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Beat English 03/2024
Beat 03/24: Control Your Plugins Like Hardware – With Synth & DAW Controllers
Programming sequences with a mouse or trackpad can be tedious, with the dull clicking of notes making the creation of catchy chord progressions and beats feel like a game of chance. Likewise, mixing with virtual faders lack intuitive feel. But worry not! There is a vast array of both hardware and software alternatives available that can bring dynamism to your workflow. We’ll introduce you to some of the finest controllers out there, and also offer specific tricks and personalized recommendations to help you find the device that suits you best.
Hands-on DAW controllers: Fast recording, smooth workflow
The first step away from just being a mouse musician is keyboard shortcuts. But you can only work really quickly and smoothly in your own DAW if you put a compact DAW controller on the table. Write automations more precisely, change tracks and start recordings more quickly in the recording workflow or work more directly in mixing – we have four suggestions for you.
Free full version: Bitwig Studio 8-Track 5 – Full DAW worth 99 Euro
This month you not only get the fully modular DAW Bitwig 5.1 Studio 8-Track, which is guaranteed to awaken the creative tinkerer in you, but also the Colossal Choirs & Voices Bundle for the Bitwig Sampler, with a whopping 5.9 gigabytes of patches! Immerse yourself in the world of desert tribes, experience epic Templar choirs, feel the magic of witchy mantras, sink into the meditation of monks and Mongolian throat singing, listen to ethereal whispers and feel the sublime splendour of Gregorian choirs.
Test: Behringer Kobol Expander – Prophet niveau for a budget
The RSF Kobol, also known as the French Minimoog, never really received the recognition it deserved, but is now a rare and expensive collector‘s item. That‘s why it‘s all the nicer that Behringer has dedicated itself to the potent synthesizer and is delighting us with a replica at a very reasonable price.
Build your perfect beat and win prizes worth over €1,800!
Together with the drum recording luminary, Moses Schneider, elysia has recorded a gigantic pack of acoustic Stems, Loops and Beats and and now invites you to participate in a contest together with Beat! In addition to xpressor|neo qube, there are several full versions of the Human Beat Pack Volume 1 and elysia plug-ins to win.
Reverb Masterclass: Create realistic spaces and depth
Whether your aim is to recreate the characteristics of real spaces, give electronic sounds a spacial dimension, or creating unique soundscapes: Reverb plays a crucial role in the world of music production. On the following pages, we provide answers to all the important questions and show you how to give your productions impressive spacial atmosphere and use reverb effects as a powerful sound design tool.
Workshop: Power, Punch & Pressure – Make your 909 sound like 2024
What the TR-808 is to Hip Hop, the TR-909 is to Techno – even 40 years after its market launch. But where the sounds used to be raw and unpolished, today they need much more power, punch and silky highs. We can do that!
Another freebie: 55 Breathing Basses, Synths & Enchanting Pads
When it comes to vocals, there’s polished audio recordings, adlib samples, glitchy voices and all the usual stuff you’ll find everywhere. But what about a sample pack that’s different – truly unique and likewise deeply inspiring? Then let us introduce Hyper Vox! This 2.1 GB heavy-weight pack comes with 55 breathing basses, screaming synths and enchanting pads – all of them including vocal loops, unheard phrases and Asian vowels. Enjoy!
- Beat 03/24: Control Your Plugins Like Hardware – With Synth & DAW Controllers
- Hands-on DAW controllers: Fast recording, smooth workflow
- Free full version: Bitwig Studio 8-Track 5 – Full DAW worth 99 Euro
- Test: Behringer Kobol Expander – Prophet niveau for a budget
- Build your perfect beat and win prizes worth over €1,800!
The HYPER VOX expansion pack is a powerful vocal boost for our Zampler & MPCs. Let yourself be inspired by pompous basses and screaming leads. Over 2 GB provide a feast for your ears.
The ultimate arsenal of sound effects awaits you with the 15 GB (!) Global FX from ZTEKNO Loops! Here you have everything you need in terms of effects. We also have club-ready EDM samples from Noisefactory, as well as classic house pianos and vintage drums. If you want, you can also build your own RnB arrangements from the included construction kits. Analog sequences, horns and much more expand your creative potential. Happy producing!