Club Beats (488MB)
To get people moving on the dance floor you need big-sounding beats that have been arranged and compressed to provide the perfect balance of complexity and space, weight and dynamics. Our samples team has been locked away over the last few weeks cooking up some heavyweight drum loops ready to rock the clubs. You’ll find 104 loops covering glitch-hop, grime, house and techno, divided into folders of 70, 80, 125, 130 and 138BPM.
Reggae & Dub Construction Kits (470MB)
It’s time to get laid-back with this exclusive pack of reggae and dub construction kits. All the usual suspects are here, from muted guitar plucks, off-beat strumming and organ stabs to big piano chords, all processed with a healthy dose of reverb and delay. You’ll also find tight-sounding drum grooves to get heads nodding, with a full mix plus loops for each individual element. There are five construction kits in total in WAV, Apple Loops and REX2 formats, with tempos ranging from 65–70BPM.
Prime Loops Taster Pack (175MB)
This month’s Prime Loops selection has a bit of an urban theme, comprising 175MB of pro loops taken from the company’s latest releases. First up, to accompany the review in the Mini Reviews section there are quirky synths and popping beats from the Champagne Rockaz pack in the style of Timbaland and Crookers. You’ll also find raucous vocal shouts from Dirty South Vocal Samples, slowed-down, grimey synths in Trap Attack and Urban Magic, and in-your-face bass lines and beats in Dubstep Takeova. To round things off we’ve also thrown in a few heavy electro bass loops and beats from the Complex Electro Synths and Electro House Syndicate packs.
macProVideo NI Massive
Native Instruments’ Massive synth is one of the most popular synths of the moment due to its rich sound and highly flexible routing, but underneath the glossy GUI lies a complex monster that can be overwhelming at times. We’ve got nearly 50 minutes of tips and explanations taken from the new tutorial from macProVideo to help you make the most of this mega-synth. Presenter Mo Volans takes a look at the Noise and Feedback Generator, Modulation Oscillator, LFOs, Macro Controls and Patch and Attributes Browser, before delving into assigning envelopes, adding effects and creating more complex textures using the oscillators and filters.
Dubstep Drum Production by Rebel Sonix
Boutique music production and sound engineering school Garnish School of Sound has teamed up with producer Larry Holcombe (one half of AV bass merchants Rebel Sonix and instructor at the school) to provide an exclusive 40-minute masterclass in dubstep drum production, including sound selection, pro mixing tips and sidechaining techniques in Logic Pro. The London-based Garnish School offers focused, six-week music production courses with Grammy-winning and BAFTA-nominated instructors. Courses include Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live 8 and Pro Tools, plus two advanced courses on mixing and mastering, and electronic music production for anyone wanting to learn how to produce pro-sounding tracks.