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Introduction to ACE part 1 by Dan Worrall

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u-he has launched the first part in a series of tutorial videos by Dan Worrall on the ACE virtual modular synthesizer instrument.


The first in Dan Worrall’s 4-part series about u-he’s ACE modular synthesizer.

ACE belongs to a new generation of synthesizers developed with the latest, fastest computers in mind. ACE offers classic modular synthesis and more at a fraction of the cost of dedicated hardware. But like its hardware forebears, you can patch any output into any input: the number of different ways to connect modules together is practically infinite. Needless to say, you will never run out of cables!

ACE for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: u-he / ACE

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Producertech launches all-new Live Courses website + 30% off

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Producertech has announced the launch of its all-new Live Courses site, originally released back in 2009.

Live Courses

With core courses created by certified Ableton Live trainer Rob Jones, this site has become widely known as one of the best platforms for learning about the software and music production, at an affordable rate and during times that suit you best, all from the comfort of your own home.

With brand new tutorials made with Live 9, a vastly improved look and functionality, as well as updated technology that features optimum compatibility with all computers, tablets and phones, the new Live Courses is set to define new standards in online learning once again.

Accompanying the core courses on the site, for beginner-intermediate and advanced Live users, are a whole host of additional courses on certain styles of music or aspects of production, created by Producertech tutors Paul Maddox, DJ Fracture and Nicholas D’Ombrain, covering techno, tech house and drum and bass production, and also how to master professionally with Live’s built-in devices.

Live Courses is offering an introductory discount of 30% off all courses in March using the coupon code LCLCH30. Click on C on the Courses page to apply the discount.

More information: Live Courses

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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)

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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.

More information: Samplecraze / Low End

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macProVideo launches Jeremy Ellis: Produce, Perform & Prevail!

Jeremy Ellis: Produce, Perform & Prevail!

macProVideo has announced the release of Jeremy Ellis: Produce, Perform & Prevail!, a video tutorial on Native Instruments Maschine 2.0.

When Jeremy Ellis creates a Maschine video for Native Instruments, it’s a major event! In this exclusive course Jeremy breaks it all down explaining how he produced and performed the entire NI promo track! Watch and learn as Jeremy and Maschine make music together!

Jeremy Ellis is a finger drumming virtuoso. This course takes you inside Jeremy’s head (scary!) giving you the inside story on his Maschine Studio workflow. You see both his creative and technical processes unfold right before your eyes as he reveals the key ingredients that flavor his now famous Maschine Studio, Native Instruments music video.

The video is available to macProVideo subscribers ($25 USD/mth), and as a HD download for $19.50 USD.

More information: macProVideo / Produce, Perform & Prevail!

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ADSR Sounds intros NI Massive Masterclass for Massive 1.4

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ADSR Sounds has announced its updated NI Massive Masterclass video course, completely remade for Massive v1.4.

ADSR Sounds NI Massive Masterclass

11 videos / Over 3 hours of expert tuition on every single feature and function of NI Massive. Every feature, button and knob in Massive thoroughly explained – the most comprehensive NI Massive video course available!

ADSR and massivesynth.com released the original Learn Every Function & Feature Of Massive course to help beginners deepen their understanding of Massive and to offer intermediate, self-taught producers access to some features they may not have previously thought to incorporate into their sound designs.

The updated version of Learn Every Function & Feature Of Massive advances this vision, bringing fresh insights and detailed instruction on the most up-to-date version of Native Instruments’ Massive.

This major course update covers all the basics of using Massive plus gives you advanced insights into all the new and updated features released with Massive 1.4.

The course is available to purchase for $39 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / NI Massive Masterclass

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ADSR Sounds releases ZEBRA – Filters Masterclass

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ADSR Zebra Filters Masterclass

ADSR Sounds has introduced ZEBRA – Filters Masterclass, a video tutorial by Jorgalad for u-he’s Zebra synthesizer instrument.

‘Zebra – Filters Masterclass‘ takes the guesswork out of producing with Zebra, putting you in total control of one of the world’s most powerful and flexible synths.

These in-depth videos start out at the very start (with the beginner in mind) right through to the advanced features such as filter feedback, advanced modulation, FM filters and much more!

This course includes 15 videos totalling over 200 minutes of in-depth instruction whether you are a beginner or you already know your ways around a synth, with this course you will end up with an advanced, practical understanding of all the different filters and an expert know-how on filter theory. You’ll also learn how to use the filters on a creative level which will help take your tracks to another level!

The course is available to purchase for $27 USD.

More information: ADSR Sounds / ZEBRA – Filters Masterclass

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