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Cakewalk® Synthesizers: From Presets to Power User, Second Edition by Simon Cann

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Chapter 12. Beatscape

Beatscape (see Figure 12.1) has a single purpose: to handle loops. It was introduced with SONAR 8 and is still included with both versions of SONAR 8.5.

Beatscape.

Figure 12.1. Beatscape.

What Is Beatscape?

Beatscape is an Expression Engine–based synthesizer that has been designed to handle loops. Sure, it could probably do other synthesizer-based stuff, but that’s not what it’s been designed to do, and that’s not what it does best, so we won’t go there.

It has 16 pads. Each pad is similar to an element in Rapture or Dimension Pro—in other words, it is effectively a self-contained synthesizer. Each pad can load up a loop (which may be in ...

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