Captain Beat combines sequencing, sample-manipulation and sound design with amazing rhythm combos and professional drum sounds. It’s an all-in-one powerhouse drum machine.
To the top-left corner of the plugin window, there are 3 command types for adding and editing drum notes: Edit, Pencil and Record.
When the Edit button is illuminated, you have the following controls:
When the Pencil button is illuminated, you have the following controls:
When the Magic Record button is illuminated, you can record drum notes in real-time, by triggering notes to enter them to the canvas.
There are several input options available.
In Captain Plugins 5, Captain Beat has a brand new Fill tool. It is on by default, and replaces the final bar’s beat with a 1-bar drum fill.
There are dozens of Fill patterns to choose from, which can be endlessly customised, just like a regular pattern. To choose a new Fill, you can use the Left/Right cursor to scroll through the menus, or to access the full Fill bank, you can click the Fill name and reveal the long list of styles and authors.
Captain Beat’s Fill tool coms loaded with fills that suit a wide range of genres and styles, including by a host of special guest contributors.
To disable Fill, simply switch the green button off. The fill will disappear and be replaced by the final bar of the selected pattern. If it’s a custom pattern, it will revert to the last displayed version before a fill was added.
The option of saving fills becomes available after editing an existing fill, or creating a new fill. Once you’ve made a change, or changes, you can click ‘Save’ (next to Fill name) at any time and save the currently selected fill.
You can adjust velocity of ndividual notes at any time by expanding the Velocity window at the foot of the plugin, and adjusting note volumes.
Hotkey.The displayed letter is the key of your computer keyboard that will trigger the selected sound.
Channel.The selected drum channel.
Rhythm.This displays the selected rhythm pattern on the current channel. You can scroll through patterns using the left/right cursor, or click the rhythm name to reveal the full drop-down menu.
Sample.This displays the selected sample on the current channel. You can scroll through samples using the left/right cursor, or click the rhythm name to reveal the full drop-down menu.
“Drop your sample here”.You can add any sample to the selected channel by dragging it to this box.
Attack.Increase or decrease the amount of attack. Higher values mean a longer ‘fade-in’ period.
Hold.Increase or decrease the length of time each drum or sample plays through at maximum velocity. Lower values mean shorter peaks.
Decay.Increase or decrease the tail of each drum or sample by +/- 100%. Hgher values mean a longer ‘fade-out’
Pitch.Increase or decrease the pitch of each drum or sample between values of +/-12 semitones.
Volume.Increase or decrease the volume of each drum or sample from 0 – 100%.
Pan.Set the pan position of each drum or sample from left to right in the stereo field.
Filter.Central position has no effect. Moving the slider left increases the amount of hi-pass filtration. By contrast, moving it right increases the amount of lo-pass.
Reverb Send.This is a per-channel reverb send with amount between 0-100. The slider is intelligently designed to allow greater precision between 0-50%.
Delay Send.This is a per-channel ping-pong delay send with amount between 0-100. The slider is intelligently designed to allow greater precision between 0-50%.
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.
Click Pattern on the left-hand menu to reveal pattern banks. Patterns are presented by author and sub-divided by genre.
Click ‘Save’ (next to pattern name) at any time to save the currently selected pattern. Any current edits will be saved. Choose the name of your pattern, and your Bank location.
Click Drum Kit on the left-hand menu to reveal the preset kits. Kits are sub-divided by type.
The option of saving kits is only available with kits you have added sounds to, or created entirely yourself. Once you’ve made a change, or changes, to a kit, you can click ‘Save’ (next to Kit name) at any time and save the currently selected kit.
You can adjust Master filter and volume. You can also decide whether or not the plugin should continue playing audio when the plugin window is closed.
In additional to the hotkeys for each drum channel, there are some additional hotkeys to note:
|3||Magic Record mode|
|Esc||Decline Magic Recording (when auto-commit is off)|
|Backspace||Delete selection of notes|
|Press & hold Alt, then click and drag selection||Duplicate selection of notes|
Set your MIDI controller to trigger the following note values: