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5 free trailer-scoring tools for KONTAKT

Over the last few years, trailer scoring has become an art form in itself. A quick glance of trailer genre re-edits demonstrates just how important music is to creating the right atmosphere and building a sense of anticipation. Like movie music itself, fashions in trailer scoring come and go. From the ubiquitous Hall Of The Mountain King to the powerful...

Jungle revivalist Sully sketches out haunting atmospherics – at 168 BPM

From his base in the small English city of Norwich, Sully has become known as one of the most formidable talents in modern jungle. Originally emerging from the hazy territory between dark garage, dubstep and grime, Jack Stevens tightened his focus to breakbeats just as UK dancefloors pivoted back to jungle in the last decade. His releases on underground...

Check out the best videos from our community this September

As summer comes to a gentle close – here in the northern hemisphere at least – don’t despair: This season has been truly massive for releases, so there are plenty of new sounds to explore over the upcoming months as life moves indoors! Check out some of our latest instruments in these highlight videos from the Creator Community, including Heavyocity’s...

Real talk: Kito shares 5 top tips for adding dynamics to your tracks

Raised in Perth, Australia, based in Los Angeles, producer and DJ Maaike “Kito” Lebbing first burst onto the scene in 2009 with a deep dubstep record called “What If” on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz label. She quickly went on to apply her skill at making big bad bass and sweetly melancholy melodies to pop music – first as part of the duo Kito & Reija...

How Mitsuto Suzuki helped reimagine one of the best-loved video game soundtracks of all time

Released in April 2020 to broad critical acclaim, SQUARE ENIX’s highly anticipated PS4 title FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE reimagines the most beloved in the triple-A Japanese developer’s ongoing series of epic sci-fi/fantasy crossover RPGs for a new generation of gamers. As well as its lovingly crafted story and outstanding gameplay, 1997’s original FINAL...

Headspace’s Scott Sorenson on designing sounds for the soul

The current global crisis has brought mental health into sharp relief at the broadest societal level, and put meditation and mindfulness at the top of the wellbeing agenda. As a result, the stressed-out public are flocking to meditation apps like never before, and without doubt the most popular of those apps is Headspace. Taking a scientific – as opposed...

The essential guide to micro house production

A sound that has been present in various musical mutations as far back as the ‘90s, micro house is currently enjoying a slow-burn resurgence, largely thanks to the creativity of a diverse new generation of producers who are all pushing its minimal, dance floor-driven sound forward in different ways. There’s a certain conceptual purity to the genre...

AceMo answers the Sketches challenge with a dreamy slice of ambient techno

With a rapidly growing catalogue spanning techno, jungle, trance and East Coast club variations, AceMo is one of the leading lights of Brooklyn’s dance resurgence. Between his solo records – including 2018’s instantly memorable ‘90s mash-up ‘Where They At? (ft. John FM)’ – and his frequent collaborations with fellow NYC DJ MoMa Ready, he’s built a formidable...

Real Talk: Lo-fi hip hop producer Lophiile offers up 7 tips for keeping things wavy

You may have first encountered West Coast producer and beatmaker Ty “Lophiile” Acord via his metalcore band Issues or his killer future bass remixes for the likes of Zedd, Hoodboi, and The Knocks. But in the last couple years, he’s been diving back into early influences like Dilla, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder and Maxwell to create a warm and original...

Shore up your sub bass with a free MASSIVE X patch from GRAMMY-winner Swagg R’Celious

Arcelious Harris, better known as Swagg R’Celious, is a GRAMMY-winning producer, vocalist, songwriter, and lecturer from Manchester, Georgia. Adept at blending and transitioning between multiple genres, he’s racked up credits for a diverse roster of artists including Babyface, Wale, Alicia Keys, Dawn Richard, and K-pop star Hyo Lee – but it’s his long-standing...

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