JustScience BeatCleaver Video Review and Chopping Demo

Beatmaking guru JustScience has just posted a new video review and demo showing how to chop samples with BeatCleaver for hip hop production.

This video is a great introduction to the main BeatCleaver workflow, and takes you from the basics like loading samples and chopping on zero crossings, all the way to loading your chops in Reason and using them with the NN-XT sampler.

If you’re interested in BeatCleaver or making hip hop in Reason, check it out:

If you like this video, be sure to check out JustScience’s YouTube Channel for more music production videos! You can also catch him over on Twitter, SoundCloud, and Facebook.

BeatCleaver is available for Windows and Mac – Check out the free trial version today!

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!

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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!

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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.

BeatCleaver 1.2.4 Released!

We’re pleased to announce a small update to BeatCleaver, bringing it to version 1.2.4.

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BeatCleaver is our music sampling and beat slicing software for chopping up songs, recordings, and drum loops. Its efficient workflow and fluid zoom make it great for slicing up MP3s, WAVs, M4As, and more.

This minor maintenance release for BeatCleaver focuses on improving soundcard selection on Windows. The changes include:

  • Added improved soundcard preferences and backend.
  • Fixed a rare crash when dragging loop points.
  • Improved loop point dragging feel (more consistent).

Existing customers can download this free update from the bottom of the downloads page.

JamDeck Featured in Computer Music Magazine

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Computer Music magazine has an interesting piece on alternative music composition software, which includes an interview with our lead developer about what motivated the development of JamDeck, our latest product:

“Your DAW is amazing. It’s an end-to-end production environment that enables you to create music of professional quality. What’s debatable, though, is whether or not it’s the best place for you to actually write your music, as opposed to ‘producing’ it.”

Read the full article (free) over on Music Radar.

Computer Music Magazine issue 185 (December 2012) is available in news stands around the globe.

 

JamDeck reaches “On Fire” status in the Chrome Web Store

Our Chrome App has become more popular than ever this holiday season!

Our Chrome App has become more popular than ever this holiday season!

Here at Oscillicious, we’re long time fans of Google’s Chrome Web Browser and were early supporters of new technology Google put into Chrome that’s allowing the creation of a new generation of high-performance multimedia applications on the web. In 2011, we released a demo version of SodaSynth that runs directly in Google Chrome, which became the world’s first “Native Client” application in the Chrome Web Store. SodaSynth for Chrome even included a little live looper, which spurned some new ideas that we eventually brought to life in JamDeck.

Earlier this month, we launched JamDeck for Chrome, allowing you to quickly jam out ideas and make music or beats instantly in your browser. It’s easy to use, responsive, and gives you a good taste of the full desktop JamDeck experience.

JamDeck for Chrome has been gaining so much popularity lately that Google’s now tagged it as “On Fire” in the Chrome Web Store, pushing it to the top! In a sea of Flash-based virtual pianos and toy sequencer applets, JamDeck for Chrome stands out by delivering better instruments, unbeatable responsiveness, and studio sound quality that professional musicians expect. Try it for yourself today!

SongStarter is now JamDeck

 

We’re pleased to announce that a new, major update to SongStarter is now available. We’ve made many improvements to SongStarter and are continuing to shape the entire experience to make it an even better environment for songwriting.

As part of this new release, we’ve given SongStarter a fresh new look and a new name that better fits where we’ll be taking it in the future: JamDeck.

JamDeck is SongStarter remixed, refined, and evolved.

It’s the SongStarter you know and love, the songwriting environment that gets you creating and capturing music, but is even more refined now. JamDeck 1.1 is available today as free upgrade for all SongStarter owners.

Visit the new JamDeck website today for more information.

Now with Drum Kits, and lots more.

New in JamDeck 1.1:

A Redesigned User Interface
The new, sleek user interface drops you right into the Jam Setup screen to streamline startup even further.

New Instrument Browser
Includes Categories, allowing faster access to pianos, orchestral instruments, etc.

New Instruments
Since SongStarter 1.0, we’ve continued to add new instruments with every release, and JamDeck 1.1 is no different. New instruments in JamDeck 1.1 include Tack Piano, Harp, Jazz Guitar, Nylon Atmosphere, Sweep Pad, Piccolo, Rock Organ, Synth Bass, Synth Strings, Sweep Pad.

Drum Kits
We’ve added 5 drum kits, so you can now make beats with JamDeck. Laying down a quick beat and throwing a few instrument tracks over top has never been easier. (And with the Freestyle Recorder, you can lay down a beat without even picking a tempo.)

New Drum Loops
We’ve doubled the number of drum loops available, bringing the total to 29. The new beats are extremely fresh.

Mastering Presets
We’ve built on the multi-band compressor we introduced in SongStarter 1.0.2 and added more DSP modules to create three simple, but effective mastering presets that keep things simple, but enhance the overall sound of your jams.

Loop Recorder Erase
A new “Erase” button for the loop recorder allows you to clear specific sections of a loop, great for fixing mistakes. Simply hold down the erase button when you hear the section you want to clear, and it gets swept away.

Transport Controls
Pause and rewind buttons have been added for basic transport control.

MIDI Sustain Pedal Support
Most of the pianos and some of the other sampled instruments now support MIDI sustain pedals. These MIDI CC messages are also captured by the Loop Recorder and exported.

More Soundcard Options 
The preferences dialog got a bit of an upgrade as well, adding an API filter and buffer size (latency) setting for advanced users. JamDeck 1.1 also has improved compatibility with ASIO recording devices.

Improved UI Performance
Users with slower computers will notice animations are a bit smoother in this release.

Bug Fixes 
Over a dozen bugs including:

  • Fixed a bug saving muted loops.
  • Fixed a bug with increased capture latency after changing recording devices.
  • Fixed a rare crash when switching sampled instruments while playing.
  • Tweaked the volume of a few slightly unbalanced instruments.

Windows 8 Support for our VSTs and Apps

With the Windows 8 launch coming on Friday, now is a good time to remind our users that all Oscillicious VST plugins and stand-alone apps are fully compatible with Windows 8, and have been thoroughly tested in this environment.

If you’re new to our site and are looking for Windows 8 compatible audio software and VST plugins, please check out our products:

I’ve been running Windows 8 on my main desktop machine for a few months now, and although the user interface is weird at first, I’ve ended up getting used to it and really like Windows 8 now. Performance has been good with the DAWs and other music apps that I’ve been testing our VSTs with too (mostly Ableton Live and Renoise).

If anyone has any questions about Windows 8 support or discovers any issues that we might have missed, please send us an email and let us know!

SongStarter 1.0.2 Released!

We’re pleased to announce a new update to SongStarter, the organic music production app for instant jamming.

This update brings general improvements to two key areas, and is a recommended update for all users:

1. A realtime mastering bus now automatically applies some dynamic range compression and excitation to enhance the overall sound quality of your jams. In other words, everything just sounds better.

2. There should be improved compatibility with soundcards using the default Windows Vista/7/8 WASAPI audio API. We’ve made adjustments to provide a better out-of-the-box experience on Windows so you hopefully won’t have to mess around in the preferences before your soundcard works. We tested this on a range of hardware, but if you run into any audio issues on Windows with SongStarter, we’d appreciate it if you got in touch so we can fix them for good.

Also included in this update are a handful of other bugfixes, including:

  • Fixed pops when switching drum beats
  • Updated help screen now points to our SongStarter help page.
  • External audio input latency has been slightly reduced.
  • Improved compatibility with certain Windows recording devices.
  • Turned it to 11 – the overall volume is louder, should be closer to other applications.
  • Fixed a bug in which loops of certain lengths would get rounded incorrectly in the Freestyle Recorder’s tap tempo screen.
  • Switching drum beats now sets the project tempo to the original tempo of the drum beats. No more chipmunk DNB drums when you’re trying them out.

As usual, SongStarter owners can update their full version using the links in their original registration email or by visiting our downloads page.

For those just passing by, an updated SongStarter trial is available for download for Windows and Mac OS X. Check it out!