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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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EQ Eight Explained – More Than Just Cuts & Boosts

EQ Eight Explained What Is An Equalizer? Have you ever noticed the “Bass” and “Treble” options on an amplifier? Or the “Low, Mid, High” filters on a DJ Mixer? Chances are you’ve used an equalizer (or EQ)  in some way or another. An equalizer is a device that can increase or decrease a specific range of frequencies in a track. In music production, EQ’s help producers reduce problematic frequencies, enhance musical ones, and help shape the overall sound to achieve depth & clarity. In this article, you’ll get an overview of a popular, modern equalizer – and a breakdown of the types of filters found in it.  All About EQ Eight So what does a modern EQ look like? Watch the video below to see our head of education, Yeuda Ben-Atar, take you through the ins and outs of Ableton’s “EQ Eight” – the stock EQ that comes with Ableton …

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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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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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