BeatCutter is an experimental multi-channel application for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm. In the center of the application is a matrix of sample cells with smoothly reconfigurable recording, playback and control busses. This application is best for those who would like to experiment with large audio files or live instruments, creating chaotic constructions and patterns from sliced rhythm-driven samples.
With BeatCutter you can create sound textures and abstractions with the atmosphere of cyberpunk, industrial ambience or alien jungle. This application has an almost unlimited range of options for transformation of source audio. The kind of original sound does not really matter. It can be any tracks, external musical instruments or sound from other applications. The content of the source material and your settings will define the final result, which can range from futuristic IDM to abstract music for fill the living space and soundscapes for relaxation and meditation.
Please note that BeatCutter does not contain exact presets for a specific result. It has a large set of parameters that are adjusted by experiment depending on the source material. But for a quick start and search for ideas, this application has a convenient template editor, which consists of a set of numbers, where each number defines values for a group of parameters. You can change numbers in the template and listen to the result, or use the randomizer for the entire template, then change some specific parameters and save the current state as a preset.
One of the most interesting and experimental features of this application is the feedback mode. This is not like analog feedback when positive loop gain occurs at some more or less stable resonant frequency. It looks more like fractals when the next level is similar to the whole structure, but in this case with constantly changes. We can say that it works like a sound structure that evolves and changes itself. This is an incredible ability to create perfect sound abstractions, unrelated to any external samples or signals and it opens up a huge potential for experimentation and inspiration.
BeatCutter supports up to 4 external input and output channels, playback up to 8 files at once, works as a multi-channel audio unit. With DAWs and hosts, you can use this application as an effect plugin. The application interface is designed for convenient work with the most common MIDI controllers containing 8 faders and 8 knobs.
BeatCutter is a universal application for iOS and macOS. It can work on iPhone and iPad as well as Mac / MacBook with M1 chip (and later). BeatCutter works on iPhone and iPad standalone, as an Audio Unit or Inter-App Audio module, and supports Audiobus and Ableton Link. On macOS, BeatCutter can works both as a standalone application and as an Audio unit with DAWs and audio unit hosts like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Cockos Reaper, Plogue Bidule, Hosting AU, and other hosts that support AUv3 plugins. All application features are available on iOS and macOS, including MIDI support (with a midi learn option), audio unit parameters and importing samples from any directory on device. BeatCutter has a built-in detailed description of all parameters also available as PDF file on application site.
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You can find more information on BeatCutter and other experimental and audio processing applications at:
- This update adds three new datasets that are great for slicing long, smoothly changing multi-timbral samples or external sources. Datasets are used to set specific parameter values when using a template.
- Fixed an issue where files added from other apps were not saved in presets.
- Fixed problem with starting playback in some DAWs (particularly GarageBand).
- Updated description and fixed some minor bugs.
Ratings and Reviews
Fanfreakintastic ||| Sonic jewels await.
This is other-dimensional. Stick with it...read the manual, play with it all, go back and read, play...you’ll likely get it fairly quickly and then you’ll thank your lucky stars that Igor is a such a freakin genius, and a dedicated one at that.
So much power, but...
So much to learn! 😬 This isn’t the easiest app to wrap your head around and it’s not for everybody. For those with a sense of adventure and a desire to create something different, this is a fantastic soundscape generator!
If you take the plunge, don’t give up on it too quickly... take the time to try out every slider and every button to see what they do. If you like FieldScaper, SynthScaper and SoundScaper, your patience will be rewarded when you finally get what this can do to your sounds!
.... not a 1 star, ignore the hater
That being said, it’s a pretty complex app!
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- Igor Vasiliev
- 15.1 MB
- Requires iOS 13.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.4 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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