phase problems can result in summing and masking that can instantly murder your mix.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – phase can be used to create new sonic textures and change stereo width.

This video takes you through the madness that is phase, explaining in detail what it is, how and why issues happen, and how to correct them, both when working with individual sounds during the design process and with multiple tracks during mixing and production.

Phase features

  • Sine waves: the relationships between frequencies and how their phase affects all audio.
  • Cycle counts: how the phase of one waveform affects the cycles of another.
  • Total and partial phase cancellation: how to detect and correct it.
  • Summing and cancellation of frequencies and their harmonics.
  • Aligning audio from mic recordings to correct phase.
  • Delay Compensation: using specific utility plugins, and realigning to correct timing errors.
  • Polarity Inversion: why it happens, how it affects mixes and summing, and how best to correct it.
  • Using phase cancellation in reverse to realign out-of-time audio.
  • Using phase in sound design: creating new textures through layering, cancelling and summing of frequencies.
  • Using maths to determine cycles and frequencies: which frequencies get cancelled and which are summed?
  • Using phase to create stereo width: examples used are snares etc…
  • Using a spectrum analyzer to calculate summing and cancellation of frequencies.

The Phase video tutorial is available to purchase as a download for £3.99 GBP.

More information: Samplecraze / Phase tutorial


Samplecraze releases Creative Effects – The Definitive Guide For Producers

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Samplecraze has released Creative Effects – The Definitive Guide For Producers, offering over 200 pages of production secrets that will help both beginners and more experienced producers and sound designers alike, accompanied by a massive 600 megabytes of before/after audio examples.

Samplecraze Creative Effects

Eddie Bazil has been a professional producer, sound designer, remixer, programmer and teacher for many years, has worked with some of the best in the music industry, and his experience really shines through in this book.

Chapter by chapter, the world of effects is painstakingly explored in a very practical way, with clear screenshots of all effects including all parameter movements and selections, plus copious audio examples that illustrate each point along the way, so you understand exactly how to best use each specific effect.

All the basic effects such as reverb, chorus, delay, flange and phaser are explored, along with more unusual ones like pitch manipulation, filters and formants, harmonic distortion and source and destination modulators. A huge library of both free and carefully selected commercial VSTs are also covered with in depth explanations and screenshots showing how best to use them, so you can follow the exercises yourself and experiment as much as desired.

Each chapter is devoted to a specific effect, while the final chapter delves into the world of more extreme and creative effects, using several in series or parallel to create completely new sonic textures, from warped vocoded effects to autotuned rhythmic sequences, from pitch manipulated delays to aesthetic sweeping pads, from dark dropping cannons to ghostly whispers. It’s all here and much, much more.

This book is obviously a labour of love, and goes much further than simply explaining the functions of every control, exploring their various further creative possibilities. For instance, Reverbs are great but room ambiance recordings using a microphone or adopting Impulse Responses are equally useful but far more interesting. Tape saturation is extremely useful, as is tube/valve, but have you ever wondered how they work, what the harmonics affected are? Have you ever wondered how an Autotuned female vocal line run through a vocoder and layered with filter modulation sounds like? This type of effect is what this book is all about.

‘Creative Effects’ is the perfect book to expand your knowledge of effects and master their practical application, and at £9.99 it’s an absolute bargain for the music producer and sound designer!

Creative Effects is available to purchase for £9.99 GBP.

More information: Samplecraze / Creative Effects


Samplecraze releases Kritikal Drums – Killer Dance Drums

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Samplecraze Kritikal Drums - Killer Dance Drums

Samplecraze has released Kritikal Drums – Killer Dance Drums, a collection of drum samples.

There are drums and there are drums and what distinguishes one drum sample pack from another is originality. If what you want are the standard run of the mill dance drum samples then it’s best to leave this page now but if you have been yearning for some uniquely edited and designed drum samples then I can guarantee that this pack will spoil you.

450 drum samples broken down into 150 kicks, 150 snares and claps and 150 hi hats.

The idea and approach for the sound design remit on this pack was simple: Layering
Almost every single drum sample has been layered with one or even two complimentary drum samples and then processed heavily with EQ and compression to allow for serious ‘heavy’ mangling. Additionally, these samples have undergone phase shifting with some having their polarities inverted. This has allowed for the samples to be stretched to be bigger and wider but without sacrificing the stereo field integrity. Widening drum sounds is an art and too much can collapse the stereo image and too little can negate the whole process. Finding a balance whereby the drum sample sits in its own space but does not dominate the whole song is quite a task but I feel we have achieved this at Samplecraze.

Kritikal Drums – Killer Dance Drums is available to purchase for £9.99 GBP.

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Samplecraze products up to 50% off this March


Samplecraze has announced a limited time sale for its products.

This month Samplecraze are offering huge discounts on their product ranges, some as much as 50% off, in preparation for uploading new content.

We invite you to browse our extensive categories for drum samples, synthesizer sound banks, special and film effects, video tutorials, ebook tutorials and general free tutorials.

Discounted Samplecraze products

  • Hip Hop Drums Samples
  • Dance Drum Samples
  • Percussion Samples
  • Ambient Samples and Loops
  • Sound Effects
  • Synthesizer Sounds
  • Video Tutorials
  • Music Production Ebook Tutorials

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