Toontrack Beatstation

Virtual Groove-production Instrument/Sampler with 148 Instruments, MIDI Arrangements, REX Loops, and Effects; Mac/PC VST, RTAS, AU, AAX
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Beatstation is Your Groove-production Center!

Need to make beats? Basslines? Leads? Now, you can do it all on one astoundingly easy-to-navigate instrument! Toontrack's Beatstation puts it all in front of you, with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to create. You get a huge collection of nearly 150 drums, percussion instruments, basses, lead instruments, guitars plus thousands of MIDI grooves, REX loops, and presets. You also get a very clean window with virtual drum pads, bass keys, and lead keys. Musicians at Sweetwater can confirm this is one of the most simple and straightforward beat-making tools you can find. Dive into Toontrack's Beatstation and get inspired by its nearly endless groove-production possibilities!

Toontrack Beatstation Groove-production Software at a Glance:
  • An easy way to start producing fast
  • The sonic versatility you need for creative sound design
An easy way to start producing fast

You'll love the way Beatstation makes it easy to manage its many instruments, patches, and MIDI arrangements. A clear, concise menu on the left of the display gives you all the content info you need to quickly choose instruments and categories. Beatstation divides its instrument and kit patches (plus MIDI arrangements) into Lowbit, Synthetix, and Organic categories, so it's incredibly easy to put together the kinds of grooves you want, no matter what style you prefer.

The sonic versatility you need for creative sound design

If you love to dig deep, then you'll appreciate how far Beatstation lets you go. You can manipulate samples, REX loops, pitch, parameters, tempos, and more. Or record your own samples to create unique sounds and construction kits. You can manipulate the pitch, pan position, and amplitude envelope of any sound, and there are two effects sends available for each sound too. Beatstation is only limited by your imagination!

Toontrack Beatstation Groove-production Software Features:
  • Groove production software with 148 instruments
  • Thousands of MIDI grooves, REX loops, and drum/bass/lead presets
  • Clear, easy-to navigate user interface
  • Virtual drum pads plus virtual bass and lead keyboards
  • Transport controls plus 2 effects inserts and master volume
  • Easy-to-navigate content menu
  • 3 categories of content/MIDI arrangements: Lowbit, Synthetix, and Organic
  • Powerful tools for MIDI manipulation and sound design
Get Toontrack's Beatstation and let your creativity run wild!

Additional Media

Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Drum Processor
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2 GHz G5, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC 2 GHz Pentium 4/Athlon Processor 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP (SP3)
Manufacturer Part Number TT130SN

Customer Reviews

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Liking that Beat!

I Love the ease of use and the SOUNDS I can create with this producet.
Music background: Musician/Producer

Beatstation and I got married, going on four years

Over the past four years I've been using Beatstation in Ableton Live and I absolutely love it. It's on every track I create. the sonic quality output on this plugin is beyond phenomenal. I can stack up to 5 sounds in a pad, add an effect on each pad (24 pads), run it through their internal effects either on a send channel or in the master channel, and you can have a side chain for the kick or sub. Their sound library is hands down worth the plugin (over 1GB in high quality original sounds run through iconic hip hop coloration tools like the MPC and SP1200), and you can mix completely inside the plugin like I do and save on processing power. I'm a little frugal when it comes to using plugins since I run a 2009 MacBook Pro 2.26 Core 2 Duo. The Beatstation will put my processing percentage from 17% to 21% and I'll use about 1-3 beatstations per song depending on how creative I need to be with my mixing. I can pull up any drum sound I like, stack it on top of others, add effects, then add a limiter on the drum bus with a side chain for the kick so I can get the cymbals and snare sounding nice and saturated in the mix while the kick jumps out past that, maybe add a sub bass on the bass keyboard, then add a mastering plugin to the entire output with another side chain on the kick to jump past the sub bass. I could write a novel about how awesome this plugin is but I hope you get the idea! Toontrack puts out quality plugins, this one is nothing short of that reputation.
Music background: Bassist, Drum/Synth Programmer, Producer, DJ

Beatstation = Awesome

I am a hip-hop DJ/producer. I spend 90% of my time slicing up audio files in various programs such as Recycle. That's what I do. If you are into slicing things up, this program is definitely worth the investment. While Recycle is very user friendly and efficient, it is still limited to the REX format which is only compatible with certain types of software. Beatstation allows you to slice up audio in the same way you would using Recycle. However, the slices are actual audio samples instead of REX files. This allows you to use them not only in Beatstation but in other programs as well. This is a very useful tool and should not be under-estimated. Not only that, but the sounds and presets that come with the Beatstation are nothing short of incredible. The oneshots are all ran through MPC's and other various types of hardware to give them that thumpy warm sound that is so sought after by hip hop and electronic music producers alike. The other day i went in and replaced the drums in a beat I made with drums from the Beatstation just to see what it would sound like, and within seconds my track sounded 10 times better than it did before. Once again, if you are a music producer who likes to chop things up and rearrange them into something new - or if you're just looking for some great sounds to start producing music with - this program is something you should definitely consider checking out.
Music background: DJ/MC/Producer/Musician


Stupid. Works terribly
See also: Drum Software, Toontrack, Toontrack Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm, Toontrack Sequencers