Instead of having pre-programmed music determine the pace of a band's songs, the Beat-Keeper plugin for Ableton Live allows drummers to take back control
Parameter screen of the B-Keeper plugin
There was a time when the tempo of a band's performance was left in the capable hands of the drummer. But as pre-programmed, sequenced music started to creep into both studio and live work, the beat-master found himself being shackled by the pace set by the invader's metronome-like click track. Now researchers at Queen Mary, University of London's Centre for Digital Music have developed some clever software that puts the power to control tempo back into the mighty limbs of the band's time-keeper.
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