Captain Beat Expansion Pack:DJ Kiva.

NYC’s own beat-smith extraordinaire DJ Kiva, founder of Adios Babylon, hit us with some dubwise new drum kits and patterns for the launch of Captain Beat. Using patterns and kits from his new Dub and Dancehall collections in Captain Beat, Kiva wrote and produced these exclusive riddims for your listening pleasure:

42 Exclusive Patterns. Only for Captain Beat.

Load up a kit, then bring it to life with Kiva’s exclusive patterns. Simply open the Patterns menu and cycle through them at leisure. Each pattern has a corresponding recommended bpm, so try adjusting your DAW tempo to match. Of course, rules are meant to be broken, so use whatever bpm suits your track!

Bank 1: Dub.

Kiva’s Dub patterns are legit. Authentic sounding dub riddims with smooth velocity and swing for maximum vibes. They sound great using the Afterhours and Dub kits in Captain Beat. They include:

Bank 2: Dancehall.

Taking the tempo up a notch, the Dancehall bank has carnival style island bounce aplenty. Whether making straight up Dancehall, or adding a Carribean feel to Pop, Hip-Hop or Afrobeat styles, these patterns are made for the dancefloor.

Try them with the Afterhours and Dub kits, or old school drum machines fro the Classic Favorites selection. They include:

The Beat goes on.

Captain Beat brings unrivalled functionality, simplicity and innovation to the drum machine market. With unique waveform visualization, sample substitution and per-channel rhythm switching, it’s the fastest way imaginable to craft professional drum beats. Imagine having drums from different genres broken down into a collection of per-channel rhythms, and then being able to mix and match these rhythmic ideas on the fly. Imagine the new styles you could come up with by combining Trap hi-hat trills with Techno toms, 2-step snares and Afrobeat shakers. Each pattern, sound and combination is endelssly customizable, too.

Imagine a drum machine loaded with over 500 expertly designed drum sounds, perfect for all kinds of genres. Real-time sample substitution so you can add any sound you like. Magic Record mode with full MIDI connectivity. Pitch, pan, envelope and on-board SFX. You’ll wonder how you made beats before Captain Beat.

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Expand your horizons.

It’s not like us to rest on our laurels. Instead, we constantly evaluate, develop and improve our software until it’s perfect. And we have big plans for Captain Beat.

By bringing in the likes of DJ Kiva to provide the first raft of Captain Beat Expansion Packs, we’re setting our intentions: Big rhythms, big functionality, no let-up. These patterns are fire. If you’re making Dub, Dancehall, Trap, Afrobeat or Hip-Hop, DJ Kiva’s Captain Beat Expansion Pack is your jam.

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DJ Kiva.

Long-time friend of Mixed In Key, Kiva is a veteran music producer and founder of the record label Adios Babylon. A well-travelled musician with appearances at festivals like Sonar, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Roskilde, he is also a regular performer at the mystic Dub in the Rainforest series on the island of St. Croix.

Multi-talented and a multi-instrumentalist, he has produced and remixed for countless underground artists ranging in style from Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop to Dubstep and Reggae.

Kiva has shared stages with such artists as Lee Scratch Perry, Midnite, Pressure Busspipe, Mykal Rose, Akae Beka, I Grade Dub, Kode 9, RSD, and many more. He’s also a world-renowned Ableton Live Certified Trainer, teaching Ableton and music production to over 7000+ students worldwide, from novice producers just beginning to pursue the craft, to top professionals looking to embrace new music technology.

With his music played as far afield as BBC Radio 1Xtra and released on imprints such as his own Adios Babylon, Destroy All Concepts, King Tubby’s Dub Heritage Foundation, Haze St. Dub, and Tommy Boy, Kiva has genuine pedigree. The heavyweight drum patterns and kits he’s supplied for Captain Beat are testament to that.

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