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Beat Magazine #187 - August 2021

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Beat 08|21: Make Your Songs Go Viral + 23 Synths & FX for Free

Top Ten Sounds: Make your songs go viral!

Most acts on Spotify and TikTok are already well-known, but many newcomers are also taking off. The recipe for a hit is as similar as ever: a catchy melody, distinctive vocals, a gripping groove and musical hook lines. But what can be learned from the big hits - whether for underground or glossy pop? And how can you recreate the sound of the hitmakers? In a huge feature, Beat reveal the songwriting, groove and sound secrets of the hits and explain how you can reach a larger audience on streaming portals. What used to be the Top 100 music charts on MTV are now the playlists on Spotify. But how do they come about, who manages them and, above all, how do you get in? Beat Magazine's Jorin Zschiesche has the answers ...

Unrivalled sampling: Avid Pro Tools | First incl. 23 Synths & FX

Software-wise this issue comes with the unrivalled sampling workstation Pro Tools | First. In recent versions, Avid‘s DAW has transformed from an exclusive tool for professional studios to a DAW that is as powerful as it is beginner-friendly. In addition to its 23 compressors & EQs, 16 tracks and the unprecedented range of creative sampling and time-stretching tools, Pro Tools | First offers two amazing extras: the Xpand!2 workstation from AIR Music and UVI‘s PlugSound Library.

Please note: the Xpand!2 and Plugsound library versions offered here are for Pro Tools only and are not VST or AU compatible.

Rocks! Fully Modular Amp Modeling Giant: Overloud TH-U Beat Edition

Also included are Overloud TH-U Beat Edition and Dark Modular, an expansion for Zampler and MPCs, featuring sounds from the new Black System III from Erica Synths. With TH-U Beat, Overloud has created an exclusive version of the modular studio for guitar and bass sounds for Beat readers. The plug-in comes up with excellent sounding Amps and matching Cabinets, Overdrive, Chorus, Delay and Reverb pedals, as well as an EQ. This means that it plays to its strengths not only on string instruments but also on synths, drums and vocals. Thanks to the Splitter Module, even multi-band effects can be realized.

Extra-feature: Producer schools and courses

Anyone who produces music usually has several roles: composer, songwriter, mix and mastering engineer, remixer, sound designer, etc. The required know-how is correspondingly broad. To acquire this knowledge, courses and schools are of great help. The offer ranges from universal courses to DAW and genre-specific tutorials to videos that are dedicated to specific tools or topics (such as compression, equalizing or remixing). But which offers will really get you ahead? Beat helps out with concrete guides and recommendations.

Features

  • Dark Modular: 2.7 GB sounds & patterns by Erica Synths Black System III for Beat's free Zampler plugin and MPC
  • Avid Pro Tools | First incl. 23 Synths & FX + AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 workstation and UVI Plugsound Library
  • Overloud TH-U Beat Edition. Guitar and Bass modular fx suite

System Requirements

Pro Tools | First

Mac

  • Intel® or M1 Mac with macOS macOS Mojave (10.14.5), macOS Catalina (10.15.6), macOS Big Sur (11.4)
  • Intel® i5 processor or higher
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Minimum 1280 Horizontal Monitor Resolution
  • Internet connection for installation
  • Minimum of 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port, FireWire-port or Thunderbolt-port for CoreAudio-supported audio device
  • Supports Marketplace in-app purchased AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools | First
  • PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required)

PC

  • Intel® PC with Windows 10 (build 21H1 only)
  • Note: Windows 8.1 and previous are no longer tested or supported with Pro Tools First
  • Intel® i5 processor or higher
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Minimum 1280 Horizontal Monitor Resolution
  • Internet connection for installation
  • Minimum of 15GB disk space for installation
  • USB-port or FireWire-port for ASIO-supported audio device OR install ASIO4ALL to use Pro Tools First with your PC's built-in audio I/O
  • Supports Marketplace in-app purchased AAX plug-ins in Pro Tools | First
  • PACE hard disk authorization (no iLok required)

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