MUSIC
Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies by Bill Evans
Start picking the five-string banjo like a pro with this definitive guide to bluegrass banjo! Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced player, Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies gets you started off the right way and is your road map for mastering today’s most popular traditional and contemporary banjo picking styles. Online audio and video clips combine with the book’s clear step-by-step instructions to provide the most complete – and fun - banjo instruction experience available anywhere!

Bluegrass banjo has never been more popular and is heard today not only in country and folk music, but in jazz, rock and country styles. Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies provides everything you need to know to play just about any kind of music on the five-string banjo by getting you started with the roll patterns essential to Scruggs style picking. You’ll then add left-hand techniques such as slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, play great sounding licks and perform classic tunes like "Cripple Creek” and "Old Joe Clark.” You’ll navigate up the neck on the instrument as well as learn the essential skills you need to play with others in jam sessions and in bands. You’ll even tackle contemporary banjo styles using melodic and single-string scales and picking techniques. 

• Choose a banjo and accessories that are just right for you and your budget.
• Put on your fingerpicks, find your optimal hand position and start playing with the help of online audio and video.
• Explore the fingerboard using melodic and single-string playing styles.
• Accompany others in different keys with roll patterns and chord vamping techniques.
• Keep your banjo sounding its best with practical and easy set up tips.

Bill Evans is one of the world’s most popular banjo players and teachers, with over forty years of professional experience. In Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies, he shares the tips, secrets and shortcuts that have helped thousands of musicians, including many of today’s top young professionals, to become great banjo players.

Erfolgreich im Musikbusiness für Dummies
Sie sind Musiker mit Leib und Seele und wollen nun den nächsten Schritt wagen? Ihre Musik soll gehört werden und statt im Proberaum zu versauern, wollen Sie auf die Bühne oder mit Ihren Songs ins Radio? Christoph A. G. Klein zeigt Ihnen, wie es geht: Denn gute Musik zu machen, reicht leider nicht aus. Von GEMA, GVL und Künstlersozialkasse über die rechtlichen Aspekte bis hin zu Marketing, Plattenverträgen und Konzertveranstaltung - Stolpersteine gibt es zur Genüge. Sie erfahren alles über die verschiedenen Akteure im Musikgeschäft, wie Sie effektives Marketing betreiben, was Sie bei Demotapes und Liveauftritten beachten müssen und wie Sie sonst noch mit Musik Geld verdienen können. Dieses Buch ist praxisorientiert und beleuchtet alle wichtigen Aspekte des Musikbusiness. Zahlreiche Checklisten, Musterverträge und wichtige Adressen runden das Buch ab.
Raw Loops Deep City House WAV
Musical Deep House elements set for the more emotional and vibey tone of the underground. A total of 191 loops, Deep City House touches on the latest sound of the urban side of things, packed with musical deep sub basslines, pushing syncopated tops, deep synth lead lines, lush emotional pad chord progressions and heavy-hitting percussion grooves.

PACK SPECS:

Bass Loops – 17 layered-down baselines for groove and depth to your sound.

Music Loops – 19 melodic melters and leftfield leads built for a vibey essence.

Percussion Loops – 26 authentic percussive rhythms expertly re-sequenced for the dancefloor.

Top Loops – 34 kick-free tops loaded with unique machine and organic hits. Just add a kick for instant deep house flavor

Pad Loops – 18 Deep House chord progressions, ripe to add that touch of musicality & emotion to your next record

Beat Loops – 40 flowing workouts packed with a subtle blend of synthetic and organic elements. Offered in full & stripped versions for total beat control.

Raw Kicks – 20 fresh Bass Heavy kick loops for fast programming.

Vocal Loops – 17 grainy, glitched and re-worked vocal loops packed with a deep soulful vibe.

All samples are offered as industry-standard 24-bit Wavs @ 121 Bpm

191 Total Loops X 425.7 MBs
Erik Jackson Presents Smoke Breaks WAV
Introducing another original banger! Smoke Breaks by Erik Jackson, The Drum Broker's A-List sound designer and drum architect.

Smoke Breaks is the next installment in Erik Jackson's Original Breaks series (Breaks, Rainy Day Breaks, and Dusted Crates)

Smoke Breaks features: 50 Live Drum breaks and 45 one shots!!

The breaks were recorded with an all-analog chain. No plug in effects used. All drums were played at 93BPM with plenty of Soul!

The samples were recorded with the Audix DP7 drum microphone pack using a combination of a Universal Audio, 4-710D, Universal Audio 2 610 and 3 Rupert Neve Portico pre amps.

If that is not enough, Erik fed everything through the pre amps into an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor and finally recorded to them Studer A800 Tape Machine.

If you desire a more processed sound, Erik loaded some of the one shots into the MPC 2000XL and began to pitch and layer them to taste.

Be prepared to chop in your favorite sampler and make some hits. Again, this is a Breaks Only Pack (with one shots). The demo song has other instruments to show you how great these will sound with your own samples.

Demo was made with an MPC 2000XL, Ableton Live and a turntable in real time

Enjoy!

Gear Used:

Universal Audio 4-710D 1 Dual Mono Manley Pre amp

Universal Audio 2 610

Rupert Neve Portico pre amps

Audix DP7 Microphone pack

SSL AWS 9000

Studer A800 Tape Machine
Electronic Musician June 2016
Electronic Musician is not merely a recording magazine but covers all aspects of music production—performance, recording, and technology, from studio to stage. EM finds the top artists and producers – as well as all the musical trendsetters – and gets them to advise, mentor, and detail their craft. Each issue gives you the tools you need to make better music, from production to performance. Plus tips and techniques, gear reviews, and insights from today’s top artists.
Soundiron Temple Drums KONTAKT
Temple Drums is a multi-sampled hall percussion library recorded in a secret stone-walled underground chamber. We recorded a variety of solo drum and bell articulations from a close, wide mic position to capture a crisp, tight, bright and lush sound. The library includes bass drum, large floor tom, rack toms, bongos, snare drums, djembe, doumbeks, frame drum/bodhran, large Tibetan hand cymbals, Tibetan copper bell and 36” flat gong. The space has a crisp, bright and lush vibe and we recorded each instrument up close for maximum clarity and presence, with a wide stereo image.

Sourced from a variety of regional and ethnic origins, these drums and bells give you a broad selection of tones to work with a wide range of musical styles. In addition to drums hits, rim clacks, and tuned percussion, it also includes several categories of live single-shot drum fills and rolls. It also includes an excellent variety of deep, ominous and sacred sound designed atmospheres, ambiences, sustaining pads and drones to evoke the spirits of the your own underworld.

The library is programmed for the full version of Kontakt 5.5 and later (OSX 10.8 or later / Windows 7 or later required). It comes equipped with a custom user interface dynamic sound shaping and mixing controls: attack, edge, release, filter resonance and cut, bank preset loading (with optional key-switching), adaptive arpeggiation and built-in convolution reverb with your choice of 30 different rooms, halls, spaces and special FX impulses. All of the samples are also included as categorized and clearly named stereo wave files that can be imported and used in any wav-format compatible audio environment, sampler, editor, sequencer or other audio software you like.

This standard open-format Kontakt library is perfect for light to "epic” cinematic drum arrangements, concert percussion, tribal and ethnic drum tracks, drum replacement and orchestral percussion. Each articulation is sampled with up to 12 round robin variations per velocity layer, with multiple velocity layers to provide exceedingly natural and aggressively dynamic performances. The library also includes a wide variety of single-shot tom and bass drum riffs, flams, fills and rolls for dramatic effect. With a clear, present and punchy sound, they can be layered easily with other percussion elements and libraries.

We’ve also included 42 dark sound designed ambiences, atmospheres, and sustaining pads to provide tonal leads and background textures. They can be used with the drums or in any other sonic application you wish. Each one has been hard-crafted by our team, using the raw drum and bell source recordings, as well as a variety of environmental field recordings. They create an ideal accompaniment to this library.

The library comes equipped with flexible control features, like attack, release, transient offset, dynamic swelling, filter type selection, resonant filter sweep and a robust Arpeggiator system that provides a full range of custom dynamic arpeggiation modes and step sequencer pattern creation options. There’s also a complete DSP effects rack, including convolution reverb with dozens of unique spaces, such as cathedrals, churches, halls, bunkers, garages, tunnels, chambers, rooms and plenty of otherworldly FX impulses to fully explore and endless variety of strange and unexpected sonic manipulations.

6 Instrument Presets with dozens of selectable articulations, performance controls, filter, vibrato/ring mod, Arp sequencing and full FX rack.
42 Articulations.
62 Sound-designed effects including risers, stingers and and giant hits.
Bass Drum and Floor Tom rolls, fills and riffs.
Up to 12x round robin variations per velocity layer.
Over a dozen percussion instruments including Snares, Bongos, Frame Drum, Doumbek, Bass Drum, Floor Tom, Bells, Gong and Hand Drum.
42 ambient, atmospheric, tonal pad and environmental presets.
Multi-mode Arpeggiation with step-sequencer.
Convolution Reverb with 70 different cathedrals, churches, chambers, rooms, halls and special effect impulses.
A full multi-effects rack, with EQ, filter, phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp & speaker simulation and more.

Product Specs

2.57 GB Installed
1414 Samples
6 Kontakt 5.5 .nki preset banks
24 bit / 48kHz uncompressed stereo PCM wav audio
Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
ReFX Nexus 2 Pack: VSTi, Presets, Expansions and Skins
NEXUS2 is a next generation ROM synthesizer of the highest quality that can turn your musical dreams into a stunning reality. Forget about stereotypical, boring, stale, old sounding ROM synths and embrace the power of NEXUS2 to evolve your productions to a new level of greatness. You can find here a lot of expansions and presets for NEXUS.

NEXUS2 explores new sonic territory delivering complex, ultra-fat, contemporary soundstorms that sound as good as the most expensive and best hardware available today. A powerful and flexible architecture is the foundation that supports the immediately useful and spontaneously engaging design of the instrument. Every aspect of NEXUS2 was built to produce music of the highest quality, quickly, with the least amount of fuss.

NEXUS2 features a world-class 32 step arpegiator with note-transposition, an agile and simple 32 step trance gate, industry leading reverb licensed from Arts Acoustic, and a sophisticated modulation-matrix that will help you sculpt the sound.

Expansions List:

ReFX Nexus Analog Expansion
ReFX Nexus Bass Expansion
ReFX Nexus Crank Expansion
ReFX Nexus Dance Drums Expansion
ReFX Nexus Dance Vol.1.Expansion
ReFX Nexus Dance Orchestra Expansion 
ReFX Nexus Guitars Expansion
ReFX Nexus Hardstyle Expansion
ReFX Nexus Minimal House 1 Expansion
ReFX Nexus Minimal House 2 Expansion
ReFX Nexus House Vol.1 Expansion
ReFX Nexus Perpetual Motion Expansion
ReFX Nexus Peter Siedlaczeks Total Piano Expansion
reFX Nexus Psytrance Expansion
reFX Nexus Store n Forward Expansion
ReFX Nexus Stratosphere Expansion
ReFX Nexus Bigtone Signature Expansion
ReFX Nexus Bigtone Signature 2 Expansion
ReFX Nexus Bigtone Signature 3 Expansion
Refx Nexus Melody Loops RED Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Dance Vol 3 Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 HandsUp Electro Bass Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 HandsUp Electro Bass Vol 2 Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Omnicron Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Pop Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Rom Extension Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 SID Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Vintage DrumKits Expansion
ReFX Nexus 2 Vocoder Expansion

For this expansions you must have Nexus 2.2.1 or higher:
ReFX 7 Skies Trance Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Dark Planet Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX FM Nexus2 Expansion*
ReFX Future Arp Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Kamui Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX NuElectro Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Classic Trance Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Crank 2 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Stratosphere 2 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Dubstep Electro Vol.1 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Millennium Pop Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Trance Elements Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Rauschwerk Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Rauschwerk 2 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Omicron 2 Nexus2 Expansion*
ReFX Omicron 3 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX TV Movie Game Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Hollywood Nexus2 Expansion
ReFx HandsUp Leads Vol.1 Nexus2 Expansion
ReFX Future Arps 2 Nexus2 Expansion

Presets:
274 Folders of presets! 18 000 sounds!!!

Skins List:

Black (matrix)
Nexus_Skin_Bill_Killed
Nexus_Skin_Black_(evil)
Nexus_Skin_Black_(good)
Nexus_Skin_Cobalt
Nexus_Skin_Killer_Tomato
Nexus_Skin_Lime (2)
Nexus_Skin_Lime
Nexus_Skin_T-Bee
Nexus_Skin_Vengeance
Precious Metal_Bronze
Precious Metal_Silver
Precious_Metal_Gold

Bonus:

Nexus Preset Organizer for ReFX Nexus2

How to install presets:

For correctly work of this presets you must have original Nexus 2.2 expansions (for example Dance Vol.1, Dance Orchestra, Peter Siedlaczek's Total Piano and others). Copy this presets into your Nexus presets folder (for example C:Program FilesSteinbergCubase SX 3VstpluginsNexusContentPresets).

About Nexus Preset Organizer for reFX Nexus2:
Native Instruments Battery 4 v4.1.5 Update WiN MacOSX
BATTERY 4 is the cutting-edge drum sampler designed for the 21st century. It combines a supercharged library, tailor-made for electronic and hip hop music, with a radically-intuitive workflow that keeps the focus on creativity. Instantly find and arrange sounds with a new, tag-based browser, and route powerful new effects with drag-and-drop simplicity. With a clear, compelling interface that puts incredible power at your fingertips, BATTERY 4 launches drum sampling into the future.

DRUM SAMPLING RE-DEFINED

- Lightning-fast workflow for maximum creativity
- Supercharged library for electronic and urban styles 
- Inspiring effects, intuitive routing and sidechaining 

BATTERY 4 is the cutting-edge drum sampler 
the worldwide studio choice for creative beat production.

What's New in 4.1.5?

Battery instruments can be saved directly from within Komplete Kontrol & Maschine 2.
Fixed crashes with Roland Quad Capture audio interface.
Fixed an issue loading Kits with the latest version of Sonar.
Fixed a graphical glitch when using the search box within the browser.
Changed the default saving location from desktop to the user’s documents folder.
Fixed the reverb type switch that would need more than one click to react.
Fixed an activation issue on specific high-end machines.

NOTE:
This release is update and requires previous versions installed. 
However, we included the tool to install the update without that.
Check R2R.txt for further information.
Algoriddim djay Pro 1.3.1 + Complete FX Pack Mac OS X
djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

At the heart of djay Pro is an innovative, modern user interface that provides flexible layers of functionality alongside a powerful music library into a single window interface.

It combines djay’s Apple Design Award winning turntable view that renders true record grooves on the virtual vinyl with more advanced modes including horizontal and vertical colored waveforms, live sampler and drum pads, FX racks, as well as a powerful four deck view that allows DJs to play, mix and synchronize up to four tracks simultaneously.

Instant access to over 20 million songs
The all-new music library in djay Pro enables you to seamlessly combine Spotify tracks from the cloud along with your local iTunes tracks into a single library. This provides unprecedented flexibility for song selection no matter where your music is located.

Spotify
djay Pro is the first professional DJ software that integrates with Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Spotify integration in djay includes all of your existing playlists, starred and saved songs, powerful search capabilities, charts, browse, and Match for intelligent song recommendations.

iTunes
The music library in djay Pro provides a sophisticated integration with iTunes. You can browse your music library by Playlist, Artist, Album, Genre, Key, History, and more. The powerful inline search allows you to efficiently find tracks and simultaneously browse your library.

Powerful Audio Streaming
djay Pro’s cutting-edge audio streaming technology delivers ultra-low latency, advanced effects, on-the-fly analysis (key, BPM, beat grids, colored waveforms), all processed and streamed from the cloud, with no difference to local files.

Match
Match, powered by The Echo Nest’s analysis of all the music on Spotify, is an innovative, first-of-its-kind feature which recommends tracks that go well with what you are currently playing. It helps you discover new music that matches your musical taste and style.

Powerful tools. Cutting edge technology.
Built exclusively for OS X, djay Pro takes full advantage of the desktop’s computing power including 64-bit processing, multi-core track analysis, support for Retina and 5K displays, graphics rendering at 60 frames per second, and pristine sound quality. djay Pro combines rock-solid stability with unrivalled performance, delivering a powerful, dependable solution for performing DJs.

Loops and Cue Points
djay Pro offers you a range of advanced DJ tools. Manually set loop in and out points, use Auto-Loop to continuously loop part of a song, or remix live using Bounce-Loop, all in perfect sync with the beat. Multiple Cue Points allow you to set and jump to markers within the waveform.

Recording
djay Pro allows you to capture the mixed output in real-time so you can share it with the rest of the world. Recordings are saved as a high-quality WAV file or in compressed format. The built-in recordings panel allows you to preview, save, and export your files to iTunes.

Key Matching
djay Pro automatically detects a song’s key and allows to match it to songs of the same key within your music library. It allows you transpose songs into different keys, and sort your entire music library by key, perfect for creating studio quality mixes.

Audio FX
A host of professional real-time audio effects are available. Pre-installed Audio FX include: Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Gate, Bit Crusher, Filter (High Pass, Low Pass), as well as six preconfigured instant effects: Absorb, Drift, Sway, Crush, Punch, Twist. Over 30 additional state-of-the-art audio effects by Sugar Bytes are available via In-App Purchase. You can beat-synchronize and chain multiple effect units on up to four decks simultaneously allowing for unprecedented creative expression.

Sampler
The all-new built-in sampler adds another layer of creativity that allows you to trigger sounds and create drum beats on top of your music. In addition to the extensive pre-bundled content ranging from "Sound FX” to "Dubstep”, you can sample from your local tracks in real-time to create and save your own sample banks that can be quickly loaded during a performance.

BPM Sync and Beat-Matching
The sophisticated beat and tempo detection in djay Pro allows you to instantly synchronize two tracks. Flexible beat grids support dynamic tempo and accurately render precise beat location on top of the waveforms.

Multi-channel USB audio interfaces
djay Pro offers native support for USB audio interfaces, allowing you to preview your mix through headphones while delivering pristine sound quality through the main output.

MIDI Control
djay Pro integrates seamlessly with existing professional DJ hardware. In addition to supporting over 50 MIDI controllers by Pioneer, Numark, Reloop, and other manufacturers out of the box, djay Pro also includes an advanced MIDI Learn system. It enables you to map each hardware control on your device to individual actions in djay Pro and customize your setup to match your style and performance needs.

Tech Specs
djay Pro is compatible with any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

What's New in Version 1.3.1
- Improved Spotify library performance with large libraries
- Improved 4 deck display layout
- Improved mappings for Reloop Beatpad, Numark Mixdeck Quad, Numark N4
- Improved stability
Samplephonics Futurism MULTiFORMAT
'Futurism' is an absolutely stunningly crafted collection of fresh sounds and samples that blend together Future Beats, Electronica, Hip Hop, French House and Disco. This is seriously classy stuff and will add an insane level of creative possibilities to your workflow. Check out the demos to see what it's all about.

This super smooth sample pack features a huge variety of beautifully produced Future RnB loops and samples, morphing vocals, funked up lead lines, vibey pads, lush analogue synths, bouncy House & Garage drum loops, syncopated percussion grooves, Disco guitar loops, deep emotive atmospheres, playful arps and catchy chopped hooks. 

Also included is an insanely useful collection of one shot samples and corresponding sampler instruments to get creative with. 

This pack of Royalty-Free loops and samples comes as WAV and Acid Loops files, ready formatted as playable sampler instruments for Ableton Sampler, NNXT, Halion, Maschine, Kontakt, Motu MachFive, SFZ and EXS24. Download now and add your own touch to this creative masterpiece.

Product Specifications:

• 641.8 MB
• 250 Loops
• 150 One-Shots
• Sampler instruments for Ableton Sampler, NNXT, Halion, Maschine, Kontakt, Motu MachFive, SFZ and EXS24