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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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Fresh Tracks of the Month – July 2020 Part 2

Fresh Tracks of the Month – July 2020 Part 2 This is the second part of our July series of Fresh Tracks of the Month. Below we’ve got a few submissions from our alumni community, and others from the general public. It continues to be so amazing to be able to promote music from smaller artists on the rise. Listen below. Nawy – Deep Therapy Nawy’s Deep Therapy brings the club vibes to everyone who is unable to go to the clubs right now (mostly everyone). Its clean production and evolving basslines draw you in quite well and remind of us the techno-laden good times pre-COVID. It feels like a modern classic and hits all the right notes for a great club track. If only festival season weren’t obliterated this year, it may have made it onto the main stages. Put your dancing shoes on. Listen below.   Nawy · Deep …

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Fresh Tracks of the Month – July 2020 Part 1

Fresh Tracks of the Month – July 2020 Part 1 Last month we released a comprehensive but inherently incomplete list of influential Black musicians from the last century up until now. While we compile our next list we have decided to do a two-part Fresh Tracks series for this month. There are artists still trying to get their names out there and we want to showcase them. This is part 1 of the July series, listen below. PC Muñoz – All the Time Feat. Matthew Szemela PC Muñoz submitted a refreshingly funky track to us for this month’s article. All the Time is a cool, laid-back jukebox slammer that oozes attitude. It’s reminiscent of Isaac Hayes’ Shaft theme and anything from Curtis Mayfields’ catalog, which is pleasantly topical given the politically charged year we’re having. Though the song lacks the lyrical content present in the artists’ music we just mentioned, …

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How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist

How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist A powerful, collective voice is echoing across the world. Civil, Social, and Racial injustices must end and it is our job to aid in this battle. Since the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained more traction than ever, built on the blood, sweat, and tears of individuals acting in solidarity. The BLM movement, thus, requires consistent support, and you can get involved in many ways. Politics is not our concern in this article – instead, we want to tell you how to support your peers, fellow musicians, and neighbors. We cannot stand silent. Today’s post will cover different ways that you can get involved in the cause. Use Your Voice (IRL and on Social Media)     Humans are social creatures by nature. Whether our friend group consists of thousands, hundreds, dozens, or …

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Teacher Spotlight | Loren Moore | Mixing & Mastering

Teacher Spotlight | Loren Moore | Mixing & Mastering Loren Moore is a Beat Lab alumnus, and one of our regular guest instructors. He is a music producer, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles. Loren regularly drops in for the Mixing and Mastering sections of the curriculum to lend his expertise. His take on engineering and production is always enlightening. He’s also a total sweetheart!     Native to England, he moved to America performing in bands and writing solo aliases including his own band touring across the US with Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow and more. Later he started his former alias, IDestiny, gaining millions of plays across major blog sites and achieving releases on Warner Bros and EDM Network while producing and mixing for artists as his career developed. He currently develops upcoming artists, new projects and works with producers such as Richard Vission for song placements with major artists like Pitbull, Austin …

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Fresh Tracks of the Month – June 2020 – Influential Black Musicians

Fresh Tracks of the Month – June 2020 – Influential Black Musicians It’s been a chaotic spring and summer, with global protests calling for justice for George Floyd, and adjacent Black Lives Matter marches. No Matter your opinion on the politics of it, we are all people that deserve love and life. As a music school, we owe part of ourselves to musicians who came before us. In America, many of the most influential musicians in our history have been Black People of Color. With this month’s edition of Fresh Tracks, we’ll shout out some of our favorite Black Musicians that got us to where we are today. It’s undeniable, Black musicians shaped the way modern music sounds. There’s no way we could include ALL of the Black musicians we love, so we tried to showcase a few from each decade of the 1900s. Listen below. Louis Armstrong – Heebie …

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Should I Buy it? – Future Audio Workshops SubLab

Should I Buy it? – Future Audio Workshops SubLab Welcome back everyone to our latest edition of Should I Buy It! It’s been a wild few months of spring as we’re sure most of you can relate. We’ve gotten a bit more settled now that summer is here, we’ve reopened the school and our diving into our review schedule. First up is FAW’s killer plugin SubLab. Read below for our score and breakdown.       Breakdown Future Audio Workshpos touts SubLab as the one-stop plugin for all your bass needs. Use it to design subbass sounds for Hip-hop, Future bass and Trap genres. We put it to the test. Interface / Layout     SubLab sports a minimal look, opting for the flat design style that’s been a favorite of modern plugins. The dark theme, and the separation of the plugin’s modules, helps avoid the normal pitfall of flat …

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Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams

Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams A few weeks ago, we posted an article with 5 tips to step up the quality of your live streams. Well, we’re back with more pointers to further improve your streams. Today’s post covers techniques to increase your audience size, and keep people watching longer! Read below for some more tips to improve your live streams. Get Weird With Visuals     Life is stimulating. Very stimulating. Consider the last time you went to a relatively big concert (when was the last time one of those happened?). Were there lights and visuals? My guess is that there were. Visuals have become a major part of live music experiences. Although the industry has temporarily shifted to streaming platforms, fans are still used to having visuals complement the performance. Read below to see a couple of ways to get some cool …

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