19 December 2014 :

News Round Up: 19/12/14

Sniffer dogs for Fabric, Beatport to introduce streaming service, a Boards Of Canada Kontakt bank and LEGO Daft Punk figures.

TR-707/727 expansion for AIRA TR-8. Roland release the 7X7-TR8 expansion pack for their AIRA TR-8 unit. Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers have been faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry, and some new Roland TR sounds too. Watch it in action above, find out more here and buy here.

Fabric Licence Threat Resolved. London superclub Fabric has agreed to introduce sniffer dogs and ID scanners following the threat of having its licence revoked as a result of four drug-related deaths at the venue. More than 30,000 people signed an online petition in support of the club. The Evening Standard reports on the new measures.

Sample Magic sound designers offer tips. As part of their end-of-year round-up, Sample Magic have asked their sound design team for their go-to tips on drum programming and mixing. Cue dozens of bite-sized tips on everything from using clipping to increase loudness, to EQing classic drum machine hits. Check out their advice on drum beats and mixing tricks here. (more…)

15 December 2014 :

Free Samples From Maelstrom

Download an exclusive free sample pack from Maelstrom, then enter a competition to win a special pack of prizes from ZONE Records, Maelstrom, Gesaffelstein and The Hacker.


We’ve teamed up with ZONE Records to offer an exclusive collection of free samples created by Maelstrom.

Since his earliest releases on labels including Dirtybird, Boys Noize and Sound Pellegrino, the French producer’s sound design skills have been clearly evident. The Dystopian Elements sound bank comprises over 300 royalty-free drum hits, synth elements and FX to use in your own productions.

To accompany the launch of the sample pack, ZONE are also running a competition open to all producers. To enter, create a track using the Dystopian Elements samples and upload it to the Dystopian Elements group on SoundCloud by January 12th. Maelstrom and the ZONE Records team will listen to all the entries and pick a winner.

The winning track will be promoted through ZONE Records’ channels and the winning producer will receive a special pack of ZONE Records vinyl, CDs and merchandise from the likes of Maelstrom, Gesaffelstein and The Hacker.

Competition entries do not have to be created entirely using samples from the pack, but the judging criteria will include creative use of the contents of the sound bank.

To download the pack, click here (58MB zip file). Read our accompanying interview with Maelstrom here.

The samples are provided on a completely royalty-free basis. They may not be re-sold or either in whole or in part. Neither ZONE Records nor Maelstrom claim any rights to tracks created using these samples.

Check out Maelstrom’s ‘Dystopian Elements’ demo track, created entirely using samples from the pack, below:

15 December 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 15/12/14

This week’s top mixes include Damian Lazarus Counting Down to Zero, a look back to the mid 90s from Ralph Lawson, Huerco S drops in to Berlin Community Radio and Luke Howard’s Morning Music.

Damian Lazarus Counting Down to Zero. Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazurus releases an hour-long set of otherworldly music “for the head, the heart and the mind”, his ambient and downtempo experiment for Day Zero Festival 2015. Stream and download above.


12 December 2014 :

News Round Up: 12/12/14

Universal sample-accurate MIDI from Expert Sleepers, Sebastian Szary’s backstage photos, a desktop record cutting prototype, and details of Vestax bankruptcy.

Ghostly & AIAIAI’s Remix Compilation. Ghostly International share an exclusive unreleased remix compilation to promote their new collaboration project with headphone manufacturers AIAIAI. Includes tracks from Vatican Shadow, Monty Luke and Moors, with remixes from Recondite, Shigeto, and Lusine. Stream above. (more…)

8 December 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 8/12/14

This week’s top mixes include L-Vis 1990 back to back with Teki Latex, Robert Hood in his Floorplan guise, plus grime sets representing the old school and the new school from Slimzee and Mr Mitch.

L-Vis 1990 goes back to back with Teki Latex. Broadcast live from the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris by Sound Pellegrino co-founder Teki Latex on his weekly TV show Overdrive Infinity, a two-hour back-to-back session with Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990. A typically forward-thinking selection from two of our favourite DJs. Watch above.

Robert Hood Wrapping Up as Floorplan. Minimal techno pioneer Robert Hood‘s house-oriented alias Floorplan wraps up a year of mixes on XLR8R‘s podcast series with an uplifting and soul-affirming set including a number of Hood’s own productions and a couple of unreleased cuts. Stream and download here. (more…)

5 December 2014 :

News Round Up: 5/12/14

Richie Hawtin apologises for speaker incident, Cubase 8 announced, Robert Hood reflects on his career, and new synths from Arturia.

Robert Hood at RBMA Tokyo. As one of the founding members of the legendary Detroit techno crew Underground Resistance and a pioneer of the minimal techno sound with his 1994 LP Minimal Nation and his label M-Plant, Robert Hood’s legacy in the electronic music world is almost peerless. RBMA tells his story above, while The Quietus also chats to the producer about ten milestone recordings from his back catalogue.

Is a Lot of Vinyl Being Sold? This year is the first time that more than a million vinyl albums have been sold since 1996, according to official charts data released by the British Phonographic Industry, which goes back to 1994. The BBC‘s Small Data blog reexamines if vinyl sales are, in the long term, actually up. Spoiler: the answer is a resounding no.

Britain’s First Bass Revolution. “This time 25 years ago, a small group of producers across Northern England were reshaping the UK’s dance music.” RA tells the story of the bleep scene, whose bleak, post-industrial sound is still echoed in the sparse rhythms and heavy subs of dubstep, the raw and stripped-back arrangements of grime, and the surging energy of Paul Woolford‘s Special Request project. Read it here.

Discussing Synth Sales. Users of the synthesisers subreddit start a discussion on the financial impact of the synth industry, and it’s height in terms of sales, units, etc… Get involved here. (more…)

1 December 2014 :

Mixes Of The Week: 1/12/14

This week’s top mixes include James Holden at Sonic City, Jackmaster’s Mastermix Tribute, Tony Humphries live and Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont’s Crack Mix.

James Holden Live at Sonic City. A recording of James Holden‘s organic, euphoric and melodic live set at Sonic City festival in Belgium, which the Border Community head recently curated and headlined. Stream above.

Jackmaster’s Tribute Mastermix. “Conceived in New York and San Francisco whilst on US tour, then recorded in my hoose in Glasgow last night. This mix is dedicated to the memory of my old friend Jakub Sleczka (Ultimate goth-man) and also Frankie Knuckles, DJ Rashad and Mark Bell.” Stream and download above.


28 November 2014 :

FL Studio 12 Coming To Mac (Properly)

Big news for FL Studio fans as developers Image-Line confirm that the DAW will be released as a native Mac application.


Image-Line, developers of the hugely popular DAW FL Studio, formerly known as Fruity Loops, have confirmed that the software will be released as a native application for Mac OS X.


28 November 2014 :

The Best Black Friday Deals

We’ve put together a quick list of the best Black Friday deals and special offers. Add your favourites in the comments below.


Native Instruments – up to 50% off selected software, including the Maschine 2.2 update and Traktor Pro 2, until December 1st. (more…)

28 November 2014 :

News Round Up: 28/11/14

Huge holiday savings on music gear and software, Ben UFO profiled, David Guetta under fire for bank partnership, download a free Waves plugin, and Legowelt shines the spotlight on a forgotten synth.

Ben UFO at RBMA Tokyo. UK DJ and RinseFM resident Ben UFO started out playing dubstep on pirate radio station Sub FM in ’07 alongside Pangaea and Pearson Sound, with whom he also co-founded Hessle AudioRBMA tells his story above, while Crack Magazine also contextualise his career in their profile.

David Guetta & Chase Bank Partnership Criticism. Pitchfork writer Philip Sherburne publicly criticises David Guetta‘s recent partnership with JP Morgan Chase, drawing attention to Rolling Stone‘s coverage of the bank’s misdeeds including “massive criminal securities fraud” and subsequent $9bn attempts to silence a whistleblower. Read it here.

SM’s Black Friday Blowout. To kick-start the festive season, Sample Magic are taking 20% off all download products in their unmissable Black Friday blowout. Simply use discount code BLACKMAGIC before midnight on Sunday to save. The Magic AB reference plugin is an even bigger bargain at 30% off usual RRP. Check it out here.


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