July 21, 2010
How to create custom drum kits with BeatPort and a review of the new BeatMaker 1.3
New Features BeatMaker 1.3
So first, Lets take a look at the the upgraded sequencer. With the introduction to the new preview bar, it makes it easy to scrub through long patterns. We can now zoom in and out of the sequencer and can now insert and remove bars on the timeline.
Next there’s the dynamic access bar which lets us quickly jump between different settings. We can now quickly switch between patterns while in the editor. Drum patterns can now be up to 4 bars long and The "step resolution" can now be edited up to 1/64T.
And finally as a bonus, they’ve added pitch and pan editors in the step editors tab.
Next, we got a whole new pad editing screen for easy access to settings. An improved wav editor with cropping and zooming function… and a new cross controller with fullscreen mode for live effects.
Next up, we got audio recording. Thats right, everyone asked for it, and we finally got it. You can now record directly from the iPhones built-in mic or headset.
Now lets take a look at the new Moog filter. Features low-high and a band-pass frequency with resonance support. Also theres improvement to the delay effect featuring dotted and triplet rhythm support.
Last but not least, you can finally export your beats in midi format.
Use BeatPack to create your own custom kit.
So first we’ll need to download BeatPack from intrua’s website. http://intrua.net/shop.html
When you open up the app, first thing you’ll see is the share kits and samples section. If you read the instructions first you’ll get a head start on how to sync your audio files from your desktop to your iPhone. But first, I’m going to jump to over to the Create Kit section.
The Drag Zone is where we’ll be loading our samples. Simply drag an audio file to the desired pad to load it. This is were your creativity comes into play. I like to arrange my samples in groups, so when I play it live, I can play it with ease. So when your kit is ready, you can fill out the information section and even upload a kit icon. To save it out, click the generate button.
Next, goto the Share kits section and follow the instructions to get your kit onto your iPhone.
So heres a quick run down. Goto BeatMaker, in the home section, click on the BeatPack Icon, then click on add server. Next, type in your computers IP address, you can find it in the share kits section in the BeatPack app.
When your ip shows up in the server list, simply click on it and hit the download button.
Just navigate to your file and hit the download button. When its done, close it and load it as a kit.
And Thats pretty much how we create a custom kit, with BeatPack.
Remeber, you can upload your tunes back over to your desktop by using the upload function.