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Icicle

Publisher Producertech

Price £29.95

Contact via website

Web www.producertech.com

Key Features

Drum ’n’ bass synthesis, mixing and arrangement tips

Three hours of streaming video

Uses Ableton Live, Fab Filter plug-ins, and NI FM8 and Massive

Includes 9 Live projects and 100MB of d’n’b samples

Written and presented by Icicle

Drum ’n’ bass production wizard Icicle has teamed up with Producertech for a tip-filled three-hour course on modern d’n’b production techniques. The tutorial is available to stream from the Producertech website and is divided into 16 chapters covering synthesising and processing drums, creating and resampling complex bass sounds, bussing and mixing techniques, and adding effects and automation. Icicle mostly uses Ableton Live, but also explores the Fab Filter plug-ins and NI’s FM8 and Massive, with some great tips on FM synthesis. You also get nine Live projects, plus a varied and decent 100MB folder of samples taken from Icicle’s Loopmasters pack. The quality of the video and spoken audio could be a bit better, but this is an excellent tutorial for anyone looking to learn d’n’b techniques from a pro. MTF

Deep Analog Tech

Publisher Loopmasters

Price £29.95

Contact info@loopmasters.com

Web www.loopmasters.com

Sometimes a pack will tell you it’s been made on analogue hardware, but you struggle to hear it in the loops. However, Deep Analog Tech from Loopmasters wears its analogue heart on its sleeve, with a rich and varied collection of gritty loops and hits dripping with raw energy. Inspired by the Kompakt label and artists such as Gui Boratto and Agoria, sounds were created using a Roland Juno-60, MS-20 Mini, Roland RE-201 Space Echo, Elektron Analog Rytm and Korg Volca Keys. You’ll find folders of twisted arps, throbbing basses, haunting chord progressions and beats and percussion, crunchy drum hits, weird FX, and fat bass and synth hits. Although this pack is aimed squarely at tech house, there’s plenty of sonic variety and the quality is exceptional throughout. MTF

Excellence 10/10 MusicTech

Key Features

847MB of 24-bit loops and hits

Arps, bass, chords, drums and percussion

Recorded with a range of analogue hardware

123 sampler patches for NN-XT, Kontakt, EXS24 and SFZ

Inspired by the Kompakt label

MTF Verdict

A stunning pack of rich and characterful analogue loops and sounds with interesting quirks and details in every folder.

10/10

Terry Grant Dark Dub Odyssey

Publisher Loopmasters

Price £34.95

Contact info@loopmasters.com

Web www.loopmasters.com

Long-time Loopmasters collaborator Terry Grant is back with a massive collection of cinematic soundscapes and dubbed-out beats. Dark Dub Odyssey has over 2GB worth of loops divided into 80, 100 and 120BPM, with your choice of WAV and REX, and Apple Loops and REX formats. You’ll find a mixture of live dub bass guitar, reverby pianos, and acoustic drums and percussion, alongside fat analogue bass riffs, electronic beats, and 206 atmospheric, ethereal pad loops. The sound design is excellent and there are some decent loops spread across this giant library. However, the drawn-out pads are a little samey and we found some drums and sounds to be a little dated. That said, some of these textures could work really well in media projects and ambient productions. MTF

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We have 30 pages of workshops designed to help you to become a Logic Power User. There are also buyers guides, interviews with Logic developers and musicians, plus reviews of the latest software and hardware to use in your Logic studio. WORKSHOPS & TUTORIALS: In The Box Mastering - the new rules explained Reverb and Space Designer - in depth Drum Machine Designer - a masterclass of beats MTF Industry Guru: Spitfire Audio MTF Interview: Haken Mason