Jun 2013 18


Ever had the dreaded creative blank? Need to come up with an idea, like, YESTERDAY?

Yep, us too. So our Frontline Producers got together round a table with notepads and a vat of coffee to see what we could do about it. And after some table thumping and loosening of imaginary ties, we came up with: “ELECTRO: Mix Starters: a series of in house produced tools designed to kickstart your inspiration.” …so let’s run with this.

The “ELECTRO: Mix Starters” pack contains four bespoke standalone Electro ideas, influenced by some of our favourite artists, from Tiesto to Daft Punk, Aoki to Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, SHM, you name it, it’s in there. Each track has grouped stems, single .wav loops, .rex files and key multitrack MIDI parts for you to light the fires with.

They are designed to provide producers with the melodic and stylistic elements needed to develop an idea and take it to the next level. But they are written with YOUR creativity in mind. They have an intro, a breakdown and a melodic section; just enough to spark ideas and make it your own.

We want you to lead this session, and with that in mind the songs have been written with enough space and flexibility for you to put your own stamp on them; change the sounds, play with the MIDI, or just use the loops to do something completely different.

This is not an instrument specific pack. So you won’t find dozens of open hi hats, hundreds of kick drums, a gazillion sweeps and farty sounds. This is all about the idea: …About Blueskying, brainstorming, running things up the flagpole to see who salutes, and putting things in the bird cage to see of the budgie bites.

Come on people; let’s point at a blackboard with a stick and THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Welcome to our Mix Starter series.



Jun 2013 10


1,2,3,4 Frontline Producer proudly presents the first in our studio Edition series, Ultimate drums. A brand new, studio fresh collection of loops, one hits and stems that cover everything a real drummer should do and so much more!

These loops are so tight that if you were to push a piece coal between beat two and three by the time you hit four you’d have a diamond.

For the last few weeks here at Frontline HQ we’ve been all about the rhythm, all about the groove and all about making sure you have access to some of the best drum samples that are out there!

We had the pleasure of inviting Terl Bryant (one of best session drummers on the scene) to Frontline HQ.

We set up the studio with his Mapex kit and though trial and error and a little luck, we ended up using nearly entirely SE mics on this. From the Beautiful Rupert Neve RNR1 Ribbons, to the ever versatile E4400as, as well as  sE1a’s and 4s and even a 2200 as an ambient mic.

We smashed these through some of the Rupert Neve Pres and a couple of portico IIs and we had a really beautiful selection of sounds that we could mix into some great sounding stems and samples

We settled back pressed record and just enjoyed the grooves.

What we’ve ended up with is an eclectic selection of drum samples that should sit in anyone’s’ library, no matter what the genre.

Of course there are Rock samples here but there are Indie, Jazz, Funk, Live D&B and Reggae. This is an ultimate collection. Great playing, great kit in a nice room. That is it.

Beautifully recorded at 96 khz and 24 bit, then microscopically edited, these loops, one shots and stems give you either the inspiration to start a track or there’s even some readymade song stems that you mix out yourself or individual hits/patches to programme as you want to hear them. Your tunes, your creativity.

In detail expect to find a total of 150 Live Drum Loops lovingly recorded 24Bit, 44.1Khz, 40 One shots, 3 Complete track Stems including Hats, Kick, Overhead, Room, Snare, Toms and Wet & Dry Track Mixes. Also included are 150 Rex2 Files weighing in at 1.44GB. Drum loops tempos are between 75-180BPM nicely categorized into 4 neat tempo based folders.

If your productions are looking for some real playing that you can build a tune around then don’t delay, check out the demos and sample Ultimate Drums today.


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