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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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'Beaterator' (PSP) Schooling Students In Music Theory And Composition

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2009 @ 2:49 p.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 is a suite of easy-to-use but powerful music creation tools that allows users of all skill levels to create quality tracks quickly and easily.

Rockstar Games has teamed up with premier music production and DJing institute, Dubspot, to bring Beaterator for PSP into classrooms and after-school programs in the New York City area and beyond.  This partnership will aim to educate the youth of today in the fundamental aspects of music theory and composition utilizing mobile technology and Beaterator, the robust beat-making and music production suite featuring sounds and loops composed by recording legend Timbaland. The highly experienced instructors from Dubspot navigate students through Beaterator’s interface while providing tips for effective beat-making and highlighting the basic principles and terminology associated with music creation. By the end of the course, students are able to construct a beat from scratch using drumkits and melodies and layer their own vocals over their unique track.

Live Play gets users started quickly as Timbaland guides you through experimenting with pre-arranged templates of his own loops and sounds to get things going.  From there, you can take your track into the Studio to add, delete, and replace loops, or add your own vocals using the built-in microphone, or an attached microphone. When you’re ready, delve into the Song Crafter to create your own unique beats and sounds to use across all three modes. Beaterator has the power and flexibility to allow you to create great beats, stirring melodies, and complete songs to rival today’s hottest producers.  When you’re ready, you can export your creation and share it with the world.

Beaterator is not a game in the classic sense of the term, and there are no goals or challenges to accomplish. You’re not pretending to make music – you are making music, and everything you need is unlocked and available to you straight out of the box. Whether or not you have experience in song-crafting or studio time under your belt, there is an amazing amount of value packed into Beaterator. It is more powerful and deep than any other portable music application, regardless of console or device. It is also extremely easy for novices or gamers curious about making music to grasp and we’ve taken great steps to remove the intimidation that often inhibits people from entering this world. Rockstar wants to enable people that have always wanted to make music but also make an experience deep enough that experts can use it as well.

Key Features

  • Massive library of Loops and Sounds: Includes thousands of loops and sounds produced by Rockstar and multi-platinum producer and entertainer Timbaland exclusively for Beaterator.
  • Live Play: Perform songs in a totally live environment.
  • Song Crafter: Quickly and simply create whole songs.
  • Vocal Recorder: Add vocal accompaniment to your songs, recorded in real-time while your song plays.
  • Effects Editor: Add studio-quality effects to your songs such as reverb, chorus, delay and many others.
  • Visualizer: Listen to your songs alongside cool visuals that react to your music.
  • MIDI Import and Export: Import MIDI files from your Memory Stick Duo™ into songs, or export your songs and loops as MIDI files.
  • Sound Recorder and Sound Editor: Record and edit your own sounds using your PSP system.
  • Drum Crafter: Use Beaterator to make your own killer beats. Use built-in drum kits or create your own custom kits.
  • Drum Pad Mode: Turn your PSP system into a set of Drum Pads and mash out beats live.
  • Melody Crafter: Create your own bass-lines and melodies. Use any sound that you like, or you can even use Beaterator's built-in Analog Synthesizer Emulator.
  • Audio Loop Crafter: Turn your sampled sounds into Loops.
  • Song Export: Export your songs to PC or MAC as a WAV file or directly upload your music to the Rockstar Social Club while on the go.
  • Chord Pad Mode: Make stirring harmonies even if you have no knowledge of music. Just like a Drum Pad, but for chords.

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