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Our Masterclass Vault is Open! FREE Access Until August 13th

Our Masterclass Vault is Open! FREE Access Until August 13th Yo Fam! ⁠ ⁠ During the lockdown earlier this year, we decided to do two months’ worth of in-depth online Masterclasses in different styles and genres. ⁠ ⁠ We’re excited to announce that the recordings from those zoom masterclasses are now available for immediate access, completely FREE on our site! Please enjoy streaming all 10 online Masterclasses taught by Ableton Certified Trainer, Yeuda Ben-Atar.⁠ Masterclass Styles Include: ⁠ ⁠ → Afrobeat ⁠ → Drum Programming ⁠ → EDM Production⁠ → Future Bass ⁠ → Future Funk ⁠ → Future R&B ⁠ → Hybrid Trap ⁠ → Indie Electronica ⁠ → Melodic Trap ⁠ → Tropical House ⁠ ⁠ Enjoy FREE access to the vault UNTIL AUGUST 13.⁠   ⁠ We’ll continue to add more videos to the Masterclass Vault so make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for future updates!⁠ …

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Online VS. In-Person Classes: Which is Right for You?

Online VS. In-Person Classes: Which is Right for You? Social distancing is all the rage right now and schools are offering online options like never before. The question is: are online classes right for you? Even though we’re practicing social distancing, Beat Lab Academy is still able to offer in-person classes. Beat Lab offers online, and Live Online courses as well. With all that flexibility it can be hard to choose. In this article, we’ll help you know the options a bit better. Online Flexibility One of the benefits of online courses is that you can take them anytime, and anywhere. You aren’t limited by the physical classroom. That sort of flexibility comes at the cost of some options you may prefer, like live instruction and dedicated study spaces. With the flexibility of online courses, you are more in control of your education. Online courses are mostly self-lead, self-directed, and …

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Why It’s the Perfect Time to Learn Music Production

Why It’s the Perfect Time to Learn Music Production What does learning music production have to offer that other investments may not? Well, plenty! We’re to tell you all about the hidden benefits to an education in music production you probably aren’t aware of. Continue below to see what we’re talking about! Transferable Skills     With all the uncertainty in the world right now, your first thought may not be to spend money on larger expenses. Investing in education of any sort, especially music production, may seem at odd’s end. Guess again. Investing in music production education is EXACTLY the thing you should do. There are so many benefits that extend beyond the immediate knowledge you’ll gain. You’ll learn all about music theory, rhythm, songwriting, sound design, performing, and engineering, each of which will help you develop skills that you can bring into other areas of your life. Courses …

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Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone

Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone It’s time for another Beat Lab Blog Series! In this series of articles, we’ll be covering topics focusing on recording at home. Though most of the world seems to be handling the COVID pandemic well enough to beat lockdown, here in sunny California many of us are back inside. As long as we are why not share some tips on the recording process? In this article, we’ll cover one of the basics of recording from anywhere, choosing a microphone! There are many styles and options when it comes to microphones, and we’ll break down the basics for you. We’ll share some links to options sold on Amazon, if you happen to purchase via any of those links we’ll earn a small commission which will help us beat this large economic downturn. Carry on below!     So, you want to start …

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FeelYourSound ChordPotion 2 – Generate Fresh MIDI Ideas!

ChordPotion 2 – Generate Fresh MIDI Ideas! Feel Your Sound is back with a new chord composition tool called ChordPotion 2. In case you haven’t seen our last article on them, check it out for some more background! ChordPotion is a MIDI plug-in that transforms incoming chord notes into entirely new phrases, rhythmic chords, and melodies using its algorithmic AI. It’s mighty powerful, and handy as heck.       Breakdown     ChordPotion2 is a compositional idea-box in the form of a flexible plugin. The lovely thing about ChordPotion 2 is that its interface is streamlined, and it doesn’t try to do too much. Aside from the main portion of the GUI (pictured above), there are only two other sections for editing the MIDI generation parameters. Overall it’s a great device. It allows up to 128 steps in the sequencer, and each of those steps can have customized effect …

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Teacher Spotlight | Yeuda Ben-Atar | Head of Education

Teacher Spotlight | Yeuda Ben-Atar | Head of Education Hello again! We’re back for another Teacher Spotlight article focusing on one of our own instructors. Not only is he the best music production teacher in Los Angeles, but in the entire music business. It’s time for you to get to know Ableton’s best-kept secret: Yeuda Ben-Atar. For those who know Yeuda, we swear by his curriculum, teaching style, and how he can turn anyone who’s truly passionate about music, and hard-working, into a SUPER producer. He’s the man who’s worked with countless artists such as Skrillex, Flying Lotus, and Ed Sheeran. Today we’ll point the spotlight towards one of the best Ableton Certified Trainers in the world, your next production mentor. Yeuda Ben-Atar is the CEO, Founder, and Head of Education of Beat Lab Academy. He is a producer, performer, and music educator based in Los Angeles, California. Yeuda studied …

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FREE MaxforLive Workshop – Hosted by Side Brain Sponsored by Ableton

FREE MaxforLive Workshop – Hosted by Side Brain Sponsored by Ableton Beat Lab Academy founder and Head of Education SideBrain recently hosted a FREE MaxforLive Workshop. In it, he covered many of the awesome ways MaxforLive can expand your Ableton Live use. Watch the workshop for FREE below. Originally posted on SideBrain.net.     Recommended Modules

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Accusonus ERA Bundle UPDATED – Repair Audio Like a Pro

Accusonus ERA Bundle UPDATED – Repair Audio Like a Pro Accusonus has brought to you the ERA Bundle Pro 4, an UPDATED version of their audio repair bundle. The bundle includes six plugins made for simple yet professional audio repair. Each plugin has a simple design and streamlined interface. The standard ERA Bundle comes with one-knob plugins, and with Pro, you get ERA D. This is an update to a previous article covering the Era D Pro Bundle. In this article, we’ll go over the features of each plugin and describe its workflow. Most of the plugins have received a facelift for their interfaces and improved software. We will cover the newest addition – De-Esser Pro – more in-depth. Continue below to learn more! LIMITED TIME OFFER: Until July 31st, anyone who buys any of the Accusonus audio repair tools (from the ERA 4 Bundle Standard) will get another plugin …

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