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Sampling innovator RJD2 and online music school Soundfly team up to release transformative new course on sampling and arranging

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Instrumental hip-hop producer RJD2 has launched his first online course, made in partnership with music education platform Soundfly. This in-depth course guides students through RJD2's unique approach to chopping and flipping records, and how he arranges samples into fully realized songs.

Known for his groundbreaking albums including "Deadringer" and "Since We Last Spoke," as well as for composing the theme song to AMC's "Mad Men," Ramble Jon Krohn has long been heralded as one of the pioneers of instrumental beat making, helping to bring the art of sampling to new genres and audiences.

In his course, "RJD2: From Samples to Songs," RJD2 opens up his creative process - sharing his perspectives on crate digging, listening, and finding samples, and walking students through the process of turning chops and loops into sequences, and arranging those parts into thoughtful, dynamic tracks. He demonstrates how he works with the AKAI MPC2000XL and how to achieve similar effects in the DAW. And he opens up the Pro Tools sessions of some of his most iconic tracks, including 'Smoke and Mirrors' and 'Let There Be Horns,' going into elaborate detail about how the songs came together.

"RJD2: From Samples to Songs" features over 35 videos, filmed in RJD2's home studio, as well as readings, downloadable tracks, creative prompts, and access to Soundfly's online Slack community where students get feedback on their work. It joins Soundfly's extensive subscription library of creative music courses for both amateur and professional-level musicians.

"I think one of the most common obstacles that artists fall prey to is being too delicate with their own music. I hope that one of the things I can do with this course is to provide the encouragement for students to think big, be bold, and be drastic when it comes to their recordings. I'd encourage students to find that boundary at which they might think something is 'acceptable' and blow right through it," said RJD2 about the inspiration behind the material. "By the end of the course, I hope you're excited to sit down and make music."

"Creating this course has changed the way I think about the building blocks of music," said Soundfly CEO Ian Temple. "I've shifted from focusing on notes and pitches to considering music to be chunks of manipulable sound. It's been a fascinating change of perspective and I'm excited for the music it inspires in our students."

Sign up at: https://Soundfly.com/RJD2

Watch the promo video: https://youtu.be/qf103sh2ukY

ABOUT SOUNDFLY

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal.

Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/.

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McGregor Pedals Introduces the Cozmic Fuzzball Pedal

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Boutique pedal company McGregor Pedals has launched its third pedal: The Cozmic Fuzzball. It follows on the heels of the McGregor's previous pedals, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive, a single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal for guitar and bass, released in December 2019 and the Crunch Plus Overdrive, a medium-gain version for guitar and bass released in December 2020.

Designed and built by Garth Heslop, the brand new Cozmic Fuzzball pedal is built on the same foundation as the previous two pedals, though you would never know it. Heslop takes it to the next level by stacking hard clipping with soft clipping and adding an overdriven transistor for that sweet fuzz tone. Beginning with the attack control on minimum the Cozmic Fuzzball delivers distortion with a bright creamy edge.

"As you bring up the attack the distortion gets heavier; by noon on the attack, you have already started to hear fuzz layered in. Both the fuzz and the sustain grow from there. The Cozmic Fuzzball was designed for both guitar and bass," Heslop says.

See the Cozmic Fuzzball demo video here: https://youtu.be/yPtQpVnYh1s

See all three McGregor Pedals here: https://youtu.be/tdcZqE39DXo

The Cozmic Fuzzball has a straightforward control set:

* Attack: This controls strength of the signal hitting the fuzz transistor; more attack = more fuzz and sustain. At the lower end with low output pickups the effect is mild distortion/overdrive. As you bring up the attack the distortion gets stronger. Soon you will hear fuzz starting to layer in. Pin the Attack and you are in fuzz-land. The output of your pickups will have a significant effect on how much fuzz is generated (as will your guitar's volume pot)

* Tone: this is a variable high pass filter; the left side of the range is more for bass guitar, the right for both bass and guitar.

* Vol: This attenuates the amplified and clipped signal after it leaves the tone filter.

* LED Brightness (Unmarked Trimpot on the side): Please make the adjustment gently using a jeweler's screwdriver.

Key Cozmic Fuzzball features:

* Hand soldered in Vancouver, Canada

* High grade components picked for their superior sound and response

* True bypass with soft-click switch

* Standard 9-volt DC center-negative power operation (no battery compartment)

* Top-mounted audio jacks and power input to help with packed pedal boards

The Cozmic Fuzzball is currently priced at USD $210 and can be purchased directly from the McGregor Pedals online store via https://www.mcgregorpedals.com/.

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McGregor Pedals Introduces the Crunch Plus Overdrive

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada -- Boutique pedal company McGregor Pedals has launched its second pedal: The Crunch Plus overdrive. It follows on the heels of the McGregor's debut pedal, the Crunch Transparent Overdrive, a single-channel, low-gain overdrive pedal for guitar and bass, released in December 2019.

Designed and built by Garth Heslop, the brand new Crunch Plus pedal starts where the Crunch leaves off, building on the same circuit by adding a third gain stage and a second clipping stage. Beginning with the gain at minimum, the Crunch Plus pedal is similar to the Crunch Transparent Overdrive on 3/4 gain with a bit of an edge.

It never loses that edge as you bring up the gain. The Crunch Plus takes it to the next level while still maintaining the transparency you would expect from a McGregor Pedals overdrive pedal and is suitable for both guitar and bass.

See the Crunch Plus demo video here: https://youtu.be/8JEC1qE3i8Q

The Crunch Plus has a straightforward control set:
* Gain: This controls the amount of gain driving the pedal's hard clipping. Minimum setting is similar to the Crunch Transparent Overdrive on 3/4 gain with a bit of an edge. The Crunch Plus pedal never loses that edge, it builds on it as you bring up the gain.
* Tone: A mid-range control that works very much like the tone control on most guitars.
* Vol: This Attenuates the amplified and clipped signal after it leaves the tone filter.
* Trimpot on side of pedal (unmarked) controls LED Brightness: As someone who plays daytime outdoor shows, Garth Heslop wanted a super bright LED; however, this made it horrible to use in any other situation. The added trimpot allows you to vary the LED Brightness from dark stage to bright sun. Please make the adjustment gently using a jeweler's screwdriver.

Key Crunch Plus features:
* Hand soldered in Vancouver, Canada
* High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
* True bypass with soft-click switch
* Standard 9-volt DC center-negative power operation (no battery compartment)
* Top-mounted audio jacks and power input to help with packed pedal boards

The Crunch Drive is priced at $210 and can be purchased directly from the McGregor Pedals online store via https://www.mcgregorpedals.com/.

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Caption: Crunch Plus pedal.

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Caption: Crunch Transparent Overdrive and Crunch Plus.

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