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Teacher Spotlight – Loren Moore

Teacher Spotlight | Loren Moore | Mixing & Mastering Loren Moore is a Beat Lab alumnus, and one of our regular guest instructors. He is a music producer, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles. Loren regularly drops in for the Mixing and Mastering sections of the curriculum to lend his expertise. His take on engineering and production is always enlightening. He’s also a total sweetheart!     Native to England, he moved to America performing in bands and writing solo aliases including his own band touring across the US with Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow and more. Later he started his former alias, IDestiny, gaining millions of plays across major blog sites and achieving releases on Warner Bros and EDM Network while producing and mixing for artists as his career developed. He currently develops upcoming artists, new projects and works with producers such as Richard Vission for song placements with major artists like Pitbull, Austin …

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Event Recap Round-Up March 2020

Event Recap Round-Up May 2020 We’ve had our fair share of masterclasses at Beat Lab in the past, but we wanted to really make a big splash this year. We’ve had a heck of a year with our live workshops, and we’re still hosting virtual masterclasses until the coronavirus curve is officially flattened. So we wanted to take a moment to summarize a few of our past events for those who missed them. We’ll go over past events, then tell you about a few upcoming! Read on below. Intro to Ableton Workshops   January of this year we started hosting free workshops to entice community members old and new. We’ve always welcomed prospective students in for class visits but felt that a monthly event would allow the whole community to flourish. Our first workshop covered the basics of Live. We’ve held multiple of these each month and have been forced …

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Yeuda Ben-Atar On the 
Beauty of Repetition

Yeuda Ben-Atar On the Beauty of Repetition Founder and head educator at Beat Lab Academy recently went to Loop to give a presentation. What was it about? About the innate beauty of repetition and its role in music. They said the following below, At the most recent Loop summit,  we invited participants to give short presentations on an aspect of music making from their own personal perspectives and areas of expertise. This time around, we are happy to feature Yeuda Ben-Atar, the founder and CEO of Beat Lab Academy as well as an Ableton Certified Trainer and producer, under the name of Side-Brain. Watch the video below to see the highlights of his talk and gain some insight while you’re at it.     WANT TO TAKE YOUR PRODUCTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

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RECAP – BEAT LAB & OUTPUT PRESENT: MUMUKSHU

RECAP – BEAT LAB & OUTPUT PRESENT: MUMUKSHU This past weekend we had another awesome workshop, this time we had a software developer and producer, Mumukshu lead us through the features of Output’s newest plugin – Arcade. Arcade is a loop based synthesizer that is connected to the cloud so it has an ever-expanding library of sound categories you can choose from. Mumukshu gave us an awesome rundown of the plugin and its core features. Output is currently offering a 100 trial period which is insanely cool, what other plugin company do you know lets you try out a plugin like a mattress? After the trial period, Arcade is available for a monthly subscription of $10 and you can cancel anytime without losing access to your prior work. That’s right. Any session you’ve made with Arcade will still work even if your subscription is canceled. What are you waiting for? …

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Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Katherine Redlus

Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Katherine Redlus This past weekend we had an another Artist Series workshop brought to you by Beat Lab Academy, featuring professional Harpist Katherine Redlus. Katherine went through the presentation by giving a bit of history leading up to today. She fell into Harp like many young musicians do with their respective instruments, an authority figure or guardian urges you into the practice. In Katherine’s case, it was her grandmother who wished to have a Harp player in the family so Katherine was granted that fate. Fast forward to high school, Katherine had persisted with the instrument and was quickly outpacing her peers. By the time Katherine headed off to undergrad university she had performed and mastered nearly every classical piece of music written for a Harp; that’s why she sought new frontiers to explore in college. Ableton Live gave her the new sense of direction …

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Music Licensing Workshop Recap

Music Licensing Workshop Recap This past weekend Beat Lab hosted an awesome workshop featuring Brewhouse Music, a music company that has been hired for numerous licensing deals with some of the biggest names out there in advertising and film. The founder, Shy Goren, gave an excellent presentation on his history in the music business and his path to creating the behemoth of production that is Brewhouse Music.       Shy’s story began with a promising music career as a popular band in Israel, convinced by industry professionals that his band was the next big thing he moved his operation to the states in hopes of pursuing the highest points of success…but, like so many others he had been falsely seduced. After a few years as an independent musician and producer and fruitless meetings with record companies claiming to want his music Shy and his business partner decided to respond to …

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Ableton User Group Meeting Recap – MaxforLive Visualizers

Ableton User Group Meeting Recap – MaxforLive Visualizers Our most recent Ableton User Group Meeting was this past weekend and as always we rocked the house. Beat Lab founder and Ableton guru Yeuda Ben-Atar (aka Sidebrain) lead the workshop and gave us a tour of the different Max4Live devices out there good for making visuals. First off-the-bat he mentioned the MaxforLive Essentials pack that includes a number of audio and MIDI devices that you can use to manipulate the parameters controlling your visualizer. There are a bunch of awesome packs available for free that you use to start playing around with visualizers right away, watch the video below to get started yourself!     Follow these links to download the devices used in the video – Oscilloscope 2:http://www.maxforlive.com/library/dev… Butterfly: http://www.maxforlive.com/library/dev… Mushrooms: http://www.maxforlive.com/library/dev… Envelope Follower: https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/max-… Until next time, enjoy these photos of the packed event, we even had to rent chairs!       …

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KVR Audio Announces 2018 Developer Challenge

KVR Audio Announces 2018 Developer Challenge KVR Audio just announced their 2018 Developer Challenge, their seventh audio plug-in/audio application/soundware design competition. To enter you must create a completely new plugin/application/soundpack/sound library that can benefit the music community and release it for free. KVR members will vote on the entries and decide on the winner based on their definition of the best submission. This is where creativity counts the most, the plugin could be extremely innovative in the user interface or maybe it has a simple interface but is a killer under the hood. Play to your strengths, embrace your weaknesses, and have fun! Five winners will be selected to receive a cash prize along with a sixth ‘wildcard’ winner. The amount of prize money will be determined and funded by the KVR community via the Developer Challenge 2018 Donation Pool. Other sponsored prizes will be announced by KVR soon. Additionally, software prizes will be …

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Music Theory 202
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Styling
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Max for Live
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