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Samplecraze release their latest book: Low End

Posted: 14-Mar-14


Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers

A New eBook By Samplecraze, Covering Everything You Need To Know About The Bass End In Pop, Dance & Urban Genres

While a great bass end may not guarantee you a hit, failure here will scupper your chances, particularly if you’re working in urban, pop or dance styles. So bass, the bottom end, the low end — call it what you will — to craft a successful pop, dance or urban track, you need to get what’s happening in those low frequencies bang on.

Samplecraze’s latest eBook Low End: The Definitive Guide For Producers takes on this vast and much misunderstood subject. Author Eddie Bazil has poured decades of dance and urban sound-design experience into this epic exploration of the bottom end, and the result is far more than a book about mixing.

Eddie covers everything from choosing classic sound sources like the classic Roland TR808 and 909 synths, to programming parts with a real feel — and parts that won’t cause problems when it comes to the mix. There’s plenty of practical advice on sound-sculpting using filters, both creatively and to remove ‘mud’ and avoid masking, on dynamics processing and ways to add ‘warmth’ using tube, tape and analogue gear emulations. All of the production tricks you’d expect to see in dance, pop and urban genres are explained in detail, from layering different sounds and parallel processing, through side-chaining your gates and compressors for pumping and other effects, triggering sub-bass synths, and modulation of various synth and effects parameters, to the many different ways you can use automation to your advantage.

His main focus is on the practical skills and tips that you need to make quick progress, and throughout the book Eddie demonstrates techniques using what he calls ‘Sound Design Remixes’, where he takes a real-world project and reworks the bass end textures and timbres to illustrate exactly the effect he is talking about. But he’s also backed this up with plenty of useful theory that will help you keep learning and experimenting for years, including a detailed consideration of phase and phase-cancellation — which can not only cause problems like making your low end sound thin (or even disappear!), but can be turned to your advantage when you know how. There’s far more than can be listed here, so head over to the Samplecraze website for a chapter-by-chapter breakdown.

Why an eBook? Quite simply, there’s no other publishing format that can really do this subject justice — this virtual tome weighs in at almost 300 pages and is packed with illustrative pictures, screen captures from the latest plug-ins and production software and audio examples. And of course, the savings over paper and printing get passed on to you: you get all this for only $25.

Read this book, try out Eddie’s tricks and absorb his advice — and you’ll soon be well on the way to making tracks with the tightest, punchiest of bottom ends. And if you’re still not sure if this one's for you, then head over to samplecraze.com, where you can check out the quality of the many free tutorials and find details of Eddie’s other books and videos, and Samplecraze one-to-one tuition packages.

Price: $25.

For more details go to www.samplecraze.com.


Background Notes:

Samplecraze is all about music production education. They’ve published a range of eBooks tackling a range of subjects including Creative Effects, The Art Of Drum Layering, EQ Uncovered and Beat Construction as well as a number of free taster tutorials and videos. Samplecraze also offer custom one-to-one training packages in music production.



Founder Eddie Bazil has been programming and creating samples for decades, since before the heyday of Akai and Emu hardware, and is also the man behind respected virtual instrument makers, Stretch That Note.


Web-Link: Low End


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