Beaterator for Sony PSP
Beaterator offers gamers something a little different from their usual fare; an eclectic but novel way to make your own music. The ‘game’ contains three modes; Live Play, Studio Session, and Song Crafter. Live Play is something of an entry-level mode, restricting the user to a batch of ready made templates and loops so they can both get a feel for how the system works, and better understand some of the basic rules and tools of music making in the process. Studio Session allows the user to craft their own beats and tunes using a bigger bank of loops and sounds, allowing a higher level of freedom whilst still providing something of a tutorial to newcomers. Song Crafter is the least restrictive mode, featuring an X axis with bars that are divided into 16th beats, and a Y axis consisting of eight rows that mark a different instrument, and that’s all it gives you to work with from the get go, allowing you complete freedom to compose whatever you choose. Whilst still adhering to some game like conventions and not quite up to par with actual DAW’s or workstations, Beaterator makes for a good first-time program for those interested in learning the ins and outs of producing and composing.