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 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
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!
ADSR Sounds has announced its updated NI Massive Masterclass video course, completely remade for Massive v1.4.
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
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
Diego Stocco has launched FFS 02 Convolution Processing, the second title in the Feedforward Sounds series of videos based on advanced and experimental sound design techniques created by Diego.
Convolution processors are used for a variety of applications these days, emulation of real acoustic spaces, sonic behavior of hardware devices and more. When used properly they can add an aura or realism to the initial sound source.
But the concept of “reality” in sound is exactly what a sound designer intends to transform, so rather than using a convolution processor as a static tool to approximate reality I decided to use it in a different way, to perform with sound design as it would be possible to perform with a instrument.
Convolution Processing is a technique that allows the real-time creation of musically related ambiences, accents and transition elements from an instrumental or vocal part. In this video you’ll see/hear how this technique can enrich a simple percussive part and a synth part into a full sounding track.
The 15 minute video is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.
More information: Diego Stocco / FFS 02 Convolution Processing
Samplerbanks has launched Production: Sampling Secrets Lesson 1, the first title in a series of sampling secrets videos by Ken Lewis of Audio School Online.
Ken takes a classic sample (used in Jay Z’s “Roc Boys”) and shows you how to isolate the horns only and remove the drums and bass, or isolate the bassline only, snares only, etc… as well as layer different pieces of the sample together to create new sounds and moods.
Ken Lewis then takes you through three more samples showing how to take boring straight ahead drum loops and add energy and presence to them using EQ, compression, filtering, M/S Equalization, and phase inversion. He breaks down “A Minus B” listening and how it can transform your sample sources into completely new sounds.
The full Pro Tools session is included with the download as well as consolidated WAVE files for any DAW systems.
The lesson is available to purchase for £9.25 GBP.
More information: Samplerbanks / Sampling Secrets Lesson 1