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Modular On The Spot – Get Tangled Outdoors

Modular On The Spot What Is Modular On The Spot? Modular On The Spot is a global, community-driven event that combines outdoor environments with performances by modular synth artists. This article covers how the event started and has information about the next MOTS event in LA on June 20th. How It All Started In 2015, LA residents Eric “Rodent” Cheslak & Bana Haffar packed their modular synths and generator and went on a camping trip to Arizona. After jamming out in the desert a couple of times, they thought it might be fun to put up a free outdoor event in their home city of LA. So in July of 2015 – the two cofounders organised a rogue meetup at Marsh Park along the LA river featuring other synth artists, and “Modular On The Spot” was born. The events ethos has remained the same throughout the years – it’s always

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MIDI 2.0 & MPE – A Gamechanger For Electronic Music

MIDI 2.0 & MPE The world of music production is quickly evolving – and it’s recently experienced two game-changing introductions: MIDI 2.0 & MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE). This article covers what these changes imply, an overview of the technicalities involved, and how they will change the face of music forever. What Is MIDI? MIDI (or Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a communication protocol that was created in the early ‘80s that enables digital music equipment to communicate with one another. Its invention allowed a MIDI instrument to generate a digital MIDI message that could then trigger a note on another instrument (such as a synthesizer). Dave Smith (the founder of Sequential) & Ikutaro Kakehashi (the founder of Roland) are attributed as the founders of MIDI. Hear Smith tell the tale of how MIDI was born in this 6-minute clip below.     Fast forward to today – and MIDI is

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Getting Your Tracks To The Finish Line – “Scenery” On How To Get It Done

Getting Your Tracks To The Finish Line Finishing Your Tracks Thousands of producers can produce a great sounding 4-bar loop, but only a handful of them can convert it into an arranged track. From those producers, only a few can create an arrangement that has dynamics, modulation, and carefully chosen sections that combine to tell a story. At Beat Lab Academy – we’ve learnt that there’s one simple thing that sets apart these producers from the ones stuck in a loop – and it’s that they practice getting their tracks to the finish line. Exercising these sonic skills – such as arrangement, mixing, and mastering will undoubtedly help you be more productive & efficient in your music journey.  In this article – we interview Scenery, an Australian producer who set himself a challenge to finish a 2-track EP every month for a year. Below, he shares strategies that have helped

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Electronic Press Kit – Put Your Best Foot Forward

Electronic Press Kit What Is An EPK? When you’ve completed the mixing & mastering process, and hit export on your music – your next step to focus on is promotion. Your goal might be to get an article written about your album, get featured in a playlist, land sync deals, radio plays – or just get the word out about your music. With any of the above – it’s important to help make it easy for the person you’re reaching out to on the other side to write about you.  An Electronic Press Kit (EPK)  is a resume for musicians and aims to do just that. It’s a page where promoters, venue managers, journalists, and music supervisors can find all of the info they need to promote you. Back in the day – it used to be a physical “kit”; it then became a messy email with several attachments –

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Meet Sienna – Emulate Studio Rooms On Your Headphones

Meet Sienna Sienna is a plugin that combines technology by Acustica Audio with artificial intelligence to emulate studio rooms, anechoic chambers, and different environments – right on your headphones. Gone are the days when you have to burn a hole in your wallet to hear how you track really sounds in a studio. The best part? Our new partnership with Acustica allows Beat Lab students and followers (yes – that means you) to get this plugin for less than half price in the month of May. Read on to find out more! What Is Mixing & Mastering?   (Source: Produce Like A Pro, 2016) Mixing & Mastering are the two “M’s” that intimidate a lot of producers as they prepare their tracks to be release-ready. Here at Beat Lab, we believe that Mixing & Mastering are sonic skills that are absolutely learnable – just like recording or synthesis. And just like

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Loop Create – A New Event For Music Makers

Loop Create – A New Event For Music Makers   In 2015, Ableton introduced Loop – an annual summit for music makers. Six years later, they’ve just announced Loop Create – a new event for music makers happening June 26–27th 2021. The best part? It’s online – and admission is free. Beat Lab @ Loop     In 2019, our head of education & the founder of Beat Lab Academy, Yeuda Ben-Atar, spoke at Loop on the beauty of repetition. Watch the video above to see how randomly crowdsourced chords can become musical simply by being placed in a – well – ‘Loop’! What To Expect This Year This year’s one-day online event is designed to bring people together across different time zones. If you’re hungry to watch workshops on how musicians make music, perform, and use Ableton in unique ways – then this is the event for you. Ableton will

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