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Freemasons Tutorial – NI Maschine & Akai MPC swings in Logic Pro & Ableton Live

James of Freemasons wrote in to share a tutorial on how to get NI Maschine and Akai MPC swings natively inside Logic Pro and Ableton Live.

Ever since the release of NI’s Maschine and more recently, the return of the Akai’s MPC range, beat production has taken a huge leap forward sonically and rhythmically. However, both of these machines use their own proprietary systems and protocols for swing quantise.

One of the biggest problems when using these inside DAW’s with your other VST’s and audio is that each has its own quantise system that is not (always) mirrored by the software, so quantising parts running alongside your chosen drum machine to the same swing has often been a case of guess work and time-consuming experimentation.

We always ran into this problem so decided to solve it, and after a few days of quite painstaking work, we have converted the swings from NI’s Maschine and Akai’s MPC into groove templates for Logic 9 / Logic X and Ableton live 8/9 (Maschine only, MPC grooves were already present).

We also created an instructional video showing how you can import these grooves into the applications and into your own Logic startup pages. We hope you enjoy using them as we do.

The groove templates are available to download here.

More information: Freemasons (Facebook)

Hans Hafner releases Zebra 2 template for Lemur

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Hans Hafner of Good Loops has released a free Lemur template for the Zebra 2 synthesizer instrument from u-he.

Hans Hafner Zebra 2 template for Lemur
The main panel contains the XY-pads as well as controls for the Envelopes and basic controls for the LFOs.

Yesterday I finally bought Lemur for iPad and WOW. Creating your own setups is so easy compared to other solutions that I tried in the past. So I created a controller surface for Zebra2 in a couple of hours.

The template includes 7 panels, and is available to download from Good Loops at no charge.

More information: Good Loops / Zebra 2 Lemur template

Loopmasters releases ClickSound Label Sampler Vol 1 + 25% off ClickSound packs

ClickSound Label Sampler Vol 1

Loopmasters has announced the release of ClickSound Label Sampler Vol 1, a collection of construction templates for Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

Providing an outstanding showcase and delicious taster of our expertly produced and designed MIDI Construction Templates, you can feast your ears, eyes and DAWs on our handpicked selection of finest MIDI-based products.

Launched in 2011, Clicksound is at the forefront of creating first-class, professional EDM MIDI Construction Templates for Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

Whether you are a seasoned music producer or have just started producing and you want some inspiration or perhaps you want to learn some new techniques, you can use Clicksound MIDI Construction Templates as a unique palette of ideas, sounds and techniques, with unlimited possibilities, to expand your existing audio arsenal.

ClickSound Label Sampler features

  • Vadar Complextro House Micro Elements 1: A bombastic explosion of premium Complextro for Logic Pro containing tight, punchy drums, sub-sonically monstrous chopped bassline made up of 5 different sounds, old skool rave stabs and much more!
  • Dubstep Micro Elements 1: An addictive and depraved, dark and grinding banquet of Dubstep with which you will musically gorge and sicken your speakers for Logic Pro and Native Instruments Kontakt 4, including dynamic and aggressive drums patterns, growling bassline and epic, melodic chords using Logic Pro’s own bit-rate down sampler.
  • Cassettro Electro House Micro Elements 1: A riotously delicious offering of Complextro/Electro House for Ableton Live and Native Instruments Massive that is seriously speaker-splitting with a dangerously catchy hook, pumping drums, sharp melodic synths and deep sub-bassline.
  • Cassettro Liquid Drum & Bass MIDI Elements 1: A downright dirty, temptingly tenacious and eye-squintingly glorious slab of Liquid Drum & Bass beauty for Ableton Live including blistering drums, warm sub-sonic bass, emotional and ambient piano chords, rich pad progressions and sumptuous effects.

The sampler pack is available to purchase for £9.95 GBP.

Loopmasters has also launched a limited time sale, offering 25% off all ClickSound packs.

ClickSound Sampler Sale

Need some inspiration? Check out the amazing Clicksound SALE! 25% OFF all Ableton Live and Logic Pro templates until Tuesday 25th February 2014. From Complextro to House to Drum & Bass and much more. ‘load and go’ templates, ready to feed your DAW.

More information: Loopmasters / ClickSound Label Sampler Vol 1

ClickSound template packs for Ableton Live & Logic Pro 25% off


Loopmasters has launched a limited time sale on all ClickSound template packs for Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

Need some inspiration? Check out the amazing Clicksound SALE! 25% OFF all Ableton Live and Logic Pro templates until Tuesday 25th February 2014.

From Complextro to House to Drum & Bass and much more. ‘load and go’ templates, ready to feed your DAW.

More information: Loopmasters / ClickSound Sale

Cassettro Dubstep MIDI Elements Vol. 1 by Clicksound

Cassettro Dubstep MIDI Elements Vol 1

Clicksound has introduced Cassettro Dubstep MIDI Elements Vol. 1, an Ableton Live Template pack including presets for the Massive synthesizer by Native Instruments.

This rip-roaring MIDI construction template will whet the appetite of even the hardest of Dubstep fans and gives you the perfect opportunity to create your very own audacious Dubstep track. It’s the first of many templates created exclusively for Clicksound by the truly bombastic Cassettro. What Cassettro does to a seemingly normal and innocent sound is almost indecent, and we love it! And now, you can get all this at your fingertips to play with, and play you shall!

Cassettro let’s us in to his musical mind by expertly demonstrating the arrangement structure of Dubstep track, this template utilises the amazing power of Abelton Live’s built-in Instruments and Effects and Native Instruments Massive. Each sound is mapped to one of Cassettro’s unique Macros which allows you to easily control and automate elements such as filters, sample start, loop length, bend, EQ and distortion…in no time, you will be creating and sculpting your own equally unique sounds, transforming the template into your own truly original Dubstep track.

The template pack is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Clicksound / Cassettro Dubstep MIDI Elements Vol 1

Myloops launches Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer

Myloops Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Myloops has announced a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale on its sample packs, templates, synth presets, and MIDI packs.

With Christmas coming soon, we think it’s time for a special offer here at Myloops.

We are happy to announce a Buy 2, get 1 Free sale on the whole Myloops collection.

Until the 25th of December, if you purchase any 2 items of your choice from the Myloops collection, you can choose one 3rd item of your choice for FREE !

You can use this offer on our whole collection as many times as you wish. This basically means you can also get 2 products + 1 free item of your choice, or 4 products + 2 free items, or 6 products + 3 free items.

More information: Myloops

Zerodebug updates touchAble Ableton Live controller app to v2

Zerodebug has announced the release of touchAble 2, the long-awaited completely new version of its dedicated Ableton Live controller app for iPad.

touchAble 2 Template Editor
touchAble 2 comes with a new Template Editor.

During the last months, the Berlin-based developers team Zerodebug have focused their efforts to create touchAble 2 the ultimate iOS control surface entirely dedicated to Ableton LIVE.

touchAble App has become increasingly popular since it has arrived on the market in september 2010, as more Live users realize the flexibility and the high level of controls and customization offered by the app; at bargain rates compared with the dedicated hardware controllers currently available. Countless artists around the globe – from bedroom producers to award winning artists – use it on stage, in their studio or while on the road.

touchAble 2 has been completely redesigned from the ground up but also compatible with all iPad generations. All the new features of version 2 are available to users running touchAble on iPad1.

Changes in touchAble 2

  • MIDI Sequencer.
  • Template Editor.
  • Isomorphic Keyboard.
  • Live 9 Features including browser access.
  • Advanced Native Live Templates.
  • MIDI Mapping external Controller.
  • Countless of new features and improvements.

The touchAble 2 app is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: touchAble

Dance MIDI Samples releases 4 new packs

Dance MIDI Samples has announced the release of four new products, now available from its website.

Dance MIDI Samples

New at Dance MIDI Samples

  • Swedish Electro Logic Template 3: Inspired by EDM artists such as Avicii, Calvin Harris, Axwell. This template features 100% Logic Synths, Sampler and Effects, no third party plug ins are required. All drum and musical content is in MIDI format allowing the user full control over the melody and groove. Logic X optimized version included. Price: £19.99 GBP.
  • Dirty Dutch Logic Project Vol 1: Drawing inspiration from the likes of Martin Garrix, Hardwell & Nicky Romero this project for Logic 8, 9 & X illustrates how to construct a Dutch House style EDM track using only Logic’s plugin suite. Logic X optimized version included. Price: £17.99 GBP.
  • Psychedelic Presets For Albino Vol 1: The soundset for Albino 3 features 64 top quality Psychedelic Trance presets concentrating on the classic FM synthesis that has spawned some of the signature sounds of Psytrance. The bank features basses, leads, effects and pad patches. Price: £14.99 GBP.
  • EDM Super Pads Vol 1: 50 royalty free chord progressions in MIDI format aimed at EDM, film, TV and game soundtrack producers. Price: £17.99 GBP.

More information: Dance MIDI Samples