Drum Break Sample Library, Internationals Breaks 101, Now Available On 12″ Vinyl

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The Drum Broker has released a new drum break sample library, Internationals Breaks 101, mastered for and pressed in vinyl.

Here’s what they have to say about the collection:

Ready to chop, loop, and layer, International Breaks 101 features 101 breaks from from the late 60’s to early 80’s. Our team assembled a comprehensive break beat kit with ultra rare gems from Russia, China, Thailand, India, Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, UK, and Brazil.

If you are looking for more variety than your typical over sampled Soul Breaks, then this kit is is perfect for your production arsenal.

Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading

The Soundwagon VW Bus Record Player

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, one of the stranger things being displayed was the Soundwagon – a music toy described as ‘the world’s smallest portable vinyl record player’.

The Soundwagon a miniature VW bus that is also a self-contained record player. It’s battery powered and plays by driving around the grooves on LPs.

Here’s a demo of the Soundwagon in action: Continue reading

Ableton Live Vinyl Crackler Rack

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AfroDJMac sent word of another freebie for Ableton Live users, Vinyl Crackler:

I’m writing with news of Free Ableton Pack #56: Vinyl Crackler. I made this effect rack to emulate the vinyl crackles and pops inherent to samples recorded straight off a record. It’s based around Ableton’s Vinyl Distortion plug in and is perfect for adding vinyl crackle to drum samples and having that crackle cut off as soon as the volume of the drum sample reaches a specified threshold, emulating the cutoff created when sampling from vinyl.

The macro knob assignments allow you to customize the vinyl sound and how it begins and cuts off. I hope you like it, I think it’s super handy.

You can get more details and the download via the AfroDJMac site.

Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day 2012 is tomorrow, Saturday April 21st:

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.

etallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

There are a lot of limited edition releases for Record Store Day. See the official list here.

If you’ve still got a record store in town, tomorrow would be a good time to pay them a visit.

Making A Vinyl Pressing – Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Scientist’

If you’re into synths, chances are that you’ve got a few passions – about gear of a certain era, about analog or about a certain synth – that border on the fetishistic.

Putting your latest electronic music release out as a limited edition on red vinyl, in this day and age, probably fits into that category. But that’s exactly what Alessandro Cortini is doing with his latest SONOIO release, Scientist.

Whether or not you’ve got the vinyl fetish, this behind the scenes look at the making of Cortini’s new release is pretty hot. Full of retro tech, steaming machines and gooey vinyl, the video follows the pressing process from cutting the masters to pressing the vinyl to Cortini signing the cover.

The Scientist 7″ is available for $8  in a signed edition of 350 via the SONOIO site.