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The only studio grade sampling drum machine workstation thats fully portable.

  • 16-track real time sequencer
  • Fully portable: 4-hour battery. Recharge it like a laptop
  • Side mounted Pitch and MOD wheels
  • 5,000 premium preset sounds
  • Full workstation capabilities
  • Chromatic keypad layout
Beat Thang is used by thousands of producers, DJs, songwriters and instrumentalists worldwide including Dallas Austin, DJ Ruckus, Jermaine Dupri, Mr DJ (Outkast), DJ Orig (Big Smo), Drumma Boy, Rockwilder, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Teddy Riley, Will.i.am, Phil Tan, Mr Bangladesh, and the Indie Synth-pop duo Goodbye Heart. Beat Thang, like many drum machine, is wildly popular with Hip hop producers, but don’t think it is limited to a single genre. People are successfully using Beat Thang in everything from Dubstep to Death Metal and from Reggae to Classic Rock.

Watch producer and BKE Co-founder AJA Emmanuel compose a track in one continuous take.

Complete Production Workstation

Create, mix, master, and export complete songs with 16 or 24-bit / 44.1kHz sampling, playback, and audio export.

Access and instantly play 168 of unique onboard drum and percussion kits crafted and created from a huge range of styles, from House and Techno to some of the best Hip Hop and Trap kits you’ve ever heard.

Be surprised by rich and authentic, original Tablaz, Djembe, and Ashiko kits and access a collection of Pop and Rock drums great for laying down song ideas or creating backing beats. Arrange with 256 playable acoustic and electronic instruments including dozens of guitars and basses, over 100 synths and pianos, a wonderful collection of originally recorded string, woodwind, and brass instruments, and much, much more.

Lay down beats and play chords, and bass-lines on the premium full-velocity sensitive keypads, and add depth and performance with effects, reverbs, delays, and programmable pitch and modulation controls.

Watch this 5 minute demonstration video. With simple controls and thousands of sounds at your fingertips, you just might think this is one of the most enjoyable and inspiring ways to create music.

The only hardware sampler/drum machine that also works with software.

Integrate with your computer on your own terms.

Experience the flexibility of a standalone production instrument with full software support. You can use BTV software and BEAT THANG hardware standalone or you can sync them together.

• Each BEAT THANG includes a copy of BTV VSTi application—giving you the full power and sound library of BEAT THANG in a software version for your Mac or PC. • Sequence in BEAT THANG • Open BTV as an Audio-units or VST plug-in or use BTV inside your favorite DAWs including Ableton Live™, NI Maschine™, Apple Logic™, FL Studio™, and many others. • Transfer projects, sounds, and kits between BEAT THANG and BTV using the Librarian (Mac only). • Connect using Controller Mode for the tactile hardware experience but with the power and integration of BTV software and your computer.

Loaded with rich, distinct, and sometimes jaw-dropping sounds

Access and instantly play 168 of unique onboard drum and percussion kits crafted and created from a huge range of styles, from House and Techno to some of the best Hip Hop and Trap kits you’ve ever heard.

Be surprised by rich and authentic, original Tablaz, Djembe, and Ashiko kits and access a collection of Pop and Rock drums great for laying down song ideas or creating backing beats.

Arrange with 256 playable acoustic and electronic instruments including dozens of guitars and basses, over 100 synths and pianos, a wonderful collection of originally recorded string, woodwind, and brass instruments, and much, much more.

Grammy Award-Winning and 13x Grammy-Nominated Producer and Songwriter Manuel Seal creates an impromptu performance on BEAT THANG using an M-Audio 41-key controller keyboard.

Get thousands of premium original samples including 168 mouthwatering drum kits, 256 playable acoustic and electric instruments and an arsenal of preset patterns. The library took over 3 years to create. Each sound was carefully crafted to ensure they are immediately usable in your productions while leaving enough room for you to customize them. Every sound is written to the internal ROM with zero data compression so each sample sounds warm, full and distinct.

“Portable Lab” Video: King of The Dot Stars Loe Pesci and Scott Jackson collaborate with producer Philly Moves. This track was produced using BEAT THANG.

How we made the sounds

The onboard library on BEAT THANG and companion BTV software was carefully crafted over a 3 year period so you get one of the richest, most distinct sound libraries in the world from which to arrange your music.

We  began by recording master musicians playing rare, vintage and exotic instruments. Everything is captured using a range of high-end and unique microphones. These sessions are tracked through a variety of Class-A preamps, and then professionally processed through a collection of high-end, rare and vintage analog gear.

Each session is tracked through a variety of Class-A preamps, including Trident, Malcom Toft, Anthony DeMaria, and professionally processed through a collection of rare and vintage analog gear. Every sample is mastered and then assembled into drum kits and instruments that will stand out in the mix. They are then stored to the internal ROM with zero data compression so you can hear each sample’s full, distinct character.

Built like a tank. Maximum mobility.

Beat Thang was designed to withstand life on-the-go. A compact footprint, a rugged all-metal chassis, a full-color 3.5” LCD, dual 1/4 inch headphone jacks, and up to 4-hour battery life gives you confidence to know that you can produce professional music anywhere your life takes you without worrying about carrying around bulky or fragile equipment.

16-track real-time sequencer

Adjustable quantize, swing, bar length, and PPQ resolution lets you arrange full songs and produce tight grooves in minutes. Assign hundreds of unique and inspiring kits and instruments onto 16 tracks. Each track can have its own bar lengths (1 bar loop up to 200 bar loop). Add up to 100% swing. Quantize each track to 1/4, 1/8, 1/12, 1/16, 1/24/, 1/32, 1/48, 1/64 notes or turn it off for a more human feel. Adjust sequencer resolution from 24-960 PPQ for vintage or modern drum machine feel.

Onboard effects and mastering

Adjust volume, panning and effects levels on each track. Mix 20 Separate Effects including filters, phasers, flangers, vibrato, chorus, vinyl and more, distortion and more—including 16 Delay presets and 14 Reverb presets. Onboard mastering for more depth and polish to your finished productions.

Professional sampler and sample editor

Beat Thang is often commended for it’s straight forward sampling capabilities. Quickly and easily capture or load samples 16 or 24-bit .WAV or .AIFF files. Turn any sample you can capture into an instrument you can play with the Auto-chop feature. Edit your samples on-the-fly with clear waveform view. Set sample start and end points, Reverse, Time-stretch, Trim, Normalize, Amplify, Pitch Shift and more. Connect and sample any instrument or microphone directly in BEAT THANG. Each unit includes a 1/4″ TRS/XLR combo jack (Neutrik connector) for balanced mic and line inputs. The connection offers +48V phantom power so you can sample from a condenser microphone. You can also use Beat Thang as an interface and record to your computer. This allows you to apply effects to the source while routing the sound to an alternative recording application or device.

Key pads that feel like pillows

Traditional drum machine keypads are stiff and over time lead to unnecessary physical stress that produce tension in your hands, wrists, neck and shoulders. The BT1 keypads are the product of a year-long R&D journey after nine intensive design revisions designed to overcome this challenge. These 13 full-velocity sensitive keypads offer you an unparalleled adjustable tactile response.

The pads are soft as pillows and tough as nails. They give you the delicate sensitivity of a real instrument mixed with the durability to withstand the most intensive grooves all while making your session more enjoyable and less strenuous. The feel of these keypads is not easily described with words and images, it something you must experience for yourself. If for no other reason, visit a music equipment retailer near you and try Beat Thang for yourself.

In your studio

Use BEAT THANG in your modern studio environment connected to your other professional software and hardware, like DAWs, MIDI keyboards, MIDI pad controllers, sound modules, professional mixing consoles, or use it standalone anywhere

During your live set

Use Beat Thang as a performance instrument during your live performance. Connect it to your favorite DJ rig and mixer. Use BEAT THANG in controller-mode with BTV on your MAC or PC. Create live remixes on-the-fly and quickly improvise rhythm, harmony or melody accompaniments during your live sets.

As a scratch pad

BEAT THANG has an innovative workflow that offers a fast way to easily create rhythm, harmony or melody. Many BT owners are songwriters or guitarists who use BEAT THANG for creative inspiration. It’s awesome for helping you fully form a musical idea, since you can create at the speed of your imagination and then refine your idea effortlessly into your perfect work-of-art.

Fast navigation and workflow

Dedicated buttons and simple menus offer you unrivaled production speed. All the important functions you need are given their own button while everything else you’ll need is just a button-press away. We’ve removed the need for a shift-key, there are no complicated menus to navigate and there are no complex programming-style functions to learn. Beat Thang is made to be simple-to-learn and easy-to-use to keep you inspired.

Sidemounted pitch wheel

Control the pitch of your active track or the entire project on-the-fly without changing the tempo.

Sidemounted MOD wheel

Add flare to your production using the MOD wheel for full control of high-pass, low pass, band-pass, and notch filters.

Plays well with your other gear

Dual SD cards for quick import and export. MIDI DIN and USB ports for connecting and syncing your other gear. Dual 1/4 inch headphone jacks with independent volume control. Combo XLR / stereo TRS input for recording your own 16 or 24-bit samples. Left and right 1/4 inch balanced stereo inputs. Plug in your electric foot switch to sustain notes or trigger transport controls.

Technical Specifications

Specfication Detail
Dimensions: 22cm (8.66 inches) x 7.5cm (2.95 inches) x 29.5cm (11.61 inches)
WEIGHT 2.86 kg (6.31 lbs)
Internal Sound Engine 224-bit/44.1kHz
Preset Library Sounds Over 5,000
Sampler 16 or 24-bit
Onboard RAM 256MB
Additional Storage Media 2 SD card slots up to 32 GB each) Classc-compliant USB hardrive support
Sequencer 16 tracks
Number of Effects Mix 20 Separate Effects including filters, phasers, flangers, vibrato, chorus, vinyl, distortion and more.
Arpeggiator NO
USB 1 x A Type for hard drive connectivity, 1 x B Type for computer connectivity
Number of Audio Inputs 2 channels
Audio Input Types Mic/stereo line via 1 x XLR/TRS combo jack
Number of Audio Outputs 4
Audio Output Types 2 x 1/4″ main, 2 x 1/4″ stereo headphone
MIDI I/O In/Out
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4″
Power Supply 12V Internal rechargable lithium-ion battery for up to 4 hours of battery life—with wall-charger
Display 3.5” color TFT display
Sampler 2.5KG
Beat Thang Full Technical Specs
Mic Preamps • EIN 20Hz-22kHz: < -115dBu ref 150 Ohms • THD+N @1kHz, 20Hz-22kHz BW: < 0.008%
Line Input to A/D: • SNR 20Hz-22kHz: > 99dB A-weighted • THD+N @1kHz, 20Hz-22kHz BW: < 0.007% • Frequency Response: -3dB @ 15Hz and 21kHz, +/-0.25dB 100Hz to 15kHz • Sampling: 16 or 24-bit, 44.1kHz *
D/A to Line Output: • SNR 20Hz-22kHz: > 105dB A-weighted • THD+N @1kHz, 20Hz-22kHz BW: <0.007% • Output Level @ Full Scale: +11.8dBu, -1dBu (selectable) • Frequency Response: -3dB @ 15Hz and 21kHz, +/-0.25dB 100Hz to 15kHz • Sampling: 24-bit, 44.1kHz *
D/A to Headphone Output: • SNR 20Hz-22kHz: > 100dB A-weighted • THD+N @1kHz, 20Hz-22kHz BW, 300Ohm load: <0.01% • Output Level @ Full Scale: 90mW @1% THD, 32 Ohm Load • Frequency Response: -3dB @ 15Hz and 21kHz, +/-0.25dB 100Hz to 15kHz • Sampling: 24-bit, 44.1kHz * • *Samples are stored at 16-bit, 44.1kHz
System Requirements for BTV Software
MAC Intel-based MACs only 1GB RAM or greater OSX 10.4 or higher 800MB free space on OS drive
WINDOWS Pentium 4 or greater 1GB RAM or greater Windows XP (SP2 recommended) Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit) 800MB free space on OS drive