Producer Sessions 001: Converse Sample Library

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Producer sessions

Sample Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.

This week, Splice released the Converse Sample Library, which is a collection of high-quality sounds recorded during 50+ studio sessions at Converse Rubber Tracks studios with industry leading artists such as Com Truise, Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), Soul Clap, Machinedrum, Ryan Hemsworth, members of the Tonight Show Band, and many more.

The pack contains a lot of authentic, live sounds from electronic, jazz, alternative rock, and various percussion recording sessions, great for melody inspiration, ambiance, and a real drum vibe. There are specialty packs for horns, violin, guitar, bass, piano, keys, flute, sax, and plenty of analog synths.

On the vocal side of things, there’s soul, R&B, gospel, funk, blues, indie, rock, and even talkbox funk. Sounds from Australian rock to Ethiopian music make it in this eclectic bundle of sounds from all over the world. For those looking to liven up their audio, using royalty-free samples from professionals isn’t a bad start.

The video below is the creation story of Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry.” It’s about how her producer, Oak Felder, made the main chord progression from an 808 off Splice’s Lex Lugar kit. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples. More and more companies like Splice are filling that need. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire 2 million + library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5, Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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ODESZA interview reveals how they got into production [WATCH]

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When ODESZA aren’t busy on their monumental “A Moment Apart” world tour, performing live on Jimmy Kimmel, or headlining back-to-back weekends at Coachella, the Seattle-based duo actually takes quite a bit of time to sit down and talk to fans and the media about their humble roots.

Earlier this month, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight sat down with The FADER to share working with their dream collaborator Leon Bridges, what the weather is like in Seattle, and how they found themselves eventually making electronic music.

“I love blending different genres and styles that necessarily shouldn’t work together and finding a way to make them work. You can just kind of manipulate sounds in so many different ways that you can come up with so many different styles. We appreciate so many different forms of music that trying to tackle different genres is a really fun thing for us,” says Mills of their unique ODESZA sound.

Via: The FADER

Armin Van Buuren to offer MasterClass course on electronic music production in 2018

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Armin Van Buuren has partnered with premier online education platform MasterClass to provide focused electronic instruction for those seeking to learn the intricacies of dance music production from one of the world’s most highly renowned industry figures.

Boasting a total of five awards as DJ Mag’s No. 1 DJ in the world, and standing before a following that charts in the millions for his weekly radio show, A State of Trance, Van Buuren will use MasterClass as a platform to canvass technical aspects of DJing like mixing and arranging. Comprised of more than 20 lessons, Van Buuren’s MasterClass will focus on a variety of topics quintessential to music production, including Songwriting and Inspiration, Building Bigger Drops, Mixing and Mastering, Recording Vocals, Edits and Mashups, Preparing Your DJ Set, and How To Read A Crowd.

Van Buuren’s MasterClass will officially be in session in early 2018. Those interested in receiving instruction from the enduring electronic influencer can pre-enroll in the MasterClass now.

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