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Watch: Phonix Beats on the making of J Cole's "No Role Modelz"

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J. Cole’s Platinum hit, “No Role Modelz,” is the highest-charting single from his third studio album, ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive.’ Co-produced by Cole and Phonix Beats, the fan favorite peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and interpolates Project Pat’s 2001 hit, “Don’t Save Her.” Phonix Beats recently sat down with Genius to explain how the beat was made, in Reason.

 

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Soft Synth Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Synth Plugin for You

From the earliest electronic sound experiments to the digital revolution of the 1980s and beyond, synthesizers have had a hand in shaping popular music for decades. But today a new class of instruments rules the charts: soft synths. A soft synth is simply any synthesizer in software form (as opposed to a physical instrument), and they can produce sounds that hardware synths could only dream of.

The Propellerhead Shop is a sonic wonderland of synth plugins of every shape, size, and flavor. With countless Rack Extension plugins at your fingertips, any sound you’re looking for is within reach—along with some you didn’t even know you were looking for! To help you find the perfect plugin addition to your Reason rack, we’ve narrowed down the soft synths available in the shop into three broad categories: modern powerhouse synths, vintage and analog-modeling instruments, and unique, one-of-a-kind devices.

 

CONTENTS:

I. Modern Powerhouse Synths

    • Europa by Reason | Propellerhead
    • Expanse Hyperwave Synthesizer | Blamsoft
    • Nostromo Spectral Synthesizer | Lectric Panda
    • Solar 5 | Skrock Music

II. Analog-Modeling Synths

    • ABL3 Computer Bassline | AudioRealism
    • Synapse Antidote | Synapse Audio
    • kHs One | kiloHearts
    • PredatorRE | Rob Papen

III. Unique, One-of-a-Kind Devices

    • Complex-1 | Propellerhead
    • Resonans Physical Synthesizer | Robotic Ban
    • Parsec 2 | Propellerhead
    • Hydronexus Workstation ROM | DNA Labs
       

Modern Powerhouse Synths

This first category encompasses instruments that harness the most advanced synthesis technology to create the most cutting-edge, modern sounds. In addition to standard analog-style oscillators, modern synths utilize wavetable, granular, and FM synthesis (often in combination) to create complex, highly modulated tones. These flexible, ultra-powerful instruments are perfect for pop music, EDM, and currently trending genres like trap soul and future bass. Here are some of the most futuristic instruments the Propellerhead Shop has to offer:
 

Europa by Reason | Propellerhead

Europa is an infinitely powerful spectral wavetable synthesizer plugin capable of morphing waveforms into sounds you didn’t know were possible. With 30+ wavetables, 24 filter types, advanced modulation and powerful effects, Europa is capable of creating epic pads, huge chords, aggressive biting basses, and everything in between. Europa is included for free in Reason 10.

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Expanse Hyperwave Synthesizer | Blamsoft

Expanse features 67 wavetables, three LFOs, and 32 filter modes for serious tone-sculpting power. A super-flexible envelope editor lets you add or remove stages to create your own custom envelopes, and expansive CV inputs on the rear panel let you control and modulate almost every parameter with external sources.

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Nostromo Spectral Synthesizer | Lectric Panda

The Nostromo Spectral Synthesizer provides a never-ending source of auditory modulation and changing textures with a staggering 3800 waveforms and 1000 LFO shapes to choose from. Six LFOs and six looping DAHDSR envelopes give you unparalleled control over how your sounds evolve over time.

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Solar 5
| Skrock Music

Solar 5 synthesizer plugin blends samples and wavetables for truly unique hybrid sounds. Five oscillators can be assigned to 15 wavetables or 23 samples, including vocals, strings, piano, brass and even digeridoo. Each oscillator has its own modulation matrix plus a global modulation matrix for infinite modulation possibilities.

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Analog-Modeling Synths

Rather than pack in as many features as possible, the next class of instruments emulates the natural warmth and character of analog synthesizers with a simple yet robust set of waveforms, filters, envelopes, and LFOs. These classic sounds can fit into pretty much any genre, but synthwave enthusiasts, rock and funk musicians, and hip-hop producers will find them especially useful. Check out some of the Propellerhead Shop’s grittiest, dustiest offerings:


ABL3 Computer Bassline
| AudioRealism

The ABL3 faithfully recreates the famous Roland TB-303, beloved by the acid house and techno scene. The ABL3’s single oscillator excels at producing squelchy, in-your-face sawtooth and square tones that fit right in with pounding kicks on the dancefloor. Straightforward controls and a classic step sequencer interface (updated with a few extra features) make creating killer basses easy.

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Synapse Antidote
| Synapse Audio

Synapse Audio’s Antidote combines the best of analog and digital synthesis. Its two stereo oscillator banks keep things simple, but each can be stacked with up to 50 virtual oscillators for extra-thick sounds. A unique diode ladder filter precisely models the growl and squelch of the TB-303, and a full suite of onboard effects only sweetens the deal.

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kHs ONE | kiloHearts

According to developer kiloHearts, kHs ONE “was not designed to be a fat analog beast with a massive warm sound. That just happened anyway.” Two highly morphable oscillators give that analog warmth a modern edge, while chorus, delay, and a master section with an EQ and limiter add versatility. Best of all, kHs One’s streamlined layout makes crafting fat sounds a breeze.

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PredatorRE | Rob Papen

Rob Papen’s PredatorRE presents deep functionality via a retro-futuristic control panel with plenty of knobs to tweak. Three oscillators offer analog, additive, noise and spectral waveforms, all of which can be used to modulate each other. An extensively customizable arpeggiator and a wide array of onboard effects make PredatorRE a powerful all-in-one instrument plugin.

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Unique, One-of-a-Kind Devices

Some instruments don’t fit neatly into any one category—many straddle the line between synths, samplers, and effects; specializing in warping and twisting samples, generating abrasive noise, or creating otherworldly textures. These one-of-a-kind devices can produce some of the strangest sounds imaginable, but they can also be perfectly useable for anyone from noise artists to pop producers and professional sound designers. Below is just a sampling of some of the more exotic offerings available in the Propellerhead Shop:

 

Complex-1 | Propellerhead

Complex-1 is a brand-new modular synth plugin from Propellerhead that brings the quirks, freedom and sonic depth of modular synthesis to your Reason Rack. Best-in-class oscillators, filters, and modulation and sequencing modules provide endless possibilities. And of course, plentiful rear-panel I/O lets your entire rack become part of the modular system.

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Resonans Physical Synthesizer | Robotic Bean

As its name suggests, the Resonans Physical Synthesizer specializes in emulating real-world sounds (and creating otherworldy textures with an organic feel). Renonans’ advanced Modal Resonator, Inharmonic String, and Frequency Modulation engines can be excited by a noise generator, onboard sampler, or live audio input for endless variety.

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Parsec 2 | Propellerhead

Parsec is a spectral synthesizer that features two powerful additive synthesis engines with up to 1024 oscillators per voice. Just some of the possibilities include using one engine for the attack of a sound and one for the sustain, layering both for huge unison sounds, or linking the two for complex interactions. Parsec can even act as a vocoder!

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Hydronexius Workstation ROM | DNA Labs

The Hydronexius Workstation is much, much more than a synthesizer. Beyond its dripping wet leads, basses, and pads, Hydronexius can also produce smooth piano sounds, cinematic brass and strings, realistic plucks and bell tones, and even 808-style percussion. And with highly tweakable reverb and delay sections, you can create an entire song with the Hydronexius Workstation alone.

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Go Forth and Explore

Now you can get lost in your sounds instead of getting lost in the nearly endless selection of synths in the shop. Remember, it’s easy to try out Rack Extensions for free or even rent to own, so feel free to explore whatever strikes your fancy until you find the perfect fit for your rack.

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Join the #ReasonCompact music-making Challenge

 
We’ve teamed up with Allihoopa to bring you a #ReasonCompact music challenge. The lucky winners will get their music featured on Allihoopa and a promo code that unlocks all the advanced features of Reason Compact.
 

Follow these steps to join:

• Open Reason Compact
• Make some music
• Drop to Allihoopa with #ReasonCompact tag in the description

It’s that easy!
 
Enter before November 11 for a chance to win! Propellerhead and Allihoopa staff will select their favorite pieces.
 

Haven’t got Reason Compact yet? Download it for free!

Recently featured as Apple’s “App of the Day”, Reason Compact is an amazing-sounding powerful synth right at your fingertips. Go from download to downbeat in seconds with intuitive controls and helpful tutorials.
 

 
Need some inspiration? Jumpstart your creativity and listen to what other Reason Compact music makers are creating!
 
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Allihoopa is a social music making network that brings all of us, everyone, together for a free and open exchange of music pieces, ideas and people, all united in “doing music” just for the sake of it. Learn more.
 

 

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Episode 056 – 10 Reasons Why Producers Don’t Complete Tracks

Xenflex is the founder of BassGorilla. He has been producing music since 1996, starting with an Akai MPC drum machine sampler.

He has released records with Adapted Records, Maxxed Music and Hopscotch Records and his music has had support from EDM.com, Ni12, The Glitch Shop, and DJ support from Stickybudsand Tantric Decks, among others.

Xenflex has interviewed numerous world-famous music producers, who have shared their music production secrets with the BassGorilla community.

Several years ago, Xenflex founded BassGorilla to teach what he has learned through his life as a music producer. He has published close to 1000 tutorial videos, designed and taught various webinar courses and written over 100 articles on music production tips.

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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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Episode 055 – Interview With Rage Logic

Rage Logic has been playing guitar and piano his entire life, but got into producing electronic music 5 years ago after coming across dubstep and other experimental genres.

His music has been featured in Adult Swim, and he’s released collaborations with josh pan, sober rob, Manitee, and Mo Vibez.

He draws from almost all genres, but his signature sound is a mix of rattling basses, searing hot synths, and irresistible, unpredictable melodies.

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Episode 054 – Interview With VORSO

VORSO emerged with inimitably dynamic force in 2017, with his fresh approach to production and distinct, intricately heavy sound making immediate ripples and garnering widespread attention from open-minded listeners.

Initial releases on the exploratory US bass imprint UPSCALE left a searing impression, with his dynamic touch and exceptional funk attitude coming through in a series of collaborations with artists such as CLOCKVICE, CHEE & FREQUENT.

Later, his track NEEDLE on FLEXOUT caught the ear of APHEX TWIN, who was heard playing it during a tour that touched down at Spain’s legendary Primavera festival, as well as the prominent INSPECTED label which picked up and released the VIP in 2017, a year that finished with his self-released SPECTRE EP dominating the bass music scene.

With influences spanning a list of artists that includes Noisia, Ivy Lab, Emperor, Alix Perez, Joe Ford and KOAN Sound, and with many of these artists supporting his output on tour, Vorso’s spirit is firmly rooted in a diverse range of bass music, with ultra-refined production values.

A fresh wave of material is under construction, and with his recruitment into the ranks of the MethLab collective and agency – expect to see Vorso at live shows across Europe very soon.

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DAW Wars: Revenge Of The Synth

“What’s behind this analog synth craze?”

“What has analog got over great soft synths like Serum / Massive / Sylenth?”

These are questions I’ve been asked lately.

Just when the music software and DAW makers thought they had the market cornered, vintage analog synth makers have been coming back with a vengeance…

But WHY?

Here’s my 2¢ –

The electronics of early analog synths led to “flaws” such as –

Drifting tuning. Distortion. Noise. Subtle variations in waveshape, frequency, amplitude.

You may be thinking, “Those are all bad things,”

But in the right amounts, these “flaws” are the most attractive thing about analog synths –   

They add a natural ‘acoustic’ complexity.  

It’s pleasing to the human ear.  

Digital synths and soft synths erased all of the “flaws”…

But while digital is more precise, the lack of variation led to sterile and “cold” sounds.  

The cries of “too cold, too sterile” got louder,

But producers remembered the synth sounds of the past, and started buying second-hand synths from the 60s and 70s.

At first these forgotten synths were very cheap…

But as analog interest grew and scarcity of vintage synths went up, so did their pricetags…

Vintage synths that were cheap in the late 1980s are now worth thousands of buckaroos.

But Here’s The Good News –

If you don’t have thousands of buckaroos to invest in analog gear, fear ye not –

Your boy Lukavich BassGovski has you covered –

There are certain “tweaks” you can make to many soft synths that will give them that analog warmth…

But only if you know how to “warm them up”…

The sound design and synthesis courses in our member’s area will reveal exactly how to do that, and…

Right now there’s a no-obligations trial, but it’s ending very soon.

Details can be found here → https://store.bassgorilla.com/pricing

Until next time young Padowan,

Luke

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7 Habits Of Successful Producers

Ever wonder how some producers can be so damn “prolific”?

I bet you know a producer who’s always smashing out new tracks, collabing, touring and sharing new stuff with the world…

Here are 7 secret habits they use to consistently achieve such monumental feats:

7. They’re Proactive AF

This type of producer knows the importance of “G.S.D.” – Getting s%&t done!

6. They begin with the end in mind

This producer never starts any new song, new EP, new album, new project until they’ve clearly visualized the end goal.

5. They focus and prioritize ruthlessly

Don’t try to be the “checklist task master”…

Some things are more important and urgent than others. If anything isn’t important, forget about it. If it’s not urgent, do it mañana, mi amigo!

4. They collaborate with other producers

Whether it’s remixing another producer’s track, or collabing with other artists, they’re always teaming up (think about how prolific Mr. Bill is at this).

3. They look after their health

They eat right. They exercise. They get enough rest. They value having emotional balance. They don’t let things stress them out too much.

2. They keep their minds stimulated

Inspiration can come from anywhere. But you have to keep your mind open. Books, art museums, movies, cartoons, comics, weird music, stories are all good sources.

1. They’re constantly “sharpening the saw”

They’re always studying their craft and learning new techniques, new styles, new ways, new approaches – for everything!

From unusual little edits to new soundscapes and textures. From chord changes to bass filter movements…

If you need a convenient source of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration, that you can access from any device 24/7,

you’ll see exactly how world class artists are finding inspiration to create new music in the BassGorilla members area

Our latest courses can be found here –> https://store.bassgorilla.com/product-category/courses/

That’s all for aujourd’hui, mon ami.

Luke

P.S. We just released two new start to finish courses – a liquid drum & bass course and an IDM Glitch course. And they’re both waiting for your viewing pleasure here.

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How To Complete Songs (& Why You Aren’t)

Many producers aren’t sure how to complete songs.

Have you experienced this?

“Luke, how can I complete more songs? My hard drive is full of unfinished tracks just gathering dust…”

I get questions like this all the time from producers all over the world.

(Interestingly, our members who have taken our start to finish courses don’t seem to have this problem so much)

Here are some of the biggest reasons why producers aren’t finishing enough tracks

(are you guilty of any of these too?)

1. Not removing distractions (Flakebook, turning off their WiFi connection and cell phone, etc.)

2. Not mapping out the song structure in their DAW so they know what sections are needed

3. Not knowing how to write a solid B-section that matches their A-section

4. Getting stuck and spending too much time trying to fix small things (like tweaking a hi hat for three hours)

5. Not breaking up the production workflow (sound design then songwriting)

6. Not starting out with a well thought out musical idea

7. Giving up too soon without experimenting and exploring new ideas for a track

8. Not taking enough breaks, leading to ear fatigue and boredom of hearing the same loop play over and over a gajillion times

9. Not bothering to work on the finishing touches that make a track sound complete (fills, edits, transitions, FX)

10. Not dedicating enough time for producing or learning how to produce properly

If you struggle to complete tracks, our start to finish courses can help you uncover the exact workflows and methods that A-list producers are using to write chart smashing tracks step by step.

We just released a new Liquid Drum & Bass start to finish course in the members area today too.

All courses can be seen here

Related video:

10 Reasons Why Producers Aren’t Completing Tracks

Tootlepip,

Luke

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