Sample Magic announces Secrets of House Music – The Course

Sample Magic Secrets of House Music - The Course

Sample Magic has announced Secrets of House Music – The Course, a music production course by Bruce Aisher and Sharooz.

Since the publication of our debut book, The Secrets of House Music Production, we have been inundated by requests for people to attend a course to learn the techniques and tricks of house production first hand. So we listened, and over the past three months have fine-tuned a brand new course, with the award-winning Point Blank College in London, and now we’re pleased to be able to offer a first set of dates.

Taking inspiration from the successful book Secrets of House Music Production, this intensive weekend course is aimed at Logic users and reveals professional tips, tricks and techniques to take your tracks to the next level.

Guiding you through the creation of an original track will be expert producers Bruce Aisher and Sharooz. Bruce has released tracks and remixes on many respected labels including Bedrock, Global Underground and Lost Language.

DJ, producer, label manager – and SM head honcho Sharooz – will present an insiders guide to the music business and host a music industry Q&A. His tracks have featured in sets from the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta and D Ramirez amongst many others.

PLUS! Every participant will leave with an exclusive goodie bag worth over £300 including a copy of the book, Sample Magic sample packs and a Point Blank T shirt.

“Secrets of House Music – The Course” takes place in London’s Old Street 3 and 4 July, 2010 11am-7pm. The cost of the course is £395 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / Point Blank College


Sounds To Sample releases Tech-House Rhythms

Sounds To Sample Tech-House Rhythms

Sounds To Sample has released Tech-House Rhythms, a collection of loops by Sharooz.

Here at S2S we understand the importance of beats: they’re the foundation upon which all things are built. In Tech-House Rhythms S2S and SM founder and beatmaker extraordinaire Sharooz returns to dish up 70 bang-up-to-the-nanosecond beats from his personal library.

These are not just any beats, but the best beats we could find in the genre, at a variety of tempos from 125 – 130 in crystal clear 24-bit Wav format.

There are variations on some, there are some kick-free loops, but for the most part we’ve concentrated on giving you 100% straight-up club bangers: not too busy and not too overbaked, so you can fit your own elements and compression as you see fit. 70 beats at a very reasonable price. Simple, really.

Sharooz is the award-winning sound-designer whose work on Sample Magic’s Nu-Rave, Electro-House and Progressive House have earned him a place in sampling history. This is his first pack after his winter break from programming, benefiting from the warmth and air of his analogue studio, with beats generated on the MPC and fed through the mouthwateringly fine Empirical Labs Distressor.

Tech-House Rhythms is available to purchase as a download for $14.99 USD.

More information: Sounds To Samples / Tech-House Rhythms


Sample Magic announces The Secrets of House Music Production

Sample Magic The Secrets of House Music Production

Sample Magic has announced The Secrets of House Music Production, an essential guide to producing cutting-edge house music.

After four years producing award-winning sample collections, Sample Magic share the secrets of house music production in this 144-page full-colour book packed with hundreds of walkthroughs, hints, tips and insights from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Written by Marc Adamo (DJ Magazine, Future Music) with contributions from Wolfgang Gartner, Way Out West, Sharooz and a foreword by Mark Knight, this is the first time the secrets of house music have ever been fully revealed.

The Secrets of House Music Production features

  • 144 page full-colour A4 book.
  • All parts of the production process are covered, including: making beats, drum sounds, basslines, structure, instrumentals, FX, mixing, vocals, mastering, remixes, programming ideas and more.
  • Every style of house is covered, from minimal to tribal, electro to progressive, soulful to jackin’.
  • In-depth tutorials reveal the tricks of the pros, with step-by-step tutorials using Logic, Cubase and Ableton.
  • A bonus CD includes 500+MB of exclusive samples to get you started.

The Secrets of House Music Production is available for pre-order now for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Sample Magic / The Secrets of House Music Production


Review: Loopmasters Deep, Tech & Minimal House + Sample Magic Minimal Techno

Loopmasters Deep, Tech and Minimal House
Sample Magic Minimal Techno

Sample libraries geared towards the minimal techno genre seem quite popular lately. Two recently released titles covering this genre are Loopmasters Deep, Tech & Minimal House, and Sample Magic’s Minimal Techno.

I’m not terribly familiar with all these subgenres of house/techno music, so I took these libraries for a spin to see what they are all about.

First some details on the libraries.

Deep, Tech & Minimal House offers some 1.2GB original content, recorded and produced by house producer Andy Lee of Barcoda, while Minimal Techno is produced by Sample Magic’s very own Shahrooz Raoofi (who also did Loopmasters titles like Deep Trance & Techno).

Both libraries include tons of acidized wav files, Apple Loops, REX2 files and soft sampler patches. Deep, Tech & Minimal House also includes 10 additional Combinator patches in the ReFill version, and 73 sampler patches in the Ableton Live Pack (both available on the DVD).

House, techno, minimal… huh?

Minimal Techno includes 100s of sub-heavy big room belters and tweeter freakin’ tops, while Deep, Tech, & Minimal House features glitched out and tweaked up loops, and blissed out and jacked up sequences and chord patterns.

Reading the product descriptions might leave you scratching your head, wondering what are we talking about here?!

Basically, both libraries include all the loops, samples and patches you need to construct some slamming tracks. Drums, bass, melodic loops… it’s all there.

A picture paints a thousand words, so let’s hear it!

More mp3 demos are available on the product pages.

Loopmasters Deep, Tech, & Minimal House is available on DVD for £39.95 GBP (various download options are available as well, starting at £29.95 GBP), while Sample Magic Minimal Techno is available on a DVD/CD multipack for £58.67 GBP (also available as a download for £49.95 GBP).

So what do I think?

These sample libraries are pretty slick. Both titles include tons of quality loops and sounds and it’s a breeze to put some great sounding tracks together. And that’s perhaps the only thing I personally don’t like too much.

It’s interesting that the Sample Magic philosophy on the about us page says:

We DON’T: Sell “join the dots” style construction kits. C’mon, where’s the fun in that?!

Yet, that’s exactly how I feel about both these libraries. We are talking about loop libraries though, and I feel that a coherent loop library would be pretty much automatically be some sort of a construction kit.

Here’s what I did. I opened Ableton Live in the session screen and dropped loops from each category in different channels. Then I just started clicking around combining the various elements and before I knew it I felt like I was DJ’ing someone else’s music. Most loops work so well together that you can create full tracks in minutes. Some loops are actually complete pieces already!

Of course you can also just use a couple of these loops, cut them up, add some of the single shot sounds, or even use the instrument patches and your own samples and instruments to create melodies.

I really dig the sound quality of both titles, punchy & fresh. To me the Minimal Techno library seems to have more “edgy” sounds, which I like, but if you’re looking for loops in this genre you can’t go wrong with either title.

More information: Loopmasters / Sample Magic