Beatport has launched the next edition of its Beats In School initiative, with mau5trap, Dirtybird, Hospital and Second State all involved.
The year-long programme aims to uncover new and unsigned talent, mentoring tomorrow's stars and providing them with the tools, knowledge and expertise needed to successfully forge a career in the music industry.
Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann, better known as Âme (that's pronounced 'arm', for the record, not 'ahh-may') often refer to their relationship as being like that of "an old couple". More accurately prehaps, they're like an old couple in an open marriage. While that's an unsavoury image, the description does bear scrutiny. They affectionately bicker with each other in the way that old, slightly adversarial friends, or spouses, do.
“Peter Kruder, a friend of mine, knew him, and said he was a super lovely dude. I mean, what do you expect from an 83-year-old guy coming to your studio, and he’s one of your musical heroes? I didn’t quite know what to expect. He could be a diva or dropping names all the time, but there was none of that. He came in and there was not one moment that was not great. It was heart-warming. He’s just a really lovely guy who feels the need to make music every day.”
Point Blank Music School has years of experience teaching Music Production, and after experimenting with many different developers, the main DAWs they teach with today are Ableton Live and Logic Pro. Both are incredibly powerful tools with limitless potential for you to make whatever kind of music you wish.
Priced at $59.99, the Strictly Rhythm Producer Loops pack has been described as a "first of its kind", featuring original loops, acapellas and instrumental edits for purchase via the Avid marketplace from some of the biggest electronic and house tracks from the 1990s.
E.M.M.A wants to take her free Producergirls workshops nationwide next month, by launching a Kickstarter page to fund the series' ongoing expansion across the UK.
Launched last year, E.M.M.A teamed up with software creators Image-Line (the brains behind popular production program FL Studio) and tech giants Ableton to host free music production classes for women in London. Alongside E.M.M.A herself, fellow Producergirls crew members include Glasgow-based artist Nightwave, P Jam, Explicit and Hyperdub’s Ikonika.
Native Instruments is ensuring producers now have access to the sounds of their childhood via the recent Kinetic Toys roll out. The pack is an expanded version of a free Kontakt instrument dubbed Kinetic Treats.
The attached clip mentions samples from retro toy guns, tops, cuckoo clocks, toy trains, and clockwork robots. In all, Kinetic Toys includes 650 sounds sampled from over 200 throwback toys.
Calvin Harris has shared a video online that shows how he made his collaboration with Frank Ocean and Migos.
In the video — which has been posted to Harris' social media channels — you can see Harris systematically go through each sound that features on 'Slide'.
Harris shows how he made and layered each individual sound — from pianos, synths and guitars — for the track, which features Frank Ocean and Migos on vocals.
The team at Bitwig has announced the forthcoming Bitwig Studio 2.
Bitwig Studio 2 is a brand-new release featuring an updated menu system, notification bar, smart tool switching, and dashboard, which will outline all your project details and new dynamic displays, as well as better hardware integration.
The new software has a whole heap of new features that expand on the powerful creation tool that was the original Bitwig Studio.
German tech manufacturer Behringer is designing a new analogue drum machine and wants you to help!
Following the positive response to the new DeepMedi12 analogue polysynth, which is expected to hit shops at the end of the year for under $1000, the company announced via Facebook that it is looking to repeat the concept with a drum machine.
Behringer has asked for public input on the design process, with suggestions so far including extensive sound design capabilities, classic drum machine sound archives, sample upload features and per-step tuning.