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Producertech launches Drumming for Dance Music with Paul Kodish

Drumming for Dance Music with Paul Kodish

Producertech has announced Drumming for Dance Music with Paul Kodish, a video tutorial course by professional musician Paul Kodish, the drummer from legendary bands such as Pendulum, Apollo 440 and DJ Fresh.

This brand new course from Producertech teaches how to play killer beats for a number of dance music styles, including drum and bass, dubstep, hip hop, house and breakbeat. Led by Paul Kodish, a professional drummer with more than 25 years of experience playing for headline bands like Pendulum, DJ Fresh and Apollo 440, the lessons go from starting out with the kit, right through to advanced techniques and jamming. In addition to the streamed lesson movies, the course comes with a series of downloadable packs, with readymade sessions for music software, drum loops and backing tracks in a variety of formats and a load of additional Loopmasters samples for playing along too as well.

The first part of the course begins with the very basics and then moves onto some exercises for helping with different rhythms and timing, whilst showing examples of how to use various patterns in beats and fills. Then comes the meat of the course, which is a series of lessons dedicated to four of the main styles of dance music, with each one teaching a different drum beat, often complete with several variations, played along to a unique backing sample of Paul’s choosing. The lessons have been reconstructed in Ableton Live, Logic Pro and Reason formats, so students with those apps can open them up to replay the beats on audio or MIDI tracks, which helps with the learning process. Additionally, the samples are provided as looped audio files too, so those with no music software have something to play along to as well.

As with their other courses, Producertech are going the extra mile to ensure students are well supported, so Paul is available on the forum to help people out or answer questions regarding anything course related. With the substantial accompanying materials, Paul’s professional tuition and the ability to access the lessons 24/7 from wherever you are in the world, all for an attractive price, this new course is the ideal purchase for anyone wanting to learn how to play slamming dance music drums!

Drumming for Dance Music features

  • Online Dance Music Drumming Course by Paul Kodish (Pendulum/DJ Fresh/Apollo 440).
  • 43 lessons go from starting out with the kit right through to advanced techniques.
  • Accompanying Live, Logic and Reason Projects preloaded with the beats and samples from the course.
  • All material also provided as looped audio files for people without music software.
  • Packed with professional advice and tips and tricks.
  • Check out the 2 sample modules directly on the course page before signing up.

The course is available from Music-Courses for £49.95 GBP.

More information: Music-Courses / Drumming for Dance Music

Sample Magic releases Paul White’s Producer’s Manual – iPad Edition

Sample Magic Paul White's Producer's Manual

Sample Magic has announced a fully interactive iPad Edition of Paul White’s Producer’s Manual, an essential recording and production resource.

First published in 2011, Sound On Sound editor-in-chief Paul White’s Producer’s Manual became an instant best-seller.
Now the team behind the book present this all-new and expanded iPad edition featuring all of the original content across 320+ immersive pages alongside over an hour’s worth of video walkthroughs direct from Paul’s studio, fully enlargeable photos, diagrams and an expansive glossary.

Every paragraph from the original book has been ported into this beautiful looking, easy to use app, a scrollable reference manual that covers all aspects of recording and production music, including:

  • all you need to get great recordings, from vocals and drums to guitars and bands,
  • in-depth guides to dynamics, reverb, studio acoustics, monitoring and more,
  • taking your mix to the next level. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware, and
  • how to master your own material when the budget doesn’t stretch to professional mastering.

The Producer’s Manual iPad Edition is available to download for £14.90 GBP from Apple Store.

More information: Sample Magic / Producer’s Manual iPad Edition

Bobby Owsinski releases Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Producer, author, and technology advisor Bobby Owsinski has announced the release of his Social Media Promotion for Musicians book.

After numerous requests from musicians, artists, bands, engineers, producers and songwriters all over the country, best-selling recording and music business author Bobby Owsinski has finally put the social media strategies taught in his famous clinics into a new book called Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band and Your Music Online.

Published by BOMG Publishing and topping out at 300 pages packed with insider tips and tricks, Social Media Promotion for Musicians provides the latest techniques used to raise your online profile more effectively and efficiently than you ever thought possible, which can lead to more fans and followers, increased page, post and video views, and greater ticket and merch sales. Best of all, the information is laid out so anyone can do it!

Social Media Promotion For Musicians covers all aspects of a musician’s online presence on the most widely used platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and various bookmarking sites. Special attention is also given to personal and band websites, blogs, newsletters and branding.

Social Media Promotion for Musicians features

  • How to increase your online exposure to increase your fan base.
  • How to have more time for music by saving at least an hour every day on common social media operations.
  • Exclusive promotional tips that boost your views and followers.
  • How to uncover and develop your brand.
  • The secret behind successful tweets and posts.
  • How to craft an effective newsletter to increase your ticket and merch sales.
  • 10 ways to make sure that fans, music critics and bloggers, bookers and promoters, and agents and managers always have your latest information.
  • Ways to optimize your YouTube channel and videos to maximize your views.

The book is available to purchase for a list price of $29.95 USD (print & Kindle).

More information: Social Media Promotion for Musicians

Hal Leonard intros Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers

Hal Leonard has announced that it has published Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers, a new Quick Pro Guides series book.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers is designed to help people who already have some familiarity with Digital Performer – or any other DAW software – jump directly into some of the extremely important and powerful capabilities of this incredible software. Author and noted DP guru David E. Roberts has been directly involved with the development of this incredibly powerful and innovative DAW software since 1993; he is also responsible for artist/VIP support at MOTU and has been training new users for the past 20 years. Considering Roberts’ depth of understanding and insightful experience, this Quick Pro Guide offers a uniquely succinct path to understanding and eventually mastering Digital Performer.

Digital Performer for Engineers and Producers focuses specifically on music production, mixing, film scoring, and live performance. This important resource helps the reader get right down to the essential tasks, providing insight, tips, and tricks that help the creative mind link existing knowledge to the important activities most commonly implemented by DAW users at every level.

The accompanying DVD-ROM provides extremely powerful and supportive video tutorials featuring Magic Dave Roberts doing what he does best: revealing the insider tips and tricks that have kept Digital Performer at the forefront of DAW technology since its inception.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Digital Performer

Erin Barra to demonstrate Ableton Push at Tekserve

Erin Barra

Ableton artist, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and nationally touring artist Erin Barra will be discussing and demonstrating the new Ableton Push instrument at Tekserve, on July 18th.

Join us for an evening hosted by Ableton’s Huston Singletary and Tekserve, as they discuss Push and Live 9 with Erin Barra along with revealing tips and tricks of Push, Max for Live and Suite 9.

Giveaways sponsored by Ableton, Tekserve and Moog. A Q&A and after party will follow the event.

The event will be webcast globally via Livestream on http://erinbarra.com/

The event takes place at Tekserve (119 West 23rd Street, NYC) on Thursday, July 18th, 7pm.

Download Erin Barra’s latest mixtape, Comma at Bandcamp.

More information: Erin Barra

ADSR Sounds intros Making Trap with FM8 video tutorial

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ADSR Making Trap with FM8

ADSR Sounds has launched Making Trap with FM8, a mini series of video tutorials by sound designer Jonny Strinati.

In this 4 part micro course, our resident expert Jonny walks you through the steps of designing Trap drums, a sub bass and arp, a riser and finally pulling it all together into one fantastic loop and a deep look at how to EQ/Compress/Mix Trap music.

Videos 1 and 2 of this mini series on Trap in Fm8 focus on designing drum elements and a heavy sub. You’ll learn pro tips and tricks for creating hard hitting drums and how to sequence them all within FM8. We’ll also be walking you through making a rib rattling sub bass with some sick tips on how to get the optimum BOOM!

In videos 3 and 4 we’re going to take a look at creating a riser with the pitch envelope and pulling together our sounds into a loop including mixing the sounds. There’s a real treat in video 4 as we take a 20 minute look at Eqing, compressing and ultimately mixing trap music.

The video tutorial series is available to purchase for $9 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / Making Trap with FM8

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

Rob Papen produces extras for The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set

Rob Papen has announced the release of additional online content for The 4 Element Synth subtractive synthesis instructional book/DVD set.

Rob Papen The 4 Element Synth

Appropriately subtitled The secrets of subtractive synthesis, this 200-plus-page enlightening tome was many years in the making, effectively dating back to 2001 when Rob Papen started teaching exclusive masterclasses in synth sound design in his well-stocked studio using the likes of his beloved Roland Jupiter 8 programmable polysynth and seminal Korg MS-20 semi-modular monosynth alongside other vintage analogue classics and more modern counterparts. Here he developed an approach to working with subtractive synthesis that he termed The 4-Element Synth© — hence the book/DVD set’s title. As implied by name, the book basically breaks subtractive synthesis down into four digestible and distinct chapters or elements: Element-1 / Oscillators, Element-2 / Filter, Element-3 / Amplifier, and Element-4 / Modulators — each of which receive their own equally easy-to-follow DVD treatment, thanks in no small part to the talented author and presenter’s easy- going onscreen persona.

No teaching technique needs to be set in stone, however; there is almost always room for improvement — or even additional content, as is the case with The 4 Element Synth. The beauty of online content is that it can, of course, be updated far faster than print or physical media, which is exactly what Rob Papen has done by uploading two additional Element-4 / Modulators chapter-related bonus videos here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Anyone who has already purchased The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is invited to thereby (re)read the LFO and Element-2 section (p152) and then watch an all-new accompanying video about LFO and resonance modulation. Meanwhile, the Three points to keep in mind using an envelope section (p107) also benefits from additional demonstrative video content; as Rob Papen himself says, “There’s another important point about envelope modulation of the filter. As we’ve said already in the Element-2 chapter, many producers and synth players often use only the cutoff knob; they forget that there is also an envelope amount and the envelope settings that can change the sound — and not just a little bit! Keep these three points in mind when you’re working with the filter section of your synthesizer.”

Speaking of synthesizers, apart from those aforesaid analogue classics and a rather impressive looking (and sounding) ‘Moog-alike’ System-22 modular system from Synthesizers.com — all of which make musical onscreen appearances throughout The 4 Element Synth DVDs, Rob Papen also makes much use of his own company’s Predator — a ‘phat’ sounding killer soft synth that combines inspiring presets and first-class features to create the perfect ‘go-to’ synth for contemporary music production. Predator and Predator RE users can also download the preset banks used on the DVDs from here: http://www.robpapen.com/book-a-dvds-extras.html

Needless to say, anyone wishing to literally uncover the secrets of subtractive synthesis should surely look no further than The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set — now more enlightening than ever, thanks to these latest enhancements!

The 4 Element Synth book/DVD set is available to purchase within the EU for 74 EUR (inc. VAT), or 69 EUR plus shipping (where appropriate) outside the EU. The set is also available from US dealer Sweetwater, as well as via various European dealers.

More information: Rob Papen / The 4 Element Synth