SNAMM09: Beat Thang Virtual Hits Nashville

Nashville crew start soft, go hard later      17/07/09

SNAMM09: Beat Thang Virtual Hits Nashville

The Beat Kangz crew first appeared at the Winter NAMM session with a serious contender to the MPC and dedicated Hip Hop sampler drum machine - at least in prototype form.

As promised back then, the Beat Thang Virtual is now ready to go. In Mac and PC form it's a a virtual version of the soon to be in production Beat Thang hardware. It's not totally clear from the press info, but it does look like the Beat Thang virtual is a standalone application, not a plug-in. Features include:

  • Over 3000 sounds and hundreds of royalty free Beat Kangz Bangers 
  • One octave pad layout with 8 banks = 8 octaves so you can bang out beats or play the keys.  
  • 16 track midi sequencer.  (8 internal/8 external)
  •  16 layers of velocity sensitivity for emotive performance.
  • High Quality Sampler & waveform editing. Sample your own sounds using your computer’s built in mic or line input.
  • 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.
  • 24bit reverb, delay, flange, phaser, pitch shift, old record and many more.
  • Add BANG with onboard mastering. 
  • Export your songs as .wav files or save them to your Beat Kangz Playa Thang equipped iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Integrates seamless with Beat Thang Hardware.  Anything you edit, record or produce on Virtual can be transferred to the Thang, and vice versa.

To celebrate the release of the Virtual, the Beat Kangz Crew are havin a party at Summer NAMM, after all, it's their home city so why not?

If you want to join them  the party is on Saturday 18th July, from 12 noon to 12 midnight on the corner of 5th and Commerce - right opposite the Convention Center. That should give the Telecaster players a little something different to think about.

Beat Thang Virtual is available from the website from today (17th July) at $149 US - it ships on a "handsome USB flash drive" and you also get $149 discount against a Beat Thang hardware when it is released beginning October 2009.




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