One of the most important aspects of producing is finding the right sample whether that be layering a kick or looking for a vocal shot to use as an instrument. Sample packs can be cheap or insanely expensive and a lot of the time a producer will only use handful of samples out of an entire pack that contains hundreds. Splice is looking to fix these problems with their new subscription service Splice Sounds.
There’s a brand new update to Ableton Live released today, version 9.2. The update tackles latency and warping, and adds new features like Max for Live 7 and an instrument Tuner. There’s a new 64 pad mode for Push users, and even a Mad Zach soundpack included to demo the mode. Read on for details!
With Apple’s WWDC coming to an end a lot of new gear is coming out, and it follows that some of it applies to the DJ world. One of the companies we feature pretty regularly on the blog is Algoriddim, the folks behind djay Pro (Mac) and djay 2 (mobile). Here’s some of the new features forthcoming in djay Pro: Force […]
Ableton continues to rule the domain when it comes to a completely integrated hardware instrument for their software DAW, with the Push. We've seen it used any number of ways since it was first released in 2013 - sequencing drums, samples, and FX alongside DJ setups or for crafting songs from scratch. Starting yesterday, Ableton has put on a flash sale of their Push controller - something that we've never seen from the company before. Perhaps the upcoming Launchpad Pro release (expected at the end of July) and the new Launchpad MK2 annoucement last week has the company concerned about their place in the hardware world.
There's a brand new company out of the Netherlands aiming to own the market on tiny production tools - something to go hand in hand with other travel friendly production tools like the Teenage Engineering OP-1 or the KMI QuNeo. OWOW (the Omnipresent World Of Wizkids) have crafted five instruments that are headed to Kickstarter starting Monday. We've got an exclusive first look at the gear and an interview with the team, read on.
There's a massive community of producers who use the Native Instruments Maschine software/hardware combo to craft beats and perform live. Today we want to highlight one awesome tool created by the crew over at PadBangers that allows you to use Maschine like a traditional drum machine (inspired by workflows on the Roland TR-8 and DSI Tempest).
Over the last week, we've seen Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Mat Zo begin highlighting what he feels like is one of the biggest issues in the electronic dance music scene right now: the use of ghost producers. With the help of a few other Twitter sleuths, the Fake Producers Intelligence Agency, and a keen eye on ASCAP's writing credit entries, we're seeing a bunch of ghost producers for big name acts revealed.
This year's NAMM show saw the teasing of the Launchpad Pro, which got a bunch of awesome features including full RGB pads, velocity sensitivity, and MIDI in/out. But this week Novation is announcing a brand new base model of the Launchpad series, the Launchpad Mk2, which rocks an almost identical design to the classic but sports new RGB pads.