One of my favourite Drum’n’bass artists, Blu Mar Ten, has recently released a sample pack and there are some free samples to grab. If you like deep/dreamy Drum’n’bass with lots of nice stacked pads this is the sample pack for your inspiration:
http://www.blumarten.com/home/free-samples/

Blu Mar Ten also had a remix competition of their track “All or nothing” earlier this year and the remix parts are still available:
http://www.kmag.co.uk/editorial/musictech/kmag-blu-mar-ten-remix-competition.html

And if that wasn’t enough they made some ringtones for their fans as well (how much time do they have besides work? :P)
http://www.blumarten.com/home/ringtones/

Blu Mar Ten sample pack

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NodeBeat is an experimental node-based audio sequencer and generative music application for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) as well as for Android. There’s also a desktop version with all the source code. Some of the things you can do with it (according to their website):

  • Adjust Node Physics
  • Drag & Drop Nodes
  • Pitch Shift Audio
  • Adjust Tempo (bpm) & Note Beat
  • Sculpt Sounds: Echo, Attack, Decay, Release
  • Sculpt Waveform: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square
  • Drum & Octave (pitched) Generators
  • Stereo Panning
  • AudioCopy to other applications
Looks pretty cool? :)

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Point Blank in London is sharing some great tutorials from their Dubstep Pro Producer Course, seems to be an interesting course although I’m more into Drum’n’bass production right now.

How to Make Dubstep part 1/5 – Beat Warping in Ableton

How to Make Dubstep part 2/5 – Redux Bass in Ableton

How to Make Dubstep part 3/5 – Wonky Analogue Lead in Ableton

How to Make Dubstep part 4/5 – Split Frequency Drums in Ableton

How to Make Dubstep part 5/5 – Session View Recording in Ableton

Here is the whole playlist with all the tutorials including some Logic tutorials at the end as well.

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All crewsJust recieved my copy of ‘All crews’, a book about the drum’n’bass and jungle culture. The book is about the artists, DJs, record labels, internet forums and other people that have influenced and formed the scene. I haven’t read the book yet but I will probably post a review of it later here on the blog. Have you read this book? Please, post a comment what you think about the book.

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Legendary Swedish(!) Drum’n’bass producer Seba together with Knowledge magazine, Soundcloud and Ableton are behind this remix competition. There are some nice prizes to win like Ableton Live downloads and Soundcloud pro accounts, but the most interesting thing with this competition is of course the free samples from Seba’s track Painted Sky!

Seba remix competition

Seba is one of my favourite producers and one of the very few Drum’n’bass producers from Sweden (the Drum’n’bass scene here is very small). I’ve already played around with the samples a bit, I think it’s a very good way of learning Drum’n’bass production to hear how artists build up their tracks. When I hear the samples from a track like this it always sounds so simple, but it’s not ;)

More information about the Seba remix competition at Knowledge Magazine

Grab the free Seba samples at Soundcloud or below.

Seba – Painted Sky stems by Knowledge Mag

The original track @ Youtube:

People have already started to submit their remixes and there are already a lot of great remixes in the Soundcloud group for the remix competition.

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You may have heard people calling their tracks for Drumstep instead of Drum’n’bass or Dubstep, at least I have heard that lately. I found this article on Beatportal about Drumstep with some music examples, quite interesting read.

Go to Beatport.com Get These Tracks Add This Player

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If you love synthesizers or is just interested in electronic music production you should definitely head over to IhaveSynt.com. It’s a comprehensive guide to synthesizers, both new and older ones, and a large community around synthesizers. Their blog is also a great place to read about new stuff happening in the music and synthesizer industry.

Rating system with a keyboard at IhaveSynth.com

Rating system at IhaveSynth.com

Synthesizers spotted on Spotify is a cool feature where users can tag tracks that contain sounds from a particular synthesizer.

I also like the graphic design of the rating system used on IhaveSynth with a nice keyboard instead of the regular stars for rating.

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At one of the many Music Hack Days last year Tristan Jehan wrote a bit of Python code that takes a song and make it swing. The result is quite impressive and sounds really good if you like swing!

Around the World – the swing version by plamere

More examples of The Swinger are available in a blog post on Paul Lamere’s blog Music Machinery.

Tristan Jehan is the founder of The Echo Nest which also offers a lot of interesting stuff through their API, definitely something to check out if you’re a web developer interesting in music applications.

The python source code for The Swinger is also available so you can try it out yourself.

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I recently found some nice free chilled Drum’n’bass and Dubstep tracks. The tracks are from Estonian Drum’n’bass producer Indivision and Dubstep producer Reso (he does some drum’n’bass music as well).

The Indivision tracks can be downloaded directly from Soundcloud below.

Indivision – Time Is Of The Essence EP by Knowledge Mag

Visit Reso’s new website to get his free dubstep tracks. You can listen to them at Soundcloud as well.

Reso-music free EP1 – Download free at www.reso-music.com by Reso

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The end of this year is approaching and I thought it could be fun to sum up my music year 2010 in a blog post. There are of course also a couple of things to look forward to in 2011 and some things I hope will happen of which you can read at the end of this post. Whilst everyone is writing about how Apple released the iPad (yeah, everyone already know it’s great for music making and that there are lots of cool music apps out there) I decided to write a more personal summary of this year. Here it is, enjoy!

This happend to me in 2010

  • Started trying to learn Drum’n’bass production (was more into House before)
  • Liked my first Dubstep tracks ever (never thought I would fall for the Dubstep wobble, ever!)
  • Visited Musikmesse in Frankfurt (Germany) for the first time (hope I can make it to similar music events in the future)
  • Started this blog, yey!

My favourite released Drum’n’bass albums 2010

  • Danny Byrd – Rave Digger
  • Netsky – Netsky
  • New Zealand Shapeshiter – The system is a remix
  • Camo & Krooked – Above and beyond
  • Sunchase – Static Nitro
  • Noisia – Split the atom

Some good drum’n’bass albums I’ve totally missed in 2010? Please, leave a comment.

My top ten tracks 2010 according to Last.fm

  • Seba – Painted Skies (Original Mix)
  • New Zealand Shapeshifter – Lifetime (Logistics remix)
  • Lusine – Two Dots (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
  • DJ Fresh – Hypercaine (Nero Dubstep Mix)
  • razorPoint – Amygdalae (Original Mix)
  • Concord Dawn – You Don’t Have To Run
  • Kerri Chandler – So Let The Wind Come (Louie’s MTV Remix)
  • The Last Atlant – A Priori (Eelke Kleijn Remix)
  • Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me (Nero Remix)
  • Mr. V – Bring The Beat Back (Instrumental Mix)

Looking forward to happen in 2011

  • A full length album from Seba (come on, it would be amazing to hear!)
  • Me finish at least two full lenght Drum’n’bass tunes
  • Soundcloud releasing a playlist feature so it’s possible to arrange favourite tracks in a nice playlist to share with others
  • Spotify making RSS feeds for new music they add based on genre (would be nice to see all Drum’n’bass tracks that they add to their library for example)
  • The release of London Elektricity’s new album (it will come out in 2011 according to what I’ve heard so far)
  • A music hack day in Sweden again
  • More Drum’n’bass clubs in Sweden, especially in Göteborg where I live

Last but not least I wish you all a Happy New Music Year!

What did you do 2010?

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