Beat English 09-2020

Beat combines competent hardware and software tests with dedicated reviews as well as reports and interviews from musicians and the music business. We will report on music production with the latest synthesizers and computers, introduce new trends in recording, and always have our finger on the pulse with up-to-date reports. Many well-known specialist report on the widespread music production solutions and experienced editors take care of the most important entertainment and scene topics. This magazine is a platform for musicians and contains a regular demo and MP3 section for readers as well as a download with high-quality sample and music files for creative musicians. Software licenses available while stock lasts. You can check the availability of each product here:

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4 min
three top full versions

Inspiration guaranteed: The best sounds of this cult synth! IK Multimedia Syntronics OXa Our plug-in highlight, Syntronik OXa, captures the legendary warmth and thickness of Oberheim‘s OB-X and OB-Xa polyphonic analog synths in detail. This sample instrument covers an enormous range from bass and lead sounds to lush pads. Thanks to the layering- and split-functions and the flexible arpeggiator, it delivers inspiring song ideas in no time. | get your license: win | mac Delay and Modulation Giant d16 Sigmund If you like characterful echoes and spacy delay experiments, Sigmund is a joy to work with! Our full version by d16 is much more than a delay effect: The plugin is a secret weapon for delay and modulations of any kind. But the remarkably flexible creative tool is also equipped for exciting filter and distortion…

2 min
navigator: best of beat # 176

The common thread: Beat issue 09/2020 For many years, Beat has been inspiring its readers not only with practical and musical topics, but above all with the tight integration of editorial content. From the very beginning, Beat is all about creating, about the structured building of ideas and the common thread - in the magazine as well as in the tracks. This navigator shows you the highlights of this issue and allows you to see the big picture. Studio Insights: Little Dragon Formed during high school in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1996, Indie-Electronic group Little Dragon immediately garnered attention for their sombre yet exquisite ballad „Twice“. The collective comprising Yukimi Nagano, Erik Bodin, Fredrik Wallin and Håkan Wirenstran signed to Peacefrog Records for their eponymous debut album, lighting the blue touch paper on what…

6 min

All-Around Talent for Mobile Recording: Zoom H8 Handy Recorder The mobile phone recorder series from Zoom is without a doubt one of the most popular mobile recording devices par excellence. The manufacturer advertises its new H8 mobile phone recorder as the most adaptable portable audio recorder ever. The device features an intuitive colour touch screen with „3-way“ navigation reminiscent of using smartphone apps. With its extensive features, this device is ready for a variety of applications like field recording, recording sessions in the rehearsal room, podcasting or the quick capture of sounds for sound design. The proven transparent preamplifiers in the series are usable. With four XLR, two XLR/TRS combo jacks and four capsule inputs, the H8 can record up to 12 tracks simultaneously and you can quickly and easily adjust gain,…

3 min
synth secrets pro tips for soft- & hardware refresh your studio setup!

If you search the Internet for special tips and tricks on various synthesizers, the majority of the articles written are on very general topics. Malicious tongues would claim that this is accompanied by the highest possible click rate. As a print magazine, we at Beat are not dependent on clicks and, in this special, we’ll give you some synth tips that have never been read in this form before - we promise! Sound Design Tricks The first six pages of our Synth Secrets Special show 25 tips and tricks for synthesizers and instruments from everyday studio life. The Beat editorial team reaches deep into its bag of tricks and shares the best synthesizer secrets with you. Software and hardware sound generators, as well as effects, tools and DAWs play a major role…

14 min
25 synth secrets for your setup

Liked 1,742 Times Korg MS2000 Goes Hardcore Switch on oscillator 2 only and set OSC1 level to zero. Turn on SYNC and let OSC2 pitch modulate at high tempo via LFO with S/H wave. Activate Unison with Detune of +25 and you have a killer sound. „Hardcore will never die!“ Liked 1,363 Times Your Own Theremin? Quite simple and possible for any synth: Connect an LFO to pitch at a relatively fast tempo and control the intensity via mod wheel or aftertouch. Then, set it to mono and turn up the portamento…your own Theremin is ready! Liked 1,465 Times Proper Doubling with U-He Hive 2 To make a sound thicker, the doubling production trick is ideal. This tip shows a simple circuit that allows doubling stereo software synthesizers on-the-fly. In this example, we‘re using u-He Hive 2, create…

5 min
a moog dfam for everyone? yes!

1 Percussion Synth Contrary to its name, „Drummer From Another Mother“ is not a pure drum synth, but focuses on percussion and bass sequences. With its two oscillators and the noise module combined with jagged envelopes and two eight-step sequencers, both rhythmic and melodic sequencers can easily be conjured up. 2 Oscillators & Noise That can be copied on the computer, right? Absolutely! We use Voltage Modular from Cherry Audio (see booklet software) and load the oscillator module and the noise generator twice at the beginning. For a better overview with later wiring, we also add several blank panels which we then label appropriately. 3 Two Waveforms Since the DFAM only offers Square and Triangle waveforms, we need an Eight-to- One switch for each oscillator. Reduce the STEPS to 2 each and connect the two…