Beat Drop is partnering this year with Music Calgary for their Soundoff Summit series at Sled Island, hosting three events – a workshop on producing great video content with Mitch Lee, followed by a Music Marketing 101 seminar with Bass Coast director of communications Paul Brooks and the Alberta Electronic Music Conference’s mixer.Read More
Save up to $1,456 with Early Bird pricing on all certificate programs and courses Beat Drop offers. Discounts apply to all Music Production and DJ Certificate Programs, Online courses and courses at our Calgary and Airdrie location. Early Bird is only available for courses starting in the Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters. Act fast! Early Bird pricing ends March 30th 2017. For more information contact email@example.com or register online. *Early Bird pricing does not apply to payment plansRead More
Mixars LTA Turntable Review
In this episode of C-SIK's Corner, C-SIK s joined again by Beat Drop's GSD. They talk about all the things they love about turntable and its unique dual output and matte finish. Priced at $599 USD and $799 CAD.
In this episode of C-SIK's corner, GSD joins C-SIK to review three different 2 channel DJ mixers from Mixars. Each of them at different price points and feature set.
Price: $250USD| $340CAD
- 2-Channel Battle Mixer
- Integrated mini innoFADER Crossfader
- Crossfader Rated at 4 Million Cycles
- RCA and XLR Master Outputs
- 3-Band Channel EQ
- Mic Input with 2-Band EQ
- Aux Input
- 1/4" and 1/8" Headphone Connections
- Solid Metal Construction
Price: $350USD| $525CAD
- compact 2-channel mixer w/ built-in effects and studio grade 4-in/4-out soundcard
- 7 different effects w/ easy tempo syncing via auto-BPM counter
- combines all essential DJ features in a familiar + intuitive layout
- 3-band EQ per channel
- independent mic input w/ EQ
- smooth dual rail 45mm input faders
- convenient AUX input
- balanced 1/4" + unbalanced RCA outputs
- sturdy metal construction
Price: $1000USD| $1300CAD
- Integrated Serato DJ
- 8 x RGB Pads for Cue Trigger and Sampler
- High-Pass and Low-Pass Filter
- 3-Band EQ for Each Channel
- Switchable Mic/Aux Input
- Built-In mini innoFADER
- 2-Port USB Hub
- XLR Master and 1/4" Booth Outputs
- Master and Record RCA Outputs
What is YouTube NextUp?
NextUp is a program designed to nurture and accelerate the next generation of talented Creators on YouTube. Creators with 10K to 100K subscribers were eligible. Hundreds of Creators applied and YouTube selected the 10 finalists that we believed were ready to take their channels to the next level. The selections were made by YouTube staff who work with Creators every day. This is the first time that NextUp has run in Canada.
What happens at NextUp?
NextUp is a 5 day Creator Camp at YouTube Space Toronto, to learn about video production and techniques, access to a YouTube Partner Manager to help guide your channel’s development, $3,200 voucher from YouTube to purchase new production equipment, and extensive networking opportunities with established Creators.
How did Beat Drop get selected?
We have been posting videos on YouTube for a number of years and see it as an amazing platform to share our love of music production and DJing through educational videos. It has been a tool to inform potential students about our school in Calgary and online. When we were offered a chance to apply for NextUp, we jumped at the opportunity and knew it could be great for our school. Part of the application is to submit one video that encapsulated our channel. We have a wide variety of videos on different topics on our channel, so selecting one video was quite hard. We chose this video from our head DJ Instructor (Canadian Thre3style champ) DJ C-Sik. It explains some high level routine preparation. It's done in a fun way and captures the heart of what Beat Drop is about. The motto of our school is to Inspire and Educate. This video tries to do both.
Our YouTube Journey
We started out on YouTube very slowly, about 5 years ago. One of our first videos we posted was a workshop with French Hip Hop Producer Onra showing off one of his famous beats.
The video production was super lame and you can hear the camera's gears as I zoomed in and out. He was such a nice guy and I wish we knew how to make better videos back then.
Another idea we tried was doing some reviews of gear we were interested in. We got sent some headphones from Urbanears so we decided to try our hand at doing a review video. Again with poor videography skills we tackled the subject, but this time we had a pro to quarterback it. Drew Atlas a local DJ and Radio host worked with instructors, Sandro and Kyle to make this pretty unique review. (Still one of my faves....those outtakes).
A video series that really helped our channel take off was a series of beginner's tutorials for Ableton Live we called Quick Start. It's a really low budget set of tutorials showing beginners how to use Live. Over the years it has helped a lot of people and the playlist has received over a million views. Pretty good for a super niche topic from a small school from Calgary, AB Canada.
A real strength of our school is that all of our instructors are in the music industry in some capacity making a living. We are also surrounded by amazing talent here in Calgary, so we get stoked when we can include them. Here is a YouTube series I started showcasing a unique instrument called the Ableton Push. We called this series "Push Beats". In this video I remixed the Game of Thrones theme song on the Push and then invited my friend and Platinum selling artist Jocelyn Alice to come sing on the track. (her performance is at the 2:55 mark).
Music production technique videos are all over YouTube these days. There is a lot of great content and a lot of content people need to filter out. With YouTube we really want to create content that applies to the modern day producer and is filled with usable knowledge while showcasing what it would be like to come to school here, whether it's online or in Calgary. Below Brandon Smith, one of our instructors, explains some high level synthesis combined with some production techniques.
I'm really excited about where our channel is headed as we place more time and resources towards it. The boom of LIVE video is a real opportunity for a school like ours and one that I see us taking advantage of more in the coming year.
NextUP Creator Camp Opportunity
I will be heading to Toronto from Nov 27 - Dec 2 to attend NextUP Canada. I am stoked to network and learn for sure, but I'm most excited to meet with a Google YouTube Partner Manager. They are the YouTube ninjas that can help critique our channel and give us feedback to help us become more effective and grow our audience.
While I might be the oldest one of the Youtubers selected for this camp, I know I'm still young enough to learn a lot. My kids think I'm pretty cool now too and think I might get to meet some of their YouTube heroes like DanTDM and Miranda Sings. I told them they have a couple more subscribers than Beat Drop so I might not see them at the camp :) I'm just stoked to hang with other camera and audio nerds talking about creating content and growing our influence on the biggest video platform on earth.
Take advantage of the quality you've come to expect from Beat Drop at a fraction of the cost. Save up to $2,296 with Early Bird pricing on all certificate programs and courses Beat Drop offers. Discounts apply to all Music Production and DJ Certificate Programs, Online courses and courses at our Calgary location. Early Bird is only available for courses starting in the Winter Semester. Act fast, Early Bird pricing ends November 20th 2016. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or register online.Read More
Do you struggle to make thick, evolving bass lines like those made by producers like Noisia? You're not alone. Scores of producers create simple, generic bass lines that sound thin and don't hold the interest of their listeners. In modern dance music heavy, aggressive bass lines dominate the mix and shake the earth. Sadly bass sounds that don’t live up to today’s standard can hurt your music and cost you fans. Fortunately there’s an answer. Modern software synthesizers like Native Instruments’ Massive offer amazing modulation capabilities and can be used to make incredible bass lines. Pair the synthesis power of Massive with Ableton Live’s resampling workflow and the results can be astounding.Read More
Beat Drop is offering early bird pricing for students registering in courses starting in the Fall 2016 (September) Semester. Early bird pricing is valid for courses online and at our Calgary location. All DJ and producer certificate programs and courses are eligible. Early bird pricing ends July 11th 2016 so act fast!Read More
Although the basic principles of how records work haven’t really changed in over a century, the equipment and techniques used continue to improve. These days, a turntable is not hard to get a hold of. Every so often a half-decent deck pops up in thrift stores or Kijiji. Many record stores also sell used home stereo decks on consignment. There are also tons of currently produced models ranging from the cheap $130 belt drive deck with built-in USB converter from Best Buy to the opulent (but probably very satisfying) audiophile hi-fi decks. The ones listed here start at $100,000 US! Of course, none of these are suited for the demanding rigours of DJ’ing.Read More
Brandon Smith is an absolutely massive part of the Beat Drop Community. In addition to teaching Synthesis, Sound Design and Keyboard Fundamentals, he is the head technician at the Beat Drop Repair Shop. Brandon is an active member of Calgary's music scene and plays keyboards in several bands. Yet, somehow he finds time to work at the National Music Centre, a cornerstone of the Calgary scene and "a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music." We sat down with Brandon recently to find out a little more about him and his life as a professional musician. P.S. Brandon can I please borrow your Minimoog?Read More
Take moment and think about how music has changed in your lifetime. Now try to imagine what that music would sound like today without the influence of DJs. It's hard to even conceive what modern music would sound like without them. Join me as I investigate the history of the tools that DJs used to build their craft and how those tools altered the course of music history. Like any good story, this story has a beginning and it all started with the most important tool in the DJ's arsenal – the turntable.Read More
Last weekend former Beat Drop student, Carsen Kendel aka Funkn'Right, won the 8th Annual Dirty Tones DJ competition. Carsen was enrolled in our DJ Program and successfully completed DJ 101 and Turntablism 101. He joins two other Beat Drop DJ students, Goodbar and Mystique, as winners of the Dirty Tones DJ Competition. Rick Cruz (DJ C-SIK), our head DJ Instructor, sat down with Carsen to learn what it takes to be the Dirty Tones champ and find out what the DJ community means to him.Read More