Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
Everything from mic placement to reverb settings can make or break the perfect vocal take. Fortunately there are plenty of best practices for getting the most out of your vocals, both when you’re tracking and when you’re mixing.
Via our friends at Novation we came across this video where Daft Punk’s Around the World is being recreated completely live. IntroducingLive, the band that recreated DJ shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ and Mr Scruff’s ‘Keep it unreal’, have taken on their biggest challenge yet: Daft Punk’s legendary ‘Discovery’! Armed with a host of Novation synthesizers, IntroducingLive have released their first video featuring the robotic dance classic “Around the World“.
Arturia is proud to release Version 1.6.1 of SPARK, the latest software update to its SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hybrid hardware/software beat production centres, on March 25.
Muse Research & Development is proud to announce availability of RECEPTOR QU4TTRO and RECEPTOR TRIO, the latest additions to its line of dedicated hardware plug-in players, as of March 28. With the introduction of these two new models, Muse Research now offers a complete RECEPTOR range priced to suit both budgetary and application requirements; yet each enable recording engineers and performing musicians to run popular virtual instruments and effects software in a high-performance, self-contained, tour-proven package with maximum performance and convenience.
Denon DJ is excited to announce a key performance enhancement to its SC2900 digital controller and media player.
Ross Birchard is Hudson Mohawke – an artist who constantly pushes the expectations and boundaries of scenes and genres. One of the most influential and forward thinking producers currently. His appetite for sounds started at a young age. A UK DMC finalist at 15, DJing was the focus. It’s through his production that he has grown into the artist he is today and that has taken the kid from Glasgow, to the world.
Now and then we are getting very lucky here at Gearjunkies. Because in our techlab we have got the brand spanking new Waldorf Rocket, an analogue desktop synthesizer for just under 250 Euro! First thought would be: “that can’t be any good!” But, … is it?
Mixvibes has a little present for you this Easter weekend. For one year, users have enjoyed CrossDJ for iPad. The app has been a success, with a 90% update rate. To celebrate, the app will be exceptionally at $0.99 / 0.89 € / £0.69 instead of $9.99 / 8.99 € / £6.99 during this weekend (starting Saturday the 30th – local time in each country).
Steinberg is happy to announce the availability of the Cubase 7.0.3, Cubase Artist 7.0.3, Nuendo 6.0.3 and Cubase iC Pro 1.0.3 maintenance updates.
Roland will be introducing a new instrument on april 4th. Looking at the video it is fair to say, … a keyboard (duh)! There is a (Dutch) preview website where you can sign up for more information when it will be released on the 4th of april. Information that is available (details from the video) tells us it will be a member of the BK series and pretty much a 76 keys version. Other details are the drawbars and the USB option.
If you don’t know yet, Depeche Mode is about to release a new album soon. Several websites and magazines have been reporting on it already. Some friends in Sweden (Teenage Engineering) have been talking to Christoffer Berg who did a lot of the programming for this new DM ‘Delta Machine’ album. Below is the interview they did with Christoffer.
With the RHP-20 Knight, Reloop introduces premium DJ headphones with scene stealing, state-of-the-art aesthetics and elite sound design that is acoustically balanced for professional use. True to the motto ‘Looks Good – Sounds Pro’: The premium DJ headphone RHP-20 is available in a complete black ‘KNIGHT’ Edition with a quality rubber paint finish.
The majority of you will probably know about sidechain compression. But for those who still don’t know much about it or are new to music production, Elysia have made this video that is reall very nice. It explains in great detail what sidechain compression is and what types there are. And because we are here to help you we thought it would be nice to post it here.
For nearly as long as dubstep has gone from being an experimental subgenre to the juggernaut world-dominating scene that it is today, Grime has been its lesser known cousin – developing right alongside dubstep but staying safely in the underground. It’s not that we haven’t all heard grime beats before but masterful grime producers have been weaving the sounds into pop songs and remixes in ways we don’t realize, effectively sneaking grime into our playlists. Propellerhead recently met up with respected grime producer, Preditah, to walk through his latest instrumental beat.