August 10, 2011

Behind the scenes – recording Sample Logic’s Rumble

This week has seen the release of Sample Logic‘s new cinematic virtual instrument ‘Rumble‘ which combines the finest in traditional marching drums with cutting-edge sound design. Rumble was recorded with the legendary DCI World Champion Blue Devils drum & bugle corps on the Scoring Stage and Skywalker Studios. This video gives us an insight into the recording process and the people that made it happen, as well as some behind…

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August 2, 2011

Native Instruments announce Kontakt 5

Recently announced by Native Instruments, Kontakt 5 is the latest version of what has become the industry standard software sampler. According to Native Instruments Kontakt 5 offers “profoundly enhanced sound shaping through new high quality filters and studio-grade effect algorithms” which seem to be the major new features amongst a host of other improvements and new functionality.

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July 26, 2011

Emmett Cooke on creating music for media and building a new composer community

Irish composer Emmett Cooke writes minimal music, in particular, minimal piano music which has been used in many different projects from Spanish TV shows to Ralph Lauren adverts. His website sonicoctave.com showcases numerous tracks which can be licensed for film, tv or video game soundtracks and he is also responsible for filmandgamecomposers.com – an online resource for media composers which features interviews, advice, tutorials and a discussion forum. Emmett is…

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July 22, 2011

Video tutorial on MIDI Editing in Cubase 6

This free tutorial is taken from the Cubase 6 Level 1 package from Ask Video which is available as a DVD or download and contains 35 individual movies on using the latest version of Steinberg’s flagship sequencer software…

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July 15, 2011

When Lola became Ana – how Zero-G’s Vocaloid created a lead singer…

We always enjoy hearing customers’ examples of their projects where they’ve incorporated sample libraries or virtual instruments from our brands but earlier this year we received a particularly interesting parcel from the United States. Robert Hedin introduced us to Anarobik – the lead singer and ‘stage name’ of his electronic music projects who has been created using Zero-G’s Lola Vocaloid software. We caught up with Robert to find out why…

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July 6, 2011

Carl Cox’s producer Davide Carbone reviews Rob Papen Punch

Rob Papen’s new virtual drum machine Punch may have been receiving some fantastic first class reviews in the music production press over the past couple of weeks but we wanted to know what the seasoned producers and DJs make of it. Cue Davide Carbone, Drum and Bass master and Co-Director of S:amplify which is an extensive network of renowned artists, composers, sound designers and DJs. We were delighted when Davide…

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May 25, 2011

Free tutorial from Ask Video on adding plug-ins to Pro Tools 9

Tutorial experts Ask Video have just released a brand new set of tutorials for Avid’s Pro Tools 9 software. This update of what is very much an industry standard makes the bold move of moving away from needing proprietary hardware to run. In fact, you now use Pro Tools with pretty much any hardware you like which has instantly widened it’s appeal – good move Avid!

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May 3, 2011

Niklas Flyckt on producing the Number 1 Hits EZX

This week sees Toontrack kick off their Songwriter’s month with the release of a brand new and unique EZX expansion pack – Number 1 Hits. We caught up with the product’s producer Niklas Flyckt to find out more about his background and how he produced the EZX…

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