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XLN Audio Life: Built for the Beat Generation

XLN Audio Life: Built for the Beat Generation  ·  Source: XLN Audio

XLN Audio Life

Life's plug-in and mobile app GUI.  ·  Source: XLN Audio


The plugin interface.  ·  Source: XLN Audio


XLN Audio Life turns your smartphone into a powerful field recorder and allows you to create unique beats in your DAW with your recordings.


Known for its creatively innovative software, XLN Audio brings you Life: A software plug-in with AI-assisted technology and an accompanying mobile recording app for iOS and Android.

XLN Audio Life

What is Life? In short, it is a beat-generating plug-in that can use audio recorded within your DAW or with the Life Field Recorder mobile app with cloud sync functionality.

Ideas can come from anywhere, so Life becomes a direct link between the idea of capturing audio and the creative process in your studio. With AI-powered controls at your fingertips, you can create unique groove patterns from recorded audio in seconds.

The audio is analyzed and gridded for pitch and tempo functionality, while you can vary aspects of the generated pattern such as swing, pattern variation, sound variation, density, syncopation, and symmetry.

XLN Audio Life

Life’s plug-in and mobile app GUI. · Source: XLN Audio

Although these may sound like rather technical terms, the one-knob control interface is easy to get the hang of. What’s more, the random generator function quickly selects a new set of slices from the analyzed audio file.

The concept of using field recordings in music is nothing new, but the Life plug-in can be used on any audio source within your DAW. This makes it a powerful tool for creating rhythmic textures and layers in seconds, and its unpredictable nature should be inspiring to work with.

As Forrest Gump famously foretold, “Life is like a box of chocolates…

Pricing and availability:

Life is currently available from Thomann at an introductory price of $99. Meanwhile, the Life Field Recorder app is free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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XLN Audio Life: Built for the Beat Generation

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One response to “XLN Audio Life: Built for the Beat Generation”

    Keith Fulton says:

    will it work with beatmaker 3 or garage band

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