Cooking Up Beats – Beat Lab Academy BBQ Celebrates Graduates

Cooking Up Beats – Beat Lab Academy BBQ Celebrates Graduates At the end of each semester Beat Lab founder Yeuda Ben-Atar hosts a BBQ at his home in Eagle Rock, CA to celebrate the graduates of each class. We celebrated the most recent graduates this past weekend and it was an event filled with fun, food, and activity. Yeuda fired up the grill, cooked up some Middle Eastern food to feed the Fam, students took turns on the decks spinning tunes, and we even formed an impromptu soccer circle to pass the ball around.       As it was a bit colder this time of year the BBQ began early in the afternoon and winded down early in the evening but regardless of the weather, the Fam was able to have a great time getting to know each other. We shared stories, experiences and discussed the future – something most people fear, …

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GateKeeper Workshop Recap: Polyverse’s Amazing New Plugin

GateKeeper Workshop Recap: Polyverse’s Amazing New Plugin We recently had Infected Mushroom’s Polyverse come into Beat Lab to demo their new plugin – GateKeeper, a sophisticated gate plugin. What we saw was incredible and true to form for Polyverse which has a series of plugins each with powerful code under the hood that leads to impossibly fast and efficient processing. GateKeeper keeps in line with its volume automation, the primary ability of GateKeeper. The effect can be used for simple (but super precise) sidechaining or the effect can be used more creatively to instill complex rhythms into drum beats, bass lines, melodies, anything really! The workshop was an intimate session with Beat Lab community members and a few representatives from Polyverse present to provide information and take feedback while Beat Lab head-guru Yeuda Ben-Atar made beats and showed us the plugin in action.     So let’s talk a bit about the technical aspects …

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Free Binaural Plugin – Sennheiser AMBEO Orbit

 Free Binaural Plugin – Sennheiser AMBEO Orbit Sennheiser just released a free binaural panner plugin designed for mixing sound in a 3D space. This plugin is straightforward to use with a clean interface and simple controls. The idea is to place sounds within a 3D field of space without losing any quality in the overall sound, and AMBEO accomplishes this quite gracefully. This tool is specially designed to work with your surround sound mixing but will enhance any panning in stereo-based projects.       An Azimuth wheel dominates the majority of the user interface where you can control the stereo placement of your sound. Click and drag the wheel, click a position, or type in the exact degree and the wheel will follow. In the bottom right are controls for Clarity and Width, the former affects the coloration being performed by the application and the latter affects how much space …

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Free Time-Stretching Plugin – PaulXStretch!

Free Time-Stretching Plugin – PaulXStretch! Xenakios recently released a free plugin for stretching audio to experimental dimensions beyond minor warping and adjustment. The key behind the craziness is the PaulStretch algorithm which allows audio to be stretched to the extreme while maintaining sample speed/tempo. Slight distortions will occur but users are encouraged to utilize it creatively! The develop claims that minor adjustments are not the suggested application of the plugin, “The plugin is only suitable for radical transformation of sounds. It is not suitable at all for subtle time corrections and such. Ambient music and sound design are probably the most suitable use cases.” In any case, the workflow is simple: insert the plugin on a track with the audio you intend to stretch, hit capture to record the audio. Once you’ve captured audio you can isolate any portion of it and stretch accordingly. This plugin can deliver pitch-shifting and time-warping but as …

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MultiAnalyser – Free MaxforLive Device Displays Multiple Track EQ

MultiAnalyser – Free MaxforLive Device Displays Multiple Track EQ Isotonik Studios has just released a new MaxforLive Device – MultiAnalyser – that is capable of displaying up to 4 EQ curves from 4 separate tracks in Ableton. Think about it. You can at once see interfering frequencies on a single track, FINALLY. This is all thanks to one of the feature updates in Ableton 10, multichannel audio support. With the new update, you can now actually route any input to a device and route any output back out; the implications here promise wild applications with sidechaining, multi-effect sends, stereo/surround sound field manipulations, etc. Obviously, one possible use of this ability is to analyze multiple audio tracks at once which is where this device shines! It’s a super useful tool for mixing, and Max’s integration with Ableton 10 will make it a no-brainer to include on all your tracks. The device interface is painfully …

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Pump and Strum – Max for Live Devices from pATCHES (Interview)

Pump and Strum – Max for Live Devices from pATCHES (Interview) Today we are sharing with you two new Max for Live devices we love – Strum, and Pump – from the awesome developer responsible, pATCHES. pATCHES has an awesome website with Sample Packs, how-to guides on production and Ableton Live, and now Free Max4Live Devices, check it out here.   Pump is a sidechaining compressor that automatically compresses audio at a tempo-synced rate, that way you don’t have to fiddle with ghost tracks or routing. You can save time and effort by applying this device to any track you want to experience that classic pumping sound on. Download here for free.     Strum is a device that lets you play chords like a guitar using the mod wheel on your MIDI controller keyboard! There are two manual picking modes (Pluck or Density) and a third automated picking mode that utilizes …

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LFO Tool Presets for Ableton Shaper (Free Download)

LFO Tool Presets for Ableton Shaper   To celebrate Ableton Live 10 release we’re giving away a free pack of presets for the new Shaper Max for Live devices included in Ableton Suite.   The Shaper tool is a smart LFO that allows you to draw custom waveshapes to modulate anything. Simply click the map button and then hit any knob, fader or button you want in Ableton. You can even map it to plugins. This device reminded us the wonderful LFO Tool plugin from Xfer Records (makers of Serum). The first thing we did is recreated all the presets that are included with the LFO tool to use inside the Shaper.     This will give you tons of Side Chain curves, modulation patterns and other experimental shapes to play around with. Try to map it to volume, filter cutoff, pitch, wavetable position, pan or anything else you can …

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GoDJ Plus – A Mobile DJ System

GoDJ Plus – A Mobile DJ System JD Sound showed off this cool DJ controller at NAMM 2018 at their booth alongside the rest of their lineup, today we want to share with you some of the features this powerful package contains. It can be battery powered and has internal speakers (that bump loudly) so you could forgo an external speaker if you wanted; we’re not sure how loud the speakers are, it’s hard to tell from the video below but they easy enough to hear through the background noise at NAMM. There is also a dual touchscreen interface that allows for scratching, EQ control, and FX control in addition to choosing songs and other parameters. It has 2 outputs available (Stereo RCA out, headphone out) and 2 inputs (Stereo in, microphone in). Other features include: Micro USB (for charging/PC connect), SD card slot 16GB (14GB for music capacity, 1GB recording, 1GB system processes) Continuously-playable …

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