Once again, we've spent the week surveying the gear and production worlds' many movements across the web, and have nabbed a few gems worth sharing, including a chance to remix SoCal producer Sweatson Klank (a.k.a Take) and a chance to win a Moog Sub Phatty analog synth. We also have news of FL Studio 11, a new video tutorial from Christopher Willits featuring Ableton's Push controller, and a comprehensive guide for mastering audio in the lastest edition of This Week in Music Tech.
For those who haven't already heard, Moog is offering a chance for someone to win a free Sub Phatty synth. All they ask is that interested parties head to the Moogfest Facebook page, give it a "like," and fill out a brief survey to help them plan next year's music event in Asheville, NC. In exchange for the input, those who complete the survey will have their name entered to win a Moog Sub Phatty. Pretty easy, right? At this point, there is no exact word as to when this offer will end, so we suggest getting down to it sooner rather than later.
Earlier this week, SF-based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and music technology expert Christopher Willits added another video to his ongoing series of YouTube tutorials, called Create. This time out, the musical guru shared some insight into developing harmonies and chords using Ableton's new Push controller, showing Push users how to go beyond the traditional piano interface to come up with new chord combinations using shapes and patterns as they appear on the controller's LEDs.
This week, Sweatson Klank (formerly known as Take) spread news of a remix contest for "I Shouldn't Be Here (feat. Ango)," a cut from the LA producer's recent You, Me, Temporary LP for Project: Mooncircle. Participating remixers will have the chance to win Ableton Live 9 and a $100 giftcard to Ableton's online store as well as "merch packages" from both Ableton and Mr. Klank himself. The producer will also be judging the submissions, which are due by May 21. Full details of the contest can be found here.
Image Line's FL Studio software (perhaps more commonly referred to as Fruity Loops) has served as a stepping stone for plenty of budding producers over the years, and still serves as the current production software of choice for many others. This week, an upgraded FL Studio 11 was unveiled, featuring a new "performance mode," 64-bit processing, and a bevy of new instrument and FX plug-ins. The full details of the newly updated software can be read up on here.
On a fittingly final note, RBMA shared its (Not at All Definitive) Guide to Mastering this week, taking an in-depth and informative look at the somewhat mysterious process which lies at the end of each song's path—mastering, that is. Compiling clips of previous RBMA lectures from a range of professional mastering engineers, RBMA lays out some of the recurring themes and words of wisdom from the cast of engineers in easy-to-digest snippets. The results should help one gain insight into the black art that is audio mastering, and can be read in full here.