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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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Should I Buy It? – Sugarbytes Looperator Review

Should I Buy It? – Sugarbytes Looperator Review In this week’s edition of Should I Buy It? Yeuda takes a look at Sugarbytes’ Looperator plugin. It’s an older “effects sequencer” plugin but has always been a classic so we wanted to dive in and give you our opinion. Watch the video review below, and read the score breakdown below that.       Overview     As we mentioned above, Looperator is an “effects sequencer” plugin. That means that it will trigger internal effects based on notes in a sequencer. It’s a simple concept that always yields interesting results for productions. We’ve covered glitch machines before so we were excited to get back onto the topic. Effects sequencers are awesome. They’ll make a boring loop into something unique with the click of a button, it almost feels like cheating! Regardless of work ethics, we were proud to review Looperator. Looperator …

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Fresh Tracks of the Month – Alumni Spotlight

Fresh Tracks of the Month – Alumni Spotlight Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a few months since we have done our last edition of Fresh Tracks, but we’re back just in time for winter to pack up its bags. This month we wanted to check in with our alumni and listen to their most recent tracks! We couldn’t pick them all, but below are some of our favorite releases. Listen below. Partywithray – partywithray EP Beat Lab’s most recent break-out artist is easily Partywithray. Already he has opened for dance music legends like Zhu, Loud Luxury, and Green Velvet.  Lucky for us, he just released his debut EP of the same name, partywithray. The EP features two songs dedicated to letting the audience know the answer to the question – who the fuck is partywithray? Shrouded in style and a fog of nonchalant mystery, the EP’s sound embodies the look …

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Should I Buy It? – Arturia Pigments 2

Should I Buy It? – Arturia Pigments 2 Yeuda takes a look at the second version of Arturia’s original softsynth – Pigments. Arturia has always been known for its killer hardware and incredible synth emulations, so it makes sense that Pigments holds up the reputation. It’s a truly unique plugin that we were stoked to review. Watch the review video below, and read our rating breakdown below that!       Breakdown     Pigments is Arturia’s original software synthesizer plugin. It has a notably colorful design that lends to its highly visual GUI, hence the name “Pigments”. The interface layout differs from the last few next-generation softsynths we have covered while still maintaining a modular style. Next-generation software synthesizers all utilize enhanced oscillator voicing, complex modulation routing, and flexible mapping capabilities. Pigments stands in line proudly and takes a step forward with its own unique approach to synthesis.   …

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