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Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I

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Producertech intros House Production with Ableton Push Part I, a video tutorial course by Paul Maddox.

House Production with Ableton Push Part I

This is a course for anyone wanting to get into producing House music with Ableton’s Push, by one of the most respected producers of the last decade, Paul Maddox. With numerous releases under his own name and also his co- productions as Spektre, on labels like Data, Positiva, Tidy and Viscious, his tracks have seen support from revered DJs such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela.

On this course, Paul shows a hands-on approach to making music, using Ableton’s revolutionary control surface Push. Multiple drum tracks are created, sequenced, layered and processed, with parts played in live or programmed with Push’s step sequencer and then edited with the hardware controls. A funky bassline is then added to complete the groove, created from scratch with the Live Suite synth Operator.

Accompanying the lessons is a download pack containing the Live Set from the course and over 100 extra house drums hits and bass samples from the Loopmasters collection.

The course is available from Loopmasters for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Producertech / House Production with Push Part I

Avid unveils groundbreaking solutions and technology inspired by its Avid Everywhere vision

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Avid Everywhere

Avid has made several key announcements around Avid Everywhere, the company’s strategic vision for the media and entertainment industry, centered on connecting creative professionals and media organizations with their audiences in more powerful, efficient, collaborative, and profitable ways.

The company introduced its new Avid MediaCentral Platform and set of modular application suites that together represent the most open, integrated, and flexible media production and distribution environment in the industry.

“The media industry is going through a period of unprecedented change and needs a leader to step forward with a clear vision for the future,” stated Avid President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. “Our Avid Everywhere vision uniquely solves the key issues facing the industry. By getting on the Avid MediaCentral Platform today, broadcast, video, and audio customers can strategically address both their current and future needs, with complete choice over how, when, and where they deploy and scale their solutions.”

The new MediaCentral Platform is an open, extensible, and customizable foundation that enables customers to streamline their entire workflow—from media creation to distribution and monetization—with greater flexibility, choice, and security. By fostering an open approach, the MediaCentral Platform provides a standardized foundation that connects media creators and distributors together, regardless of who makes the tools they use. This fundamentally changes how media organizations and professionals operate, providing greater flexibility to choose solutions and easily customize and scale complete end-to-end workflows tailored to meet specific needs.

Building on the Avid Everywhere strategic vision, Avid has reorganized its existing hardware and software products and introduced new solutions in three suites, all built upon the MediaCentral Platform. With on-premises and cloud-enabled deployment options, as well as subscription, floating, and perpetual licensing, customers now have greater choice over how they use Avid solutions.

Avid Everywhere

  • Artist Suite encompasses all of the products and tools used to create content, including digital audio workstations (DAW), music notation software, control surfaces, live sound systems, video editing solutions, and graphics creation systems.
  • Media Suite includes all of the tools and services used to manage, protect, distribute, and monetize media, including solutions for newsroom management, asset management, and multiplatform distribution. Over time, the Media Suite will expand to include metadata tagging, protection and encryption, and analytics.
  • Storage Suite refers to all of the products and tools used to capture, store, and deliver media, including online storage, nearline storage, and ingest/playout servers.

Avid is developing the MediaCentral Platform and application suites to uniquely solve the needs of broadcast, pro video, and pro audio customers by offering a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses every aspect of the digital media value chain—from media production, collaboration, and management, to distribution, monetization, and data analysis.

Avid Everywhere for Broadcast and Media

The Avid Everywhere vision enables broadcast and media customers to:

  • Streamline disparate workflows using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Access media everywhere with powerful media asset management solutions.
  • Collaborate using cloud-enabled video production.
  • Effortlessly distribute content to a variety of web, mobile, and social channels.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Video

The Avid Everywhere vision enables post-production facilities and independent video editors to:

  • Expand their productions using the MediaCentral Platform.
  • Manage massive amounts of media using advanced media management solutions.
  • Leverage talent everywhere by collaborating via the cloud.
  • Accelerate high-resolution editorial workflows.
  • Deploy and scale workgroups as needed using flexible subscription and floating licenses.

Avid Everywhere for Audio

At NAB 2014, Avid will preview several key technological innovations that will enable artists, producers, engineers, sound designers, and remixers to:

  • Collaborate via the cloud.
  • Monetize their content through an interactive, online audio marketplace that facilitates connections, creation, and commerce.
  • Manage, track, and document assets using an open, universal metadata schema.
  • Store and archive work locally or in the cloud.

New Product Innovations

Underscoring the company’s ongoing innovation and leadership, Avid is also showcasing several market-leading product innovations and new technology previews at NAB 2014:

  • Avid MediaCentral Platform
    • Avid MediaCentral Connectivity toolkit—Avid is working with third-party developers and technology partners to integrate their tools and services into the MediaCentral Platform, providing customers with a wealth of product and service choices that all work and communicate with each other seamlessly.
    • Avid MediaCentral | UX—Enables customers to easily access the MediaCentral Platform through a web-based, front-end interface, which provides a unified experience. With MediaCentral | UX, customers can access media and work on projects across the platform, with the choice of using a laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device.
  • Artist Suite
    • Media Composer® | Cloud—Extends real-time production everywhere by enabling Media Composer editors to connect to Interplay | Production systems remotely and access, edit, and collaborate with others as if they were in the same location.
    • Media Composer subscription and floating licensing—Customers now have greater choice in how they use Media Composer, with subscription and floating licensing options that enable greater flexibility and value.
  • Media Suite
    • Media | Director—Timesaving media ingest module that automates the process of ingesting media into production and nearline storage, enabling users to start editing immediately and accelerate project turnaround.
    • Media | Distribute—Enables organizations to create content once and deliver it to multiple destination platforms, with extended integration to even more third-party online video, social media, video transcoding, and web content management systems.
    • Media | Index—Streamlines workflows and enhances collaboration by enabling customers to search for, audition, and move media across multiple Interplay | Production databases, both local and remote, regardless of where the assets are stored.
  • Storage Suite
    • 4K support—The entire ISIS storage family now supports collaborative 4K and Ultra HD workflows.
    • ISIS® | 2500—Avid’s latest nearline shared storage system offers higher storage capacity, making it easier to store large volumes of high-res assets and repurpose content. Featuring an easily scalable architecture, ISIS | 2500 offers post-production, broadcast, education, and corporate facilities greater cost savings per terabyte.

More information: Avid / Avid Everywhere

Introduction to ACE part 2 by Dan Worrall

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u-he has launched the second part in a series of tutorial videos by Dan Worrall on the ACE virtual modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

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

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

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

Rop Papen launches BLUE II introduction video

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Rob Papen has posted his introduction video to the new BLUE II synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Many people may have already noticed that we released BLUE-II about a week ago :)
Since we hadn’t finished the introduction video for BLUE2 yet, we delayed the release of a newsletter. Even so, the word has already spread that this super synth has been released…

BLUE-II represents an amazing journey into “Cross-fusion synthesis” and quite simply, sounds stunning! So it’s a good idea to check out the introduction video.

BLUE II for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available to purchase for 149 EUR / 179 USD.

More information: Rob Papen / BLUE II

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)

Positive Grid launches Custom Amp Competition

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Positive Grid Custom Amp Competition

Positive Grid has announced the launch of its Custom Amp Competition, a chance to win an iPad Air.

Positive Grid announces the first amp creation competition as a celebration of their over 1 million ToneCloud views for its BIAS amp designer app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Simply by submitting a short video demoing your custom BIAS amp between March 18 and April 18 you can win an iPad Air + $25 iTunes Cards!

Positive Grid will select the best tones and will pick one winner for the iPad Air and four winners for the iTunes Gift Cards. Winners will be announced on April 23rd on Positive Grid’s Facebook wall.

More information: Positive Grid / Custom Amp Competition