Producing Beats With Beat Kangz’ Beat Thang – Part 1

It's been a long time coming, but Beat Thang by Beat Kangz, a professional-level beat maker/drum machine/workstation has finally arrived.

And while some think it may have shown up late to the party (as the cool ones do), it's not bringing just chips and dip; it's a complete music production workstation combining the functionality of several units, including signal processing, mixing, mastering, MIDI sequencing, computer recording, and music sampler.

Beat Thang is poised to do battle with NI's Maschine beat-maker, Akai's MPC 2500/MPC 5000 beat-makers, and Roland's MV-8800 beat-maker (now a legacy product). The question is whether its beats can stand up to that kind of heat . . .

In this series of articles, we'll talk about Beat dubstep maker free Thang's features, design, ergonomics, sound quality, and ultimately, explore whether the kind of beats you'd expect from a world-class studio can be produced just with Beat Thang and a set of headphones--wherever you are?

We're also going to challenge the Beat Thang's 15-minute beat-maker guarantee: If you're not making beats within 15 minutes of opening the box--whether you've produced beats before or not--Beat Kangz will offer a "no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee." Plus, we'll give you some production tips for dropping serious beats with Beat Thang.

What's in a name?

As the great bard Shakespeare once said, "A beat-maker by any other name would still drop the beats like an ugly baby." . . . or maybe it was DJ ShakezPeer . . . (Well, I thought it was Shakespeare).

I have to admit, at first I was a bit put off by the name Beat Thang, but then again, there was a time when the greatest American action hero was named "Arnold," and spoke with a thick Viennese accent--and that seemed to come out okay (nobody beats Arnold). So, if The Beat Kangz want to stay true to their roots and culture like Arnold did, then more power to them.

My concern is that they might be pigeonholing Beat Thang. People might think that it's a beat-maker for rap and hip-hop beats only. Not true. Its 3,000-plus onboard sounds are able to span multiple genres, including dance, pop, dubstep, electronica, and more. Plus Beat Thang's functionality is what you would expect from a professional studio tool.

As long as we're on the subject of names, let's talk about some of the names behind Beat Thang. Two in particular jump out at me: beat-maker extraordinaire Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson, TLC, Madonna, Pink) and producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel).

As a bona fide studio geek who speaks in reverent tones about Bob Ezrin--his and Dallas Austin's involvement tells me that not only can Beat Thang span multiple genres; its design incorporates the experience of studio professionals.

There's a big difference between studio gear designed by the people who use it to make hit records and equipment designed by electrical engineers who've never dropped the beats. The names Ezrin and Austin tell me that Beat Thang is a serious beat-maker that "understands" how the creative flow works.

And that's the subject we're going to discuss in the next article in this series: The physical design of Beat Thang and how its controls keep you in the creative mind.

By: Darius Van Rhuehl

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Darius Van Rhuehl is the owner of Backhouse Productions and also a producer of pop, rap beats, hip-hop beats, and R&B beats for TV. He attended the Juilliard School of Music and has studied music production from multi-platinum producer Michael Wagener.To learn more about Beat Thang, go to

What Exactly is a Sociopath?

It's somebody who, for reasons no one really knows, lacks all compassion or basic human kindness. To a sociopath, people are objects he can utilize and he doesn't have fears in doing so. He manipulates and abuses human beings or circumstances in order to achieve something.

A sociopath can manifest s few traits which make them unlikable to be around - such as pathological lying and overwhelming selfishness. Even with his outward manifestation of trustworthiness and sincerity; he's opportunistic, manipulative and dishonest. They normally relieve their boredom by indulging in dramatic actions and creating conflicts between individuals. They try to find attention from people and can go to any lengths to get it.

The idea of right or wrong and good or bad is not imperative to a sociopath since his main goal is to obtain what he wants. They have a tendency to be inconsiderate and insensitive. Sociopaths are cold, manipulative, greedy and overly-entitled. They would never change; they are full-grown, ruthless predators.

When a sociopath does anything wrong, he feels no guilt since he has no conscience and is incapable of taking accountability for his cruel actions. He will always blame his preys because he feels right in every aspect of his actions.

When a sociopath doesn't succeed, he feels like the victim. They could be suspicious, thinking that others are going to get them or are attempting to take everything away from them. If he feels dissatisfied or attacked, he will demand severe retribution because he is vengeful.

A sociopath will continue to accomplish his goals and would seldom take "NO" for an answer. He gets frustrated if anybody gets in his way and gets very angry to the extent of punishing that individual.

Sociopaths could be the charismatic con-artists who passionately want a title of power, and would frequently look for jobs where they could rule, control or bully other people. They have no worries about breaking society's rules or using others as stepping-stones on their way to success.

Signs of a Sociopath

A) Charismatic-They possess a certain charismatic charming characteristic to get you to lower your guard by starting a connection with them. However, they have a tendency to just see the benefit (for themselves) in this connection.

B) Manipulative-He will bleed you out when you lower your guard after establishing confidence or an emotional connection. He is an expert in deceiving other people to how to tell if you are a sociopath test benefit in material things, status or enjoyment.

C) Entitled-It is a lot more about what they think they deserve instead of anything else. Sociopaths often have a great feeling of self-worth. Normally almost godlike, like they really believe in their core that they are superior than that of a human or just a better individual.

E) Lack of Remorse-The main difficulty is registering emotions of sympathy, empathy and compassion because they rationalize their actions as needed. And no matter how you argue the facts, they would always look for a way to justify it logically.

F) Inability to Love- He sees the other individual as an extension of himself so its not essentially love. Hence, he has different motives and reasons for love.

G) Feed off Negative Energy-Because he creates certain situations or circumstances to be able to produce stimuli, a sociopath is known as a "psychic vampire". They just take pleasure in the production of their acts or the actions of other people whom they see eye to eye.

What Provokes a Sociopath?

Sociopaths have this great need (i.e., urge) to "feed" off the sorrow and whatnot of other individuals.

Every thing that would usually infuriate or affect a sociopath to want to do something becomes dramatically more extreme.

A sociopath may usually become furious by the smallest of offenses which is ignited by their habitual pattern of making things personal.

A Sociopath's Behavior

Sociopaths will naturally develop to become worse over a course of lengthy psychopath test by jon ronson time and the need to feed becomes larger as the sociopath gets older.

Inside the Mind of a Sociopath

As opposed to "normal" people who rationalize things first before applying reason, a sociopath does the opposite; he thinks in terms of logic first then rationalizes things to be able to justify it.

The sociopath would recognize the needy, the vulnerable and the naive. They are better at concealing their true goals. A sociopath exploits and manipulates the weak, the ignorant and the innocent which makes him an ultimate predator. The more we recognize sociopaths, the safer we'll be.

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