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Superbooth 16 - Berlin

The largest dedicated synth event has begun – Superbooth 16

You may have heard about gear retailer SchneiderBuero and his annual synth area from Frankfurt Musikmesse. Well this year everything will be different. Thought as an integrated type of event, the concept promises to become tradition for the retailer as well as for Berlin. Named SuperBooth 16 to mark the first edition of this exhibition, the event will start this week (March 31st) and last up to April 2nd.

So what’s so intriguing about SuperBooth 16? Featuring more than 100 synth manufacturers and music performances, the event positions itself as an independent and electronic music culture festival.  From Ableton to Analogue Systems, KOMA Elektronik, KORG, Make Noise, Modal Electronics and many others, the exhibition will also feature a wide variety of electronic music performances.

Where are you going to experience all this? The exhibition will take place at the historic Funkhaus, a former East German radio station. For the day to day schedule you should visit the official website https://www.superbooth.com/en/events.html or see the presentation movie here: 

 

We will surely be there!

Machines, Music and Experimentation, Sound, Research and DIY, Synthesizers, Modular Systems, Discussions, Concerts, Daily workshops for starters and advanced users:

Music production software & gear – Spring selection

Between innovation and synergy! Our most wanted newly released music production software and hardware.

2016 has begun with innovation and creativity in mind. The music production industry is constantly energized by new products and technologies that combine the core concepts of music with new and immersive strategies. And as spring is already knocking at our door with a fresh breath of inspiration and energy, we have selected 3 new products that have impressed us. Just take a look.

Lurssen Mastering Console

Our favorite product so far this year is the new and revigorating Lurssen Mastering Console. Created with experience and usability in mind, the software is all about offering you the best sounds and inspiration regardless  of where you are.

iOS Lurssen Mastering Console - Music production gear

The collaboration between renowned Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen proved to be a revelation. Combining both experience and a clear and unique specific Lurssen sound, the console brings a new approach to the concept of digital audio mastering.

The software is the perfect combination of tube equalizers, limiters, solid state equalizers and solid state compressors. As a plus, it comes with 25 unique templates called “Styles” so you can test different musical themes and layers in your music production techniques.

And what’s best is that it comes in two versions, based on your needs: an iPad app (ready to be used whenever inspiration hits) and as a Mac or PC software. You don’t even have to worry about the devices that you will use after your mix is ready. Thanks to a 88.2/96kHz DSP processing, your finished track will sound perfect in any format (AAC, WAV, FLAC).

We were so convinced that we tried the free trial just to take a glimpse of what the Console holds in store. For more information about features and pricing please visit:

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/lurssen/index.php?pp=lurssen-versions

 

MEL9 Tape Replay Machine

Vintage sounds are back in business! Taking roots in the unmistakable and unique sound of vintage analogue keyboards, MEL9 was just released and aroused our interest.

Emulating the classic Mellotron sounds, the device offers 9 unique inputs. From Orchestra to Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Low or High Choir, Saxophone and Brass the MEL9 was designed with sound in mind.

Created for guitarists and musicians in general as a portable and practical device, the MEL9 combines the classical sound of polyphonic tapes with the modern world. After all it’s demo video speaks by itself:

 

BioTek Organic Synthesizer

Organic is also a trend in 2016. And what better way to combine the core concept of nature and its musicality than a unique synthesizer. BioTek Organic was just released and introduces a new platform (Acktion) that we are eager to test.

Combining sounds taken from nature or even urban places, the device offers a unique and memorable range of opportunities. Although it seems a bit futuristic, the synthesizer is actually easy to use and intuitive. Gravitating around a single-screen user interface the synthesizer is dominated by soft controls and an XY controller.

Already regarded as the perfect synergy between nature and technology the device has really impressed us. You can get a better feeling about this impressive concept below:

Ultimate House Samples 1 - Kicks

New pack – Ultimate House Samples 1 – Kicks

Loops directory presents the latest sample pack called Ultimate House Samples 1 – Kicks.
Explore deep and driving kick samples created to boost the power of your creations. Add depth and flavour to your ideas through this ultimate collection of electronic music drum kicks. Created with cool, progressive and flexible concepts in mind, this pack will add power your tracks. A stunning collection of essential analogue and digital house kick samples and loops for deep house, progressive house, minimal, and even for dubstep and electronica.

The pack contains: 50 x 24bit WAV Drum kicks one shots + 20 Kick Loops

Download size: 25MB unzipped.

Works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic, Reason and many more.

You can buy it from here.

House samples demo

Listen to the soundcloud demo:

Free Ableton Drum Rack

Free Ableton Drum Rack:Ignition from ModeAudio

Mode Audio just launched a free Ableton Drum Rack called Ignition.

They’ve teamed up with highly talented music producer, live performer and Ableton-certified trainer SideBrain, creating a free rack including 32 sounds handpicked by pros.

The rack has some really nice drum samples. SideBrain worked his magic to produce a very versatile drum rack, offering full control over each sound for shaping and sculpting your beats to perfection.

Download the Ableton drum rack

You can download the rack from here: https://gum.co/xnDzB

Tech House Loops and Samples

Loops & Samples – Forward Tech House – Percussion

New pack released.
Loops.Directory proudly presents the Forward Tech House mini pack. Supercharge your music with rich percussion grooves, original vibes and raw perc samples with our latest pack. Created by fusing classical tech house rhythms with visions of the future.
You have here some one-shots and tops. Download contains: 10 x 24bit WAV Loops + 30 WAV Samples with tempo from 123BPM to 124BPM. As always this works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic, Reason and many more.

Download the percussion loops from here.

Weekly inspiration – Robot Koch – Dark Waves

Celestial drops. And beats.


He became known for exploring the limit between the universe and pop music. Or pop music and the future. Or both. Always playing on the limit separating two realms, this artist always impresses us with lush sounds, strong beats, celestial tones and soundscapes that emerge you into a Wonderland of sounds and meanings.

We were enthusiastic to hear that Robot Koch has returned. And in force. His latest album, “Hypermoment” came after a long 4 year break marked by important changes in the artist’s life. The LA scenery definitely inspired him, as his latest video, “Dark Waves” is set in an oceanic landscape. His latest track surely inspired us.

Levitating somewhere between mystery and dynamism, with warm yet crystal analog sounds that create an aquatic submerged universe, the collaboration with Delhia de France seems perfect for this song. Her voice perfectly completes the undulating vibes or (sound)waves. Submerged into a powerful and creative universe, the strong yet tender sounds proved to be addictive. For us, at least. We are eager to hear more from him and his in-depth compositions.  

Robot Koch is a producer and composer from Berlin known for his unique electronic music. He even won the German Music Composers Award for “best composer electronic music.” Koch has released several albums and EPs on respected labels (Bpitch Control, Project Mooncircle and Monkeytown Records, most recently). He is known for the usage of his compositions on famous TV shows and films and for his strong collaboration with renowned artists all over the world. His recent relocation to Los Angeles will surely improve his collaborations.

Discover celestial beats and vibes inspired by the same Robot Koch in our latest pack:

Complex Rhythms – Beats & Melody

 

Seaboard RISE

The innovative category of Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression controllers continues to gain ground among top DJ’s. Focusing on instruments that deliver acoustic-level electronic expression and notes that are modulated real time, these controllers seem to be the future of music production.

One step towards this future is made by the new Seaboard RISE. This new controller balances originality with futuristic vibes. From design to functionalities, we were highly impressed by its capabilities.

Following its predecessor, the Seaboard GRAND, the controller focuses on the innovative idea of reimagining the keyboard as a pressure-sensitive surface. Each gesture finds its own note and sound in every dimensions.

The controller is designed to allow a 5D experience: from striking the keywaves to pressing them, gliding, sliding or lifting. As a plus, it works wirelessly and is available in 2 models: the two-octave RISE 25 and the four-octave RISE 49.

This is what we call a rise in expectation.

Save your seat

Red Bull has just announced it’s annual Music Academy. As in each year, one city will host an entire month of music workshops and activities that promote creativity in music and not only. The Academy is renowned for matching top producers and DJ’s from around the world and for curating concerts and parties designed specifically for this event.

This year the lucky city will be none other than Montreal. The Academy will return to Canada, a country that also hosted the event in 2007, in Toronto. And let’s not forget that the Academy has become an official partner of MUTEK, Montreal’s leading electronic music festival. This year seems full of surprises.

So what to expect? Each year’s event is organized around each city’s musical and cultural identity. Besides lectures and workshops with pioneering music figures and music collaborations in state-of-the-art studios you should be looking forward to curated signature concerts and parties held in chic venues and cultural institutions as well as more underground spaces.

The applications are already open, but they will close on March 7, 2016. So hurry up and reserve your seat. For more information you should visit redbullmusicacademy.com.

Minimal Grooves Loops

Minimal Grooves Loops – Beats

We just released our new mini-pack called Minimal Grooves Loops.

Full beats influenced by the modern minimalistic vibes and the European underground movement. Sharp and hypnotic well crafted sounds that will allure and inspire your grooves. Splited into Full, No Kick and Percussion this pack got some chunky drum grooves. Inspired by young talents like Anthea, Ilario Liburni, Aney F or Tripio X.

Good stuff coming soon. Here are some tech specs for this pack.

Download contains: 30 x 24bit WAV Loops at 122BPM and 123BPM. 10 Original loops splited in Full / No Kick / Percussion

Download size: 62MB unzipped.

Works with all major music applications, including Ableton Live, Fruity Loops, Apple Logic and many more.

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