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Tutorial Series Wrap-Up: Using BEAP in Ableton (Max for Live)

In our latest tutorial series, Point Blank course developer Dan Herbert focuses on using Max for Live plugin BEAP – available as part of Ableton Suite – to create your own synths, sequencers and more. Dan Herbert teaches the Sound Design module on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which you can learn everything you need to take your productions to the next level. We are also currently offering 20% off our online courses until the end of the month, so you can save up to £3,200 when enrolling (including a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro with selected courses).
For those that don’t know, Max for Live is Ableton’s toolkit for building your own custom instruments, effects and tools which you can then share with the rest of the Max for Live community. In part one of this tutorial, Dan Herbert introduces us to BEAP, a platform for creating modular instruments to use in Ableton Live. Dan walks us through the steps necessary to create a simple synthesiser, detailing how to connect up an oscillator, VCA, filter and output correctly and showing us around the interface.

In episode 2, Dan dives deeper into BEAP, looking at hooking up some additional oscillators and a mixer to the subtractive synth from episode 1. Dan walks us through adding a sequencer, showing us some useful tips and tricks and how to store patterns, before going on to create a granular synth and manipulating it with an LFO. You can check out some of our earlier Max for Live tutorials on our YouTube Channel.

You can learn more about Sound Design on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which we teach everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until July 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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** Editors note: Things have moved on significantly since this article was published 🙂 Please head to our blog homepage for the very latest tutorials from Point Blank.

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