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Beat Scholar

Drum Sequencer Plugin by Modalics
$69 (Reg. $99)
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Beat Scholar by Modalics is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Beat Scholar is a Modern Beat-Making Powerhouse. It presents an entirely new way to compose rhythm in the digital domain. Beat Scholar is the ultimate rhythmic playground that will make sure your beats sound
like non other using a unique rhythm composition system, developed to make the most deep &
interesting grooves accessible in a few clicks. Place any drum on any beat, Beat Scholar gives you total freedom to create drum fills, linear grooves and place them anywhere. Add bars, change measures and beat values easily. Beat Scholar keeps you in musical context, encouraging experimentation and


  • Over 250 carefully curated factory samples, from classic drum machine sounds to hand-made synthesized drums, we have the bases covered.
  • Load your own custom samples with a simple drag n' drop interface.
  • A wide variety of samples for each pad, control the attack, length & pitch to shape them to perfection.
  • Built-In effects - minimum hassle, get your samples nice and stylish just by turning a couple o' knobs.
  • Divide beats into up to 42 slices and combine multiple drums on the same beat. Quintuplets & Triplets on the same pattern? No problem.
  • Play 35 kicks on a ¼ note? psh... easy.
  • Any drum can be placed anywhere. the ultimate percussive playground.
  • Load your own samples with an easy drag n' drop interface.
  • Built-in FX section to get you started quickly.
  • Easy MIDI file export - drag directly from the plugin's interface to your DAW.
  • Use Beat Scholar to output MIDI to any instrument or even to hardware drum machines.
  • Standalone, VST3, AU, AAX.
  • Mac / Windows Compatible.

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Beatscholar opens up new possibilities for rhythmic creation and design with a fresh intelligent approach that is immediately intuitive and musically inspiring. The interface is clear and inviting and this is obviously an application made by musicians for musicians.

Jordan Rudess - Dream Theater Member, Legendary Keyboardist, Music-Tech Guru

Working with Beat Scholar made it easy to create cool rhythmic patterns to use in songs I put out, it has lots of creative effects built that present great sound design options, Beat Scholar opens the door to interesting, complex areas in rhythm composition.

Yoav Landau (The Living Tombstone) - Producer, Songwriter, Youtuber

It's so rare to find a totally novel way of envisioning beat production. The potential for new forms of beat making and drum programming with this are huge! Such a clever plugin, manages to make deep rhythm-theory instantly accessible and fun.

Beardyman – Award Winning Beatbox phenomena

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.67 from 6 reviews

Beat Scholar
Reviewed By The Flesh Void
August 15th, 2023

Beat Scholar completely changed my experience working with drums in my music. Building out drums has admittingly always been a difficult part of my music-making process. In the past, I found making original drums to be extremely difficult with other VSTs. But with Beat Scholar, I've been able to make drum patterns I never thought I could.

The main thing I love is the UI. It's hard to express how much I love working with it. Even if you have no experience working with drum VSTs or know much about music theory, the UI makes creating oriental drum patterns a breeze. It's all just circles with colors that represent different sounds. Also, being able to have full control of each drum sound (pitch, damp, drive, distortion, etc) helps me make my drum beats sound unique to make my specific style of music.

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Beat Scholar
Reviewed By Diametric
December 29th, 2022

After watching Beat Scholar's refreshing take on step sequencing on youtube, I picked this up on a holiday sale for $49. There are some other pros/cons that differentiate it from other beat makers to qualify my 3-star rating. For context; I can find my way around most step sequencers in DAWs and VSTs, and sharpened my teeth on Scream Tracker in the mid-90s.

+ intuitive beat/pattern visualization.

+ flexible randomization tools.

+ each bar can have it's own measure.

+ lots of keyboard shortcuts.

+ factory preset patterns are useful for learning what's possible (but not much else).

+ developer seems responsive to community feedback.

- UI feels a bit clunky: Needs tooltips, larger clickable areas on buttons, and better control affordances on hover, press, etc.

- Aside from note and velocity, I don't think any other parameters can be modulated/automated (humanizing, sample pitch, panning, reverse, etc.).

- Most factory preset kits/samples are not inspiring (YMMV) and the sampler is.. minimalistic. For that reason you'll almost certainly be routing the pads to another VST via MIDI.

- Remapping MIDI keys for each drum pad is difficult (improvements to this are planned).

- Regular price is high for it's current capabilities (buy on sale).

Overall: I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to sketch out intricate beats, but many will still reach for their favourite step-sequencer/DAW to polish and fine-tune the exported MIDI.

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Beat Scholar
Reviewed By zisser
November 17th, 2022

This is so refreshing and inovative take on drum sampler/sequecer.
With this plugin you can create some very cool and origianl drum patterns or spice up boring phrases.
Here is a video reviewing the features and demo of some presets.


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Beat Scholar
Reviewed By Olaf_Finkbeiner
November 15th, 2022

Beat Scholar is unique and also very well designed.

The recent addition of random tools, not just a random button but you can control the randomisation.

You can also "paint" rhythm pizzas! And there is presets for various random styles...

For me also very important very good multitouch screen support,

And it is also a nice live jam instrument...

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Beat Scholar
Reviewed By VerdeliousMaximus
September 13th, 2022

Great drum machine, really easy way to make interesting beats and work with different measures.. definitely a must have for people that want to explore beyond the standard step sequencer paradigm.

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Comments & Discussion for Modalics Beat Scholar

Discussion: Active
17 November 2022 at 7:02pm

This is so much fun. The idea is so refreshing I can't stop playing with this.

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