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Beat Detective Explained®

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    Tutorial 1

    Beat Detective Overview

    6:11

    Get the basics on what Beat Detective is and what it can do.

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    Tutorial 2

    Defining an Audio Selection

    5:00

    Learn how to properly define an audio selection for Beat Detective.

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    Tutorial 3

    Generate Audio Beat Triggers

    4:09

    Get the lowdown on generating effective beat triggers. This is a must for properly using Beat Detective.

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    Tutorial 4

    Editing Audio Beat Triggers

    5:32

    Once you have generated beat triggers you need to ensure that each is placed properly to get the best results. This tutorial guides you through the process.

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    Tutorial 5

    Region Separation

    2:03

    This tutorial shows you how to use Beat Detective to separate a region into multiple parts. Once you have properly defined beat triggers on an audio selection, you can quickly slice them into new regions and conform, nudge, delete and edit.

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    Tutorial 6

    Conforming Regions

    6:25

    Conforming regions allows your to adjust the start or sync point of regions according to the grid or groove template. Once you have used Region Separation, Conform Regions is the next step in tightening your groove.

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    Tutorial 7

    Edit Smoothing

    3:22

    Learn how to use Edit Smoothing to quickly fill gaps between regions and add crossfades to overlapping regions.

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    Tutorial 8

    Generate Audio Bar Beat Markers

    2:55

    Learn how to calculate tempo and place bar/beat markers and tempo changes in the timeline from an audio selection.

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    Tutorial 9

    Extract Groove Template from Audio

    4:22

    Learn how to extract the groove or feel from a selection of audio, then store that so you can apply the same groove to other audio or MIDI data.

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    Tutorial 10

    Applying a Groove Template to Audio

    4:57

    Learn how to apply Groove Templates to audio data, to give it the same feel as the Groove template.

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    Tutorial 11

    Creating Rex Type Loops

    4:38

    Learn how to use Beat Detective and the Track Timebase to chop up your regions or loops and make them behave like a Rex file! This keeps your beats in tempo without adjusting pitch!

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    Tutorial 12

    Tighten Multi-Tracks

    9:18

    Learn how to use Beat Detective with multiple tracks to tighten up their feel and make them sound more together.

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    Tutorial 13

    Calculate Audio Tempo

    2:55

    Learn how to extract the tempo from an audio selection.

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    Tutorial 14

    Matching Loops

    7:02

    Learn how to match loops that were recorded at different tempos.

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    Tutorial 15

    Define a MIDI Selection

    3:25

    Learn how to properly define a selection for Beat Detective to process MIDI.

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    Tutorial 16

    Generate MIDI Beat Triggers

    4:26

    This tutorial shows you how to properly add beat triggers to your selection in Beat Detective.

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    Tutorial 17

    Edit MIDI Beat Triggers

    3:31

    Learn how to edit your beat triggers when using Beat Detective with MIDI data.

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    Tutorial 18

    Generate MIDI Bar Beat Markers

    2:41

    Learn how to use Beat Detective to create bar beat markers and why you would need them.

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    Tutorial 19

    Create MIDI Groove Templates

    3:40

    Learn how to create a new groove template with your MIDI selection within Beat Detective.

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    Tutorial 20

    Applying MIDI Groove Templates

    3:23

    Once you understand what MIDI groove templates are and how to create them, learn to use them to add a different feel to your MIDI tracks.

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    Tutorial 21

    Calculate MIDI Tempo

    3:08

    Use Beat Detective to find the tempo of a MIDI selection.

The industry standard for learning Pro Tools Beat Detective, "Beat Detective Explained" contains 20 tutorials covering every feature, function and option found in the Beat Detective interface window, as well as cool practical examples on how to use it in your Pro Tools productions.

You'll learn all the features and options as well as creating groove templates from audio, matching loops, tightening up multi-tracks, creating REX files and more.

Nyj
Submitted 6 months ago

Good - I'll be back when I need more than just setting bar markers

The voice was a little irritating - and the ancient version of Pro Tools made it look a bit dated, but the information was useful. Explanation of hot keys used would have been good

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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rus5
Submitted 9 months ago

Really REALLY Bad

Reminds me of the old Sedric Pieretti course on compression which has mercifully finally been removed. Obviously, the problem Mr. Simcox is hearing is with this author's actual voice and is not due to his browser - that's what the guy sounds like. Please have Michael Costa do the new version. If he's not available, please consider Scottie Dugan or Kenny Gioia. Thank you for realizing this needs to be corrected. It's not an accident that Groove 3 is getting better every year.

I am a: Student, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

Response from :

Hi there! Sorry you didn't enjoy the voice over, as stated earlier, this is a very old series, but it is a topic worthy of a refresh. We will get it done! Thanks, - Groove3 Team
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synthpup
Submitted 9 months ago

Never truly understood BD till today

This was a great way to get to know BD. Should be upgraded to more recent versions of PT.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Johnny Simcox
Submitted 9 months ago

Beyond Annoying

In regards to Mariano's review i agree. I avoided this series for years, I don't care if the information is solid or not. It is pure torture listening to this guy. As if his voice wasn't bad enough they had to robotize it. What are you thinking?

I am a: Professional, Musician, Pro Tools

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It's certainly appreciated.
As you may have noticed, this tutorial was shot when Pro Tools 7.1 was current so it is one of our older lessons. I will put in a customer request for a more updated tutorial using a current version.
Also, I can assure you we did not robotize his voice. If you seem to have chopping or robotic sounding audio, you might try clearing your browsers cache and cookies and even restarting. With a clear browser your audio should play back more smoothly.
Thanks again for your review and continued support!
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Mariano
Submitted 10 months ago

Helpful

The Beat Detectvie video series really needs an update. I didn't learn much about working with complex drum rhythms, in the end, I chopped the regions with de BD and then y had to move them around manually, and adjust manually all fades as the "smoothing" ate most of the transients. Also the video quality of this series is not good, it seems done like 10 years ago. And the narrator needs to relax too, I felt like I was attending a "Lear to speak english in 10 weeks" course, with every video starting with the "Welcome to the...", really annoying. The voice had a really robotic tone. It looks like a really old and outdated tutorial.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Response from :

Hi there, thanks so much for your review. We agree, that particular series is very old and could do with a refresh, although the content is still solid. We will put it in our schedule! Thanks again, - Groove3 Team
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Cool Breeze 711
Submitted 1 year ago

New Horizons

This has opened new horizons. What an excellent product.

I am a: Producer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling in music at a very young age, probably around 6 years old. I think it was percussion first, then piano, then guitar, and finally bass. I come from a very musical family as my father is an amazing jazz saxophonist and my older brother a very talented guitar player. I heard the greats growing up playing on my dad's record player and my brother's classic rock tapes and albums. I feel so lucky to have been exposed to arguably the best music ever created, like I was.

2. What training have you had?

I had teachers for most of my early years and went to SUNY Old Westbury for Jazz performance where I studied drums and bass under jazz master Ken McIntyre.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started my recording career as most did in my generation, with a 4 track Tascam Portastudio. I saw the birth of Digital Audio and have been hooked ever since. In fact I still have the old Apple IIc in the attic somewhere. I've used all the Mac DAW's in one form or another and I'm still amazed at how they develop and grow.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have performed with too many talented musicians to list and had moderate success producing dance records in the 90's. I then found my true calling when I met Asa Doyle, my business partner and launched Groovebox in 2003. It has been pure satisfaction ever since.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at teaching and training because I know how to cut to the chase and get to the good stuff that people want to know about and, I'm also a great listener...

Enjoy the site!

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Beat Detective Explained® is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good - I'll be back when I need more than just setting bar markers The voice was a little irritating - and the ancient version of Pro Tools made it look a bit dated, but the information was useful. Explanation of hot keys used would have been good
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Really REALLY Bad Reminds me of the old Sedric Pieretti course on compression which has mercifully finally been removed. Obviously, the problem Mr. Simcox is hearing is with this author's actual voice and is not due to his browser - that's what the guy sounds like. Please have Michael Costa do the new version. If he's not available, please consider Scottie Dugan or Kenny Gioia. Thank you for realizing this needs to be corrected. It's not an accident that Groove 3 is getting better every year.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Never truly understood BD till today This was a great way to get to know BD. Should be upgraded to more recent versions of PT.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Helpful The Beat Detectvie video series really needs an update. I didn't learn much about working with complex drum rhythms, in the end, I chopped the regions with de BD and then y had to move them around manually, and adjust manually all fades as the "smoothing" ate most of the transients. Also the video quality of this series is not good, it seems done like 10 years ago. And the narrator needs to relax too, I felt like I was attending a "Lear to speak english in 10 weeks" course, with every video starting with the "Welcome to the...", really annoying. The voice had a really robotic tone. It looks like a really old and outdated tutorial.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from New Horizons This has opened new horizons. What an excellent product.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Beyond Annoying In regards to Mariano's review i agree. I avoided this series for years, I don't care if the information is solid or not. It is pure torture listening to this guy. As if his voice wasn't bad enough they had to robotize it. What are you thinking?
Date published: 1969-12-31