Gear

Beat Thang Virtual

Beat Kangz Electronics brings its portable sampler/drum-machine/production tool, Beat Thang, into your Mac or PC with Beat Thang Virtual (MSRP: $149). The main selling point on this program is its overall simplicity, as Beat Thang promises novice producers they can create loads of professional-sounding tunes fast and easy. Seeing as how the software comes with 3,000 sounds, an instrument creator kit, built-in mastering gear, and a straightforward, easy-touse visual interface, among many other features, Beat Thang Virtual just may be the next GarageBand for budding beatmakers. Now all you need are some virtual ideas!