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Gotchanoddin.com Newsletter - 06/22/07
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Creative Talk - Setting up a Professional Project Studio (Part 4) top

The last few issues we went over the computer/sound card basics, midi controllers, keyboards, VST Instruments, Synths & Audio Sequencing programs. This week we’ll be covering Studio Monitors & Headphones.

Your choice of Studio Monitors and headphones are vital to the overall output of your music production and mix. Keep in mind, studio monitors are meant to be used at relatively low volumes. By listening to a mix at low volumes you will save your hearing, keep your ears from being ‘fried’ when mixing for a long period of time, and the sound of the room will not bounce off of the walls at low listening levels.
1.       Studio Monitors: The goal is to get a pair of monitors that have a ‘flat’ equalizer response. Most if not all consumer stereo systems, computer speakers, boom boxes, etc have an EQ curve on them or have presets to set the EQ curve to make the music sound better. When investing in a pair of ‘flat’ studio monitors, you’re given the ability to listen to the music as it really is. In other words, what you hear is what you get. This is what will help your mix sound the same on different stereo systems, car systems, etc.
What size should you get? 5” & 8” speakers are the recommended choice. Anything smaller will not represent the bottom end well. 8” speakers are most recommended. 5” work great in a smaller pre-production studio. The choice will come down to the size of your studio.
What is Passive and Active? Active speakers have the power amp built in. Passive speakers need an additional power amplifier to push the speakers. Active speakers should be the monitor of choice hands down. Active speakers help eliminate noise and hum introduced by power amps and the cables required to connect the soundcard/mixer to the amp then to the speakers. Active monitors are connected directly to the soundcard/mixer source material which yields the best results.
Connections. Its best to get monitors with XLR & ¼” connections. XLR gives the quietest connection as it is a balanced cable. This usually comes standard with the many professional studio monitors available.

Recommended Studio Monitors:
$300 BX5a M-Audio Studio Monitors
$500 BX8a M-Audio Studio Monitors
$200 (each) Yamaha HS50M Monitors
$500 (each) Mackie HR824 Monitors

2.       Headphones: High quality headphones are equally as important as monitors especially if you love producing in headphones or are a vocalist. Headphones are ideal when listening for effect details, editing vocals, detailed sound design, etc. However, if the headphones are not close to ‘flat’, it’s easy to have a completely different sounding mix! Most headphones have more of a subtle eq curve than studio monitors that are not flat.

          Headphones can definitely be a subjective topic. From our experience, the Sony MDR 7505/6 headphones render a bit dull sounding, the Sony DJ headphone series breaks easily, Audio Technica headphones sound great but have trouble handling sub bass. As of this writing we highly recommend Stanton 2000S & 3000 headphones. They sound great, very stable & comfortable, have dj style ear cups, and they look great! J

          Headphone Amp: The last component to headphones is making sure you can get the same headphone mix to everyone in the band, the vocalist, producer, etc. A headphone amp will take one stereo input and then output it to 4 or more headphone jacks with volume knobs so everyone can listen to the same mix at the same time.

Recommended Headphones and Headphone Amps:
$90 Stanton DJ Pro 2000S Headphones
$90 Stanton DJ Pro 3000 Headphones
$100 PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Headphone Amp
$140 Behringer HA8000 8 Channel Headphone Amp

In summary, by choosing a flat active pair of speakers, your mixes and production quality will translate exactly as you are hearing it which is vital to creating great music! Although headphones sound great, they are not a direct means for judging a mix but are excellent for referencing fine details, effects, etc. As always, make sure to do the research before investing.

If you need help deciding what equipment is best for you, need further info on this topic or want to post comments, just setup a support ticket at our support center or email us directly at www.gotchanoddin.com/contact.html Make sure to include the best contact number and email address so we can best assist you. Thank you for your support and Keep Noddin!

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New Sample Library Releases (free sounds link fixed) top

Trance Samples

Motif ES RnB Drum Kit 1 ($5.99)

Motif ES RnB Drum Kit 2 ($5.99)

Motif ES RnB Drum Kit 3 ($5.99)

 

Also Released:

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 1 ($4.99)

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 2 ($6.99)

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 3 ($5.99)

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 4 ($3.99)

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 5 ($5.99)

Motif ES Hip Hop Drum Kit 6 ($5.99)


These Motif ES RnB Kits 1-3 are pre-programmed to load with the Akai MPC 500, Akai MPC 1000, Akai MPC 2000/XL, Akai MPC 2500, Akai MPC 3000, Akai MPC 4000, Roland MV 8000, Reason Refills, Korg Triton, Creamware STS Sampler and can be imported into the Roland Fantom Series Keyboards and the Roland MC-909 (with additional RAM installed).

When choosing the Wav format, the patch files to Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt, Apple Logic EXS 24 .exs, Steinberg Halion are included.

Try Free Motif Samples and test them for yourself - Just choose the hardware or software sampler you need them preprogrammed for!

 

Cortex Sponsors Atlanta Hip Hop Open Mic top

Cortex has announced its sponsorship of the Atlanta, Ga.-based Green Light Open Mic community hip-hop project set to kick off this summer. The project, as a continuing series of events, features a complete mobile interactive performance and recording system and combines a stage show along with a music-production team, Web video broadcasts and an endless roster of up-and-coming performers, producers and production techs from the Atlanta area.

Green Light looks to tap into the motivated and enthusiastic Atlanta urban/hip-hop scene, home to such talents as OutKast, Lil' Jon, Ludacris and Cee-Lo by providing young and talented MCs the opportunity to showcase their raw freestyle ability onstage using professional equipment and have their rhymes streamlined to the whole world. The project's entire series will be captured by independent film production company Winnetka Films for a documentary slated for release in early 2008.

Providing the beats will be Atlanta's hottest young DJs and producers who will be rocking the latest in DJ technology to move the crowd all summer long—Cortex's revolutionary patent-pending HDC-3000.

Be sure to check out these raw freestyles, MC battles and videos at www.GreenLightOpenMic.com & www.myspace.com/greenlightopenmic

 

Exclusive Beat Releases top

Get $30 of sounds when ordering any one of these beats!
INSTRUCTIONS: After completing your purchase, Submit a ticket through our support center at www.gotchanoddin.com/help with the Sound Collection(s) you would like FREE.

Download links will be sent from 1-24 hours after purchase. Make sure to email the order number of purchase, desired format and collection, and the email address of where to send the link to.

This is an exclusive offer for our current clients, customers and mailing list. We appreciate your support!
buy beats EGN-Beat 057 - WOMAN ($79.99) top
Women.  They can be gentle passionate loving creatures.  And at other times they can be vindictive, viciouse, and aggressive.  This is also how this beat can be described.  The ethnic drums glides effortly across out the track with passionate warm pads adding to the mix for the bridge and all of a sudden the hook
gives way for an aggressive viciouse synth pad.  Women.  Don't let the cute smile and soft booty fool you.

Who can we see on this track? Keisha Cole, Nicole Sherzinger, Olivia, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett  

Get this beat on Audio CD, Data CD, or as an MP3 Download. Beat downloads are not instantly available. An email containing the download link will be sent within 24 hours (usually 10min. to 1hr.)



Available Formats:
CD, WAV, MP3 Download

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EGN-Beat 056 - HOME MOVIE ($49.99) top

If one of you beat junkie/artist makes it big, you will probably run into Kim Kardashian in the club some day.  The "Home Movie" beat is only meant to be played in the hottest club where you will find such celebrity party chicks and your chance at a web distibuted home movie.  The vintage synth pad on the hook and tintallating bouncing lead is sure to get that Party Chick in the party mood.

Get this beat on Audio CD, Data CD, or as an MP3 Download. Beat downloads are not instantly available. An email containing the download link will be sent within 24 hours (usually 10min. to 1hr.)


Available Formats:
CD, WAV, MP3 Download

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Sample Library Releases top

Trance Samples
MP3 Demo Radio:
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Reggaeton Drums Vol.4 - 24 bit & 16 bit versions! ($49.99)

Reggaeton Drums Vol.4 includes all the one shot drum samples used to create Reggaeton Drum Loops Vol.1! This sample library is built around nothing but ultra stereo mastered drums through Analog Tape that are ready to bring the heat to your Reggaeton Beats!

Get 192 Reggaeton Drums, Sound Effects, Percussion, Hats, Seasoning sounds and more. Included are 3 program files that load 64 drum samples per program.

Reggaeton Drums Vol.4 is pre-programmed to load with the Akai MPC 500, Akai MPC 1000, Akai MPC 2000/XL (4 Floppy Disks), Akai MPC 2500, Akai MPC 3000 (4 Floppy Disks), Akai MPC 4000, Roland MV 8000, Reason Refills, Korg Triton (4 Floppy Disks), Yamaha Motif/ES/XS, Creamware STS Sampler and can be imported into the Roland Fantom Series Keyboards and the Roland MC-909 (with additional RAM installed).

24 bit versions included: MPC 4000, Halion, Battery, EXS24, Kontakt, & Reason Refills.

When choosing the Wav format, the patch files to Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt, Apple Logic EXS 24 .exs, Steinberg Halion are included.


Drum and Bass Vol.2! top

Trance Samples
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Battery Sounds [lofi]
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Drum and Bass Vol.2 - 24 bit & 16 bit versions! ($11.99)

This kit comes with 64 Drum n' Bass /Jungle/ Dark Step sounds inspired by such artists as Roni Size, Squarepusher & Mocean Worker. Includes 24 & 16 bit files.

Drum & Bass Vol.2 is pre-programmed with 1 program files to load with the Akai MPC 500, Akai MPC 1000, Akai MPC 2000/XL, Akai MPC 2500, Akai MPC 3000, Akai MPC 4000, Roland MV 8000, Reason Refills, Korg Triton, Yamaha Motif/ES/XS, Creamware STS Sampler and can be imported into the Roland Fantom Series Keyboards and the Roland MC-909 (with additional RAM installed).

When choosing the Wav format, the patch files to Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt, Apple Logic EXS 24 .exs, Steinberg Halion are included.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif


Reggaeton Drum Loops! top
Reggaeton Loops
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Reggaeton Drum Loops Vol.1 - 24 bit & 16 bit versions! ($49.99)

This Reggaeton Drum Loop pack is the first of its kind and cannot be found anywhere else! Get 64 Drum Loops in 24 bit and 16 bit versions. Includes drum loops at 94, 95, 96, 97, 110, & 115bpm in the wav file format. Get this loop pack shipped on CD-ROM or the download option. The download option is 150mb so make sure you're using broadband! :)
Get the Reggaeton Drum Loops Vol.1

 


Sound Collection Releases top
Trance Samples
MP3 Demo Radio:
Battery Sounds [lofi]
Battery Sounds [hifi}

Trance Samples Vol.1 - 24 bit & 16 bit versions! ($34.99)

Ships 128 Trance Samples featuring a Massive Trance Drum Kit, Lead, Pad & Bass synth stabs with authentic club anthem flavour plus an impressive collection ofPercussion and texture Effects. Great for Trance, Techno & seasoning with any other style productions. Inspired by DJ Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk, Sven Väth & More! Wav Samples, Reason Refills and Battery Samples include both 24 & 16 bit files.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif

Electro Samples
MP3 Demo Radio:
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Electro Drum Kit - 24 bit & 16 bit versions! ($11.99)

Ships 64 Drum, Percussion, Effect Electro Samples & Nu-Electro Sounds. Includes 24 & 16 bit files. Great for Electro, Trance, & seasoning with any other style productions. Inspired by such artists as Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, Anthony Rother and more! Wav Samples, Reason Refills and Battery Samples include both 24 & 16 bit files.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif

neo soul sounds

MP3 Demo Radio:
Battery Sounds [lofi]
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Neo Soul R&B Vol.2 ($49.99)
This all in one kit delivers that new R&B flava with the classic twist. You Get 128 pristine warm sounds which are carefully processed thru analog tape machine. It features heart pounding kicks, 64 tight bass drums, crisp snares, sparkling hihats, percussions and 32 piano chord and bass progressions.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif

midwest sounds

MP3 Demo Radio:
Battery Sounds [lofi]
Battery Sounds
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Analog Tape Machine Midwest Vol.2 ($49.99)

Recorded through analog tape machine, this kit ships warm & powerful sounds of the golden years. Inspired by Kanye West & Jay-Z, these Midwest Sounds features 64 crunchy kicks, slamming snares and drums, assorted breaks & turns, 32 Effects, and 32 stabbing brasses, string progressions & synthlines.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif

synth pad samples
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Synth Pads Vol.4 ($29.99 to $39.99)

Volume 4 Features 32 additional slow & fast attacking Pad Samples. This kit adds more of a Darker, Airy, Metallic Style Pad Sounds to the Synth Pad Sample Series. Will work well with Underground Hip hop, Darkwave, Industrial, Drum & Bass, and any other mood music styles.


Available Formats: MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, MV 8000, Wav

reggaeton samples

MP3 Demo Radio:
wav samples [lofi]
wav_samples [hifi]

 

Ultra Reggaeton Vol.3 ($49.99)

Get tha 'Fuel' with Ultra Stereo Reggaeton! Packed with 128 Samples including Ultrastereo Drums, Latin Reggaeton Percussion, Percussive Synth Lines and Arpeggios, Flutes, Sweeps, & Punchy Basses. Features 64 Drums, 32 Effects, 32 Chopped Instruments.

Available Formats: STS, Korg Triton, EXS 24, MC-909, MPC 1000, MPC 2000/XL, MPC 2500, MPC 3000, MPC 4000, MPC 500, Battery, Kontakt, Reason Refill, Roland Fantom, MV 8000, Halion, Wav, Motif


News, Updates, & Info top

JUNE SOUNDS & SAMPLE GIVEAWAY (top)

This month, get the East Coast Vol.1!
Sign up for this month's giveaway today!


GN is giving away new sounds every month!
No Purchase Necessary!


Congratulations to our May Winner Roderick Taylor from
Houston, TX! Check out more info & previous winners


Deadline:
June 28th.
Winner Announced:
July 1st
Winner will be selected randomly. If you already have this month's giveaway, the sound collection of your choice will be provided in its place.

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If you are looking to purchase many sounds at once, these packages are for you! Also get 300mb of free drum samples when ordering any of these specials!









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