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Best Laptop for Music Production 2020

Best Laptop for Music Production 2020 Modern problems call for modern solutions, and there isn’t anything more versatile and useful than a laptop. A laptop is a key component of your music production setup, especially if you want to be mobile. Just one month into the new year, 2020, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to technology and laptops. In this article, we will tell you what things to look for in your search then provide a list of the best laptops for music production today. What to Look For   It should go without saying, but you need to keep your budget in mind when considering the computer components to look for. A combination of parts will work together to give you the best computing possible. You want to keep an eye on the CPU (processing power), the Memory (referred to as RAM), the …

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Should I Buy It? – United Plugins Review

Should I Buy It? – United Plugins Review In this week’s episode of “Should I Buy It?” Yeuda takes a look at five plugins under the United Plugins umbrella. United Plugins is a cohort oof plugin developers that banded together, they are – FireSonic, Sounddevice Digital, JMG Sound, and MeldaProduction. We’ve covered MeldaProduction’s products in the past on the blog, so this time we’re going at it with a new perspective. Watch the review video below, and read the breakdown below that.     Breakdowns     The first plugin we’ll break down is FrontDAW by Soundevice Digital. This plugin emulates analog channel strips with the intention being to put it in the FRONT of your effects chain. It adds a subtle saturation to your audio signal, which sounds pretty good. There are three different saturation models – US, British, German. Each model recreates the classic sounds from each country’s …

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Should I Buy It? – Parawave Rapid Review

Should I Buy It? – Parawave Audio Rapid Review In this edition of Should I Buy It? Yeuda takes a dive into the multi-faceted synthesizer – Rapid. Parawave audio is the company responsible for this incredible softsynth, and they really went above and beyond here. Rapid is a plugin that combines the output of eight individual synthesizer layers, each of these layers can be modulated, effected, morphed, and mangled. The result is an enormous synthesizer that required our longest video yet, a whopping 30 minutes, and will certainly fill any synth void you have. Watch the video review below, and read our breakdown after that.     Overview The power behind Rapid relies on the EIGHT configurable layers of synthesizers in the plugin. Each layer has a synthesizer with 3 oscillators in it. Each of those oscillators has the option to perform sampling or wavetable synthesis. Let’s do the math – …

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How to Use a Synthesizer: The Basics

How to Use a Synthesizer: The Basics Music is something that everyone enjoys. Whether you are someone who enjoys playing a musical instrument while you are alone at home or you enjoy having an audience, you ought to know the different ways on how you can improve your craft. The secret to becoming a good musician is to put your effort and time into improving yourself. But aside from that, knowing some easier ways to create something that is better than the conventional should also be part of your checklist. There is no better instrument to use than the synthesizer when attempting to go beyond the convention. A synthesizer opens an entire world of audio possibilities up to you. What is a synthesizer? Well, in this article we’ll go over the basics and introduce you to the incredible tool so widely used today in music. What is a Synthesizer? A …

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Should I Buy It? – House of Kush Review

Should I Buy It? – House of Kush Review This week we’ve got a real treat for you, we’ll be covering more than half of Kush Audio’s entire lineup of audio plugins. Kush Audio has been in the game awhile and they have always created high-quality products, so, we decided to try out as much as of the product line as we could. In the video below Yeuda goes over NINE plugins that range from mixing tools like EQs and compressors to Harmonic sweeteners and a Reverb. He gives you realtime examples on a track he’s been producing. Watch below, and read our breakdown below that.         The Novatron is a Varitone Tube Compressor that models a combination of classic analog compressors. It features a straightforward interface that puts your focus on the Attack, Compress (this is also the Threshold), and Release knobs. Those are the heart …

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Should I Buy It? – DS Thorn Synthesizer Review

Should I Buy It? – DS Thorn Synthesizer Review DS Thorn is a Spectral synthesizer plugin designed by Dmitry Sches (hence the DS before Thorn). Yeuda goes over the synthesizer and boy it seems amazing, we think you’ll be excited too. Watch the video review below, and read the walkthrough below that.     General Interface     Thorn’s interface leans heavily toward a utilitarian aesthetic, favoring skeuomorphic design (the knobs look lifelike) over the alternatives. This results in a plugin that looks cluttered with all the many parameters you are able to adjust, and a bit dated. One of the best parts of Thorn is that you can map every single parameter to a modulator! Unfortunately, the plugin lacks visualization of those mappings so it can hard to keep track of everything as your routings become more complex. What we have are five major sections of the plugin. On …

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Should I Buy It? – Kilohearts Phase Plant Review

Should I Buy It? – Kilohearts Phase Plant Review In this edition of ‘Should I Buy It?’ Yeuda takes on the behemoth plugin Phase Plant made by Kilohearts. Phase Plant is a modular synth that includes a huge variety of sound generators, effects, and modulation flexibility. It’s almost too much to describe with words, which is why we made a video covering it. Watch below, and read the breakdown below that.       Interface     The interface initializes empty as you have to add your own modules in the provided three sections. Overall it’s a clean look, easy to navigate and strongly serves the signal flow it was designed for. We love that it is scalable vertically and horizontally, it’s 2019 and that should be a standard in plugins by now. Functionally, it actually seems similar to Ableton instrument racks in that you can stack sound generators, assign …

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Should I Buy It? – Waves MDMX Distortion Bundle

Should I Buy It? – Waves MDMX Distortion Bundle Yeuda has been busy here at Beat Lab, we just started a new video review series called ‘Should I Buy It?’ where he covers plugins. Yeuda lays down his skills this time to check out the new MDMX Distortion Bundle from Waves Audio, released with a bang over Thanksgiving. Three new plugins each with their own flavor, we didn’t see that coming! Whether you’ve tried them yourselves or not, watch the video to hear our take on these new plugins.         MDMX Fuzz     Right off the bat, we could tell that this is some serious distortion. Even if you turn down the gain to its lowest possible setting the input signal is as crunchy as that yoga teacher we all know that keeps pushing essential oils on us. We had a tough time finding practical uses …

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