Goldbaby drum samples

I’ve started work on a new disco track and have picked up some drum samples that are quite delicious. Goldbaby is a New Zealand company that I discovered last year while trawling the web for decent sample libraries. They use analogue tape machines to sample vintage drum machines and synths. I’ve been wanting to add…

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Music collection in the cloud

I’ve been meaning for some time to do something about my CD collection, which I’ve built up over about 15 years and mostly don’t listen to any more. My tastes haven’t changed much; it’s just that I’ve been listening in Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes for years now. Before I binned all the CDs, though, I…

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Last year I decided to try making some dance-oriented electronic music. One of the major issues I had was getting things to sound loud and upfront. I sent my first attempt away for professional mastering, but it still sounded incredibly weak when compared side to side with, say, a Zedd track. This was more than…

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Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast: …I watched with amazement as The Köln Concert entered the mainstream culture, reaching an audience that I might have thought immune to the appeal of jazz piano. It eventually sold more than 3 million copies, and for a time ranked as the top-selling solo piano album in history. And…

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Niche economics

From Ben Thompson at Stratechery: Spotify and YouTube Music Key and other all-you-can-eat services are ultimately suited for music that is broadly appealing — the same sort of music that has ruled the radio for decades. For anything truly different, though, anything with a limited but intensely interested audience, they are nothing but a bad…

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Logic Pro X, my DAW of choice, received a 10.1 update last week. iMore has a nice summary of key features, and Apple’s release notes run down the full complement of fixes and enhancements. Most appealing to me is the addition of electronic and hip hop players to the Drummer instrument. Jamming over Drummer’s funk grooves has been a…

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Sean O’Kane at The Verge: The company is releasing a limited run of newly-manufactured versions of its most popular modular synthesizers: the System 55, System 35, and the Model 15. Each synthesizer will be hand-made according to the original 1970s schematics.

Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast: Aspiring musicians nowadays spend lots of time at a keyboard — but usually they are making their tracks at a computer keyboard. Judging by the hit records and most-watched videos, it’s probably wiser to learn how to manipulate software and sound files than spend years mastering a traditional instrument….

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One-on-One with Chick Corea

I just signed up for this. I feel I could use some inspiration and insight right now, and who better to deliver this than Chick Corea. It’s amazing how even one or two new techniques or ways of thinking can influence your playing, practising and overall approach to music for years to come. I expect…

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