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12 Music production universities that will inspire you.

We have selected 12 music production universities all around the world to inspire you, based on their impressive results and course dynamic. There are all sort of alternatives schools and events created to offer you an intensive and comprehensive course in music and musical production. But we know that sometimes even though the longest way seems to be the hardest it is also the most interesting.

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Music production schools in europe

Europe is known for its cities bursting with creativity, history and beauty. It is also known for its important musical culture and teaching methods that have found the perfect combination in some of the best colleges and institutions from around the world. We have selected a top 5 of some of these best places. Prepare to be impressed and even reconsider going back to school.

  1. Point Blank Music Production and Sound Engineering School (London, UK)

Positioning itself as a Global Music School, with location in exhilarating London and innovative Los Angeles, Point Blank is a great place to learn everything about music and music production. Established during the dance music revolution that exploded in the 1990’s, Point Blank always evolved with music trends and influences and proves to be one of the best places to learn and master the art of music production.

http://www.pointblanklondon.com/

  1. Southampton Solent University  (Southampton, UK)

One of UK’s newest universities with an innovative approach regarding music production. The core Sound Engineering course that this university offers is all about blending production and performance with creativity and business knowledge. It is no wonder that most of its graduates found jobs at Abbey Road Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Pinewood Studios, SSL Audio or even BBC.

http://www.solent.ac.uk/

  1. Midi School (Manchester, UK)

With a different view of learning, Midi School makes our third spot. Focusing on small classes with no more than 7 students, this school is all about exploration. After learning everything about music production, technology and techniques, students spend 3 months in the institute’s studio working on real-life scenarios for all kind of media formats (video games, radio, TV, film). After all, Manchester and music have always gone hand in hand with each other.

https://www.midischool.com/

  1. SAE Institute (Berlin, Germany)

What other city most suited for studying music production than Berlin? Situated in a midst of creativity and originality, SAE Institute is one of the best places to learn about music and music production. With courses focusing on practical training, impressive studios and the latest technologies, SAE Berlin is one of our recommendations.

http://www.sae.edu/deu/de/campus/berlin

  1. dBs Music (Berlin, Germany)

An English approach brought to a city that bursts with creativity. Known as the University of the Music Industry, dBs Music conqueres our first spot. Surrounded by people that dream and breathe music with important and renowned music producers and sound engineers, everything from their courses to the latest equipments and impressive studios evolve around music.

http://www.dbsmusic.co.uk/

7 music production universities from USA

There are all sort of alternatives schools and events created to offer you an intensive and comprehensive course in music and musical production. But we know that sometimes even though the longest way seems to be the hardest it is also the most interesting. We have selected 7 music production universities to inspire you, based on their impressive results and course dynamic. Just take a look:

  1. Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)

Our first inspiration comes from a different kind of school. Not integrated in a larger university or not a music school per se, this Academy is well known as one of the largest schools in America. With over 18.000 students and with a selection of courses constructed around a visual media program, this school is known for a focus on multimedia and television. Many of its alumni have landed jobs in renowned corporations such as Dolby, Sony or Skywalker Sound.

  1. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN)

Quality over quantity. That’s what this school is all about. With a small number of 15 incoming students per year the music program focuses on individual attention and instruction by notable names such as Konrad Strauss known for winning Grammy awards for music production.

5. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

A good option for any musician that wants to start its career right away. Drexel University is known for its focus on training and hands-on experiences. Created on two axis, one degree focusing on the music industry and business while the other more grounded in music production, the university seeks to offer real experience. Its summer internships offers the best training opportunities with students spending their summer in record labels and studios, music venues or other music environments. They can even record and release their music. What a good chance to test your creativity right away.

  1. Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

With a great facility and comprehensive program, Georgia State University makes our number 4 spot. What impressed us is the attention given not only to music production, but also to its artistic and creative side. Students are both practically and aesthetically trained for the music environment. Their 3 recording studios and the 2CINEM facility, a multimedia collaborative lab, offer the best environment for merging multimedia and music production, creativity and technology, training and hands-on experience.

  1. The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)

With a focus on real and concrete training, the College of Saint Rose breathes creativity. Starting with a foundation in the core creative processes and music production techniques, the institution is also renowned for its training opportunities and requirements. Each student has to complete an internship with a music company and also to record a CD as a graduation test. The college’s studio name also delighted us. What better way to start your music than in the Saints and Sinners Recording Studio?

  1. New York University  (New York, NY)

Divided into 2 departments, NYU has excelled at training and teaching young musicians. The first department, “Tisch” School also known as the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music focuses on the entrepreneur side of music forming record label CEO’s and music businessmen. The second department, the “Steinhardt” School focuses on music production and music technology. With an impressive 7.500 square foot recording studio and the latest equipments and technologies, this department is all about music. Whether you are more interested in the business side of music or in its creation itself, NYU is definitely one of our top music universities.

  1. Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

With great facilities and extraordinary results, Berklee College of Music makes our number one recommendation for young prodigies and not only. And the possibilities are unlimited. Every year students receive 10.000 hours to spend in the recording studio offering them the possibility to master Pro Tools, MIDI and digital audio equipments and to perfect their mixing techniques.

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.

5 Best VST Plugins according to Loops.Directory

We’ve selected the 5 best VST plugins available on the market.

1. Massive

Considered as one of the ultimate synths, MASSIVE deserves its number one spot. Clearly laid out and easy to use, the cutting-edge and contemporary sound that it provides is perfect for bass and lead sounds.
From its design to the oscillators, the synth was created to give perfect controls for wavetable position, pitch and wave shaping. The process is really simple: 3 wave oscillators form the sound which is then driven through 2 filters.
The resulted sound is then shaped by 4 different envelopes that feature settings for attack, decay, release and sustain. They can be set individually for each knob. The modulation settings are also varied, from LFO to Performer and Stepper.
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2. Dune 2

The second version of DUNE came with a total change. Rewritten from scratch and improved with new oscillators, filters and effects, the new DUNE provides a higher quality and a wide range of sounds. The most important feature is its impressive reserve of oscillators, namely 8320.
DUNE 2 is available as VST/AU/AAX plugin for Windows and Mac OS X, with the mention that the ProTools version comes only in 64-bit for version.
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3.Cthulhu

Steve Duda became renowned for releasing some of the greatest plug-ins for the modern music producer. His new software, released last winter soon became the latest must-have.
Designed for the electronic and dance music communities, Cthulhu focuses on harmonies and allows you to experiment with over 150 chord presets. Unique and impressive in its approach, the plugin deserves its spot in our top.
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4.Sylenth1

Coming closely to our top 3 selection, Sylenth 1 takes the meaning of quality and performance to another level. Created as a virtual analog VSTi synthesizer its features can compete with the standards of any hardware synth. Built from a producer’s point of view meaning that it focuses on superior quality and music, the warmth and clarity of the end result is really outstanding. The graphical interface is also significant as its usability allows for a high level of creativity.
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5.Spire

Spire is another essential synthesizer that we recommend. Considered a software polyphonic synthesizer, the combination of powerful sound engine modulation and its flexible architecture offer a one of a kind usability. Combining both software and hardware synthesizers, its incredible flexible modulation architecture is what really impressed us: 4x Macroses, 4x Envelopes, 4x LFOs with morphing shapes,15x Matrix slots each of equipped with 2x sources and 4x targets.
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We are using this best VST plugins on our loop packs

You can find something cool created with this in our latest loop packs Deep House Loops – Leads and Techno Heads Loops – Synths .

 

 

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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History in a loop

Meet the father of Concrete Musique

Long before music became the ground for experimentation and innovation, a free thinker dared to dream and release a series of sound mosaics that will influence the entire music landscape, and especially the electronic movement.

Imagine the music landscape of the 1940’s. France. Imagine a radio engineer thinking about the philosophy behind music and music theory. His name, Pierre Schaeffer. Now known as the father of Concrete Musique, he is one of the well known and important pioneers of electronic music.

Born in 1910, Schaeffer was not a trained musician, but after landing a job as a radio engineer he started to experiment with music sounds and techniques. He discovered that he could lock-groove records, meaning that he could make the needle of a record stay in one single groove, creating a loop. He also experimented with natural sounds, from trains to animals. In 1948 he even produced his first piece of what will became known as “musique concrete”, a term that captures his entire philosophy: using collages of sounds found everywhere around us and manipulated through changes in pitch, duration and amplitude. His innovative idea gave a new interpretation of music form and perception.

The public’s reaction wasn’t really encouraging, but by broadcasting his pieces over French radio airwaves, Schaeffer gained the attention of many composers and performers. Among them, Pierre Henry with whom he will found the Groupe de Musique Concrète/Groupe de Recherches Musicales. As its name stands, their mission was to discover new musical techniques by constructing and deconstructing pieces from vinyl records and magnetic tape. Their studio became essential for the electronic music composition movement (they launched Edgard Varèse’s famous “Deserts”).

Although he lost interest in music production later in life, Pierre Schaeffer remains among the most visionary artists of his era. He pioneered an electronic revolution that is still felt in the contemporary musical landscape, especially in the electronica genre.