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Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Rhythm
Publisher: Take Two
Developer: Rockstar
Release Date: Sept. 29, 2009 (US), Sept. 2, 2009 (EU)

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Mix Some Tunes With Rockstar's 'Beaterator'

by Rainier on March 5, 2005 @ 1:42 a.m. PST

Beaterator is a powerful music mixer with robust beatmaking features, as well as a highly addictive collection of original music and rhythm games and challenge modes - all available in the palm of your hand.

Beaterator gives the average Joe production abilities that previously never existed freely on the Internet. 8 tracks of sequencing, 4 tracks of original loop crafting down to the 16th note, 240 bar limit, full BPM control, ability to upload your own samples, ability to save out as an mp3, an advanced effects module, original sound bank comprised of hundreds of loops, drum kit sounds, synth and string stabs and more provided by production gurus Steinski, Matthew Dear, Juan Atkins, Avee & 3D and King Britt.

This thing, for better or for worse, is going to have every knucklehead on the internet thinking they could very well be the next Derrick May or Pharrell Williams.

It’s all for free – and registration is only needed if you’d like to save your work.

Beaterator is equipped with unprecedented features and functionality, including:

  • 8 full tracks of sequencing, with up to 240 bars of composition.
  • Customizable BPM/pitch control.
  • More than double the stock sound bank of any other online sequencer.
  • An effects console with 6 professional effects that can be applied to any sound or loop - including echo, reverb, flange and even reverse.
  • Stock sound bank comprised of original license-free sounds and loops provided by production heavyweights Juan Atkins, Steinski, DJ 3D and A. Vee, King Britt and Matthew Dear.
  • The pioneering ability to upload sounds and samples off of your hard drive to utilize and manipulate in your compositions as you’d like.
  • The unique “Loop Crafter”. Use stock or custom sounds, including drum kit elements, synths, strings and samples, to create your own original beat down to the 16th note at whatever BPM needed to fit your composition.
  • A 2-octave keyboard. Simply assign any sound from the Sound Bank to the Keyboard and it gets automatically rendered out for you in proper scale for playback. Then, just play back your original beat and tickle the ivories to create and record your own original 4-bar melody.
  • The ability to save your masterwork to your hard drive as an MP3 file, or register to save as a Beaterator data file that you can come back to and continue working on.

Whether you’re a complete novice looking for the most user-friendly program to hone your skills, or a studio vet in need of mocking up a quick idea while away from your studio, this is your new destination. Lest we forget, it’s all totally free of charge; just don’t forget to give us a nod in those liner notes. Happy beatmaking.

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