Beaterator

Beaterator is advertised as a professional-level, portable music studio

Rockstar Games Beaterator
  • Rockstar Games Beaterator
  • Rockstar Games Beaterator
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Thousands of loops and instruments allow one to create truly original music, songs can be exported to Rockstar's website where they can be shared, the sound quality is high

Cons

  • The interface can be convoluted, steep learning curve

Bottom Line

Learning how to navigate and apply the many different options of Beaterator will take some time and practice, and while I'm not saying that putting in the effort isn't worth it in the end, I am saying that today's market seems less likely to embrace a title that has a learning curve as steep as Brett Michael's declining rock-credibility.

Would you buy this?

At some point in our lives, the majority of us have flirted with the fantasy of being a rock star or musician, and when our TVs show us the low calibre of contemporary musicians, it only serves to embolden our misplaced delusions (I mean, if this guy can do it, why can't I?) Unfortunately, and as Beaterator demonstrates, creating quality music isn't always a walk in the park, and if you want to produce songs that don't kill pets, or send roommates jumping through windows, it's going to take some time and patience.

To the Beat

Beaterator is advertised as a professional-level, portable music studio, and while I'm not a professional musician, the depth of this title leads me to believe that their claim is pretty accurate. The title boasts literally thousands of different sounds/instruments that allows users to craft totally original songs while also offering many different pre-composed loops (a compilation of notes, already arranged to sound like a melody or beat), whose utilidation more easily allows for novice song construction.

For the music-producing virgins, compiling these pre-made loops serves as the best introduction to how song creation takes place in Beaterator. Add a melody loop, then add a drum loop, and maybe some effects and bass, and you've got yourself a simple song; however, I wouldn't start calling yourself John Lennon yet, and since you'll be most likely creating hip-hop or electronic-sounding songs, you probably wouldn't call yourself that in the first place. Still, it doesn't truly feel like you're creating your own music until you start constructing your own loops, and this is where the title takes a turn for the confusing. Loop creation is done in the "studio" section of the title, where a plethora of menus await the player. These menus will include a number of the aforementioned pre-made loops, as well as individual instruments, which a player can select. The player will then take his or her selected sound into the melody or drum crafter where he'll be able to place a series of the instrument's notes along a scale for several measures. And thus a loop is born! While this sounds fairly convoluted and complicated, like most things, practice and perseverance will slowly allow for the loop construction to become easier.

One More Time

However, for gamers who think they'd like to take their Guitar Hero skills to the next level, be aware that this really isn't a music game. In fact to call it a game at all would be a total misnomer. Beaterator is a music creator/mixer, and unless you're extremely interested in music production, don't expect this title to hold the same appeal or provide the same sense of completion that a conventional video game does.

Which brings us to this title's biggest question: How big is the market for portable professional music studios? The big draw for games involving music so far has been their universal accessibility, yet Beaterator is almost anything but accessible. Learning how to navigate and apply the many different options and variables will take some time and practice, and while I'm not saying that putting in the effort isn't worth it in the end, I am saying that today's market seems less likely to embrace a title that has a learning curve as steep as Brett Michael's declining rock-credibility.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: music, games, psp
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?