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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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Creating FM drums

In this article, I will guide you through the process of making your own FM drums. Plugin used in this tutorial will be FM8 since it is the most used frequency modulation synth. Also, I will try to explain in details every single tweak I do in a way why am I doing it and what does it do. Synthesized drums can also be made in subtractive synth, but it’s harder to shape the final sound into something punchy and gritty. I will explain how to create your own kick and snare. So let’s begin with the kick.

First of all, we will initialize the patch so you can start from the beginning by clicking file and then new sound.

Now we have the operator F acting as a carrier. We will leave it like that, but adjust its volume envelope in a shape of a kick drum. We will have fast attack and short decay with low sustain for punch effect. I also lowered ratio a bit on 0.7500 to add more lower frequencies to the kick.

Lets also change the pitch envelope. When kick drum is hit, his pitch goes from being up to down very fast. We will replicate this in FM8 pitch envelope menu. Make sure you turn up amplitude envelope knob so you can apply pitch change. I have also set the carrier value to 100 just for the sake of loudness. You can now already hear the sound shaping into the kick.

We will introduce the operator E now, which will also act as a carrier. Volume envelope will also be pretty much same like on operator F, but ratio will be 1.8000 because we are now adding some higher frequencies to the sound. You can use spectrum in upper right corner to help you visualise frequencies.

Lets add the operator D which will also be carrier. Same envelope but 3.5000 ratio with -50 offset so we level the frequencies more.

Now we got the basic kick, we are done with carriers. Now turn on the operator C and route it into D and E by around 20. We will get more full sound. I have set the ratio on 1.2000 but try to do it by the ear how you want it to sound. Also put operator F to modulate itself for more punchy sound.

We will try some effects now. Add some tube amp and overdrive for a little bit of distortion, reverb for space and shelving EQ to boost lower and higher frequencies. We are now done with the kick.

We will create a snare now in FM8. Principle will be the same, but we will aim at more higher frequencies, since basically snare is kick with higher pitch ( if your need more punch in the snare, you can always layer it with kick which has higher pitch).

Initialize the patch and fire up operator F through the X with value 100. Leave the ratio on 1.0000 but change the envelope. Route X through output. Operator X will be used as saturator and distortion. Lower the cutoff in noise section and turn up the amp knob. Level on saturator should be about 75.

Now we will set the pitch envelope similiar to the one on the kick, since it is based on the same principle. Only difference is that we will leave the overall pitch a bit higher up since it is the snare.

Lets introduce the operator E also. Route it through X but set the ratio to 2.4000, with the same volume envelope as the operator F.

Now lets add some highs using operator D. Set ratio to 4.0000, offset to -150.00 and route it through the X. We can now hear the metallic kind of snare which is great for layering with other drums. For more characteristics I’ve routed operator D into E for 28.

We got the basic snare, but just for even more punch we will put EQ and remove all the lower frequencies, but boost 200 hz for more power and energy.

And that is it, we just synthesized our own kick and snare using FM8. This is just basic idea, you will need to process them furthermore. I am always using FM drums for layering with other drums. I think it gives more techy sound to the music, especially neurofunk. You can also work with this in 140 BPM and then pitch it up by moving it to 172, which will give your drums energy and punch.

 

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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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How to Make Grime Drums using Ableton Live 9

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make Grime drums using Ableton Live 9. Grime is a very popular genre in UK and it draws its influences from UK Garage. By using fast paced hats and silence in some parts, drums really have a nice flow. So let’s get started and make some drums.

First of all, you need to pick some kicks, snares and hats. Grime is really characterized by that raw sound so layering won’t be needed. Instead of it, we are going to focus on getting the right arrangement and nice sounds . Also, don’t forget to disable warping in Ableton, since you are using one shots.

When you’ve picked the right one shots,set the BPM on 140 and  focus on the arrangement. This is probably the most important part, as it gives our beat a flow, and getting it right is very important. Good way to start arranging is to start with a regular two step rhythm. Then we are going to move the position of snare and add some kicks.

Next, we are going  to add some hihats. You can often hear in grime couple of fast paced hats and then silence between them. Also, try to use couple of hihat samples. Change the velocity of drums to make it feel more “human”. Also, I’ve applied some swing, but that’s optional.

We’ve done the arrangement, so now we are going to process our drums. First, we are going to remove low frequencies on our snare and hihats, so they won’t clash with the other bass frequencies in our mix later.

Now let’s change the panning of our hats to give our drums more width, but keep the kick and snare in mono. Then, we are going to add really subtle reverb to our hats. Put the Low cut in the input processing window and disable chorus. Set the Pre Delay on minimum and Decay Time on 400 ms. In the Diffusion Network window, enable Low.

Then, we are going to export all the elements of drums individually.  I think the fastest way to do it is to just duplicate your drum rack ( in this case 5 times, since we have 5 one shots), soloing the kick, snare and hihats, freezing all tracks ( right click, freeze) and then flattening them. You will get your drum sounds as audio waveform in audio tracks, therefore, it will make our processing a lot easier and cleaner.

Next up, we are going to group our drums. Then, we are going to apply a subtle compression on the group, as your rhythm will really benefit from it. Put the attack really low, release somewhere between 10-15 ms. Threshold should be around -8 dB and ratio 2.38 : 1. Also, I’ve put the dry/wet on 64%. It really is a matter of taste, and remember to always use your ears.

Now that we’ve done the compression, put the Overdrive plugin on snare and kick and add a really subtle distortion. Doing it will give our drums more punch and rawness. I suggest leaving Drive and Tone on 50%, but change dry/wet to around 10% and Dynamics should be fine on about 60%. Center frequency should be on approximately 850 Hz and  width of the bandpass on 0.50. It’s important that your kick sounds thumping.

When you distort your kick and snare, put the saturator on group track. With a bit of saturation, our drums will be punchier and overall louder.Put the curve type on Soft Sine. Drive should be around 1 dB and turn on the soft clipping. Also, I’ve set the dry/wet ratio on 75%. Your drums should be clipping, but not overdriven.

Last is applying some New York/Parallel compression. We are going to add second audio signal that will be more dynamically squashed but consistent. It will make our drums even more punch and power. I will be using free VST compressor called TDR Kotelnikov. It is a really great sounding compressor and I highly recommend it as it doesn’t cost a penny.

So first, we are going to export our whole drums. When done, put the compressor on freshly exported audio signal. I’ve set the threshold around -25dB, attack and release should be really fast and ratio should be 7:1. Now reintroduce the compressed drum track and fine tune its volume. It should sound more punchy and powerful.

So here it is, this is how you make Grime drums in Ableton Live 9. Keep in mind that your drums should be really simple and raw, don’t over process them and focus on your arrangement. Drums are the base of your track, as they will set the mood of the track.

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