Meet SAM, Our New AI Machine

We have a new addition to the team and it’s name is SAM. Technology is moving at lightning speed (although we still can’t get printers to print first time without messing with the Wi-Fi, but I digress.) Because of that, we’ve created a machine called SAM (Sampling Artificial Machine). It will feature in a few posts including a new series called Bitiques where we’ll do…

Roland Announces The SP-404A

Go from X to A with the new Roland SP-404A sampler. You know we LOVE the SP-404. Well, Roland went ahead and upgraded it. The SP-404A is a revamped version of the classic sampler “designed for live use”. It’s defining feature is the ability to marry up with Roland’s TR-8, combining both sample and percussive synthesis. It can either work as a standalone unit or…

Mastering Guides

Reddit user uploads two awesome guides on mastering. As much as we love lo-fi beats and the grit of a vinyl record, we fully appreciate the craft of mixing and mastering. Madvillainy, Champion Sound, Knxwledge’s releases for Stones Throw (at the very least) – they’ve all been mixed and mastered. Most beatmakers loathe this task and just don’t bother. If you’re lucky enough to get…

808: A Documentary On “The Heart Of The Beat That Changed Music”

808: The Music features music from Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and 808 State. For one of the most influential pieces of technology in music, there is now a documentary. 808: The Music is a film collaboration between You Know Studios and Atlantic Films with narration from Zane Lowe and commentary from the likes of Questlove, Rick Rubin, and Phil Collins, amongst others. Of course to…

Discover New Music With Gnoosic

Stuck on finding new music? Maybe Gnoosic can help. Gnod is a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking its visitors what they like and what they don’t like. In this instance of Gnod all is about music. It will ask you what music you like and then think about what you might like too. In order to do this, Gnod asks you…

A Quick Sampler’s Guide To Managing Your Digital Music Collection

Need help organising your digital music collection? Then this mini guide might be useful. The death of the iPod classic was a watershed moment in music technology. It effectively marked the end of pocket sized music collections. Sure, you can play millions of tracks on streaming services like Spotify and Google Play but unless you plan to get a Sony Xperia Z5 or XZ for…

Jus Now Have Created A Mammoth West Indian Drum Sample Library

The UK-Caribbean double act have put together a fantastic library to add some cool rides to your tracks. The carnival vibe was exemplified by the Olympics in Rio, along with the annual events in Rio and Notting Hill. If you’re missing that vibrance and colour, Jus Now have you covered. The duo – Sam Interface from Bristol and LAZAbeam from Trinidad – have compiled an…

Desperados’ Inner Tequila Studios Presents “Sip Hop”

When beer tequila and beats come together, you get “sip hop”, courtesy of Desperados and Inner Tequila Studios. Malt liquor, numerous brands of champagne and Sprite are just some of the beverages associated with hip hop over the years but there might be a new brand entering the fold. Desperados, the beer tequila, in conjunction with their Inner Tequila Studios initiative are constantly experimenting with…

Virtual Crate Digging With “Digging Into Hip-Hop”

There’ll be no need to get dusty fingers when you’ve tried “Digging Into Hip-Hop”, an online vinyl experience. You’ve heard of e-digging, well now there’s virtual crate digging. Digging Into Hip-Hop is a site that “offers a virtual record shop experience”, allowing you to “dig” through the crates using your mouse/trackpad and keyboard. Unfortunately, the site is limited to hip hop records and only has…