A true drum & bass genius, some lo-fi loveliness, and bassy house jams feature in today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
It’s not everyday you get the chance to get signed to the venerable Get Physical label, so consider this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, courtesy of your friends at Beatport. That’s right—win this week’s Climbers and Blond:ish Play contest for their collaborative track “Town Joker” and you could have your version officially put out by one of tech-house’s most celebrated labels. What’s more, you’ll also snag a Point Blank Pro producer course, a Traktor Kontrol X1 controller, and a copy of our Sounds to Sample Elements sounds pack.
**UPDATED 5/13: This contest is now closed. Thanks for your entries!
The Launchpad S is the newest addition to Novation’s already-awesome line of MIDI controllers. It comes bundled with the Launchpad Edition of Ableton Live, but it also works handily with other grid-based software like FL Studio. But maybe the best part, at least today, is that we’re giving one away for free in this week’s contest.
We’re super-excited to announce a special Tuesday stream from the one and only Miss Kittin on Beatport Live. A true legend in the game, Miss Kittin has been wowing crowds since the late ’90s with her eclectic style and flair. Her discography reads like a who’s-who of labels and collaborators—from Felix Da Housecat to Steve Bug and from Mental Groove Records to Terminal M, she knows what’s up.
Whether you’re a first-time producer or years into your career, even seasoned pros will tell you that there’s always something new to learn. So we’re excited to bring you a series of studio tips and tricks in collaboration with four awesome online production schools: Dubspot, Point Blank, Berklee School of Music, and Pyramind. Today we team up with Dubspot to show you how to create your favorite trap and techno sounds, with tips on everything from building instrument racks to crafting unique basslines. We’ve also selected some nice sounds packs to go along with the videos and to keep the inspiration flowing.
Dave Smith Instruments will forever fly the flag for analog synthesis. Not only did the company’s namesake help push the technological innovation into the mainstream decades ago, but he continues to make incredible synthesizers—like the one we’re giving away today: the monophonic analog Mopho synthesizer keyboard. All you’ve got to do is purchase one Sounds pack, and you’ll be automatically entered to win this amazing piece of hardware.
Old-school Detroit, new-school beats, and lots more take over today’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Looking to score some huge FXpansion sound packs and get signed to Burn the Fire Records? Then try your hand at remixing Vaski’s “Baddest” and you just might. The winner of this week’s Play contest will also take home a Sounds to Sample Elements pack, plus FXpansion’s Geist, DCAM: Synth Squad, and Maul sample packs.
**UPDATED: This contest is now closed. Thanks for your submissions!
Breach’s “Jack” is currently working its deep and swinging house magic for Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird imprint. To help celebrate, the label has offered us a pretty sweet t-shirt to give away to one lucky member of the Beatport News faithful. Wanna snag it?