To access BeatMaker’s advanced settings and configuration, open the Browser and press the Settings icon:
At the bottom of the screen, you can access BeatMaker 3 online help, support and social media, as well as CPU and memory information:
CPU USAGE: Displays how much processing power BeatMaker is currently using. If the CPU usage is too high, you may be reaching your device hardware limit and may not be able to use more effects, tracks and samples in your session at the same time without incurring audio drops or app slowness
RAM USAGE: Displays how much random access memory BeatMaker is currently using on your device. This is not the storage (hard drive/SSD) usage, but the active memory that apps may use to run properly
Please refer to the article “Using external MIDI controllers and instruments” for a complete overview of the MIDI settings page.
The following audio settings can be configured on the left side of the page, below the “AUDIO” section:
OUTPUT SAMPLE RATE: defines the sample rate used by your device or external sound-card. A minimum of 44100 Hz is more than recommended
LATENCY: The latency is the time needed for a sound played from BeatMaker to actually reach your speaker or headphones. A low latency is better in most situations, although it might also increase the CPU usage of your device
RECORDING BIT DEPTH: Defines the bit-depth your audio recordings are encoded to. A value of 24 or 16 bits is recommended
HIGH-QUALITY (MEASUREMENT MODE): Set to ON to minimize the amount of system-supplied signal processing to input and output signals
The right side of the page displays the currently connected MIDI input and output devices. Make sure your controller is enabled within the INPUT DEVICES list. You can also connect a Bluetooth-enabled MIDI device by tapping the Bluetooth icon at the top-right corner of the page:
This page gives access to several configuration parameters:
SEQUENCER STOP BEHAVIOR: When set to “REWIND TO BEGINNING”, pressing the stop button moves the current play position to the beginning of the song (or start of the loop if LOOP MODE is activated). If set to “REWIND TO LAST POSITION”, pressing stop moves to the last set play position within the Song View
SESSION CURRENT GLOBAL TUNE: Sets the master tuning of the main audio output. You can use this setting to adjust the pitch of the audio signal coming out from BeatMaker
MIXER MUTE TRACK BEHAVIOR: If set to “MUTE AUDIO & MIDI”, a muted track will neither output audio nor MIDI events. If set to “MUTE AUDIO ONLY”, MIDI events from this track will still be sent out
PADS PERFORM MUTE BEHAVIOR: If set to “MUTE AUDIO & MIDI”, a pad muted within the Performance view will neither output audio nor MIDI events. If set to “MUTE MIDI ONLY”, audio output from this pad is not muted
PAD/LAYER DEFAULT TRIGGER MODE: defines the default behavior when loading a sample onto a pad. It can be set to “ONE SHOT” (pressing a pad plays the full sample) or “HOLD” (the sample is played until you release your finger from the pad)
PAD/LAYER DEFAULT POLYPHONY: loaded samples have a default polyphony of 1 - if you trigger a sample and trigger it again while it is playing, the first playing instance is stopped. You can change how much polyphony a layer has by default by changing this value (for example, a value of 3 will let you play the same sample up to 3 times altogether). Individual layer polyphony can also be changed from the Editor View
PAD/LAYER DEFAULT GAIN: Sets the default gain value for all newly created layers. The default value is -6.0dB (any sample loaded onto a pad layer gets its volume attenuated by 6 decibels)
SLICE EDITOR AUTO L/R SLICE SNAP: Used for the “SLICE MODE” in the Editor. If enabled, created slices are always resized to match the previous and next slices positions (I.e there cannot be an empty gap between two slices). This behavior can also be override from the full-screen Sample Editor
ROUTE ALL MIDI TO SELECTED PAD (OMNI): If set to ON, all incoming MIDI messages are sent to the currently selected pad of the current bank. You may want to turn OFF this behavior if you want to control several banks using distinct MIDI controllers
MIDI Panic!: Sends a “All Notes OFF” and “All Controllers OFF” message to MIDI output devices. Use it if at any time MIDI notes get stuck within your external devices or applications controlled by BeatMaker
MIDI Restart: Resets the MIDI input and output device lists and relaunches the MIDI engine
AUDIO PREVIEWS VOLUME: sets the volume when previewing samples from the Browser, Sample Editor and Audio Recorder. Enter a negative value to lower the default playback volume.
BROWSER DOUBLE-TAP: defines the behavior when double-tapping a file from the Browser. “DO NOTHING” just selects the file, while “LOAD FILE” will automatically load a session, preset or audio sample
DATABASE RE-SCAN: BeatMaker uses an internal database to manage your projects, presets and samples. In the rare circumstances in which the database becomes out of date, press this button to perform a new automatic scan of all your files.
DATABASE HARD RESET: Deletes the current internal database and rebuilds it by performing a scan of all your files. This should only be used if the internal database has been corrupted for some unlikely reason. This option is also available from the iOS Settings app within the BeatMaker 3 section.