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Top 12 Effects for NI Reaktor (Free Download)

Top 12 Effects for Native Instruments Reaktor Back in 2018, we posted about Top 12 Instruments for Native Instrument’s Reaktor. Native Instruments Reaktor has been around for ages and the factory effects that come with it like Molekular, The Finger, and The Mouth to just name a few, are incredible. But Reaktor is a complete DSP environment to build your own instruments and effects. And the online user library has been growing for over a decade so we decided to round up the best ones from recent years. We chose ones that not only sound good but also have a friendly and good looking interface. We also added links to all the developers so if you like the device make sure to check their other devices there are probably some hidden gems we are not covering in this article. Clear out your schedules….again. All of these ensembles use the Reaktor …

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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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MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton (Free Download)

MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton We’re coming back with another free Max for Live device! This one is for the finger drummers – MPC Style Pad Cycler for Ableton. This device allows you to load as many samples as you want on one pad. And cycle between the samples in all sorts of ways while still using just one pad! Check the video below for more details and grab your free download on the bottom of the post   Beat Lab MPC Pad Cycler     To use the Pad Cycler first load an empty Drum Rack. Then load another Drum Rack on one of the pads. Load as many samples as you want onto the nested Drum rack. Finally, add the Pad cycler between the master Drum Rack and the nested Drum Rack     Transpose – Change the pitch of all the samples Velocity – Adjust Velocity Sensetivy amount Fade …

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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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iZotope Ozone 9 – The Future of Mastering

iZotope Ozone 9 – The Future of Mastering iZotope has done it again with the release of Ozone 9. This update includes some welcome changes to the already behemoth Mastering plugin. The interface is similar to Ozone 8, but the modules have been redesigned to reflect the rest of iZotope’s recent upgrades their mixing plugins. In this article, we’ll dive into the plugin with a tutorial and review. We’ll touch on its new features, and tell you what we like and dislike about it. How Does It Look? How Does It Feel?     It looks good, like, really good. iZotope has been updating its line up of mixing software over the past year and its paid off. The interface has become easier to navigate, and more enticing to use. Everything is where you need it to be, with just a few clicks to get there. The images above and …

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Accusonus Rythmiq – Turn Your Tracks Into a Performance

Accusonus Rythmiq – Turn Your Tracks Into a Performance Accusonus surprised us with a plugin release recently that has turned our world upsidedown. The plugin is called Rythmiq, and it is a groovebox, sampler, remixer, and AI powerhouse all in one. We just didn’t know what to expect when Accusonus reached out, but they blew us away. By combining their experience with live resampling (Regroover) and beat making tools they have produced an incredible addition to their lineup. Your new “virtual electronic drummer” analyzes your beats and introduces nuanced micro-variations or musical, evolving changes. This will allow you to focus on other parts of your music while your beat is organically evolving. Rhythmiq is an A.I. driven sampler, and it can be used as an intelligent jam partner that you control. Think of it as a complex drum machine with a beat-repeat included. Not only can you loop samples but …

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Goodhertz Vulf Compressor – This Compressor Is AMAZING

Goodhertz Vulf Compressor – This Compressor is AMAZING For those of you unfamiliar with Jack Stratton, Vulfpeck, and their signature style of modern jazz-funk then get to searching. Their band has been part of a movement over the last decade to make jazz cool again. Part of their unique sound comes from how they use broken-down and lo-fi to their advantage. While they clearly have a skilled engineer handling their productions, they delicately entangle grit and ‘oldness’ into the sound. Part of that is their use of classic analog compression. In this article we’ll go over the Goodhertz Vulf Compressor, a compressor inspired by the machine behind Vulfpeck’s unique sound – the Boss SP-303 Dr. Sample Sampler. The Plugin “Vulf Compressor is a really boutique, top-shelf Himalayan pink sea salt.” – Jack Stratton     When it comes to mixing music, you have an unlimited number of tools at your …

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