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- $27 for 1000 included sounds
- $47.95 for 5000 included sounds + additional features
- $179 for 7500 included sounds + additional features
The BTV Solo is the stand-alone software that came with the original “Beat Thang” portable production studio – which was the actual hardware piece. The BTV Solo software works fully without the hardware.
The software is pretty tight and backed up by music aficionados who have serious music cred.
Check out this video of BTV Solo in action:
- Compact design and easy to use interface that mimics the hardware
- Flexible software usable on both Mac and PC
- Built-in mixer, sounds and drum kits
- Includes a pretty good sample editing tool
- Comes with 1000 pre-loaded tracks made by professional producers for you to study and chop up.
- Fast and easy navigation.
- Ability to customize individual sounds and full beats
- Potential for WAV editing within the software.
- Support for VST Instruments at higher price levels
- Drag and drop feature lets you load sounds onto pads easily.
- Drag and drop individual notes if you don’t like where they hit
- Use internal sounds, pre-loaded tracks or import sounds from computer or CD
- The software has a money back guarantee for 2 months.
- Pretty steep learning curve – will take some time to really learn how it works and get used to it
- There are no options for searching sounds – only browsing
- High price compared to easier to use software like Sonic Producer or Dr. Drum
- Interface mimics the actual hardware – NOT ideal for beginners
My Overall Thoughts on BTV Solo
It’s pretty dope – it’s definitely a top-shelf music maker but it’s not necessarily the best in the marketplace for most users.
I don’t think it’s the best choice for anyone starting out in music production for the first time. You should probably know a few things about hardware or other more complicated software beat makers first.
That’s why I’d say beginners should go with Dr. Drum or Sonic Producer. BTV Solo’s higher priced options are only worth it because of the VST Instrument support. This expands your sound library like mad and is well worth it in software.
If you don’t know what VST Instruments are, then don’t go with the BTV Solo. And if you don’t plan on buying the hardware eventually, I’d also say stick to one of the other options.
Thanks again for checking out our full BTV Solo review. We hope it was helpful. The BTV Solo is an excellent beat maker with great features but it’s probably not the best choice for beginners. However, it does have a 60-day money back guarantee so buy it and try it out. If you like it, keep it. If not, then read these reviews on other music and beat making software.