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Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall)

Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall) We can find influences of Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms in all styles of music. The main rhythm that inspired other cultures all over the world was the clave rhythm. Interestingly enough, the African rhythms they were inspired by came back to Africa. Today, we can hear the clave rhythm in modern African pop music, Dancehall, Reggaeton, and even dance music like big room house and tribal. Clave rhythms and its variation are the backbones for all these beats. Let’s first check out the main clave pattern. Scroll Down for Free Download Clave   This pattern is extremely popular in modern African pop music with artists like Maleek Berry, WizKid Burnaboy & Mr. Eazi. Maleek Berry – Love U Mr.Eazi – Supernova Dancehall From there we can start making some variations to get other styles. For example, let’s loop just the …

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UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 – Update to the Slammin’ Plugin

UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 – Update to the Slammin’ Plugin AVID and UJAM have teamed up together to release UJAM Virtual Drummer 2! It’s available as a VST, an AU, or an AAX plugin. We wrote an article a year ago when they offered the first version for free, and we loved it. We were very excited to see what the update had brought and were not disappointed. So what is the plugin? Well, it is a playable instrument filled with 720 drum patterns ranging across 30 various styles of music. The samples were all recorded from 5 drum kits each with 6 different ‘character’ styles. The acoustic kit sounds pretty darn good and can be modulated to mix in some electronic drums. We had the pleasure of looking at one sample pack – PHAT – which has a beautiful interface and is a breeze to use. The top left …

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How Pros Make Hits: Sicko Mode – Travis Scott

How Pros Make Hits: Sicko Mode – Travis Scott This blog post is a chapter from How Pros Make Hits by Tom Frampton, posted with permission. Most critics and fans consider SICKO MODE to be the highlight of Scott’s 2018 album ‘Astroworld.’ Astroworld was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019, with ‘Sicko Mode’ receiving nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The song was Travis Scott’s first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 32 songwriters and 6 producers are credited as being part of the production process of this track. With guest vocals from superstars Drake, Swae Lee and Big Hawk posthumously. The phrase ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ clearly doesn’t apply in this circumstance. Let’s unravel the components of the track and see what can be used as inspiration in our next production.   Unfriendly Structure …

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CV Tools for Live

The newest pack for Ableton’s Max for Live is in beta and set to release soon – CV Tools for Live. This pack is FREE and consists of a number of devices meant to bridge the connection between your analog gear with Control Voltage parameters and Ableton Live. Note this pack will only be free to owners of Live 10 Suite and Live 10 Standard with Max for Live. The pack contains devices that will make it easier to generate or receive Pitch, Control, Clock and Trigger CV. Join us below as we go over each of the devices. Instruments CV Instrument Use this device to trigger your drum modules from inside of Live. Assign note triggers to your drums and set the parameters all from one convenient location. Utility CV Utility Use the CV utility to create automation curves for controlling your modular gear. Using the three sections you …

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LABS – Instrument Update

The last time we wrote about Spitfire Audio’s Let’s All Be Something (LABS) free instrument series we covered their Electric Piano. Well, it’s been a few months and they’ve been churning out instruments since then. In this article, we’ll cover the latest in a series of instruments from the plugin maker. Charango The first instrument to come after the LABS Electric Piano was Charango. The Charango is a stringed instrument similar to a guitar, but native to the Andean culture. It is in the lute family of stringed instruments. It has ten strings that come arranged in five groups of two. This charango — an Andean guitar-like instrument — was recorded back in 2006 by Christian Henson on a KM184 mic in his Soho flat, played by his brother Joe. This was the instrument that inspired Christian and Paul to create Spitfire Audio. It plays quite smoothly for a stringed instrument which can always be tricky …

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Drum Buss Key Follower – Play the Boom Section (Free Download)

Drum Buss Key Follower The new Drumbuss Audio Effect in Live 10 is an efficient powerhouse of processing. It has a built-in compressor, clipper, saturation, distortion and Transient shaping. Ableton added to that their secret sauce in a low resonator that can take create some enormous 808-ish bass out of any audio with some low-end content. The best part about it is that you can tune the resonating bass note using the Freq knob. Now thanks to Max for Live we are able to play the Drumbuss’s Boom section!!! Scroll down for the free Download the tutorial video for a more in-depth look. This device was Developed by Dez. Modded by Yeuda Ben-Atar for Beat Lab. Setup The DrumBuss Follower is a Max MIDI Effect and thus needs to be loaded on a MIDI track. Create a new MIDI track and load the DrumBuss Follower. Click on the Map2Drumbuss button. …

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Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them

Free MIDI Files – Where to Find Them MIDI files are the sheet music of the 21st century – they tell you the chords and melodies artists wrote for songs and the often even the drum arrangements. MIDI files can contain the inner workings of a complete song. In this article, we’ll share an awesome amount of places to find MIDI files for free. Visit These Sites We’ve assembled a huge list of resources for you to use on your search. Below is a list of websites with the best MIDI files to offer, all for the price of free. BitMidi BitMidi is an awesome resource for free MIDI files old and new. They have a wide range of songs in the classical genre and many in the contemporary Pop and Electronic world. Don’t sleep on this website! Midiworld Midiworld.com is the top resource for classical and jazz MIDI files. They …

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Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018

Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018 We’ve been posting about free downloads for a while now, and now we have a compilation of the latest free plugins from this month. Read below for descriptions of this month’s most awesome plugins. They are each available to download for free!   1. SimpleSide     SimpleSide is a volume automation plugin developed by Armando Montanez. This plugin is very useful for simulating sidechain compression or other LFO tempo-synced effects. With this plugin, you can add an unlimited amount of curves. Amazing. Adjust the rate to change the synced up trigger, and use the blend knob to adjust the amount of dry signal heard relative to the effected signal. Add an envelope follower following this plugin and you have a seriously powerful plugin that is totally free. Download here.   2. Nightlife     Nightlife is an awesome virtual synthesizer by Acoustica. It features …

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