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Joe Ford Drum & Bass Masterclass – Frequently Asked Questions

Good news –

The Joe Ford Drum & Bass Masterclass opens for enrolment less than one week from now!

Thousands of people are getting pumped about this masterclass –  my inbox has been blowing up with questions

Here are the new details you’ll want to know:

  1. How will the Drum & Bass Masterclass be delivered?

Via five weekly LIVE web classes in a webinar room. You’ll see Joe’s computer screen and hear him teaching his newest techniques in real time, building a track from the ground up.

This video explains it pretty concisely:

  1. What are the advantages of a live web class?

You can get Joe’s insider secrets to your questions as he produces in front of your eyes. It’s like sitting in the studio with a world class producer while enjoying the comfort of your own home –  

No need to need to catch the bus to a studio or blow thousands to fly to the tropics of the UK…

You’ll have time to practice your new discoveries each week to solidify your skills. You’ll get feedback directly from Joe on how to improve your track in Week Five.

Even if you miss a session, or part of one, you’ll get your own download of the recording.

 

  1. How long will each live web class last?

Each session will be three hours long. There’ll be five live classes totalling 15 hours of live coaching.

 

  1. Who can enrol in this masterclass?

Anyone who takes action quickly when enrolment opens will be able to attend.

We have to be strict on group size so that each student has plenty of chances to ask questions to Joe Ford directly

 

  1. When are the sessions?

The first session starts on Sunday June 3rd at 6pm UK time. That’s 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific.

Use this time converter to find out the time in your location.

There’ll be one web class every Sunday at the same time for five Sundays in total.

 

  1. What’s included with this Masterclass?
  • 15 hours of live coaching by Joe Ford
  • Ask questions, get answers
  • Recordings of each web class session (lifelong ownership)
  • The Ableton Live project file from each web class
  • Optional weekly assignments
  • Joe Ford’s personal critique of your track or work-in-progress in week five

 

  1. How do I enrol in the masterclass?

When enrolment opens, you’ll receive an email from me with a link to the course info page.

You can complete your order online using our secure web page.

 

  1. I don’t live in the UK. How do the videos work? Can I watch them back at a later time?

You’ll be able to download them to keep forever. You can watch them at your own pace on any device without an internet connection.

 

  1. Which Digital Audio Workstation will Joe Ford be teaching with?

Ableton Live 10. But if you use a different DAW, don’t let that stop you from discovering the best-kept secrets of a chart-topping pro.

Most DAWs these days are very powerful. You can do almost anything in any DAW that you can do with Ableton Live. So don’t worry.

 

  1. What other 3rd party synths will he be using?

Only the most commonly used ones – Serum and Massive.

Possibly some FabFilter plugins (Pro-Q 2 EQ unit, Pro-L limiter) and iZotope Trash 2.

 

  1. What skill level is this for?

Intermediate or advanced. If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to pay close attention to keep up.

It doesn’t matter how advanced you are – There are several very well known producers who can’t wait to attend this masterclass.

If you think you can’t learn anything new from a guy whose album has just smashed #1 on the BeatPort Drum & Bass Charts, this isn’t for you.

 

  1. Is this only suitable for Drum & Bass Producers?

It’s for anyone who loves bass heavy music. The techniques you’ll uncover can be used to produce many different styles and tempos of music.

Joe Ford’s recent #1 album Colours In Sound features tracks like Enemy, which is more similar to electronic hip hop or glitch hop than drum & bass.

 

  1. Do I have to do the weekly assignments?

Weekly assignments are optional – you can practice your new discoveries, or don’t.

You can send in anything you like to get feedback from Joe in week five – a 4-bar loop, a work-in-progress, or a completely finished track.

Put in as much or as little time as you like. The more effort you put in, the bigger results you’ll get from this.

 

  1. What if I miss part of a web class or I can’t attend a session?

You’ll get the recording of each live web class within 72 hours of it being recorded. You’ll also get that week’s project file to dissect.

You can learn at your own pace, even if you miss a live workshop or want to re-watch parts of it.

You’ll have lifelong access to all video recordings and all Ableton Live project files from each week’s web class.

 

  1. Is there a guarantee?

Yes. We guarantee you’ll uncover the newest ways to make cutting edge bass music from a chart-topping producer, which will change the way you make music forever.

If you’re not happy after the first session, you’ll have 72 hours to request a refund.

 

  1. Do I need a mic to ask questions to Joe?

No need for a microphone. You can ask questions via live chat box. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a good pair of headphones or monitor speakers.

 

  1. Who this is for? Who is it not for?

This is for passionate producers and “aggressive learner” types who are serious about upping their game this year.

It’s not for “flakes” and “floozies” who aren’t really interested in making next-level music.  

 

  1. Is this masterclass sub-genre specific?

You’ll be witnessing Joe Ford’s unique style of drum and bass being made in front of your eyes.

Joe’s style transcends sub genres. It’s not going to be pure “neurofunk”, or super “jump-up”, or 100% “liquid funk”.

It’s gonna be the Joe Ford style of DnB, which conjures up influences from across the drum & bass spectrum and outside of it.

 

  1. How much will it cost to enrol?

To be revealed when enrolment opens. Stay tuned…

 

  1. Where can I see a detailed outline of the course syllabus?

The course outline can be found after you sign up for the Early Bird List here

I hope it helps you make an informed decision when the doors open.

Hope to see you in the masterclass!

Luke

P.S. Join the Early Bird List here so you can enrol early (places will limited)

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Are You Making These Music Production Mistakes?

No matter how advanced you are at music production, there are common music production mistakes that every producer makes…

Are you making any of these music production mistakes?

1. Trying to produce a track without having any strong musical ideas

2. Focusing too much on sound design instead of songwriting

3. Now organizing your DAW, files and workflow to make life easier for yourself

4. Writing arrangements that are too crowded with different sounds that have clashing frequencies, making it almost impossible to create a solid mixdown

5. Applying effects using plug-ins without knowing how to properly use them

6. Not making use of the stereo field to have each sound sit in its own space (or making your mixes too wide)

7. Applying too much processing on the master channel instead of fixing each issue individually in the mix

8. Not taking enough breaks to rest your ears (and your mind)

9. Not backing up your projects in at least three locations (I save every project in two cloud folders, one external hard drive and on my computer)

10. Over compressing, over limiting and over EQing your sounds, making them feel unnatural

11. Not investing enough time to get better at producing because they prioritize other things

12. Giving up on a track too soon before exploring new musical ideas for different sections and layers

13. Using poor quality audio material (never sample an MP3!)

14. Using untuned or out of key samples because they don’t have a firm grasp of basic music theory

15. Mixing with a muddy low end

16. Not getting to know your sub genre inside out (if you don’t know it well enough, how can you expect to create music that pushes that sub genre forward in new directions?)

I could go on, but then I’d be guilty of music production mistake #11 (spending too much time on other things than producing).

Talk soon,
Luke

P.S. If you’re making any of these mistakes, you can find out how numerous A-list producers are solving each of these problems to create musical masterpieces.

The no-obligations invitation to start your trial is still open, but we don’t know for how much longer…

Details can be found here

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Neuro Bass Synthesis With Slynk

Want to know some killer neuro bass synthesis techniques?

In today’s sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass courses, Slynk reveals some epic ways to design moving, morphing, living, breathing neuro basses.

And the coolest part is that you can use these amazing sounding basses for any style of music! From dubstep to drum n bass, electro house to bass-heavy techno, even future bass tracks can benefit from having some neuro basses carefully placed here and there.

[This is a sneak preview from the BassGorilla Full Access Pass member’s area].



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BassGorilla Is Closing. Here’s Why.

You may know that we just finished our 5th Year Anniversary Remix Contest. We released the stems of finished tracks from three of our courses – a neuro dubstep track by Joe Ford, a future bass track by Killabyte and a glitch hop track by Slynk.

A shortlist of top entries will be announced in the next 24 to 48 hours, and the official winners will be announced on Monday 11th December. Prizes include a Moog Sub Phatty, Maschine Mikro, SubPac S2, and premium software tools from iZotope and FabFilter.

THE BIG NEWS: WHY BASSGORILLA IS CLOSING

The last five years have been an amazing journey, but after careful consideration we’ve decided to close BassGorilla for the foreseeable future. Watch the video below to find out why.

If you’re surprised by this news and worried about missing out on the very best BassGorilla has to offer, there is some VERY good news – watch the video to find out more.

(After you watch this video, click here to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity before we close)

 

Full details here: https://go.bassgorilla.com/backstage-pass-closing/

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Free Sample Packs [Over 5000 Free Downloads!]

If you are looking for free sample packs, look no further. This page is home to a complete list of samples that are free for the taking.

The popularity of electronic music has exploded over the last few decades. These days anyone with the right software and equipment can make it right from their home. As a result, the web is ripe with free samples that you can use while making your own music.

Whether you are looking for free drum, vocal, or synth samples, this list has it all! We dug through the web to find as many sample packs as we could.

We have separated the links below into different categories to make things easier. Each category will have links to free samples. All the packs will come with multiple files, sometimes hundreds, so you will have a lot to try out in your own music.

Free Sample Packs From BassGorilla

First of all, you’ll want to grab this free sample pack made by chart-topping bass music producer SKOPE (A.K.A. MALUX) exclusively on BassGorilla.

The sample pack contains reese basses, kicks, snares, atmos and FX. You can tweak these sounds and use them to create your own dubstep, drum and bass, drum step, neurofunk, neurohop or any other style of heavy bass music you like.

They foley samples are truly awesome for adding alien-like textures over the top of your basses, drums, leads, pads and atmos. Click below to get both sample packs now:

Bass Music Sample Pack By SKOPE (A.K.A. MALUX) + Free Foley Samples

Free Drum Samples

Step up the beat in your music with these free drum packs. Each pack contains multiple samples, which in total gives you over a thousand to choose from!

1,000 Free Drum Samples

50+ Deep House Drum Samples

1,000+ Dubstep Drum Sample Pack

42 Lo-Fi Hip-Hop Drum Sample Pack

80’s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack

300+ Urban Drum Sample Pack

OP-1 Drum Sampler Patches

Metro Boomin Drum Kit

250+ Trap Ghosts Drum Pack

Ultimate Boom Bap Drum Kit

Lust Luxure Drum Kit

Apashe Drum Sample Pack [Dubstep, DnB, Glitch-Hop]

 

Free Bass Samples

Whether you are looking to drop the bass or just add some thump to your tracks, these free bass packs have you covered.

Each one comes with loads of samples that are all ready to go.

Bass Pad Sample Pack

100+ Dynamix Bass Samples

Future Bass Drops Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Bass City Sample Pack

Bass Essentials Sample Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

HexLoops Future Bass Sample Pack

EDM Bass Drops Pack

Hotbox Freebie  Pack

Cities Freebie Pack

 

Free Lead Synth Samples

These free synth packs give you a lot of options to try out. You will find thousands to listen to and use in your own music!

Synthwave Samplepack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

160+ Synth Orchestra Samples

438 Cheap Synths Sample Pack

900+ Classic Synth Samples

250 Modular Synths Sample Pack

700+ Robotic Synth Samples

Roland SH-101 Synth Sample Pack

Arpeggio Synth Sample Pack

190 Synth Percussion Samples

 

Free Vocal Samples

If you are looking to add some dialog to your music, these free vocal packs will help you out. There is a wide range of options to pick from, enough to cover as many tracks as you can make!

You can also check out our complete list of free vocal samples here.

Festival Pre-Drop Vocals Pack

G-House Vocal Chops Pack

G-House Phrases Vocal Pack

1,000+ Free Female Vocals

300+ Vocal Ad-Lib Samples

Vocal Hazard Sample Pack Volume 2

188 Free Vocals Sample Pack

Future Vocal Chops (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Future Vocal Chops II Pack (Requires SoundCloud Account)

Euphoric Trance Vocals Pack (Requires Free Account)

 

Free Special Effects Samples

These sound effect packs are perfect for spicing up your music. Whether you are looking to add some background effects or some extra depth, you will find hundreds of samples to choose from.

100 Garage Foley Samples

50 Special Effect Samples by Antigen

350 Samples by Digital Malfunctions

50 Drone Sound Effects

99 Cinematic Loops

Radiophonic Atmospheres Sample Pack

123 Sound Effects by Atmospherik Mekanisms

Samples of Tenalach – 91 Sci-Fi Effects

MFG Audio – 137 Glitch Effects

Simply Space – 60+ Atmospheric Effects

Punching Percussion – 47 Fight Sound Effects

62 White Noise Samples

37 Vinyl Samples

97 Feedback Sound Effects

 

Free Mix Sample Packs

Sometimes the best packages are the ones that come full circle. Each of these sample packs comes with a little bit of everything, including drums, vocals, bass, and more!

808 Trapstep Pack Vol. 2 [Drum, Bass, FX, Vocals]

Sir J Sessions Sample Pack [Brass, Vocals, Drums]

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Announcing SKOPE’s Brand New Project

The enormously talented Bass Music producer SKOPE has been turning heads over the last few months with his incredible Drum & Bass productions under the moniker Malux.

He has applied his expert level sound design skills and notorious mix downs from mid tempo music to the ultra fast 170+ BPM tempo of drum and bass.

The result is an exceedingly high quality take on the drum and bass genre, with a number of dance floor rippers already signed to Inspected and Bad Taste Recordings, with support from and collaborations with Crissy Criss and Erb n Dub.

If you haven’t heard any of these masterpieces yet, listen below:

Announcing Our Brand New 4-Week Interactive Online Workshop With SKOPE / Malux

Over the years, dozens of producers have come to me asking for advice on how to create music at the level of SKOPE.

This led to SKOPE creating several video courses exclusively for BassGorilla, as well as doing a 4-week interactive workshop last year.

This coming November, SKOPE will be running his 2nd 4-week interactive online workshop for a select group of passionate music producers who are serious about elevating their skills.

You will have a total of 12 hours together with SKOPE in a virtual online room, where you can watch inside his workstation as he reveals his entire process for writing, producing, mixing and mastering a bass heavy song from start to finish.

Would would it mean to you to spend 12 hours with an expert among experts?

 

The depth of knowledge and skills you will acquire from this is unprecedented, because you will be able to watch him producing in real time while asking him questions along the way. Imagine how much your music will improve.

If you would like to get on the early bird list, so you can get news ahead of time, and possible early-bird pricing on this upcoming workshop, simply enter your email address below and we will notify you as soon as the course is open for enrolment, before anyone else is even notified about it.

Warning: Time is a factor…

 

Due to the nature of this interactive online course, we are limiting the amount of places available so that each person has ample opportunity to interact with SKOPE in the workshops.

If we hit full capacity from the early bird list subscribers, we  will not announce the class to the general public.

So it is in your best interested to join the early bird list right now, so you don’t miss out.

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The Secret To Success As A Music Producer

[As you may know by now, yesterday we opened up 100 places to join the BassGorilla club as a Lifetime Member.

It’s no surprise that many of those places have been taken in the last 24 hours already… If you don’t want to miss out, go here to learn more.]

Today I want to share a story with you about something that I experienced a few years ago…

Back in 2012, I was desperate to get my music signed by a label and make an impact on more people.

To me, it was a personal goal that I was striving to achieve BADLY.

Why?

Because I wanted to prove to myself (and to my friends) that I was good enough to make the kind of music that record label owners would sign… I wanted my “TALENTS” to be recognized.

So I worked on my music extremely hard. I even took a full year off work to focus on my music. I kept approaching labels with my finished tracks.

But no matter how close I came, I would get NOWHERE.

Then, one day, I was feeling tired, stuck and frustrated.

So I reached out to someone. A person who had already accomplished the exact things I wanted to… A “mentor” if you will.

He took me under his wing and helped me to hone my music production skills. I made huge progress in a short space of time with his help.

Pretty soon, I released my first EP on a well respected record label and I hit the top 20 on BeatPort! I finally achieved what I wanted to, and I felt great!

So why am I sharing this story with YOU?

Very few people are born with special “talents”… Even those who go on to become world class athletes, nobel prize winning scientists, and yes, even famous music producers.

You see, skills can be learned and applied. It’s all about TAKING ACTION.

When we face resistance while trying to grow our skills, it’s easy to give up and think, “Oh well, it was never meant to be.”

That is a FATAL mistake if you want to succeed at anything in life. Any growth requires persistence.

But by far, the FASTEST way to accelerate your growth is to find someone who has already done what you want to achieve.

That person will show you the path to get there faster than trying to go it alone.

It was with this experience that I decided to create BassGorilla.

I wanted to create a place where anyone can access the knowledge and wisdom of proven experts, to accelerate their learning rapidly.

These days I’m so amazed when I see what our members are achieving. They grow from beginner / intermediate level, to advanced producers –

– getting their music signed,

– climbing the charts on BeatPort,

– getting recognized for their skills

…And that all comes from knowing how to make inspiring and amazing music!

Our “Backstage Pass” platform provides you with a treasure trove of the newest ways to make cutting-edge music, taught by cutting-edge producers…

For the next 7 days, we have a very exclusive opportunity available for a limited number of action takers.

Because we only want the most motivated and passionate producers to be a part of our community, we are limiting the number of available spots to just 100.

So if you’re serious about taking action to give your music a serious lift quickly, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this.

Go here to learn more

Hope to see you on the inside very soon,

Luke

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Only 100 Of These Are Available…

Hey, it’s Luke here from BassGorilla.

In the last week, we’ve had over 1,149 people take part in the BassGorilla Resampling Challenge, and the results have been brilliant! 

The doors closed for new entries last night. Since then my team and I have been going through everyone’s entries. There have been some amazing tracks sent in! The winner of the Arturia Keylab midi keyboard will be announced next Monday. 

To follow up, we’ve opened up 100 places available for you to get a Lifetime membership to BassGorilla.

Go here to find out more about BassGorilla Lifetime Memberships

As you may know, BassGorilla’s Backstage Pass gives you access to the most cutting-edge music production methods, taught by world famous producers and industry professionals.

Usually, the only way to get access is through a monthly subscription, which means you lose access once you cancel your subscription. 

What does a Lifetime Membership do for you? 

Not only does it give you lifelong access to all current courses in our tutorial library, but all future courses as well! 

That means no subscriptions, no losing access when you cancel, plus lifelong access to our exclusive members-only community, so you can ask questions, get new ideas, make friends with like-minded producers and enjoy your experience on a much deeper level, for the rest of your life!

Why are we limiting it to 100 places only?

We’ve done this because of several reasons:

1. We only want the most motivated action takers to take advantage of this opportunity.

2. The pricing of our Lifetime Membership is ridiculously low, especially compared to the value you’ll get from it. We can’t afford to let more than 100 people get a Lifetime Membership, or it could hurt our business.

When Is The Deadline?

The doors close on Tuesday 26th July at 11:59PM Pacific time…

BUT: 

If 100 people join us before that date, we will close the doors before the deadline.

Who Is This For? Who Is It Not For? 

This is for you if you:

  • Want to give yourself an unfair advantage over other producers and accelerate your skills faster
  • Want to learn directly from proven experts, who regularly release EPs on labels and are often smashing the BeatPort charts 
  • Want to make more impact on more people with your music and possibly even get your music signed by a label in the future

This is not for people who:

  • Aren’t willing to learn new things
  • Don’t want to make professional quality music
  • Complain and blame others when they don’t succeed
  • Are not willing to try applying what they’ve learned to their own music

I hope to see you join the club soon!

Luke

P.S. I’ll let you know many places are available as we get closer to the deadline (Tuesday 26th July at 11:59PM Pacific time). If we get to 100 new lifetime members before then, we’ll close the doors early. So hurry! Join the club today, while there’s still time!

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Win An Arturia Keylab 49 Midi Keyboard!

Would you like to win an Arturia Keylab 49 midi keyboard, mailed directly to your home?

If your answer is “YES!”, simply enter your email on this page and join us for the…

2016 BassGorilla Resampling Challenge!

Watch the video below to find out how it works and how YOU can WIN!

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