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Kinky Beep 2.0.1

You could play with Kinky Beep 2.0.1 for a long time, creating unique sound effects to add to your Alert Sounds. The fun could end there, but Kinky Beep isn't just for those looking for a new sound to replace a quack or a boing. Kinky Beep is for all creative noise artists and indie musicians who've wanted to create the sounds of eighties dance tunes, sci-fi effects, experimental soundscapes, synth-pop, and just about anything else that loops, buzzes, woops, gargles, whistles, and dings.

Kinky Beep's main window is broken up into five sections. In the first, you create a tone by choosing a waveform from a drop-down menu, and then adjusting sliders for length, level, and pitch. In next four boxes, which are labled Modulations, you can add a filter, change the waveform, and change the speed and level of the sound waves.

The controls are very straightforward and easy to manipulate, but if you're not an expert on sound, creating all these effects and noises require a lot of trial-and-error experimentation. It would have been very helpful if Kinky Beep 2.0.1 came with a document that explains how each of the controls work with the sound.

Included is a folder with sample sounds in eight different categories, such as animals, musical instruments, and vehicles. But you'll have to stretch your imagination a bit for a lot of these sounds. For the most part, the samples sound like archives from old-school video games.

But Kinky Beep will give you lots of amusement. Try hooking it up to Virtual Drummer, and you could loop a track that would give any Atari-pop indie band a run for their Casio keyboard money.

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