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MOTU BPM Beat Production Software

Forget using pre-made loops. Unlock your inner rhythmic soul, and start programming, producing and more with this beat-making machine. (10) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Sound libraries these days are awash with loops. And what is a loop, exactly? Someone else's beat. Isn't it time to take back creative ownership over your grooves?

Isn't it time to once again release your own unique, inspired beats on the world? If only you had a rhythm production instrument that let you program beats as fast as your mind can "hear" them. There just hasn't been anything even close... until now.

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Features

- Complete rhythm production center for Mac and Windows
- Combines state-of-the-art rhythm programming technology with playable virtual instrument operation inspired by the classic drum machines of the 80's and 90's
- Provides complete creative control, from recording and programming individual samples to building and arranging entire songs
- Includes a comprehensive, expertly produced urban sound and loop library for urban, R&B, pop, rock and other music styles
- Combines drum machine programming, sampling, loops, synthesized drum sounds, multi-sample instrument sounds, mixing, effects processing, song arranging and asset browsing in one streamlined window
- Plug-and-play support for hands-on pad controllers such as the Akai MPD32 controller
- Exclusive SP1200 Emulation mode faithfully reproduces the unique characteristics of the classic sought-after E-mu SP1200
- State-of-the-art environment for laying down beats as quickly as your mind can "hear" them

The Ultimate Beat Production Machine

BPM unites drum machine-style operation with advanced virtual instrument technology to give you the ultimate rhythm programming experience. Combine drum kits, sequenced patterns, sliced loops and instrument sounds to realize your rhythmic vision, mixing and matching any playing style with any drum kit. Or plug in your pad controller or MIDI keyboard to capture your live, groove-quantized performance directly in BPM.

A Universe of Sounds

Browse BPM's vast 15 GB sound library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit 96 kHz rhythmic material for urban, R&B, hip hop, techno, electro, house, pop, rock and other music styles. Sample your own drum sounds directly into BPM's drum pads, or simply drag and drop clips from your computer desktop, to add infinite possibilities to your own, unique sound. Add further punch with BPM's Drum Synthesizer. Combine unlimited sample layers per pad with programmable layer switching. Now add guitar, bass and other multi-sample instrument sounds from BPM's included library, MachFive or any other MOTU or UVI sample instrument library.

Let Your Beats Flow

Trigger scenes during live performance from pads or MIDI notes. Drag and drop scenes into a song to build an entire track in seconds. Finalize your track with BPM's comprehensive graphic mixer, unlimited effects processing and dozens of world-class effects, including multi-band EQ, filter, delay, drive, distortion and convolution reverb. Advanced features include drag & drop audio import/export, multiple outputs, universal plug-in compatibility and stand-alone operation.

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System Requirements
A minimum of 1 GB of RAM is required. However, since BPM loads samples (or a portion of the samples) into the computer's RAM add as much RAM as possible to your computer; 2 GB is recommended.

Large hard drive(s). See below for Mac and Windows specific hard drive requirements.

A free USB port for the iLok USB key. Note that if you have multiple products which use iLoks for authorization you can consolidate multiple authorizations onto a single iLok; see this tech note.

A CD/DVD disk drive for installation.

For Mac:
* G4 1 GHz Power Mac or faster, with multiple processors/cores highly recommended; a G5 or Intel-based Mac is recommended
* Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, or v10.6; BPM 1.0.5 or later requires Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later.
* Hard drive(s) with at least 18 GB free to hold the sound files, plug-in, and application. The drive(s) must be formatted as Mac OS Extended (also known as HFS+); journalling can be on or off.
* An audio sequencer software package that hosts MAS, AU, VST, or RTAS instrument plug-ins. As BPM has 34 outputs (stereo main outs + 16 stereo aux outputs), the host needs to support instruments with greater than 32 outputs. Alternatively, BPM can be used as a standalone application.

For Windows:
* Pentium 4 1 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent), with multiple processors/cores highly recommended. For native 64-bit support, a 64-bit processor is required.
* Windows 7, Vista, or XP. For native 64-bit support, a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows Vista is required.
* Hard drive(s) with at least 18 GB free to hold the sound files, plug-in, and application. The drive(s) must be formatted as NTFS.
* An audio sequencer package that hosts VST or RTAS instrument plug-ins. As BPM has 34 outputs (stereo main outs + 16 stereo aux outputs), the host needs to support instruments with greater than 32 outputs. Alternatively, BPM can be used as a standalone application.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7500
MOTU Warranty ´╗┐MOTU offers a 2 year warranty on all Firewire interfaces and all Video/Audio interfaces. USB MIDI interfaces and PCI Audio interfaces carry a 90 day warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 617-576-2760
Customer Reviews
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Sound: I give this a 6 out 10 because of the type of music (hiphop) i'am doing. It sounds great for sampling beats/drums & etc. But...the package sounds are some of the most lifeless, boring, simple sounds i've heard from a newer product. Let start with its drum bank...kicks are keyboard sounding, snares are stolen (yes, u can tell where every other snare coming from) and hihats all sound a like. I was very upset that its sound did not in no way equal its price tag!!! Feature: Once again, this is ok for some hip hop tracks so i'll give an 8 on features. If you have a controller with keys and drum pads your good. If not, then go with N.I Maschine..."TRUST ME ON THIS" What made me hate motu is they're additional $89 for its '1.5' upgrade. MOTU listen, these features should of been free and/or included before release. Yall ain't Propellerhead DOG! Ease of Use: Your mom will be chopping beats minutes after install...LOL Seriously, learned it in a couple of hours, played with it about a week or two and havent touch it since. Quality: What? Value: Well, for $280+ tax you get a program about the size of a email that will crash at lease once as soon as ya start using its effects. And a ilok (usb key...$39 online) that requires a third party update (not from motu) in order too install any updates from moto. NICE! I wish i could of got a crack and just brought the ilok... would have save me $240 bucks. Manufacturer Support: Called once, got an answer. The Wow Factor: I was sold mostly on its looks (mpc style) and its half the price of maschine. Only to find out how much i hate clicking on the mouse to get to functions in bpm. Overall: Its a beat making program, a toy for the non serious at heart. If you just want to make some beats and dont want to pay almost $300. Check out beatthang or maybe beat station. Otherwise, go with the real thing...MASCHINE!!!!!!!
Style of Music: hip hop/neo soul
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Sound: The sounds that come with it are not that bad but could be a lot better.Especially the multisamples. There ok. Feature: It has a lot of features. The best is probably the 64 tracks and the mpc style pads. Ease of Use: It's fairly easy to use. You can start making beats right outofthe box. The instruction manuel is easy too. Quality: I have only had it for about two weeks and I have not noticed any bugs. Value: I gave it a six because for the price this software lacks a few features that are usually accessible with software in this price range. The only thing you can do is play rex, wav, aiff or the factory sounds. Motu advertises that you can play any machfive libray but they don't tell you that you have to literally buy machfive and use the ilock dongle in order to play those sounds in BPM. This software lacks support for other sample libraries, ex:kontakt,nnxt,giga,etc. I think its a better idea to save your money and by Native Instruments Maschine or something similar. Manufacturer Support: The support sucks. They act as if your annoying the hell out of them. The Wow Factor: I regret buying this. I should have saved my money and bought Native Instruments Maschine. That program itself(without the controller that comes with it) is essentially the same price with way more features. Overall: I've had it for a couple of weeks and I'm already saving up for Native Insruments Maschine. Fellow musicians, save your money and get something better!
Style of Music: Hiphop, Urban,techno
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