• Serato Announces Public Beta for New Sampler Plugin

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    Serato Sample

    Serato has launched the public beta of Serato Sample, a new plugin for producers. The plugin brings some of the best features of Serato to the production world.

    Sample enables producers to find and manipulate samples in tracks with leading music production software such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, and Maschine. It also works in other DAWs, although they’re currently not supported.

    Sample differs from other plugins of its kind in a couple of ways. Firstly, it’s based on an improved version of Serato DJ’s familiar cue point workflow. Secondly, it enables producers to instantly find samples in a track with a feature called Autoset. And thirdly, it enables producers to detect and shift the key of a track with Serato’s Pitch ‘n Time technology.

    In an announcement on their website, Serato CEO Young Ly said,

    “Over the years we’ve seen huge growth in the crossover between DJing and producing, so it feels like a natural next step for us to return to the world of production. And in turn, it made sense to leverage our successful plugin, Pitch ‘n Time.”

    The plugin has already been praised by notable DJ/producers.

    “This is insane,” DJ Jazzy Jeff wrote on Instagram. “If you sample, this is a total game changer!”

    DJ Dahi, whose produced for Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake, said, “I like being able to get the ideas out quickly. You can’t hold on to music; this helps you get it out.”

    The public beta is currently only available to experienced producers. You can find out if you make the cut by applying at Serato’s website.

    Watch Serato’s introductory video below.

    Related: Serato DJ 1.9.6 Now Available

  • Skratch Bastid Discusses the ‘Amen Breakbeat’

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    The 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Finals included a variety of workshops and jam sessions. One of our favorites was the “Ultimate Breaks and Beats” event, which was named after the 1980s compilation series of the same name.

    In this behind the scenes clip, Skratch Bastid discusses the importance of the “Amen break” and Poland’s VaZee scratches over it.

    Released by The Winstons in 1969, “Amen, Brother” is one of the most famous samples of all time. According to WhoSampled, it has been used in over 2,500 hip-hop, jungle, and drum and bass songs.

    Related: Skratch Bastid Gets Busy With Anderson .Paak’s ‘Come Down’

  • DJcity and Splice Release ‘Bootleg Bodega, Volume 4’ Sample Pack

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    Tall Boys
    The Tall Boys perform at Snapback Live at The Federal Bar in Los Angeles.

    DJcity and Splice have returned for the fourth and final installment of their Bootleg Bodega sample pack series.

    The packs, which are curated by DJcity’s Tall Boys, contain sounds geared towards open-format DJs.

    The fourth volume features sounds from Don Diablo, Styles & Complete, Gill Chang, Junkie Kid, and Capsun.

    Download the pack and get two months of free access to Splice Sounds here (use promo code DJCITY4).

    Watch below to see the Tall Boys demonstrate how they produced their “Bad & Boujee” edit, which uses samples from the series.

    Related: DJcity and Splice Release ‘Bootleg Bodega, Volume 3’ Sample Pack