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When I first heard about BTV Solo, I didn't know what to expect. I was in the studio with a producer friend and I told him about the lack of vibe I had lately. I'll try and make a day of sitting down to make beats but I get to it and nothing comes out, no inspiration. I've been a Dj all my life, I moved into producing some years ago and have been around some real talent while engineering. But as I bury myself in engineer work I watch some of the artists I work with and want to start producing more than I have been. So my friend works with some of the bigger names right now and is always on the inside of new gear, he had Pro Tools 10 as a beta long before anyone knew it was even a thought (seriously, I hadn't even picked up 9 yet) he starts going on about BTV Solo and I figured (since we both came from MPC's) I should at least check it out if he's co-signing it. He told me it was like using hardware, in a software (if that makes sense). The problem with a lot of these hardware controller / beat making software combinations is when you take away the controller the software is neutered. At this point the controller might as well be a $500 mouse. So since it wasn't out yet I made a few calls and was able to score a preview copy in exchange for an honest opinion. Let's do it. So I know that it comes with a ton of sounds and from what I saw, a stack of features so I figured it was going to take a bunch of reading and setting up before I actually got to the beat. A few minutes later I'm already adding a second track to mix over the drums I laced first on listen. I was in that fast. My inspiration is back! I mean, the way they got it all set up is so that you don't have to wade through patch after patch of "Drum Kit 03". It's all right there in names like "EAST-Illadelphia" and "HOUSE-Chicago-hard", "R&B-Motownphilly" and "DUBSTEP-UndergroundBass" so whatever mood you're in you can grab it and start building. This is good for me because I'm always waking up at 4am with a vibe in my head and need to get it out before I forget, then you're just stuck browsing kits without even remembering what you were doing in the first place. Another bonus is being able to save user kits as you go, with no worrying about complex index structures, you just save and that's it, keep working on your track and save again as you go. This is why I've always been a fan of short cuts and key commands, I like to save every few steps and if I have to drag my mouse through a bunch of drop downs every time it gets tedious. Speaking about the easy customizing, it's even easier to load back up your kits and instruments, whether stock or user special. You know when you're vibing to a track, but you might want to try out different kits? There's nothing worse than waiting for the "loading" across my screen while my session comes to a halt. BTV Solo loads the sounds on the click, easily auditioning whatever sound you want to swap out as you play along, why can't they all be like this?

So as a beat making software this is already stacking up but what about the sounds? The FX? For what they're asking price wise for this, along with how streamlined it is you wouldn't expect much but as I browse through the other instruments I was blown away by the quality and attention to detail. I'll pay more for ONE virtual instrument than they charge for BTV Solo itself let alone the thousands of sounds that come with it. They give us a nice choice of synth sounds to be manipulated however you want, and recorded (well I might add) samples that give you that live feel, whether you want it clean like they provide to give the track that "I recorded this all live myself" feel, or if you want to chop it up sampler style, add a vinyl effect and it sounds like you just dug out some crazy sample nobody else knew about. And on the flip side if you do dig real vinyl regularly and have some crazy samples, just load them into the auto-chop and you're ready to go. Hardware style sampling made easy in a simple beat making software Anyway I'm talking about digging and here I feel like there's so much more gold to dig in this program, I've only scratched the surface. If you want to know more about the features, pricing as well as downloads, tutorials and other resources, check out BTV ZONE.

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