Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 21, 2018

Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 21, 2018 The end of summer is finally here so we have some tracks to wish you the best as we move into fall. For everyone living in Los Angeles this reluctant change in the seasons is still granting us 90-degree heat but soon enough the chill will follow, so until then enjoy some of the fresh tracks below! We’ve got some summer bangers, electronic R&B, Indie Pop magic, some evocative Trip-Hop, and an awesome live-rendition video.     Netsky – Tequila Limonada ft. A.Chal A cool car, cool clothes, cool hair, and a cool beat. The music video for Netsky’s new release Tequila Limonada certainly has the cool factor in big supply. The video features a party at a midcentury Spanish mansion located in the Hollywood Hills and evokes the perfect feelings as we all kiss summer goodbye. The editing on the video …

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The Missing Link – Bringing Ableton Link to Hardware Devices

The Missing Link – Bringing Ableton Link to Hardware Devices Knobcon 2018 just happened recently in Chicago, Illinois where people gathered to share their latest and greatest in the world of hardware synthesis and experimental music-making tools. Ed Guild of Happy Circuit shared his incredible creation – The Missing Link which is a box that lets you connect your analog gear to other Ableton Link compatible devices. What’s especially useful about this device is that it operates over Wi-Fi so you no longer have to worry about all those cables clunking up your workflow. We were fortunate enough to get some questions answered by Ed, our interview is below! 1. Your website notes that you’ve DJ’d, VJ’d and been involved with bands since 2001, has any of that time been dedicated to working in Ableton Live? _ I started out VJing in a live electronic dance music band called Psylab. There …

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Speektra – Retro Chipspeak Synthesizer

Speektra – Retro Chipspeak Synthesizer PureMagnetik recently released Speektra, “a speech simulation synthesizer based on the VOSIM method developed by Kaegi and Tempelaars in the 1970s. It uses bursts of pulses with formant characteristics to synthesize robotic vowel sounds.” VOSIM stands for Voice Simulation and is based on the idea that by employing repeating tone-burst signals of variable pulse duration and variable delay, a sound output of high linguistic and musical expressive power can be obtained according to the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, June, 1978.  The user interface is very clean and quite easy to get started with right away. The controls are simply allowing for synthesis shaping through Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release. We are also given a knob for each vocal wave. Puremagnetik implements VOSIM in a more elaborate way by allowing you to modulate the shapes of your sounds between vowels and waveshapes. You can also choose your voice register (Bass to …

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Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 14, 2018

Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 14, 2018 Worldy atmospheres, funky bananas, nostalgic utopias, trippy lo-fi rhythms, and minimalist house tracks with smooth rhymes are what is in store for this week’s Fresh Tracks. Take a listen below and read while you’re at it!   Mazoulew – Pangea The title track from Mazoulew’s new Pangea EP is a four-minute atmospheric adventure that takes the listener to soaring highs and kickin’ lows. Mazoulew strikes a balance between peaceful and chaotic with the syncopated percussion patterns throughout the track. While unique in its own right the track harkens to artists in similar soundscapes – Bonobo and Four Tet are two that come to mind. A lush vocal chop echoes in the background while beautifully layered synths and bells grace our ears with melody. Finally, the guiding bass sitting below cradles us into a state of bliss.     Astens & Mr …

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Hybrid Kicks – 67 Free Kick Samples Made from the Body

Hybrid Kicks – 67 Free Kick Samples Made from the Body Max Christensen has released Hybrid Kicks, a sample pack containing 67 kick samples originally recorded from body thumping sounds. The sound source is the body, that’s pretty cool. Max grabbed a microphone, prepped for recording, then thumped away at his chest to record the samples. He then processed each sample to give it a modern sound and split them up into four categories: Low Thumb, Punchy, Sustained, FX. Here’s what Max said about the process: I recorded various body hits, adjusted the tails and then basically went crazy with the processing. First I added the subharmonics with the free subharmonic generator Bark of Dog because any drum will have a resonating frequency and a chest pound is just way too short. Then I would equalize, saturate, and compress like crazy in various orders. Sometimes I would apply double compression, double saturation, double …

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Revoice Pro 3 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio

Revoice Pro 3 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio We recently had the opportunity to try out SynchroArts’ incredible timing and tuning software, Revoice Pro 3. Revoice Pro 3 can be used to process vocals or instruments that need corrections or fine-tuning (literally) done to their pitch and timing. Say you want to line up a pair of instruments playing the same melody line, you can do that. Want to synchronize the vocal phrasing during the takes of an artist you just recorded comps for? Done. Say that singer missed a few notes, just import the audio into Revoice Pro 3 and get to correcting! From warping, doubling, pitch adjustments in singing, instruments and ADR Revoice Pro 3 is a must-have for anyone working in the professional studio environment. When first opening the software we were greeted with a stripped down version of an arrangement view found in most DAWs. …

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Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 7, 2018

Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week September 7, 2018 The ruling has returned and Beat Lab Academy is officially live on SubmitHub and receiving submissions! The submissions keep rolling in so as we try to keep up we’ll be rolling the ones we like best out to you in this weekly format. The past few posts have featured ten artists and their music but in an effort to give each song the attention it deserves we’re going to keep the number of features around five. So keep on checking in and enjoying the Fresh Tracks!   Kyson – Every High (An-ten-nae Remix) Bay Area native An-ten-nae remixes Every High by Kyson. Fans can usually count on An-ten-nae’s signature Acid Crunk style to bring that low-down-dirty-bass, however, this time around it plays a far more subtle role in the song and it totally works. As it remains laid-back throughout the song …

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Really Useful Plugins #1 – Mess Up Your Projects With a FREE MaxforLive Rack!

Really Useful Plugins #1 – Mess Up Your Projects With a FREE MaxforLive Rack! You read that correctly. Really Useful Plugins released a pack of Max for Live devices all designed to really muck up your Ableton project for you so you don’t have to! Included in the pack are 12 instruments, MIDI effects, and audio effects. Below is a list of descriptive words to briefly introduce the devices. Insults! Games! Bombs! Self importance! Sabotage! Ways to magically sound like everyone else! The Chuckle Brothers! Annoying insects! Exploration! Passive aggression! Those are actually pretty accurate for this set of sarcastically devised tools, but we’ve provided the more in-depth descriptors from the RU website to give you a bit more guidance. ru.feedback “Get real-time support and advice from a sophisticated machine learning algorithm. ru.feedback analyses your audio or MIDI to provide insightful comments that can help you to get things right …

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