(Cover Image derived from Consensual Hallucinations by crypto artist Serwah Attafuah) A digital certificate for intellectual property is sweeping the music world. Known as a Non-Fungible Token, or an NFT, these cryptographically verified digital collectibles allow artists to store unchangeable versions of their music/art on the blockchain. This article explores the hype, the flaws, and the innovation of this new technology and what it means for you as a producer, artist, or musician. What is Blockchain technology? At this point, we have all heard about Bitcoin. But what many don’t know is that it is the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that holds the power and potential to revolutionize all aspects of our digital exchanges. You can think of Blockchain Technology as the “Web 3.0”. As opposed to our current internet where virality, piracy, and duplicability reign, Blockchain technology is an open-source distributed ledger operated by a global network …Read More
Teacher Spotlight | Gabe Lehner | Songwriting + Live Tech Gabe Lehner is one of Beat Lab’s newer instructors, but he is no stranger to the industry. He has been producing, performing, and engineering professionally for 24 years under the moniker: 9 Theory. Gabe’s love for guitar and songwriting slowly evolved into an obsession as he became proficient with producing, recording, and making beats. Gabe has come into his own after working with numerous bands and on musical projects as a producer with a knack for effectively blending genres across electronic music, indie rock, and hip-hop. The result is a wholly original, unique sound that he is renowned for. This unique style of head-bobbing genre-blending has also led to a number of official remixes for various artists including Jason Mraz, Emancipator, and Zion I. Gabe has yers of experience as a charismatic performer playing hundreds of …Read More
Online VS. In-Person Classes: Which is Right for You? Social distancing is all the rage right now and schools are offering online options like never before. The question is: are online classes right for you? Even though we’re practicing social distancing, Beat Lab Academy is still able to offer in-person classes. Beat Lab offers online, and Live Online courses as well. With all that flexibility it can be hard to choose. In this article, we’ll help you know the options a bit better. Online Flexibility One of the benefits of online courses is that you can take them anytime, and anywhere. You aren’t limited by the physical classroom. That sort of flexibility comes at the cost of some options you may prefer, like live instruction and dedicated study spaces. With the flexibility of online courses, you are more in control of your education. Online courses are mostly self-lead, self-directed, and …Read More
Fresh Tracks of the Month August 5th, 2019 Ahoy ahoy, we hope everyone is shaving a smooth summer and enjoying their vacations. If you haven’t been on vacation don’t worry, we’re back with another edition of Fresh Tracks of the Month so you can turn on, tune in, and drop out with us, listen below. DJ Sidereal – McLaren DJ Sidereal hit us with the jam a few weeks ago and were so excited to share it with everyone. It’s a blissful Big House/Progressive House track full of energy and perfect for summer! The catchiest melody rides throughout and falls in line with the drums effortlessly. Dj Sidereal truly expresses his skills on this production with choice sound design and arrangement. There is never a dull moment, listen below. Greesha – Burn This Fire Burn This Fire starts off hot with a lovely vocal line that leads …Read More
Beat Lab Reviews – Fresh Tracks of the Week December 21st, 2018 Hello again! We’ve got one more round of Fresh Tracks before the holidays next week. We’ve got some fresh hip hop, some bangers, some flangers! Enjoy these awesome talents and as always, Listen Below. LT – Cream of the Crop (prod. Miros) Cream of the Crop rolls out the smooth welcoming vibes of classic hip-hop intertwined with future music. It’s an incredibly sweet mix of the old and the new. The production is tight, the vocals are on points, and the feels are real. Wobbly bass trades places with electric bass often and we love the interplay. The song is just long enough to leave you wanting more of it. Listen below. Aftrprty – Moon Rock A lonely astronaut floats in space, singing, and longing for people. That’s the type of come-down loneliness that this song leaves you feeling. It’s that weird …Read More
LA seems to be breathing with electric excitement nowadays, forming it's own unique culture, without a second thought or single regret. How could it not? LA houses close to 10 million people, hosting an incredibly broad range of cultures and backgrounds which makes the prospect of artistic crossover and experimentation inevitable.
A couple summers ago I met a pair of Irish people who were drunkenly ranting, in bitter tone, about the bubble that LA is, how it is cutoff from real life, the real world, real people... and I had trouble disagreeing, (nothing to do with the number of beers and tequila I had drank,) but because they were right! LA has always had some sort of mythical presence; the land of fame and entertainment, the final destination of aspiring artists, the pinnacle of creative devotion, how could it be connected to the "real world", and more importantly, why would it want to be?
Getting to Know Your Different Reverbs Reverb is one of your most important tools for sound design and mixing as a music producer. The perfect reverb type with the right settings (dry/wet, decay time, size, etc.) can make a sound or mix come alive, and the wrong type and settings can kill a mix for a variety of reasons. Your most important tool for the right reverb is your ears and while it is a relatively simple concept, like everything in music production, reverb becomes a deep rabbit hole once you start getting into all of its possibilities. Ask Audio recently did a nice overview of the different reverb types and we thought we’d do our own to provide our community with what we found to be some very useful tips and guidelines. Below we’ll go over a few of the major types of reverb and their common usage. Hall …Read More
The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a New Breed of Synth Developed by Skot Weidmann, a technician and instructor, the Hyve Touch began as a soldering kit that could be built in only a few short hours in a workshop setting and then taken home as a playable instrument. Skot thought of the idea to try and inspire interdisciplinary ideas between engineers and musicians at his school’s campus. He wanted to show students how the two seemingly unrelated disciplines were actually very much related and how concepts from one could bring about new ideas in the other. Mainly that music theory and geometry have a commonality that is extremely powerful. The relationship of musical notes ARE mathematical relationships. Here Skot introduces the Hyve Touch: The Hyve Touch brings the human element of “touch” into the synthesizer, and as someone who grew up playing live instruments this is incredible. …Read More