Top 12 Effects for NI Reaktor (Free Download)

Top 12 Effects for Native Instruments Reaktor Back in 2018, we posted about Top 12 Instruments for Native Instrument’s Reaktor. Native Instruments Reaktor has been around for ages and the factory effects that come with it like Molekular, The Finger, and The Mouth to just name a few, are incredible. But Reaktor is a complete DSP environment to build your own instruments and effects. And the online user library has been growing for over a decade so we decided to round up the best ones from recent years. We chose ones that not only sound good but also have a friendly and good looking interface. We also added links to all the developers so if you like the device make sure to check their other devices there are probably some hidden gems we are not covering in this article. Clear out your schedules….again. All of these ensembles use the Reaktor …

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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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MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton (Free Download)

MPC Pad Cycler for Ableton We’re coming back with another free Max for Live device! This one is for the finger drummers – MPC Style Pad Cycler for Ableton. This device allows you to load as many samples as you want on one pad. And cycle between the samples in all sorts of ways while still using just one pad! Check the video below for more details and grab your free download on the bottom of the post   Beat Lab MPC Pad Cycler     To use the Pad Cycler first load an empty Drum Rack. Then load another Drum Rack on one of the pads. Load as many samples as you want onto the nested Drum rack. Finally, add the Pad cycler between the master Drum Rack and the nested Drum Rack     Transpose – Change the pitch of all the samples Velocity – Adjust Velocity Sensetivy amount Fade …

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Should I Buy It? – Kilohearts Phase Plant Review

Should I Buy It? – Kilohearts Phase Plant Review In this edition of ‘Should I Buy It?’ Yeuda takes on the behemoth plugin Phase Plant made by Kilohearts. Phase Plant is a modular synth that includes a huge variety of sound generators, effects, and modulation flexibility. It’s almost too much to describe with words, which is why we made a video covering it. Watch below, and read the breakdown below that.       Interface     The interface initializes empty as you have to add your own modules in the provided three sections. Overall it’s a clean look, easy to navigate and strongly serves the signal flow it was designed for. We love that it is scalable vertically and horizontally, it’s 2019 and that should be a standard in plugins by now. Functionally, it actually seems similar to Ableton instrument racks in that you can stack sound generators, assign …

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Top 12 Free Synths Every Producer Should Know

Top 12 Free Synths Every Producer Should Know With the endless new software and hardware synths out it’s hard to keep some money in our pocket. So we figured we’ll make a list of all the free synths every producer should check out. You can make entire albums with great-sounding synths just with this list alone. There are many more free synths out there that are exclusive to windows or Mac machines but we only included the multi-platform (Windows, Mac and some supporting Linux for all you nerds out there) beasts so everyone can download today and start making some awesome sounds for free! If you find yourself using these synths a lot please consider donating to the developer who put hours on top of hours of writing code, designing and developing. Surge   Surge is an open-source synth developed by Kurasu (Claes Johanson) and maintained by a group of …

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Should I Buy It? – Waves MDMX Distortion Bundle

Should I Buy It? – Waves MDMX Distortion Bundle Yeuda has been busy here at Beat Lab, we just started a new video review series called ‘Should I Buy It?’ where he covers plugins. Yeuda lays down his skills this time to check out the new MDMX Distortion Bundle from Waves Audio, released with a bang over Thanksgiving. Three new plugins each with their own flavor, we didn’t see that coming! Whether you’ve tried them yourselves or not, watch the video to hear our take on these new plugins.         MDMX Fuzz     Right off the bat, we could tell that this is some serious distortion. Even if you turn down the gain to its lowest possible setting the input signal is as crunchy as that yoga teacher we all know that keeps pushing essential oils on us. We had a tough time finding practical uses …

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The Endless Uses of LFOs – It’s not only for Wobbling

LFO or Low-Frequency Oscillator is one of the most used tools in the world of sound design and production. Many of the classic studio effects we can find in any DAW like Flanger, Chorus, Auto-Filter, Auto-Pan, Phaser and others have some use of an LFO. In simple terms an LFO allows us to wobble any parameter we want. Not all LFOs are created equal but there some controls that we will expect to find on most if not all units. A basic understanding of these controls can help us get the most out of the LFOs whether we use them in Synthesizers, effects or with Max for Live/Modular gear.  LFO Controls   Rate – Change the speed of the LFO can be Free (Hz) or Sync (1/4, 1/8, 1/16 etc.)  Amount/Gain – Control the amount of modulation. How pronounced is the modulation. Waveform/Shape – Change the movement type by changing …

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5 Productivity Tips for Beginner Music Producers

Nov 18,19by Rae Childs

5 Productivity Tips for Beginner Music Producers This week we want to share some tips for the beginners out there. It’s a constant battle pursuing art, so it’s important to remain productive. The habits you form early on will influence your workflow for many years. Read below to get some insight and inspiration on how to stay productive as a beginner music producer. There is no shortage of information on how to become a music producer – you can learn just about anything at any time with the advent of the internet, you don’t even really need a degree. If we can agree on that much, there is one question left: why haven’t you?  You’ve watched nearly every YouTube video out there on how to create a catchy melody, or how to sample your favorite video game, even how to get Insta-famous once you do. You’re excited about music and …

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