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.

Mixr iPad DJ App Updated With Sampler

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iPad DJ App Mixr has been updated to version 1.1.

Here’s what’s new in Mixr 1.1:

  • Redesigned UI
  • Sample Pad
  • Kit Store
  • Pitch Adjust
  • Track Seek
  • Half/Double BPM
  • Inverted Pitch

The app is currently $4.99 in the App Store. Note that version 1.1 has been submitted but isn’t showing up in the store yet.

Mixr 1.1 is a free update for existing users.

Mathon – Terrestre (Vinyl + DVD)

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Mathon’s new release, Terrestre, is a unique album, both musically and in terms of the physical format.

Switzerland based Mathon is made up of Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki und Pete Leuenberger. They create cinematic ambient music.

The album comes as a vinyl LP + DVD combination. It’s worth noting that the LP is pretty sexy, as it’s pressed in clear vinyl. A DVD is also included, with digital versions of each of the tracks, remixes and videos for several tracks. It’s clear a lot of thought went into the presentation of this release.

The album features 6 tracks, 3 to a side on the LP. The music combines electronic sounds, acoustic instruments & environmental sounds.

Mathon says that “they took their mobile recording-studio into the mountains and they chose the earth as their main theme for the compositions. The coexistence of nature and civilization and also the contradictions between the two can be heard on Terrestre.”

The tracks mix fluttering ambient synth pads with: piano, violin and other instruments; subtle glitch effects and processing; and an assortment of unidentifiable creaks, scrapes and drones. At times, it’s a bit like George Winston had to do a gig in one of the slightly eerie landscapes of Brian Eno’s ambient classic, On Land. Other times, it has more of a meditative quality.

Though the music on Terrestre is described as ambient – it’s not necessarily music you’re likely to put on and ignore. This sonic landscape may make you wonder just what’s in the shadows, behind that tree or over the next hill. Continue reading

Traktor 2 Now Available To Order, Here’s A Sneak Peak

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Native Instruments has announced that Traktor 2 – the next generation of its DJ hardware and software platform – is now available for order, and will be shipping April 1st.

The video, above, offers a sneak preview of Traktor 2.

Traktor 2 was on the menu at a Breakfast of Champions recently, hosted at Qbert’s crib in San Francisco. The three-way jam session features Qbert, Shiftee and Rafik performing on 4 turntables with just one Traktor Scratch Pro 2 system, making full use of the 10 inputs and outputs of the Traktor Audio 10 interface.

Native Instruments Maschine is also used as a MIDI controller for Traktor.

Here are the highlights of Traktor 2: Continue reading