Beat English 02-2021

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
software highlights

Rotary Box à la Moog & 0-Coast Retromod LoFreq Wired Our software highlight this month is the RetroMod LoFreq Wired plug-in, which captures the sound of 11 popular analog synthesizers from 2009 to today, including Moog Grandmother, Dreadbox Erebus V3, Arturia MiniBrute 2, Doepfer Dark Energy II and Analogue Solutions Telemark V2. Look forward to powerful and multi-faceted analog sounds that do more than just perform excellently in the low frequency range! The activation code is BEAT2020 Download: | Info: win | mac | linux The final word on 808 d16 Nepheton + 150 Drum Patterns No drum machine has been recreated as often in hardware or software form as Roland‘s TR-808. And it‘s no wonder! After all, it has shaped countless music genres, from Hip-Hop and Electro to Techno, House, R&B, Pop…

2 min
navigator: best of beat # 181

The common thread: Beat issue 02/2021 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 has been 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: Hugar Hugar are the latest icelandic export in a long line of visionary artists to emerge from the neoclassical and ambient scene there. Danny Turner explored their vintage studio. Page 48 Review: Roland Jupiter X The modern Jupiter-8: Roland‘s new flagship synthesizer offers a huge arsenal of emulated analog classics and modern Roland sounds in a…

9 min

No brainer: FMSynthesizer Opzilla for fat sounds With the OpZilla, the developers at 2getheraudio present a powerful-sounding FM battleship that also appears to be attractively priced. FM synthesis, which is often associated with synthesizer classics like the Yamaha DX-7 from the 80s, is more popular now than ever and OpZilla wants to prove that. The Opzilla generates its sounds using four operators and 64 algorithms. For each of these the operators, there is a choice of 16 waveforms. To bring more bite and attack richness into the FM synthesis, attack samples can be added. Crisp basses, bell sounds, FM piano sounds and banging drums can be quickly conjured up in this way. Each operator also has its own envelope, which can be used to determine whether it should be processed in the…

5 min
melodic techno bodzin, voorn and kölsch from start to finished track

Whether depending on the current situation or not, the listeners are longing for a good mood, dancing and carefree indulgence is currently more than popular. Just like Melodic Techno. The music style combines all these properties in a club and living room compatible construct, is always danceable, but never too hard, minimal, but never boring and exudes a euphoria that is comparable to the rave of the 90s, but it feels like with just half of the tempo. But how exactly do these magical melodies come about, what should be paid attention to when choosing a sound and how do all the individual parts result in a rousing arrangement despite the low number of them? We will answer you all of these questions. Simple means, great effect Melodic Techno is not entirely new,…

4 min
hands-on: yotto - observer finding magic melodies

HOOKLINE 1 Basis A good starting point for finding nice hooklines are arpeggiators. Ideally, those that can play back more than just 16th note patterns. We therefore use our Thorn Solo, because sequences can be created quite easily with it. Load the synth and select the preset PLUCK Lonely, which is an ideal basis with a soft sound. 2 Chord Activate ARPEGGIO and start with a typical triad, such as G#1, D#2 and G#2. The middle note is seven semitones above the base key, a popular interval for a positive mood. We keep this interval, but vary the upper G# every half or whole measure. From here on, the idea really starts to get interesting. 3 Arpeggio trick The melody becomes more exciting if we vary the played sequence and get away from the usual 16th…

6 min
step by step: an arrangement for melodic techno

1 | Intro Kick, hi-Hat, clapi Without further ado, the classic techno track starts with kick, open hi-hat and clap to make life easier for the DJ. The complete beat is sent to a bus track (here: PRESS). Its high-pass filter is automated to around 200 Hz for the first eight bars, and to 45 Hz for the following eight bars. Why? / The reduced intro offers numerous entry points for the DJ mix. Due to the filter automation, the beat is present and audible, but saves the full force for the part that follows. The eighth bar remains without a kick. Effects Every 16 bars we add a noise downer (NOISE FX), but alternately as a long and short version. On the first of measures of the ninth and thirteenth bar we place short…