Korg, known as a reliable manufacturer of recording gear, effect processors and digital pianos and synths, is releasing the new Korg BeatLab Digital Metronome - a great drummers tool that will make practice more enjoyable, and help you improve your skills.
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BeatLab makes it easy to practice and perfect a variety of rhythms and styles. You can simply select one of the ďrudimentsĒ (basic rhythm patterns ), or use the convenient sliders and keys to program your own rhythm for practicing.
BeatLab will play the tempo and will flash its two-colored LED to help you feel the beat. The red light indicates the strong beat/left hand while the green light indicates the weak beat/right hand. BeatLab is designed with an extra-loud volume so that itís easy to hear whatís going on even if youíre wearing headphones.
Get compliments on your rudiments BeatLabís Training mode is chock full of a multitude of patterns that will help you practice your snare drum rudiments. Thirty-nine patterns of the well-known standard rudiments such as roll, paradiddle, flam, and ruff are built-in, so itís easy to practice your snare drum or marching band basics.
BeatLab includes cues that help you know which handís turn it is. When itís time for your right hand to play, youíll hear the right-hand sound and see the green LED light. When itís your left handís turn, youíll hear the left-hand sound and see the red LED light. Plus, you can choose whether the pattern starts on the right or left hand.
Create your own ideal practice patterns BeatLab isnít just great for drummers. Any player will find it indispensable for brushing up on their performance technique. For just the right feel, try out BeatLabís Program mode. Use it to build your own simple or complex practice patterns. You can combine up to nine types of rhythm and accent at a beat or tempo that you specify. Use quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, as well as triplets Ė you can even choose five to nine strikes per beat.
Adjust the rhythm and accent volume using BeatLabís five sliders to create an original pattern thatís just right for you. BeatLab can store twenty-four programs in internal memory. Thereís also a Chain mode that will memorize eight chains, each containing up to sixteen programmed patterns. You can also make the tempo speed up or slow down gradually, or switch the rhythm between eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes while you practice.
Tap Tempo function The Tap Tempo function lets you specify the tempo simply by striking the Tap key. Use the up/down keys to make detailed adjustments to the tempo.
Designed for easy operation and great visibility BeatLab is designed for quick and convenient access to the functions you need. Itís controls include independent keys for each mode, convenient sliders for adjusting the volume of each rhythm sound, numeric keys for setting the tempo as a numeric value, up/down keys, and parameter select keys conveniently placed below the display for selecting the parameters shown in the display. The display is backlit for easy visibility even in dim locations.