Grammy winner Timbaland is the latest artist to jump on the technological app bandwagon. The Produce/singer has partnered up with Rockstar Games to release a music-making application called Beaterator. Will it let people steal his well-honed skills though? Timbaland is confident it won't.
"I can give you everything, but you're not gonna think like I would think."
The application includes up to 1,300 sounds created by Timbaland and 2,000 submitted by the developers at Rockstar Games. Gamers can choose from Live Play mode, Studio Sessions or Song Crafter mode. Wannabe mixers, inspired by Timbaland can go crazy layering sounds such as vocals, drum machine sounds, kicks, snares, bass loops, synth and melodies.
Beaterator features nearly 1300 sounds and loops created by Timbaland and about another 2000 from the developers at Rockstar Games. The application is split into three modes: Live Play, Studio Sessions and Song Crafter. Unlike rhythm titles like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, there's no game element to Beaterator. Everything is unlocked from the outset.
Amateur mixmasters can layer vocals, drum machine sounds, kicks, snares, bass loops, synth sounds and a myriad of other noises to create unique beats and melodies. The only game-like aspect of Beaterator is Live Play, which allows users to create a song by mashing buttons alongside a virtual Timbaland, who the real Timbaland insists could use some more muscles.
The program will be available on PlayStation Portable on September 29 and the iPhone and iPod Touch later in 2009.