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Rockstar Games’ “Beaterator”
November 5, 2009

Beaterator
Rockstar the company that brought us the phenomenal Grand Theft Auto series (we are working on a review of the new "Ballad of Gay Tony" game), has done it again.  Beaterator is by far the most well put together complete production studio for a handheld device we've experienced to date.

It's not a game.  And I'm not kidding.  When I started hearing the buzz about Beaterator, the first thing that came to mind was the upcoming release of DJ Hero. I was thinking DJ Hero for producers, but don't get it twisted, it's nothing like that at all.  Although it's entertaining as all get out, you can actually create some pretty impressive music with it.  Not only does it come packed with loops so you can start creating right out of the box, Beaterator comes with a built-in synthesizer, sampler, drum machine, melody creater and much more which opens up a whole other dimension of beat making on a handheld that's never been seen before.

Beaterator gives you "Live Play"  which is the easiest to get the hang of if you just want to make music right out of the gate.  But as you can see from the screen shots below there are a lot more features packed into this little app than just a real time beat machine.  However all these features come at a minor price.  As you get into surfing through the menus and building your songs up, there is a noticeable issue with the response time within the game as you browse menus and the menus themselves can get a bit cumbersome at times.  I'm not sure if this was a game issue, or possibly a PSP issue, but it was a bit frustrating to say the least.  Theres definitely some room for improvement, but don't let that stop you.

All that aside, if you are a musician, an aspiring producer or just a fan of creating music, Beaterator is the end all of handheld music programs, hands down.  From drum patterns, to creating melodies to synthesizing to sampling and sequencing complete musical compositions, all of us here were hard pressed to think of any software that is even close to comparable on any handheld device from the DS to the iPhone. 

Live Play Drum Crafter Loops Menu Melody Crafter Song Crafter


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