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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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Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Brady Watt

Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Brady Watt Last weekend we had another Beat Lab Artist Series presentation and we were graced with the presence of talented bassist Brady Watt. Brady has been the bandleader for Talib Kweli and has had his funky hand involved in countless recording sessions. He joined us to share some production tips but mostly to give a presentation on his live-performance solo set up using Ableton as a companion and controller. Brady began by sharing a bit of history – he grew up with hip-hop influences like Wu-Tang, Tribe Called Quest, and Gang Starr. His affinity for hip-hop clearly worked to his advantage as he’s been professionally recording for hip-hop greats like Talib Kweli, Ski Beats, Curren$y to name a few. Brady opened up Ableton and gave us a look at one of his live sets where he explained how simplicity can be used to your advantage. …

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Arturia Product Demo Recap: The New Gear is Phenomenal

Arturia Product Demo Recap: The New Gear is Phenomenal February 24th Arturia hosted a workshop here at Beat Lab Academy and showed us a few of their new products from their lineup, with a heavy focus on the Minibrute 2 and Minibrute 2S. What we saw was AWESOME. They built both of these to deliver power, and when used together they become exponentially cooler. The Minibrute 2 is an update of the original Minibrute, one of the most renowned analog monosynths of the 21st century. The Minibrute was famous for its size, price, and punch that it packed for the whole package. The Minibrute 2 delivers on the hype of its predecessor’s legacy and does so in style. This time around Arturia opted for the same looking dark plastic as the original but added wooden side panels, the result is a well-built synth that feels solid without feeling too heavy. Also new to this …

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Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Naomi Wild

Beat Lab Artist Series Recap: Naomi Wild This past weekend we held another Artist Series Workshop, and this time we had a Beat Lab alumni who has been absolutely killing it in the industry  – Naomi Wild. If you aren’t familiar with her work you should get on it because Naomi is a true hustler who has been grinding to get where she is at today: she is an amazing singer, skilled songwriter, and talented producer. Naomi told us about her come up over the past couple of years, she worked at a restaurant before fully committing to music and that was part of what gave her the motivation to dive-in head first to the scene. She started out as a songwriter and eventually decided that production was going to be important to her success so that’s how she ended up taking classes here at Beat Lab Academy. Her education at Beat Lab Academy …

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After School Special: Indie Electronic Feels – Beat Lab Show Recap

After School Special: Indie Electronic Feels  – Beat Lab Show Recap Wednesday, February 21st Beat Lab had its first After School Special of the year, featuring 5 alumni acts who showcased their skills and talents developed during the Beat Lab Certification course. The event was titled “Indie Electronic Feels” to reflect the indie electronic leanings of each act, but the similarities ended there. Each performance was as unique as the next and they all brought their very own style to the stage, this is a recap of the night. 1. The Water Company   Alex Penate opened up the night with a solo act that expanded beyond the confines of Lot 1 Cafe’s stage, it was trippy, man. With nothing but his Ableton Push, laptop, and a microphone Alex put on the mask seen in the photo and became The Water Company. His set floated through experimental hip-hop beats (some made …

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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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