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Beat Lab Fresh Tracks January 2021

Fresh Tracks of the Month – January 2021 We are bringing in 2021 with a showcase of our favorite Alumni releases from the past month.  From ambient waterfalls to wompy bass lines, these tracks offer a playful range of musical talent and vibe that are as fresh as the powder snow on Mountain High today.  So sit back, relax, and get down!   AllieyXO feat Britt Lari – Deseos  Alliey XO crafts a beautiful winter bop with the singer and Beat Lab alumn Britt Lari.  XO’s production builds a cool-toned background for Lari’s yearning Latin vocal performance while airy synth plucks push the melodic power of this track into another realm.  The track is driven forward by a pulsing kick that culminates in a liberating final drop.  Reminiscent of cool nights near so-cal beaches, this song is indie-pop meets deep house in a beautiful Latin winter spell that is sure

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ABLETON 11 Devices – Inspired by Nature, Interview with creator Dillon Bastan

Ableton 11 Devices – ‘Inspired by Nature’ Interview with creator Dillon Bastan Ableton 11 has a lot of great new features coming out in 2021. We had the pleasure of speaking with device designer Dillon Bastan about his 6 new devices for Ableton Live 11 –  “Inspired By Nature”. You can see Dillon’s demo for each device at the bottom of the page.    What is your background, are you a physicist? What got you interested in making sounds based on natural phenomena? I’m not a physicist at all and am coming from a music background/self-taught programming, my academic math level is low. For some of the devices I make I try to get to a game-like/playful approach to sound generation/design. A couple of years ago I began to learn more about coding simulations of natural phenomena, particularly simple particle systems in the case of these devices, so it was

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Support Local – 9 Music Tech Retailers to Support this Winter

Support Local – 9 Music Tech Retailers to Support this Winter   Some things are worth keeping around.  Los Angeles has entered another week of restrictions and lockdown and businesses are feeling it.   The pandemic has been especially hard on small and independent retailers. To keep alive the communities these retailers foster and the legacy gear they preserve, we have put together a list of 9 Music Tech Retailers here in Los Angeles worth your support this winter.  1. Perfect Circuit     Located in Burbank, Perfect Circuit is an independent music retailer that carries a wide variety of music tech from modular synths to Drum machines and sequencers, to streaming and DJ equipment. Before the pandemic, PC hosted multiple community events a month including manufacturer demos, community discussions, and in-depth clinics but has since moved these events to live stream on their Youtube Channel. You can still have a chance

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Beat Lab Guide – Performing with Your Computer Keyboard

This class was developed for Moorpark College and Calarts during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow students to create Live Performances using only their computer keyboard. Special thanks go to Nathan Bowen(Moorpark College), Jordan Hochenbaum(Calarts), and Javad Butha(Ableton) for making this happen. Ableton Keyboard Layout Your computer Keyboard can be used as a MIDI controller in Ableton. First, turn on the Computer MIDI Keyboard.     Up to Live 9, it’s on by default. If it’s not, you can turn it on with a click. From Live 10, it’s now off by default. To turn it on, either click on the icon or press the M key.     The A, S, D, F…. row will play the white keys. A is C, S is D, D is E, F is F, and so on. The W, E, R, T…. row will play the black keys. W is C#, E is

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Ableton PUSH – Go Beyond with Max for Live (Free Download)

Top 12 Max for Live Devices for Ableton PUSH Ableton PUSH 2 is the most comprehensive controller for Ableton Live. So much so, it feels like an instrument in its own right. With all that the PUSH has to offer, you can go above and beyond with the help of Max for Live. So if you own Ableton Suite 10. Check out these awesome free devices.   Expression Control   This device is Built-in the Core Library and is often overlooked. It gives us access to the most common MIDI Expression control. Most notable for us PUSH users is the Aftertouch (Pressure Sensitivity). This can give us the ability to map the Aftertouch to anything we want. Some common mapping would be to the Filter Cutoff, Fine Tune (Pitch), and Reverb amount. Use the Ableton search bar to find this device under the Max for Live Category. Aftertouch Vibrato  

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Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6

Should I Buy It? – Guitar Rig 6 Native Instruments are back with their Komplete 13. One of the most notable additions is the long waited Guitar Rig 6! Now offering new design, 3 new amps, 15 new effects and a revamp browser. This multi-fx plugin is not only for guitarists. Let’s check out if we should buy it.     Breakdown Guitar Rig Pro has been around for years as a one of the most customizble plugin for guitarists and bassists out there. With the surge of other guitar Amp plugins, the popularity of Guitar Rig dwindled down. But now with version 6, it’s trying to grab the spotlight once again. Version 6 features the same layout and functionality but with a new design.     The browser was completely revamped we can now tag our favorite presets, filter by input type, FX types, Amplifiers, Genres, and Artists. The

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