BeatCleaver 1.4 Released!

We’re pleased to announce the immediate release of BeatCleaver 1.4, a major update to our sampling audio editor and beat slicer!

BeatCleaver 1.4 is by far the biggest update we’ve ever made, and brings major improvements across the entire application. We’re excited to finally share this new release with you and we hope it opens new creative possibilities for your music sampling and slicing workflow.

BeatCleaver 1.4 Overview

What’s New in BeatCleaver 1.4?

 

Audio Editing with the RapidEdit™ Engine

BeatCleaver now has a powerful new Edit Mode that allows you to edit your recordings and beats like never before. Effects like fades are applied instantly, in real-time, without ever making you pause for rendering, and the results are visible immediately on the waveform. This fluid editing mode is powered by a brand new audio editing engine developed specifically for BeatCleaver, the RapidEdit™ engine. This is audio editing for the 21st century.

Remix Drum Loops with Movable Slices

With BeatCleaver 1.4, you can now rearrange beats or samples after you chop them up using Edit Mode. Using the “Duplicate” effect, any slice can be freely dragged around to create endless variations on a sample or drum loop.

Automatic BPM Detection

Time-stretching is now even easier thanks to integrated BPM detection, which will automatically find the tempo of any loops or audio loaded into BeatCleaver. New tempo and pitch controls have been added directly to the main window to speed the time-stretching workflow as well.

Slice to MIDI

Slice to MIDIThe timing of slices can now be exported to a MIDI file. This feature has been much requested, and is useful for extracting the groove a drum beat in order to construct it in a DAW or with a sampler, but with different sounds. You can also use this feature for any kind of rhythm extraction, not just for drum grooves. (In the menu, go to File->Save as MIDI…)

Full list of changes in BeatCleaver 1.4:

  • Audio Editing through “Edit Mode”, with the following types of edits and effects available: Fade In, Fade Out, Normalize, Gain (Amplify), Reverse, Duplicate, and Cut/Copy/Paste.
  • Unlimited undo/redo for the audio editing capabilities.
  • Significant audio engine optimizations and performance improvements.
  • A new “Sample Properties” window, allowing you to adjust the original BPM of a sample and see some other file details.
  • Automatic BPM Detection
  • Pitch and Time Stretching toolbar for easier control
  • Slice to MIDI – Export the groove or rhythm of your slices as a MIDI file.
  • A New, Refreshed Look  – New icons and new transport bar graphics.
  • Slicing usability improvements – Shift-click to play, Ctrl-click (Command-Click on Mac) to slice.
  • Saved slice templates can now be dragged and dropped back onto the BeatCleaver window to apply them.
  • Redesigned offline time stretching window
  • About a dozen bugfixes.

Get BeatCleaver 1.4

New to BeatCleaver? A free trial of BeatCleaver 1.4 is available for download today. The limitations of the trial version are that there’s no saving of audio or slice templates.

BeatCleaver 1.4 is available for purchase from the Oscillicious online shop as a digital download for $79 / €59 / £54.

Existing Customers: The registered version of BeatCleaver 1.4 is available as a free upgrade, and can be obtained from the bottom of the downloads page or by clicking the download link in your original registration email again.

Edit Mode in BeatCleaver 1.4

The new Edit Mode enables quick and easy audio editing. It’s lightning fast.

 

Slicing a Beat in BeatCleaver 1.4

Slicing a Drum Beat in BeatCleaver 1.4 on Mac OS X.

About BeatCleaver

BeatCleaver is a sampling audio editor for slicing up drum loops, recording, and songs. Designed with the sampling workflow in mind, BeatCleaver makes it easy to chop and timestretch audio through an easy interface with smooth zooming for precision slicing. Now, version 1.4 adds new real-time audio editing capabilities for editing and applying effects on-the-fly, further enhancing the fluid sampling workflow.

Devlog: BeatCleaver 1.4 Progress and New Edits

About two weeks ago, I posted my first devlog video on BeatCleaver 1.4 to help get feedback on the new “Edit Mode” I’m working on, and since then I’ve made some progress. That first video garnered a bunch of great feedback that helped me steer what I’m working on (which was just what I was hoping for), so I’m going to continue blogging my progress whenever I have something cool to show.

In this new video, I quickly demonstrate how slice points now work in Edit Mode, show how you can use two new types of “edit” to manipulate beats, and lastly, I talk about your feedback on the last video and some of the features that you suggested:

Ok, back to C++ for me!

If you have any questions suggestions about what you’re seeing here in BeatCleaver, please leave a comment below or send me an email!

Devlog: Early Look at Edit Mode in BeatCleaver 1.4

I’ve started working on a new BeatCleaver update, and rather than keeping the new feature set under wraps until right before the release like usual, I’ve decided to try developing this release in the open starting with this first “developer log” video:

Watch the video to see how the new “Edit Mode” in BeatCleaver 1.4 is going to work, and let me know what you think!

BeatCleaver 1.3.1 Released!

Hot off the heels of the 1.3 release comes a new upgrade adding a handful fo new features and improvements to BeatCleaver!

Download the latest version of BeatCleaver here!

BeatCleaver 1.3.1 for Windows

If you missed the BeatCleaver 1.3 release, check out all the new features we added (like Time Stretching) in the release post here!

What’s New in BeatCleaver 1.3.1?

MIDI Controller Support

BeatCleaver now has basic MIDI controller support so you can preview your chops from your favorite controller. Just configure your MIDI controller in the preferences and you’ll be ready to go!

 

Snap to ZeroNew Snap to Zero Crossings and Fade In/Out Slices feature in BeatCleaver 1.3.1

A new “Snap to Zero” option has been added to the Slicing menu that automatically snaps any new slice points to zero crossings in the waveform. Slicing at zero crossings helps reduce any audible clicks at slice points, and this feature will help cut down on manual labour.

Fade in/out Slices

A “Fade in/out Slices” option has also been added to the Slicing menu, that adds an additional small 2 ms fade at the start and end of any slice. This helps further reduce any audible clicks at slice points in case you slice on a region with a very sharp attack. At 2 ms, it’s short enough to ensure that kicks and other “punchy” sounds keep their punchiness even when you slice very close to the start of them.

Samplerate Conversion (WAVE export)

BeatCleaver now allows you to choose the samplerate that your slices will be saved with. By default, BeatCleaver will preserve the original samplerate of the sample, but you can choose in the preferences to resample the audio to 22500 Hz, 44100 Hz, 48000 Hz, 96000 Hz, or 192000 Hz.

Bugfixes:

  • Fixed a slice triggering bug where sometimes playback would always begin at the first slice.
  • Improved robustness of soundcard code in the preferences, fixes one crash.
  • Fixed a bogus 20 samples of silence at the start of some saved samples.

Existing customers can grab the BeatCleaver 1.3.1 update either by clicking the download links in their original registration email or by visiting our Oscillicious downloads page.

New to BeatCleaver? Download the free BeatCleaver 1.3.1 trial for download on Windows and Mac OS X here!

BeatCleaver 1.3.0 Released!

I’m very pleased to announce the release of BeatCleaver 1.3.0, a major update to our beat slicing and music sampling software!

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What’s New in BeatCleaver 1.3.0?

Time Stretching

As we teased earlier in our Time Stretching Preview, BeatCleaver now has a state-of-the-art time stretching engine so you can warp your samples to match a different tempo or change their pitch. What we really like about this particular time stretching engine is that it does a great job at preserving transients, or the quick onset of musical events. In other words, it keeps your drums punchy even when they’re stretched, but also works to better preserve the character of harmonic instruments like pianos too. Try out the new time stretching feature and let us know what you think!

Drag Export

To make the sampling workflow even faster, BeatCleaver now has a new Drag Export mode that allows you to drag slices right out of the application and into a folder, your desktop, or even right into a DAW.

You can now drag slices right out of BeatCleaver and into your DAW.

With the new Drag Export mode, you can now drag slices right out of BeatCleaver and into your DAW.

FLAC Support

Due to popular demand, BeatCleaver can now read FLAC audio files for chopping. The FLAC audio file format uses “lossless” compression, meaning it’s a 100% perfect replica (just like WAVE) except that it offers substantially smaller files. Because of these advantages, FLAC has become the format of choice for vinyl rips and we’re excited that BeatCleaver can now be used on even more sampling material.

On-the-Fly Chopping

Last but not least, we’ve added a new Slice at Cursor button to BeatCleaver (with “S” as a shortcut key) that allows you to insert slice points during playback directly at the current playback position. In other words, you can chop a sample on-the-fly as it’s playing just by tapping the S key, cutting slices as you go along.

Other Changes

Here’s a more detailed changelog for BeatCleaver 1.3.0:

  • New Rubber Band-powered time stretching engine
  • Added FLAC file reading support – Even supports 24-bit FLAC files.
  • Added Drag Export mode, enabling the dragging of slices right out of BeatCleaver.
  • Added “Slice at Cursor” button for on-the-fly chopping.
  • New resampling engine
  • Allow WASAPI Shared Mode now, so BeatCleaver doesn’t hog your soundcard when using WASAPI.
  • Added a full BeatCleaver User Manual
  • Fixed several crashes
  • Added configurable bit depth when saving WAVE files, in the preferences. (Can now save 8, 16, 24, and 32-bit WAVE files.)
  • Fixed the tooltips in the toolbar

If you haven’t updated BeatCleaver since 1.2.0, you might have missed some of these other changes we recently made:

  • Full undo/redo support
  • A big boost to performance and smoothness.
  • The ability to slide a loop around by dragging it in the toolbar
  • The ability to loop over multiple slices by holding shift and clicking another spot on the the loop bar.

Get BeatCleaver 1.3

New to BeatCleaver? A free trial for Windows and Mac is available on our downloads page.

Existing Customers: BeatCleaver 1.3.0 is a free update, and you can grab it by hitting the download links in their original registration email or by visiting the bottom of our downloads page.

BeatCleaver 1.3 is available for both Windows and Mac.

BeatCleaver 1.3 is available for both Windows and Mac.

 

Preview: BeatCleaver 1.3 with Time Stretching

There are few audio effects that match the sheer usefulness of time stretching.

Time stretching is an effect that allows you to change the tempo and pitch of a sample independently of one another. For example, if you’ve sampled a vinyl and you want to work it into an existing track, time stretching lets you slow down the sample to match the tempo of your beat. You also usually need to transpose the sample to match the key of your song as well. Time stretching is different from resampling because the latter changes both the pitch and tempo at the same time.

What’s particularly great about time stretching is that it preserves the original character of your source material, which has made it a ubiquitous technique in modern hip hop music production. Preserving the original character of a sample is more important in hip hop than in other genres because sampling is so closely tied to the “sound” of the genre. In hip hop, sound design tends to focus more on reworking existing samples to fit with each other, as opposed to say, the synth-oriented sound design of most EDM genres. (If you wander in between hip hop and EDM production, taking certain elements of each, you get post-2010 trap music, but I digress.) Although you don’t need to use timestretching or even resampling when you’re making hip hop, both techniques let you expand your palette of available sounds. Once you go timestretching though, it sure is hard to go back.

A sneak peek at BeatCleaver 1.3

A sneak peek at BeatCleaver 1.3 for Windows. Notice anything new?

That’s why we’re excited to share the news that time stretching is coming to BeatCleaver in the upcoming 1.3 release. We’ve integrated a new, high fidelity time stretching engine and added a number of different quality presets and options to let you tweak the final sound.

BeatCleaver 1.3 adds the ability to time stretch and repitch samples (independently).

BeatCleaver 1.3 adds the ability to time stretch and repitch samples (independently).

Screenshots are great, but time stretching needs to be heard, so we’ve put together a short demo track featuring only samples that were time-stretched and chopped in BeatCleaver 1.3:

Time Stretching with BeatCleaver – “Guitars” Demo Song by Oscillicious

The beat on this track was chopped from one of the MPC-Samples.com demo breaks that come bundled with BeatCleaver. All other samples are licensed under Creative Commons BY and found on ccmixter.org.

You can also listen to those samples directly, in both original and timestretched versions below. We’ve placed comments inline that label each sample and list the time stretching settings:

Time Stretching with BeatCleaver – “Guitars” Samples by Oscillicious

(Full attribution and links to the the samples are provided in the description on SoundCloud.)

We’re currently wrapping up BeatCleaver 1.3 beta testing and we hope to have a final release within the next week or so. Stay tuned for more information and the release announcement!

Fun fact: Akai released the first MPC with time stretching back in 2000, the MPC 2000 XL.

 

BeatCleaver 1.2.8 Released!

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After a busy week of BeatCleaver development, we’re pushing out a small (but worthwhile) update that brings a couple of bugfixes and enhancements:

  • Big performance boost when navigating around the waveform.
  • Fixed rare crash during looping.
  • Fixed several bugs causing inconsistent playback behaviour, especially when looping.
  • Fixed another bug where an invalid loop could be placed when loading a second file.

These changes don’t sound drastic, but combined they add up to make BeatCleaver feel a lot tighter and more consistent. It’s the little things, right? But that’s not all: We’ve got some news on BeatCleaver 1.3 coming soon. Most of our recently development  time has gone into BeatCleaver 1.3, and we’re just about ready to start spilling the beans on what’s coming next. Stay tuned!

Existing BeatCleaver owners can hit up the download links in their original registration email to get this new BeatCleaver update or head over to the bottom of our downloads page to grab it.

If you’re new to BeatCleaver, an update trial version is available too, check it out!

JamDeck Now Available in the Mac App Store

We’re pleased to announce that JamDeck, the organic music sketchpad, is now available through the Mac App Store!

JamDeck for Mac OS X

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To celebrate this launch, we’re offering JamDeck at a special price through the Mac App Store, but only until until March 11th, 2013, so hurry! If you’re a Mac user and you’ve been eyeing JamDeck, now’s your chance to get it while it’s hot.

If you’ve been following our past projects, you might remember that back in February 2011, we launched Mixxx in the Mac App Store, which quickly became the #1 Top Free App across the globe. Though we dream about repeating that success in the “Paid” category instead, our main objective is just to put new tools into the hands of musicians across the globe, and we’re hopeful that the Mac App Store will help us do that. So if you’d like to try something new, a different way of kickstarting your music, give JamDeck a try and let us know what you think!

About JamDeck

JamDeck is organic music production software for capturing brilliant ideas quickly. It takes a new approach to music creation on the Mac, that lets you sit down and jam just like you would with a real instrument. With nearly zero setup and an easy to use live looper, JamDeck is always ready to capture and help you build on those moments of musical inspiration. By combining the feel of an instrument with an easy live looping workflow, creativity just flows.

JamDeck is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

BeatCleaver 1.2.6 Released!

We’re pleased to announce a new feature update to BeatCleaver!

BeatCleaver 1.2

BeatCleaver is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

 

This update adds a handful of useful features including:

  • Full undo and redo capabilities
  • A “Slice into 64” option in the menu
  • The ability to slide the loop and the corresponding slice points around by clicking and dragging a loop. This can be very handy for finding good loops.
  • The ability to expand a loop by shift-clicking on another area of the loop bar.

Existing customers can download BeatCleaver 1.2 by hitting the download link in their original registration email or entering their registration information on the Oscillicious downloads page.

A free trial is available for download for Windows and Mac OS X today.

About BeatCleaver

BeatCleaver is a standalone software application for beat slicing and music sampling from existing recordings and songs. It makes it easy and quick to split MP3s, WAVs, M4As and more with precision, perfect for hip hop sampling or remixing.

JamDeck 1.1.4 Released!

We’re very pleased to announce a new update for JamDeck, version 1.1.4!

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This new version is primarily aimed at improving PC/Mac keyboard support, but also fixes a handful of little bugs that cropped up over the last month or so.

Without further ado, the improvements in JamDeck 1.1.4 include:

  • No longer having to click on the piano keys once to activate your PC/Mac keyboard. (much requested)
  • New keyboard mappings for AZERTY and QWERTZ keyboards, for our European friends. (Changeable in the preferences dialog.)
  • Improved PC/Mac keyboard responsiveness – things are going to feel a little bit snappier when you’re rocking out with your keyboard.
  • Revamped Intro Tutorial – now much harder to break 😉
  • Added an instruments menu shortcut key (Ctrl-I on Windows, Apple-I on Mac OS X)
  • Fixed a rare crash while loading SodaSynth presets.
  • Fixed some loop recorder rendering bugs.
  • Introduced a new “jambundle” file format for Mac OS X, plus file associations.
  • A couple other minor packaging fixes for Mac OS X.

JamDeck 1.1.4 is a free update for all existing JamDeck owners, and can be downloaded either by clicking the download link in your original registration email, or by entering your registration information on the JamDeck downloads page.

New users can grab the trial of JamDeck 1.1.4 right off the front page of the official JamDeck website.

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About JamDeck

JamDeck is an organic music sketchpad for capturing brilliant ideas quickly. Available for Windows and Mac OS X, JamDeck lets you instantly jam, brainstorm, and create short songs using a live looping workflow designed to keep your creative juices flowing. With 39 built-in instruments, 29 drum loops, and 5 drum kits, everything you need to jot down musical ideas is at your finger tips. Better yet, all your jams can be exported to your favourite DAW as MIDI and WAVE, so they’re ready to be produced any time.

Try the JamDeck trial today and discover how organic and easy songwriting is with our innovative workflow.