Loops have formed the bedrock of many musical genres, but what if you want to take them to the next level? Here are 8 top tips for going beyond loop-based music.
Waveform is one of the few tri-platform DAWs. With version 9 it has gone fully 64-bit as well as adding a bunch of upgrades and new features. Hollin Jones dives in...
New features include 64-bit, $1000 of plug-ins, 192kHz support and much more. Here's the lowdown on the first major update to ACID Pro in many years.
This loop-based production station from Umlaut, "Motors", is designed to let you quickly create useful looped breaks and patterns. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive.
This nifty iOS app combines finger drumming with loop sequencing, live fx and even sample editing. Best of all, much of its functionality comes completely free. Hollin Jones investigates Remixlive.
Sample Logic's latest Kontakt instrument crams over 1000 loops and 1800 presets into a clever four-core loop instrument. Joshua Casper found himself suitably impressed.
Don't throw that tired old library of loops out! Instead, why not recycle them into something new, interesting and usable? Here are some top tips for breathing life into your library.
Creating hip hop loops for yourself or to sell commercially can be great fun. Here are some tip tips to help you get hipping, hopping, and hopefully not stopping.
Looping is at the heart of Live's workflow. Here's a short video that explains how to set up for MIDI input and warm up before performing some MIDI loops.
A site where you can choose a bespoke way to buy just the samples you need is always a welcome addition to the market. Could AudioHero save the day?
Getting inspiration from old school producers for contemporary music is what Irrupt's Flashback: Forward sample and loop pack is all about. There's musical riffs, FX, beats, percussion and more.
The latest update for GarageBand has a large nod in the direction of China. Not only are there language localisation options, but also Chinese sounds and options to share on Chinese social networks.
If you're looking for a capable iPad phrase looper that is Audiobus compatible and can be controlled via a MIDI controller, then Ostinator should be on your app shopping list. Watch the video demo!
UVI announces Mayhem of Loops 1.5, a sizable update to their premium loop and construction kit archive boasting over 8,000 samples, which is a free update for existing users.
Although marketed as a jazz film scoring instrument, ProjectSam's Swing goes further and will appeal to singer songwriters and solo producers as Hollin Jones discovers.