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Should I Buy It? – Audio Realism ABL3

Should I Buy It? – Audio Realism ABL3 In this edition of Should I Buy It? Yeuda has whipped out a powerful Acid Bass plugin, the ABL3 from AudioRealism. It’s a 303 emulation that does a fair job of recreating the real thing, all from a neatly packed plugin. Watch the review video below, then our breakdown below that.       Breakdown     The AudioRealism Bass Line 3 is a faithful emulation of the original Roland TB303. Its interface follows the same form factor as its hardware inspiration with some added features to make the most out of the digital format. At startup, you will see the Classic editor which is easily recognizable as the original 303 interface. There are transport controls, randomize buttons, step selectors, the MIDI keys, copy/paste, down/up, accenting/sliding, and a handy record button. The record button is great because you can step-record in each …

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Freebies Round-Up – Beat Lab Tools Collected

Freebies Round-Up – Beat Lab Tools Collected We’re dedicated to providing affordable education to the entire music community, so we’re always giving away plugins, videos, tutorials, etc. Money may be tight, or you’re just looking to save up any way, so we gathered some of the best free resources Beat Lab has to offer. In this article, we’ll go over some of our most popular freebies. Check them out below! Beat Lab Autotuna     Ever wanted your vocals to sound like Post Malone or Daft Punk? Well now is the perfect time to try it out. With our free download, you’ll be able to autotune your vocals with total ease. Make sure you have Max for Live, otherwise the device won’t work. If you don’t have Live Suite then now is the perfect time to upgrade! Check out Ableton’s free 90-day trial of Live Suite, or take advantage of …

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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? – 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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Arturia MicroFreak Review – A Fun & Freaky Compact Synthesizer

Arturia MicroFreak Review – A Fun & Freaky Compact Synthesizer This week we have the pleasure of sharing with you our review of the Arturia MicroFreak. The MicroFreak is true to its name as being a freaky freaky synthesizer. It’s packed full of different amazing waveforms that allow experimentation to the fullest. It has a riveting form factor with its PCB Keyboard and single digital oscillator layout. We love it and wish we could have kept it. Watch the full review below!  

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Beat Lab Reviews – Fres Tracks of the Week March 1st, 2019

More music, more love, more freshness. Enjoy the collection below! Try to stay warm in the cold. Listen Below. The Same Persons – Give Me Give Me is a beautiful house track featuring a guitar and vocal opening. The drop is incredibly catchy thanks to the blippy bass and kick drum. The second build/verse evens out the energy with some more singing and instruments, it’s all lovely. Give Me takes house production back to its roots and remains original at the same time. The production is clean as hell and this one is now on our club bangers playlist. Listen below. DUETS AND STUFF – Serve Somebody Is Winter over yet? It’s especially hard to tell while listening to this delicious indie song by Duets and Stuff. Halfway between moody winter and shiny summer, the vibes on this song remain blissful. The marimba player deserves a shoutout for humbly chirping …

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We Make Dance Music – Project Templates and Community Marketplace

We Make Dance Music – Project Templates and Community Marketplace We Make Dance Music is a website dedicated to a community of artists making music for the site and artists utilizing music on the site. It is a community marketplace that offers all sorts of various music-related goodies, things like Project Templates, samples + loops, even royalty-free music can be purchased there. They reached out to us recently about trying some of the Project Templates they have to offer so we checked out a few and wanted to share with you our experience so you could join the fun! We’ll give a brief overview of the website and purchase process then break down some of the templates we tried out. The Website As we mentioned above the website has a lot to offer in the realm of downloadable music content. They organize the website into four main sections – Templates, Sounds, Stems, and …

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Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week August 17, 2018

Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week August 17, 2018 We have some exciting news about the Beat Lab blog, remember when we did that review on Submithub? Well, we reached out to them and are hoping to get set up with their service as reviewers, that’s right, sometime soon you may be able to submit your music through Submithub and get it featured on our website! Beat Lab Academy is a music school and we wanted to provide a platform for people like our students to share their music with like-minded individuals across the internet. We will be running a weekly article featuring a number of songs new to us or new to the world in an effort to promote music for those on the come up. For the first few weeks, we will be promoting music from our students and alumni until more submissions come in. …

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