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Freebies Round-Up – Beat Lab Tools Collected

Freebies Round-Up – Beat Lab Tools Collected We’re dedicated to providing affordable education to the entire music community, so we’re always giving away plugins, videos, tutorials, etc. Money may be tight, or you’re just looking to save up any way, so we gathered some of the best free resources Beat Lab has to offer. In this article, we’ll go over some of our most popular freebies. Check them out below! Beat Lab Autotuna     Ever wanted your vocals to sound like Post Malone or Daft Punk? Well now is the perfect time to try it out. With our free download, you’ll be able to autotune your vocals with total ease. Make sure you have Max for Live, otherwise the device won’t work. If you don’t have Live Suite then now is the perfect time to upgrade! Check out Ableton’s free 90-day trial of Live Suite, or take advantage of …

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Beat Lab Health Series: How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Isolation

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Isolation Times are surreal. With the threat and increasing fear of Coronavirus, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel helpless or depressed. There is a global struggle to stay poised and motivated. Although isolation and self-quarantine might initially be a great opportunity to get a ton of production work done, prolonged isolation can negatively impact one’s mental and physical well-being. Reduced contact with the outside world can cause loneliness and self-neglect. Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid falling into this. In this article, I will cover several good habits you can follow to ease your isolation blues. Exercise daily!       This is an instrumental habit to practice in order to feel good during these times. Exercise has been proven to improve mood, increase energy, relieve stress, and even lead to better sleep.  It’s recommended to exercise at …

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Beat Lab Health Series: Stretches for Producers, Musicians, and Everyone!

Beat Lab Health Series: Stretches for Producers, Musicians, and Everyone! Back pain. Wrist pain. Neck pain. Many of you feel one of these nuisances daily. Some of you feel them all, maybe it’s more of soreness for others. Regardless of your occupation, it’s quite a common feeling. Whether it involves producing in the box with a keyboard and mouse, setting faders on a mixing board, or recording sweet licks with a guitar in your hands, you are not immune to experiencing soreness, especially if you work for long periods of time. Fortunately for us all, soreness and pain can be greatly reduced with a little bit of effort. You’ll find relief largely through stretching and taking breaks. In this article, I will cover a series of stretches targeted at relieving areas of tension common to musicians, producers, and any desk-worker. Below you’ll find a number of short videos we compiled …

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Loopback Audio – Virtual Audio Routing

Loopback Audio – Virtual Audio Routing With all the social distancing recently, a lot of people have been forced to work from home. Video calls, classes, lessons – so many things have been forced onto the computer to be conducted via the internet. Well, this week we’re going to give you the rundown on an essential audio tool – Loopback Audio. Loopback Audio is a tool that lets you create virtual routing on your computer. It was created as a follow-up to the infamous Soundflower plugin. Soundflower still exists in its original form, but the creator no longer provides support, that’s where Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback comes in. Continue below to learn more about the application!   The Interface Loopback Audio’s interface is quite simple and easy to immediately figure out. It even resembles Apple’s OS audio/MIDI system settings interface quite a bit. Loopback functions as a virtual routing board, which …

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Beat Lab Health Series: Introduction

Beat Lab Health Series: Introduction There come many benefits of all the isolation a lot of us are experiencing, like how easy it is to work on music! Some of us are working from home, some of us have been let go from our jobs, but everyone is feeling the pandemic. With all this time we’re spending as our desks, it’s important to take care of our health. That’s what inspired this series – the Beat Lab Health Series. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing articles covering everything related to office health. Stretching, ergonomics, mental health, good habits, you name it! As long as you’re stuck inside you may as well update your wellness. One thing I have found to be common among music producers is that they’re never bored. Why? Music is enveloping. Working in music requires an unwavering spirit and powerful will. While those with 9-to-5 jobs …

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Waves Audio Mod Multirack – Modulate Your Waves Distortion FX

Waves Audio Mod Multirack – Modulate Your Waves Distortion FX “MultiMod Rack is the next level in distortion processing and effects. It’s a 3-slot rack that accepts all of Waves’ newest distortion plugins – Abbey Road Saturator, Berzerk, and MDMX Fuzz, Overdrive & Screamer” Waves just released the follow-up plugin to their recent slew of distortion plugins – Mod Multirack. This plugin acts as a multi-effects chain that you can configure three slots and modulate. You even have multiband control over that modulation! It’s a fun plugin that we had the pleasure of checking out so read the overview below! Overview   The Mod Multirack allows users to chain up to three effects from their recent distortion plugins. Those recent plugins include Abbey Road Saturator, Berzerk Distortion, and the MDMX Distortion Trio. In addition to those plugins, Mod Multirack also includes four effect modules – Autopan, Chorus, Delay, and Reverb. Open up the plugin …

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Fresh Tracks of the Month – March 2020

Fresh Tracks of the Month – March 2020 Welcome, all, to this month’s spectacular edition of Fresh Tracks where the tracks are fresh and the audience is even fresher (that’s you). We’ve got some incredible tracks below and we’re so excited for you to listen. After last month’s alumni spotlight, we wanted to carry the same range in style so we’ve got a wide breadth of genres. We’ve got hip hop tracks, nu-disco, indie/alt-rock, you name it! Enjoy the new new, listen below. Hopper – Bonnie Hopper’s song Bonnie is the first song we’re featuring on this month’s Fresh Tracks. It’s an Indie Rock song with a refreshing sincerity, and simplicity to it. The production meshes blissfully with the musical/vocal performances and the end result is a delightfully listenable tune. It feels like it could fit comfortably in the background of your favorite TV show, or at a live show. Bring …

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Should I Buy It? – XLN Audio XO Review

Should I Buy It? – XLN Audio XO Review What’s happening, everyone! As COVID-19 (coronavirus) quarantines start to go in effect and keep you indoors, we’re here to keep you entertained. This week Yeuda takes a look at the brand-spanking-new XO from XLN Audio. XO is a drum sampler, sequencer, mixer, and sound designer in one. It’s an incredibly innovative approach to sampling and we’re super stoked to share our review with you. Watch the video below, and read our breakdown below that.       Overview     XO is a beautifully designed plugin, from its interface to its function it is a pure delight. Navigation has a quick learning curve to conquer, but once you do you’ll easily start using the plugin as intended. The first thing you’ll see when opening the plugin is the welcome splash which gives you a short introduction (seen below).       …

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