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BeatKangz Beat Thang Virtual Drum Software (Mac and Windows)

Turn it out with BeatKangs Beat Thang virtual drum studio, the ultimate beat production software for beginners and pros alike. (18) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Ever wish you had a user-friendly music making software program so you could crank out your own Platinum-ready beats, tracks and songs? Well, look no further. The first real Beat Machine for your computer is here - Beat Thang Virtual.

Beat Kangz Electronics, an independent music technology company, continues the time honored American tradition of ingenuity and innovation by bringing heat with the fun, easy to use Beat Thang Virtual. Whether you're a rookie beat maker or a seasoned vet, Beat Thang Virtual is packed with power, flexibility, effortless operation and value.

Includes:

- 16-Track sequencer
- Fully Functioning Digital EFX
- Sampling
- Waveform Editing
- Busloads of high-quality, factory sounds
- An intuitive, user-friendly, fun interface that you can play with your mouse, touchpad, computer keyboard or USB midi controller

Beat Thang Virtual brings it with the hottest pre-loaded sounds, kits and instruments ever assembled into a factory sound library.

Real acoustic and electric bass; real string instruments and chops like violin, viola, cello and more; striking synths; Latin, African, Asian, Indian and Native American percussion; flamenco, jazz, acoustic and crunchy electric guitar (chops and instruments); crazy sound effects, beat box, vocal stabs, marimba and vibes, keys: twisted and traditional Rhodes, Wurli's, organs and tons of creepy pianos recorded in haunted old mansions.

In all the Kangz stuffed over 3000 unique sounds and hundreds of production-ready hit beats, patterns and loops into Beat Thang Virtual for your dancehall loving, techno-headed, soul ballideering, modern rockin' self.

Load and build your own kits and instruments from your existing sample library. Tired of waiting for your sounds to finally load in other software? Forget about it. With virtual every kit and Instrument in your Thang is available to audition and edit with virtually no load times - and while the beat is playing - so you can keep the inspiration flowing and keep the rhythm riding.

What? Don't have a sample library? Well, now you can make your own, because this Thang samples too. In fact, you can capture any audio happening on your computer. Chop it, twist it, make a kit from it and blaze a beat in less than five minutes! Hands down, the easiest way to make Platinum beats is with Beat Thang Virtual software. Grab your copy of the Beat Thang Virtual now and receive a $149-OFF coupon good for the purchase of a Beat Thang hardware beat machine when it drops.

Features

- One octave pad layout with 8 banks so you can bang out beats or play the keys.
- 16 tracks so you can create patterns that can be performed and remixed on the fly.
- Use any USB pad controller or Keyboard and also you computer key pad to trigger sounds.
- High Quality Sampler & waveform editing. Sample your own sounds using your computer's built in mic and line input or sample any audio playing on your Computer including YouTube.
- Edit sample start and end times. Process samples using features like normalize, reverse and resample.
- Easy to use Realtime Sequencer. Create patterns in real time using quantize, swing, individual bar lengths, tap tempo then string them together in Song mode.
- Mixer with built in FX Change track, Volume and pan levels and Sequence Pitch Changes and Filter sweeps.
- Add 24-bit reverb, delay, flange, phaser, pitch shift, old record and many more.
- Add bang with onboard mastering for that perfect Punch.
- Export your Songs, Beats or Tracks as .wav files in Real Time for a DJ Style Mix or Non Real Time and drag them into your favorite recording program (protools, cubase, logic etc).
- Edit Kits in realtime while the Beat is playing.
- Change Clothes with Custom Skinz.
- Patterns (Beats), Kits and Instruments open with no load times so the party don't stop.
- Connects seamless with Beat Thang Hardware.

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Mac
Intel Mac's only
2GHz or better of processing speed
10.4 O.S or higher
512MB 1gig required

Windows
Intel P4 or AMD with 64-bit Architecture
2GHz or better of processing speed
Windows XP, Windows Vista 32 and 64, Windows 7
512MB 1gig required
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Sound: The sound of this product is amazing in it's own right. You can't find software anywhere (so far) that gives you such great sounding, high quality, kits. This is definitely something that hip-hop/r&b/urban music of all styles and genres should look into. As much as I love it, there are a few quirks that need to be worked out in the pre 2.0 releases. The use of knobs in the software makes adjusting levels and fx pretty annoying. Sometimes it just drives you insane especially when you're wanting to be precise. The other thing missing would be a limiter effect or option where you could set the max velocity on the pads from the pattern without having to go into edit mode of the actual kit. Feature: No accessories other than a USB key preloaded with installer files come with this product. As far as features, the BTV is equipped with a sampler! It will catch audio directly from YouTube in a breeze! BUT if you own a PC, it's not so easy depending on the soundcard that you own and the initial setup can be pretty annoying. It is not nearly as easy on PC as it is on the Mac. It's almost more worth it to sampling using something else and chop the wave up into the BTV. Pad/Track silence, mute, song mode creation. All very nice! One thing this could definitely use (being software) is the ability to separate the tracks on export. Currently you will have to mute or delete tracks in order to track for track your patterns out if you plan on mixing and editing them more professionally. Ease of Use: I'm going to rate this as a 7 here but let me say the interface is great! The software itself is a little buggy (PC) and you have to learn a specific process/work flow to best keep the program stable. There are a lot of great things here but there's no shortage of complaints concerning the sometimes fickleness of the program. The idea is incredible and 2.0 upgrade should resolve a lot of these issues. The interface is clean, snappy, and downright sexy (imo). It really grows on to you. Quality: The sample/kit browser is a little clumsy in appearance. Varying text sizes make it look tacky. As far as quality goes, I have to say, user experience varies a bit too much for me to give the BTV flying colors. It can almost be said that if it works flawlessly for one individual, it's more or less good fortune for that person than it is for the rest of us. Intermittent crashes from pissing the software off unknowingly, especially in the middle of a really banging beat is frustrating. But the BTV still manages to deliver when you settle into using it. So I'm going to give this an 8 on quality for the direction it's headed though this particular release is closer to a 5 in my opinion. Value: In short, even with the the few glitches here, there, and a couple of missing wishlist features, you can not beat a program with this many high quality, raw, gritty, grimy, hard, hip hop sounds. I'd pay $150 just for the sample packs alone but the fact that they included a drum machine makes this a steal. Some people may suggest less, but those of us that have played with it long enough can vouch for the amazing sounds that come out of the BTV. It's totally worth it. Manufacturer Support: The team at Beat Kangz are very fair in their approach to customer service. Some people may complain but contacting them through their forum and directly via e-mail, sometimes with Aja (the ceo) even makes it all more friendly. They are quick to answer questions and even provide Beat Thang University to answer and demonstrate how to appropriately use the program. They are very good! The Wow Factor: You want it. Free upgrade to 2.0 is going make investing now pay off later! It's very sexy and the moment you start banging on the drum pads is an instant turn-on. It definitely sets the bar and will definitely be something to rave about before long. You want it. Today! Overall: Overall, for the price, the features, the free upgrade, the support, I'm satisfied and not mad at all. The people at Beat Kangz have a really good ear for listening to community advice in the right tone and I can only imagine what they will follow this up with.
Style of Music: Hip Hop, Techno, Drum and Bass, Dance, Trance, Trip Hop, .etc
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Sound: With 3,000 sounds out of the box you can't go wrong. Some are usable and others, well. The drums are absolutely THE best. You can create your own kits which is even better. The instrument sounds are both good and bad. The one thing some people may have a problem with is the "processed" sound out of the box. Everything is adjustable but you're going to have to dig into the manual in order to do so. Feature: I am not a fanboy of anything. The way I see it I pay them not the other way around so honesty is not a problem for me. Times and technology change and I stay current with what fits my needs. The lack of rewire is really the only thing missing here. It just so happens that for most people that would be the only way to really consider this. Personally, I have it installed on a laptop that goes out into another computer. Depending on what I'm doing I've recorded this into Logic Pro 9, Cubase 5, and Record for excellent results. Again, I have the benefit of multiple computers so while it's not a major problem for me it could be for many who will use it and only have one computer. You can send each track out as a waveform and import that into whatever you're using as a work around which is actually in the manual. The only other feature I feel is really lacking is that at the moment (2-22-2010) you can only record 8 midi tracks. That's the only complaint since it is nothing to use up 8 tracks of internal sounds. Hey they really do sound that good to do so. Again, having an external computer solves that issue. Ease of Use: If you can't figure this out it is only because you have not read the manual. You don't even need to read the whole thing to be honest. Just read the part about recording and you're set. Literally, you click new pattern, click the 1-8 buttons to pick your track, hit the plus button on the kits or instruments, and double click to audition each one. You hit the record button (a round button you can't miss) and then hit play and you're up and running. To switch tracks just hit the track number and there you go. Quality: It simply works! The drum sounds are probably unmatched for someone looking for "processed" drums. Once you start to layer them the possibilities are endless. I'm not overly worried about the instrument sounds as I have more sounds than I will probably ever get a chance to hear. They do have some instrument sounds that are absolutely the real deal. The only thing holding this thing back from moving Reason and FL aside is the lack of rewire. In all fairness it is something they are working on and for $149 it's really hard to complain about if they never do it. The sound quality more than makes up for it and I've never had it crash on my Mac. I can't speak for the PC side as I have it loaded on a PC but just never used it there. Value: $149. You can't beat that. Personally, if they add rewire and the ability to do more tracks within the program they could easily get much more. Even without that they could get more than what they charge right now. It's just that good. Manufacturer Support: Their support is FAST. I had an issue loading it because of pace issue or something to that effect. (I got this last year at a music conference before it was even released) I emailed them and not only had a swift response but a link with clear cut directions to go along with it. The fact that they do not lie on their website about what it can and cannot do speaks volumes about them. The things that are forthcoming are clearly stated as well as the things they are unsure about at this time. You can't ask for more from a start-up company. Overall: It is a solid product. Either you like the sounds processed or you don't. You can tweak anything to your desire and with 3,000 sounds out the box you can't beat it. Add rewire and up the internal sound track count and I don't see anyone using much else other than this. You can even import sounds into and chop the sounds through the sampler. I haven't done so as I have MPC's, MV8800, and other software samplers. Just didn't feel like learning another one to be honest but overall you can't go wrong with this.
Style of Music: Some of everything. I love music period.
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