Producer Sessions 014: Sit in the studio with the legendary Scott Storch, who just released his sounds on Splice

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Producer Sessions 014: Sit in the studio with the legendary Scott Storch, who just released his sounds on SpliceScott Storch Maria Jose Govea

Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to guide producers towards professionals in the field. Today, we’re highlighting a new sample pack from Scott Storch on Splice.

Scott Storch is a producer/songwriter who’s worked on some of the most successful songs in the early 2000s—from Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” featuring Snoop Dogg, to Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl,” and Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River to 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” He’s worked in the studio with many more talented artists that have included Lil Wayne, T.I., Christina Aguilera, NAS, Snoop Dogg, Pink, Lil’ Kim, The Game, and The Roots. That oh-so-recognizable Scott Storch producer tag might as well come with a heat warning, as his recognizable keyboard lines were known to dominate the airwaves with titanic force.

In a new team up with Splice, Scott Storch walks views through his sounds at his home studio in LA, discussing his favorite plugins, VSTs, and other sounds that created the sounds of Terror Squad’s “Lean Back” feat. Fat Joe and Remy Ma and Dr. Dre’s “Still Dre” and more.

The legendary producer accompanied the video with a hefty sample pack boasting 62 loops and 261 on-shots of drum sounds, FX, melody loops, vocals, and many other samples in his new Scott Storch: Still Storch Vol 1. sample pack.

Click HERE to download the sample pack today to start producing like the pros. Use the offer code DANCINGASTRO for a 1 month free trial on membership that starts at $7.99 a month Offer valid through December 31 2019.

Photo Credit: Maria Jose Govea

Producer Sessions 007: Guy Gerber Late Night Sketches

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT GUY GERBER’S NEWEST SAMPLE PACK.

Producer 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.

House stalwart Guy Gerber uses unpredictability in sound to create some of his dancefloor heaters. The DJ and producer from Israel released a tech house sample pack on Splice called “Guy Gerber Late Night Sketches.” It contains 159 high-quality loops and one one-shot, from one of the industries veteran sound explorers.

In addition to the sample pack, Gerber released two videos with Splice, outlining tips on  using a randomizer plugin, arpeggios, and effects to create movement in produced music. He also does a mini-tutorial on editing drum samples by manipulating transients, layering polyrhythms, and other groove techniques.

Gerber is well-known in the underground DJ scene as his residency with Pacha in Ibiza caught mainstream buzz. Shortly after his stint in Spain, he began his own label, Rumors, with Dixon and released a collaboration album with P. Diddy, 11:11, in 2014 off the imprint.

Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice 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, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

 

 

Producer Sessions 006: Sounds of KSHMR Vol. 3

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT KSHMR’S NEWEST SAMPLE PACK.

Producer 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.

A a staple artist on Splice‘s top 10 sample pack list, KSHMR, returns with the third volume of his massively popular sample pack series. With over 4000 sounds (1642 loops and 3081 one shots to be precise), the pack contains world instruments, risers, FX, crisp drums, and more.

KSHMR, born Niles Hollowell-Dhar, released the project file for his single “Burn” in 2015. This was quickly followed by the released of his marquee Tiësto collaboration ‘Secrets,’ leading up to the first two volumes in his sample pack series. Now that the third is here, and the newly minted label boss of Dharma Worldwide takes his producer-focused content to new heights.

In addition to the high quantity of sounds, DJ Mags #12 DJ in 2017’s annual ranking released two educational YouTube videos, one designed to be a drum tutorial and the other, an in-depth world sounds tutorial. KSHMR also released a new single “Good Vibes Soldier” featuring Head Quattaz, another vibrant hit inspired by the versatile artist’s internationally seasoned palate. Both of these videos are certified required viewing for budding producers.

Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice 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, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

Producer Sessions 004: Chad Hugo Sample Pack

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY CHAD HUGO. 

Producer 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. 

Chad Hugo, hitmaking producer of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., translated his funky grooves into his first ever new sample pack from Splice. The pack contains melodic and drum sequences, his signature percussive hits, funky grooves, and more culminating to 64 loops and 84 one-shots.

Hugo’s a top-tier producer in the game, having collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Jay-ZSnoop Dogg, Clipse, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and way too many more to list. Whoever listens to the radio on a consistent basis has most definitely heard a track produced by Hugo. Last year, Hugo and Pharrell released their first N.E.R.D. album in seven years, No_One Ever Really Dies.

Watch Hugo below creates hip hop grooves out of his sounds. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. 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 library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. 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, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

Producer Sessions 003: Noer the Boy – ModPack Vol. 1

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY NOER THE BOY. 

Producer 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 a unique sound pack from sound design connoisseur Noer the Boy. The pack is called “ModPack Vol. 1,” indicating this is only the first of more yet to come from the sonic explorer. Inside the pack are 80 high-quality samples of bass sounds, percussion elements, texture, vox one-shots, and synth loops. Producers interested in murky, dark, experimental sounds will find this pack useful.

Noer the Boy recently released his Ganzfeld EP off Noisa’s DIVISION label. His avant-garde style has caught the attention of the drum n bass heavyweights. Support from the Dutch trio dedication to perfecting their sound design is a good sign that Noer the Boy is within good company. The Wisoncon-born, Portland-based producer is also part of DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Ganzfeld is an experimental bass exploration with rhythm constraints and sharp focus on sound engineering that also gives us a taste of what’s to come in the inaugural ModPack.

The Ganzfeld Effect is a phenomenon where the brain attempts to fill the missing visual information by boosting neural noise because of increased exposure to an unstructured and constant stimulation field. This causes hallucinations, so the album is a series of hallucinatory adventures, and it certainly sounds like it.

Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. 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 library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. 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, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

Producer Sessions 002: Movement 2018 Sounds of Detroit

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Producer 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. Today’s session: Movement Sample Pack

This week, Splice celebrated Detroit’s rich history in techno music with a series of sample packs, contests, interviews, and editorials. The series is called The Sound: Detroit, starting off in the 1980’s and leading into the creative process of today’s most innovative artists. Following Motown’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, Splice facilitated the curation of their new Movement Sample Pack. Click HERE to check out sounds of Detroit perfect for house heads.

Spearheaded by Shigeto and Waajeed, the sample pack came together in Detroit during this past edition of Movement, with so many artists returning to the city, making the event an opportune time to gather talent and sounds. To truly capture the sounds of Detroit, Shigeto and Wajeed drove across Motor City, making stops along the way to capture hours of field recordings from scapes along the I-75 bridge to kicks at the Eastern Market and mechanical foley of the Archer Record Pressing plant.

These field recordings led to dissected, deconstructed, and transformed samples from artists who were in town for Movement festival, transforming each sound into loops and one-shots with their own unique approaches.

Artists that contributed to the pack were Andrés, Antenes, Mija, Black Noi$e, Blake Baxter, Chuck Daniels, Chris Koltay, Delano Smith, Mark Flash, Shady P, Ectomorph, Gene Farris, Jon Dixon, Ariel, Marco Shuttle, Kweku Saunderson, Marshall Applewhite, MGUN, Milan, The Saunderson Brothers, and Venture to the D. This collection contains over 400 percussive one shots, synth loops, ambient textures, and vocal FX. 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 and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. 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 library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. 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, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

Producer Sessions 001: Converse Sample Library

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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.

Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson/Unsplash

Splice releases VocalSynth 2, helping producers create amazing-sounding vocals

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Splice has released VocalSynth 2, a comprehensive vocoder aimed to synthesize audio. Even better? It’s with iZotope‘s award-winning digital signal processing. Producers working with vocals will be all over this powerful plugin.

“VocalSynth 2 is next level,” David Guetta told Splice. “I never dreamt I would be able to do this type of vocal manipulation to melodies and harmonies so easily.”

Enhancements from its predecessor, aptly named VocalSynth, include user interface improvements, new modules, new presets and more. For example, BioVox is a new module unique to VocalSynth 2. Inspired by articulatory synthesis, BioVox allows audio engineers to add clarity, nasal, and breath to their audio. With this tool, producers can even alter pronunciation within vocal tracks.

The plugin also has a Daft Punk-style vocoder, Linear Predictive Coding (LPC), a Talkbox popularized by The Who, Stevie Wonder, and Bon Jovi, and a Polyvox that creates vocal harmonies.

Other FX include pitch correction, dry voice gain, synth voice parameters, distortion, filter, transform, shred (unique to VocalSynth 2), chorus, delay, and ring modulation.

Producers mixing with iZotope’s Neutron 2 are in luck because VocalSynth2 integrates with the professional mixing VST. This way, audio engineers can effortlessly mix their synthesized audio.

Prices are affordable with rent-to-own at $9.99/month for 20 months. Ian Kirkpatrick gave Splice his take on the new software and creates professional sounding vocals in less than three minutes. He produced Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules.”

H/T: Splice

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Louis Futon flips SZA & Travis Scott’s ‘Love Galore’

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Louis Futon has released his latest Beat Challenge video, this time taking on SZA‘s single “Love Galore.” In the video series, the LA-based producer records himself building a flip from the ground up based of his cuts of the original. This time around, Futon flips bolsters his flip with sounds from his new sample pack, “Pretty Cool Sounds Vol. 1,” available now via Splice.
In the video, Louis Futon breaks down his sound design into its smaller selections as he adds in custom synths, drums, glitched out vocal chops c/o SZA, and, finally, some zany guitar riffs.

Music creation platform Splice announces artists have raised $5 million distributing sounds

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Over the last four years, music creation and collaboration platform Splice has aimed to connect artists and producers with world-class production tools, creative assets, and a global community of potential collaborators.

Now, the artist hub has announced payouts of $5 million to its participating acts, which is an enormous win for the artistic community. Splice’s announcement also comes with news that the platform is securing a sound future, after securing $35 million in funding to continue to fuel its growth and expansion.

“Our mission is simple: to help musicians maximize their potential,” says Splice CEO and co-founder Steve Martocci in a press release. “Our vision is big: to transform the way musicians create and collaborate, to foster a culture of openness in music, and to uncover new revenue streams for artists through artist-to-artist marketplaces.”

Splice soars above its contemporaries in its extensive royalty-free sample library. Presently, artists like Mr. Oizo and KRANE have monetized their sounds, allowing other producers to experiment with their productions on the platform. The platform’s success and artist-centric mantra points to enormous ways in which other platforms can monetize for their artists, something Spotify has struggled with tremendously over the years. Splice implemented monetization of revenue channels like streaming, licensing, and ticket sales.

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