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Beat Lab Academy – Now Available Worldwide

Beat Lab Academy   Beat Lab Academy is an Ableton Certified Training Center born in Los Angeles, California. It’s the brainchild of Yeuda Ben-Atar, who founded the school in 2014. Unsatisfied with how modern music production was being taught via archaic methods – he decided to start a unique music production school with a community-driven focus in Eagle Rock, LA.  Seven years on from that inception, the school has outgrown its humble home on Colorado Boulevard, as its online course has attracted students from Mexico all the way to Japan. The pandemic in 2020, and the rise of online – has only accelerated its worldwide growth. In this article, we bid farewell to our physical campus, and reflect on some of the fond memories there – as we welcome this next chapter of our growth. Our Origin Story Yeuda’s Journey  It all started with our founder & Head Of Education …

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Why Our Students Choose Beat Lab – Turn Your Laptop Into An Instrument

Why Our Students Choose Beat Lab Beat Lab Academy is an Ableton Certified Training Center based in Los Angeles, California. Recently, we’ve opened up our doors to the online community, attracting students from Mexico all the way to Japan. However, we are a modern music school with a difference. Ahead of our upcoming “Foundations Of Music Production” intakes in July & August – we wanted to share why our students choose Beat Lab, and why our alumni keep coming back for more. Our Origin Story Yeuda’s Journey It all started with our founder & Head Of Education – Yeuda Ben Atar, who produces music under the name Side Brain.   Yeuda Ben-Atar, Founder & Head of Education at Beat Lab Academy   Raised in Haifa, Israel, Yeuda began playing the piano as a child. He was first introduced to music production software by his piano instructor. However, his fiery passion …

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Chain Selector Display – Live Performance Utility

Chain Selector Display Ableton’s Instrument Racks allows us to quickly switch between instruments in a Live Performance thanks to the Chain Selector. At the request of Flying Lotus (2020 Producer of the Year nominee), we have developed a custom live performance utility that shows the currently selected chain in a big pop up display. It is now available publicly for the first time. Check out the video for more info. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 or higher Max 8.1.8 Installation 1. Download 2. Copy to your user Library/Presets/MIDI Effects/Max MIDI Effects * This works both on Mac and Windows Claim Your Download in the Box Below The Beat Lab Academy Blog has a huge number of free downloads and a way for you to learn how to use them. Click here to check out our course catalog for Super Producers and DJ’s.  

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Keyfinder for Live – Key Detection for Ableton

Keyfinder for Live   Ableton Live 11 has introduced the long-requested feature Comping. We are still waiting for pitch correction (Auto-Tune) and key detection (exp: Mixed in Key), until then, Max for Live to the rescue! In collaboration with Omar Costa Hamido, we created a Max for Live devices that connect with the free Keyfinder app from Ibrahim Sha’ath to give us Key Detection directly inside Ableton! Setup is fast and easy. And it even renames the clip with the key after it finishes the analysis. There are images of the Circle of Fifths and the Chamalot Wheel for easy reference to be used in Harmonic Mixing, sampling, and remixing. Simply load the device to an Audio Track. Load audio clips, Launch the clips and hit Find Key. Video Tutorial Requirements Ableton Suite 10.1.30 Max 8.1.8 * Although successfully tested on a windows machine. The free companion app Keyfinder is …

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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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Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall)

Instant Afro – Make Clave Beats Like an Expert (Afrobeat/Reggaeton/Dancehall) We can find influences of Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms in all styles of music. The main rhythm that inspired other cultures all over the world was the clave rhythm. Interestingly enough, the African rhythms they were inspired by came back to Africa. Today, we can hear the clave rhythm in modern African pop music, Dancehall, Reggaeton, and even dance music like big room house and tribal. Clave rhythms and its variation are the backbones for all these beats. Let’s first check out the main clave pattern. Scroll Down for Free Download Clave   This pattern is extremely popular in modern African pop music with artists like Maleek Berry, WizKid Burnaboy & Mr. Eazi. Maleek Berry – Love U Mr.Eazi – Supernova Dancehall From there we can start making some variations to get other styles. For example, let’s loop just the …

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