Fresh from Dubspot

Sandwell District’s ‘Feed-Forward’ Debut LP Out Now

Artists & Labels

Tomorrow marks the release date of Sandwell District’s much-anticipated first album entitled Feed-Forward. The 9 track album and will be available on CD and also as a (limited) double vinyl package that will come with a 7” and a printed fanzine from Juan Mendez. The album was originally slated for November release but then got delayed until December 20.

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Portable Music Creation Tools | Nintendo DS: Korg M01 + GlitchDS

Production

Everyone loves a cool music gadget – especially small ones that make music on the subway or train. Most music producers looking for portable solutions are drinking the Apple Kool Aid for that fix. But long before Apple there has been another company making a viable, portable solution to music on the go – Nintendo.

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Modeselektor = Monkeytown Records + 50 Weapons Records

Artists & Labels

Monkeytown Records was spawned as a way for Modeselektor to form a cult like Jim Jones, they joke in their usual custom. “We’re the gurus!”

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Ableton Live Tutorial: Stacking Synths, Using Macros + Effects

Featured

Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor, Michael Hatsis, a.k.a. !banginclude, follows up his Dubstep Talking Wobble Bass video in our ‘How to Make Dubstep Wobble Bass in Ableton Live’ series with another helpful tutorial. Hatsis uses two instances of Operator

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DJ Video Tutorials: Traktor S4, Serato + X1, Ableton + Traktor, Dicer

DJ Tips & Tricks

Dubspot DJ Extensive Program starts tomorrow, December 15th! Our DJ program has six levels of unique courses designed to help students learn, discover and improve DJing skills, from the essential Rookie Sessions, in which students learn basic techniques and familiarize

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Dubspot @ Apple Store SoHo: ‘Making Music w/ Ableton & Reason’

Production

Take your electronic music production skills to the next level Dubspot instructor and Dubstep producer Chris Petti who will be at the Apple Store in SoHo, NYC on Tuesday, December 21st from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, giving a free workshop on Ableton Live and Propellerhead Software Reason & Record.

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Kingdom Remixes Rita Indiana + Guido + Gappy Ranks

Artists & Labels

This weekend’s selections include Gappy Ranks, Kingdom’s club remix of Rita Indiana, and the purple skies of Guido.

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Pinch (Tectonic Recordings) Talks to Dubspot: ‘Scientist, Dubstep +’

Artists & Labels

To Pinch, its the enigmatic qualities of dubstep that make it interesting. The lack of rules keep it hard to label while its dependence on big systems keeps it off TV, so it remains an escape from everyday life.

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5 Free Ableton Live Packs plus Slim Phatty Control Voltage Tutorial

Production

Following up on the much-loved Minus Live Packs that Ableton gave to users in June comes a new set of 5 Live Packs that are free downloads for registered users of the software. The Create Diversity packs come as a nice change of pace from the Minus packs too. Taking aim at organic, world and experimental music these sets offer a broad palette of sounds and routings to work with and should inspire different avenues of creation.

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10,000 Dubspot YouTube Subscribers! *Enter to Win Online Class

DJ Tips & Tricks

Dubspot’s YouTube channel is 10,000 subscribers strong! To celebrate the occasion, we’re giving away a Dubspot Online Level 1 course to one of our subscribers. To enter, leave a comment on our Facebook fan page, YouTube channel, Twitter, or at the bottom of this blog post.

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Nosaj Thing + Mary Anne Hobbs = Music Hall of Williamsburg

Events

Nosaj Thing, accompanied by his Fair Enough visual show, and Mary Anne Hobbs performed this weekend at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, courtesy of Mean Red.

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What is Dub? Pt 1: Scientist, Badawi, Ticklah & DJ /rupture @ Dubspot

Artists & Labels

Renowned dub pioneer and innovator Hopeton Brown, better known as Scientist talks about the origins of dub and the role dub engineer as a conductor, who essentially takes existing music and rearranges them. At last year’s Dub Summit, in a panel which also featured an array of electronic music producers, musicians, and professionals including DJ /rupture, Raz Mesinai, Ticklah, and Barry Cole.

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Jamie XX Remixes Nosaj Thing + Shortstuff + Balkansky

Artists & Labels

This weekend’s selections include the melodic 2 step of Shortstuff, the armor encased dubstep of Balkansky, and Jamie XX’s time experiments with Nosaj Thing.

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Top iPad Music Apps: Reactable, Korg iMS-20, MIDI Touch, Rebirth + More

iOS

The iPad is clearly the gadget to get this holiday season. With an impressive selection of music applications from companies such as Propellerhead, Moog, and Korg it’s become the must-have device for musicians too. As an early-adopter of the device

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Dirtybird Records – Claude VonStroke’s San Francisco Tech-Funk

Artists & Labels

A comedic theme has most definitely been present since the beginning, like the monkey samples in “Chimps” or the vocal samples that blurt “boobies” throughout “Big and Round”. But fun for the Dirtybirders is also about keeping the floor dancing, and their particular brand of tech-funk does this by incorporating a wider range of influences and ideas than simply being goofy.

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How To Make A Mixtape / Podcast: 6 Basic Steps by DJ Shiftee + New Mix

DJ Tips & Tricks

Words by DJ Shiftee Much like a cat to be skinned or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to be eaten, there are many ways to make a mixtape. There are different strokes for different folks, different eggs with different yolks,

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Dubstep Talking Wobble Bass: Ableton Live Video Tutorial ~ Operator

Featured

Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor Michael Hatsis aka !banginclude explains how to make ‘dubstep talking wobble bass‘ in Ableton Live using Operator (if you don’t already own Operator, check out the tutorial video Dubstep Wobble Bass Part 1 in

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NextAid World AIDS Day Events NYC & LA + Bouncing Cats Trailer

Events

Wednesday, December 1st, marks yet another commemoration of World AIDS Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic. One of the organizations dedicated to raising awareness and building hope for people affected by the disease, NextAid

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10 Tips to Fight Writer’s Block & Increase Studio Productivity

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Sometimes it’s writer’s block. And sometimes it’s simply procrastination. But some days in the studio don’t seem to flow like others. Often we feel inspired to start (or continue) a project but feel that something’s not working. Maybe the sounds

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