In this set of downloadable instructional outlines, we'll explore some ideas for how you might build a lesson around the tool that emphasizes production and theoretical/musical skill building.
Using technology doesn't have to mean abandoning traditional music skills - on the contrary, it can strengthen them. Sample lesson plans suggest ways you can encourage students to hone their skills in harmony, rhythm, melodic construction, theory, composition and form, and apply those skills to active production and collaborative work with one another. They provide connections to theory and musicianship curricula, as well as presenting a window for intelligent analysis of popular music history.
Music tools, no matter how powerful, are still simply tools. Providing a compelling, portable, advanced music workstation for students can be an opportunity to engage them in music making in new ways. Students can develop both traditional musicianship and techniques for music recording and arrangement in order to be more expressive with sound technology.
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Matt Shadetek talks about Reverb, a powerful effect inside Beaterator that, when used properly, will give the sounds in your compositions some additional space, feeling and depth. Also discussed is the amount of effect you apply to the individual elements in a track, whether it be a synth line or a recording, and how to edit the settings in Reverb for greater customization.
The Delay effect is often used by professional producers and musicians to create an echo sound in their tracks. Matt shows how to do this in Beaterator, while also talking about the variable settings inside the Delay like wet/dry, time, and feedback - all essential for increasing control and making your mix sound more professional.
Shadetek is back again to talk about the Filter effect in Beaterator, which can help control the frequency content and texture of your songs. Learn about the different types of filters, specifically 'low pass,' and how to control sound of the effect using the frequency and resonance parameters.
Beaterator has some powerful synthesis components that can create some pretty amazing, fully customized, sounds. See how Matt uses a synthesizer in the program to created a Dubstep style bass line 'wobble,' while controlling it by altering the various modulation parameters available such as the LFO settings (which control the speed and texture of the sound).
Inside every serious production program is something called automation, which allows you to control the change over time of any level or parameter. In this video Matt covers some essentials of this topic, applied in Beaterator's effects, and also how to edit the settings you automated after they're applied for a world of customization possibilities.
DJ Kiva talks about sampling, an essential production techniques for many modern music styles, especially hip-hop and electronic. Learn how to record samples, what a waveform is, and editing strategies inside Beaterator's interface to create customized, and completely unique, sounds that nobody has ever heard before.
This topic is too important to for just one video. Continuing on his first installment, Kiva shows how to smoothly integrate your samples into productions by playing them in different keys, an essential ability if you want the loops to sound right alongside the different elements of your songs.
Another great way to customize your sampled sounds is to chop 'em up and rearrange the different parts. In this video, Kiva uses Beaterator's Loop Slicer to cut apart a sound, rearrange the pieces, and use those individual pieces to create some crazy funky new sounds. Also covered is how to time stretch your clips and make them fit into the specific space you need.
With the Beaterator you can record, arrange, and edit any clips of live instruments that you or your friends create. DJ Kiva, who knows how to play over a dozen different instruments, shows how this is done, plus talks about record volume controls and using the click track to keep everything in line with the master tempo of the song you're working on.
Most songs can't live on leads alone. This video covers how to record additional layers of live sound into Beaterator like bass & percussion. Also discussed are some techniques for timing these recordings so each clip works with what you already have, and some editing ideas so these new layers fit the master vision of your composition.