Roland has announced the release of an update to the Zenbeats free cross-platform music creation app.

Version 3.1 features 3 types of sidechain effects, and support for sidechaining with your favorite 3rd party plugins is included as well. Additionally, the update comes with a host of performance updates and feature enhancements.

Changes in Zenbeats v3.1

  • New: Sidechain routing support.
  • New: Zenbeats SC-Comp – Sidechain compressor effect.
  • New: Zenbeats SC-Pump – Sidechain volume shaper.
  • New: Zenbeats SC-Envelope – Sidechain envelope filter.
  • New: MV-1 System Program Ver. 1.80 support (3 new MFX plugins).
  • Improvement: Enhanced AUv3 plugin compatibility.
  • Improvement: Better Mixer View on phones (hides mini-timeline view if there isn’t enough space).
  • Improvement: New Lessons page gives access to the latest in-app lessons, YouTube videos, Roland Cloud Academy classes, and more.
  • Improvement: Always display plugin GUI when initializing.
  • Improvement: Better Timeline and Editor fade behavior.
  • Bug Fix: ZR1 MIDI editing GUI refinements.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed mixer view header alignment .
  • Bug Fix: When duplicating or pasting an instrument track, makes sure the correct pack data is selected.

Zenbeats is free to download for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

By unlocking Zenbeats, users get the full ZR1 Drum Sampler, all sidechain FX, Unlimited Group Tracks, plus access to 2,700+ Presets, Loops, and Sounds. A special offer for all Unlocks is available for a limited time:

  • Android or iOS Unlock: $9.99 USD (regular $15 USD).
  • Windows or Mac Unlock: $29.99 USD (regular $50 USD).
  • Max Unlock: $99.99 USD (regular $150 USD).

More information: Zenbeats