Captain Beat (beta)

Captain Beat combines sequencing, sample-manipulation and sound design with amazing presets and drum sounds to give you an all-in-one powerhouse drum machine.

Main UI

While in beta-testing, Captain Beat is in a simpler, more stripped down form. New features will be added gradually ahead of the full release.

Connecting Captain Beat with your DAW

  • Select Captain Beat from your VST or AU plugins menu. Add it to a MIDI channel as an Instrument. Unlike the rest of the plugins, Captain Beat doesn’t directly connect to Captain Chords.
  • Captain Beat insert
  • You can use Captain Beat as a standalone drum plugin.
  • Getting started

    • Open Captain Beat.
    • You will see 16 populated drum instrument channels and a 16-beat pattern grid.
    • Beta Channels
    • Directly above the grid are 5 tabs: Basics, Controls, Effects, Export and Groove.
    • Above that, there are 4 arrangement tabs: ‘Verse’, ‘Pre-Chorus’, ‘Chorus’ and ‘Drop’.
    • Arr tab

    Basics

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    • Hotkey.

      The displayed letter is the key of your computer keyboard that will trigger the selected sound.
    • Channel.

      The selected drum channel.
    • Pattern.

      This displays the selected pattern. You can scroll through patterns using the left/right cursor.
    • Sample.

      The selected drum sample. You can scroll through samples using the left/right cursor.
    • “Drop your sample here”.

      You can add any sample to the selected channel by dragging it to this box.

    Controls

    Controls 3
    • Pitch.

      Increase or decrease the pitch of each drum or sample by +/- 100 cents.
    • Volume.

      Increase or decrease the volume of each drum or sample from 0 – 100%.
    • Pan.

      Increase or decrease the pan position of each drum or sample by +/- 100%.
    • More control parameters coming soon!

    Effects

    effects 3
    • Multi-effects coming soon!

    Export

    Export 3

    Choose to export audio or MIDI to your DAW. Simply click and drag your chosen clip to your DAW.

    • Channel Audio.

      Click and drag to render audio from the selected channel to an audio channel in your DAW.
    • Channel MIDI.

      Click and drag to render MIDI from the selected channel to a MIDI channel in your DAW.
    • Master Audio.

      Click and drag to render audio from the entire pattern to an audio channel in your DAW. The audio is mixed post-FX.
    • Master MIDI.

      Click and drag to render MIDI from the entire pattern to a MIDI channel in your DAW.

    Groove

    Groove 3
    • Swing, velocity and more groove options coming soon!

    Selecting Patterns

    Click Pattern on the left-hand menu to reveal the preset patterns.

    Patterns beta
    • Use ‘Search’ to search by name.
    • ‘Click ‘All to reveal sub-categories: Favorites, recent and various tempos.
    • ‘Favorite’ patterns for faster recall by clicking the appropriate heart icon.
    • Patterns are sorted by descending bpms from 124bpm.
    • Foundation patterns are starter patterns for you to build on.
    Patterns choices

    Selecting a Drum Kit

    Click Drum Kit on the left-hand menu to reveal the preset kits.

    Drum Kits Beta
    • Scroll through the kits using up/down mouse control, or left/right buttons at foot of screen.
    • Click ‘All’ to reveal shortcuts ‘Recent’ and ‘Favorites’.
    • ‘Favorite’ kits for faster recall by clicking the appropriate heart icon.
    • Kits are sorted by category: After Hours, Chart Toppers, Dub Kits, Classic Favorites, Old School and Club Collection.
    • Save customized kits to your chosen location (‘Beat’ folder by default) for easy recall. To save, exit the kit browser and click the currently selected kit’s name.
    Save Kit beta

    Sound FX and filter

    SFX

    You can adjust reverb, delay, volume and filter.

    • Click Reverb or Delay to reveal Reverb/Delay types.
    Reverb options