Josh Spoon has announced the release of The Joy of Racks, a new tutorial video series on Ableton Live racks.
The Joy of Racks is a video series of 20 videos where I will teach you the ins and outs of Ableton Live racks; great for beginners and intermediates (experts you could learn a few things too). Here are some of the things you will learn.
- The different types of racks you can create in Ableton Live
- How to build racks that can help you streamline your production and live performance
- Grow your creativity to build racks that represent you.
I will also include Instrument, MIDI, Audio and Drum racks for you to use in your projects; 31 in total. The videos are applicable for Live 8 and up but the downloadable racks are Live 9 only. Few will have Live Suite effect in them and I will have (Suite) in the title. I have tried make substitutes for Standard users where possible. In the event that it’s not possible for me to make a substitute, you can replace that functionality with your favorite VST.
The video series is now available for purchase for $50 USD. A teaser (3 racks, one tutorial video on a HAAS effect rack + the rack itself) is available to download at no charge.
More information: Josh Spoon / The Joy of Racks
Producertech has announced the launch of Maschine Courses, a new website offering quality online training for Native Instruments’ powerful groove production studio, Maschine.
The courses on offer range from complete guides, covering all areas of the software and hardware, to courses focusing on certain styles of music, like House and Glitch Hop, as well as a Producer’s Guide to Music Theory, with many more courses to follow.
The site has a sleek look and intuitive functionality, working well on all browsing devices, such as smart phones and tablets, making it easy for students to access courses from wherever they are in the word, at whatever times they like. Plus, all of the courses come with accompanying downloadable materials, such as Maschine projects, bonus packs of Loopmasters samples and Maschine kits, written notes and even projects that enable students to practice their newly-acquired skills.
The Complete Guide to MKII course is now fully updated to Maschine version 2, and also new tutorials are currently being made with Studio and Mikro, so very soon there will be complete guides to all three versions of the hardware. Many more courses are planned for later in the year too, including those that teach other styles of music like Drum and Bass and much more!
More information: Maschine Courses
ADSR Sounds has introduced Quicklessons Piano Course, an 8 hour video course of high-quality piano lessons by Ozie Cargile.
Quicklessons is perfect for beginner and intermediate students who want to learn piano by ear. Taught by award-winning composer/pianist Ozie Cargile, these video tutorials focus on the skills needed to hear, play, chart and improvise your own music.
Quicklessons Piano Course features
- 143 lectures and 8 hours of content!
- The basics of music theory on piano.
- How to play all major and minor scales and chords for every key.
- Chord progressions for a wide range of songs and music genres.
- How to put melodies and harmonies together.
- Improvisation and music expansion techniques.
- Solfege and ear-training sessions.
- How to read chord charts and sheet music.
- Great tips for singers and songwriters.
- Lots of fun!
The course is available from ADSR for $197 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Quicklessons Piano Course
Producer Tech has released the Complete Guide to Maschine MKII, a video tutorial course that takes you through every part of the Maschine v2 software and hardware, slowly explaining how each one works and the ways they can be used to create a variety of different styles of music.
The lessons begin by showing how a pattern is constructed, by playing the pads, or drawing in events. Then, there are lessons covering the various pad modes, including step mode, keyboard mode and various velocity modes, explaining how to use them and when they are most suitable. There are then lessons on Scenes and building arrangements within Maschine, the Sampling facility and how to record and edit your own samples, and finally 2 lessons on effects, that teach the full range of effects in the library and how they can be used as inserts or sends for processing sounds, groups and the master bus.
The course comes with written notes, as well as the Maschine projects created in the movies. Plus, there are 240MB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters included in the course pack. Before signing up, check out the free sample lesson embedded below, which provides an introduction to Maschine and the course.
The course is available from Loopmasters for £39.95 GBP.
More information: Producer Tech / Complete Guide to Maschine MKII
Mackie has launched the all-new Thump 1000W Powered Loudspeaker series with the “Show Us Your Moves and be a Star” video contest.
Entrants will have a chance to win the grand prize of a full Thump system that includes two Mackie Thump15 1000W 15″ Powered Loudspeakers and two Thump18S 1000W 18″ Powered Subwoofers by submitting a short video of themselves dancing. Two runner-ups will receive a pair of Mackie Thump15 15″ Powered Loudspeakers and a pair of Mackie Thump12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers respectively. To encourage entrants, Mackie produced their own dance video showcasing the new Thump loudspeakers.
“With 1000 watts of power and ground-shaking lows, the new Mackie Thumps are sure to get people dancing,” commented Shaunna Krebs, Marketing Communications Manager. “So show us your dance moves for a chance to win a Thump system so you can start your own dance party. We even created our own dance video to give you a little inspiration.”
Visit Mackie’s official Facebook page and check out the “Show Us Your Moves and Win” app for details on how to submit your video and enter the contest or visit Mackie eNews. Visitors to Mackie.com and the official Mackie Facebook page will be able to vote on approved entries to determine who has the best moves. The top three videos with the most votes will win.
The contest runs through July 15th, 2014.
More information: Mackie / Thump contest
ADSR Sounds has released Shocking Techniques With Klaas, a video tutorial by Klaas.
‘Shocking Techniques With Klaas’ is a compilation of 12 training videos from one of the best EDM producers called Klaas, known by ultra-popular “Infinity”, “Freak”, and “I Like”.
Together with Vandalism he brings you professional explanations and techniques that he uses to make his radio & club hits. This masterclass course is suitable for all producers who want to reach the highest level in their productions.
The tutorial course is available for purchase for $26.82 USD.
More information: ADSR Sounds / Shocking Techniques With Klaas
ADSR Sounds has launched the Ultimate Mixdown Guide, a video tutorial course by Bassgorilla on mixing electronic music.
Demystify the complex art of mixing electronic music
There is a severe lack of in-depth advice which focuses specifically on how to mix electronic music, which requires a wildly different mixing approach process to other genres of music.
Instead of reading some general, ‘one-size-fits-all’ book on mixing, sit back and enjoy this video series, tailored especially to electronic music producers like you
Learn how to get a clean, balanced and well defined mix. 49 high quality tutorial videos focusing purely on how to mix electronic music with over 5 hours of pro tips and tricks.
The course is available for purchase for $47 USD.
More information: ADSR / Ultimate Mixdown Guide
Native Instruments has announced THE FUTURE OF DJING, a new video series featuring acclaimed international artists and how new technologies found on TRAKTOR products inspires creativity. Throughout the summer of 2014, THE FUTURE OF DJING series will highlight the artist, and how technological innovation plays a role in their performance.
The first video features house icon Marc Kinchen aka MK, who’s musical career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In this video, Marc talks about how technology has always inspired his DJing and fuels his concept of the ideal live DJ performance – creating a track from start to finish live while DJing. MK also shares his vision where a future generation of talented DJ/producers will be setting the new standards of DJ culture without ever touching vinyl or playing an instrument.
Shot on location in Glasgow, Scotland on Record Store Day, the video shows Native Instruments spending the day around town with Marc as he talks about the evolution of the DJ/producer, makes an in-store appearance, and performs at the Lovelife Festival held at The Arches club. Marc is seen using the KONTROL X1’s multi-purpose touch strip to control effects, loop, and beat-jumping.
The FUTURE OF DJING video series aims to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about the future of DJing. As an added bonus, Native Instruments is giving away five of the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 controllers signed by Marc in the video. To win, people must leave a comment on the video’s Facebook post. Five winners will be selected at random.
To enter the X1 draw, comments can be left on this Facebook post.
More information: Native Instruments