Free Analogue Bass Samples, Free Ableton Instrument, Reason Rack Extensions Promo!

This week get free Korg analogue bass samples, a free Ableton FX instrument, and get excited about Reason Rack Extensions! Continue Reading

Experiment with another DAW with Free Demos!

Maybe you’re in England and are so excited by the tropical heat we’re having that the likelihood of you being anywhere other than sprawled out on the grass is about as high as the weather holding out for longer than a couple of days, but nonetheless, it’s Assignment time! Continue Reading

Ableton Live Beat Building Blocks with multiple MIDI Clips

Create a powerful personal song creation tool in Ableton Live with this Pocket Tip… Continue Reading

Free Ableton Live Rack – Future, the Garage, Beats, and Bass Music Drumkit

Today we’ve got a really cool free download for Ableton Live – a drum rack filled with completely original, professional quality samples and a heap of technical behind the scenes type routing that will enable you to sound absolutely fantastic without having to do anything (except use it to make cool patterns, of course!). It’s designed for an eclectic slice of electronic musicians, and sounds fantastic for future garage, bass music, beats, and so on. It’s called Future; check out a few demos below, all of which were made solely with Future! Continue Reading

New Free Plugins, Custom Keyboards, Inspiring Plugin Update and Discount

This week’s Around the Web is a compilation of a few of our favourite news items of the week – read on for free plugins, workflow keyboards, and updates to the Ohm Force range with a discount to celebrate!

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Quicker Editing in Ableton Live plus Free Slicing Preset!

This week’s Pocket Tip is a neat trick that will save you tons of time in Ableton Live. While we were making the guide I couldn’t help but play around with some of the things it made easier for me to give you guys a little gift on us – a super slicing preset! Carry on reading to download it free! Continue Reading

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FL Studio ‘Performance Mode’ Unveiled

When it comes to live performance, there’s not a lot of DAW software that can hold a cande to Ableton Live. Logic has a separate app (MainStage), and there are plenty of standalone apps/programs that work well for live use (Kontakt/Halion and so on), but a seamless connection between studio and live use is pretty much Live’s domain. Image Line are looking to move in the live performance direction, though, and here’s a video of their alpha release. As you can see, the performance is recorded as it is performed – similar to recording from Live’s clip view to the session view – and whilst there’s a lot of work to be done it looks to be a good direction for one of Windows’s premier recording solutions. In fact, with the native (well, dynamically ‘bottled’) Mac version on the way, maybe FL Studio is going to start to get a little more buzz in 2012. Let us know what you think!

Supraphonics

Supraphonics – Supraphonics

Classical, sun soaked instrumental funk and soul music seems to more or less something that is only heard in the 70s sections of record stores or in the hands of covers bands.

would – or should – you sample this?

So, it’s with a not inconsiderable amount of surprise that we came across this self titled album comprising solely of instrumental music from Supraphonics, a Portland based funk band. For a moment we wrestled with whether the question of whether or not the Supraphonics sound was a little pastiche, before pulling ourselves together and remembering all the unashamed genre music that we’ve been happy to lap up from more electronic climes. That question made way for another, then; would – or should – you sample this? One one hand it’s barely finished gestating (and Chris’s ‘vinyl only’ self imposed rule precludes him from even considering it), but on the other, if there’s inspiration what’s to really stop you? After all, a genuine J Dilla classic, Busta Rhyme’s Show Me What You Got, sampled Stereolab’s Come Play in the Milky Night mere months after its release.

What do you think?

 

Turnado

Review: Sugarbytes Turnado

The world of effects gets more exciting by the day. Gone are the days when rackmounted devices, real springs and actual tapes were needed for the effects we take for granted today, and most of us now use software plugins for our effects. With computer power hurtling along at a frightening rate, having eight effects in a slot which would, as little as a few years ago, struggled to cope with one, the way we think about effects has taken on a whole new dimension. Turnado from Sugarbytes has two aims: create mindbogglingly complex effects chains, and make them super simple to use. Does it succeed?


REQUIREMENTS:

PC: Windows XP+, Mac OSX 10.4+, runs VST, AU, and Standalone.

PROS:

  • Unbelievable tweaking capabilities
  • Great sounding filters
  • Superb GUI
CONS:

  • One of the more expensive recent plugins
  • Distortion options slightly limited
Price at review: €139/$179

Turnado is a no brainer purchase if you need effects that evolve and give your productions an organic unpredictability…

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Rather than a single effect, Turnado is a rack with slots for eight effects to be loaded at one time. It gives us a choice of 24, and those 24 fall into eight basic types: delay, phase, reverb, ring mod, distortion, loop, granulation, and filtering. Each type has at least two different effects to choose from, and each effect has four unique parameters which can be controlled by two LFOs and an envelope follower.

We found the modulation system really easy to understand

We found the modulation system really easy to understand; the main screen for Turnado shows us eight large knobs, one for each effect, and by going into the deep editor for each effect you can set the ratio by which the big knob affects every other knob. You can also select from a number of ramp shapes for the knob to follow, allowing a linear adjustment, a curve that starts off shallow and then becomes steep, and so on. Because the LFO can already be modulating the parameters of the effect and then the big knob can change that relationship on top of that, Turnado’s effects sound absolutely fantastic and very organic when tweaked.

Tweaking really is the name of the game with Turnado

Tweaking really is the name of the game with Turnado, and whilst its effects do sound good when just left to be static, you’d be missing a trick if you weren’t using them to create evolving sounds. The order in which the effects are chained can be set one of two ways: linearly, from bank one to eight, or dynamically according to the order in which they are activated. This choice can make or break a patch, and Sugarbytes have again considered the implications of potentially complex patches by allowing drag and drop swapping between the banks.

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The Hop - The Hop EP

The Hop – The Hop EP

The Hop is a recently formed French collective, their debut EP a lustrous fusion of jazz, hip hop and soul music. There are hints of ?uestlove  in the tight percussion style throughout, and the seven tracks are peppered with sounds, from the Ahmad Jamal-esque keys on Dreamland to classic talkbox effects on Le Rap Me Porte.

fans of the genres will hear callings to a huge range of influences on the EP

In fact, fans of the genres will hear callings to a huge range of influences on the EP, recreations of horns in the style that Pete Rock would love to sample on Rien Ne M’Arrêtera, smatterings of Dilla and D’angelo in the Intro and plenty more. A 12 piece with real talent, here, pulling off live recording with the thickness of sampled soul… The EP is available for purchase next week – stream below until then!

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