Native Instruments Razor 1.5 reviewed
Mar 19 2014 10:54AM
When I reviewed the original 1.0 version of Native Instruments’ Razor back in 2011, I was absolutely blown away. While the synth was marketed at dubstep producers—now morphing into “bass music” producers given recent trends in
NI Maschine Studio reviewed: the ultimate groove-based nerve center?
Mar 7 2014 3:56PM
It’s been four years since Native Instruments Maschine burst onto the scene as a true hybrid tool in which hardware and software were developed in tandem. Since then, it’s become almost second nature to expect
Arturia iSEM reviewed: vintage Oberheim on your iPad
Mar 7 2014 3:47PM
Over the past decade, Arturia has done a terrific job of delivering virtual versions of some of the world’s most famous vintage analog synths, rightfully earning accolades and endorsements from top artists and journalists.
Heavyocity Aeon Collection reviewed
Feb 25 2014 10:14PM
Heavyocity is known for top-shelf sample collections that combine production-ready cinematic sounds wrapped up in cleverly designed interfaces that take advantage of the custom scripting options in Native Instruments
VirSyn Cube for iOS reviewed
Feb 19 2014 2:42PM
German developer VirSyn first introduced Cube as a VST plug-in way back in 2003, so its revival as an iPad app is a pleasant surprise. While their earlier iPad app, Addictive Synth, relied on a combination of dual additive
LinPlug Spectral additive soft synth reviewed
Feb 12 2014 11:27AM
The day of additive synthesis has arrived. Additive is a powerful technology, capable (in theory) of producing absolutely any sound. But while additive synths have been popping up for years, they have long been hampered by two
Cakewalk Sonar X3
Feb 7 2014 1:44PM
I never used Sonar before version X3. I inherited Pro Tools during my residence at Manhattan Center Studios, but recently became frustrated with some of PT’s limitations. A few months ago I decided to go for a Windows-based
Arctic ProSynth app reviewed
Feb 5 2014 4:27PM
One Red Dog Media’s latest iOS app, Arctic ProSynth, is their newest entry in the iPad virtual analog wars. At first glance, there’s not a lot we haven’t seen before, but dig a bit deeper, and there’s a real attention to
EastWest StormDrum 3 reviewed
Jan 31 2014 3:32PM
Although there are numerous percussion libraries on the market, EastWest StormDrum 3 deserves its place by deftly bridging the world music and “cinematic: paradigms. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say it’s one of the
Ableton Live 9 Reviewed
Jan 3 2014 3:18PM
Following its introduction 12 years ago, Ableton Live quickly developed a cult following because it was the first DAW that let musicians improvise their productions. Not to be confused with improvising on your instrument—we
Akai iMPC for iPad reviewed
Dec 20 2013 3:53PM
There are three drum machines that can legitimately be called “iconic:” the Roland TR-808, Roger Linn’s original LM-1, and the Akai MPC series—the first models of which were designed by Roger Linn himself. While the
ReFX Nexus 2 reviewed
Dec 20 2013 3:25PM
If you need quick access to hundreds of awesome sounds for your electronic dance music set, you won’t want to miss Nexus 2. This VST/AU plug-in welds a serious sound library to a smart set of features.     PROS: Huge sound
Applied Acoustics Lounge Lizard EP-4 Reviewed
Dec 13 2013 3:22PM
Even state-of-the-art sampling sometimes leaves an impression of something other than the real deal. Such has been my experience with many sampled electric pianos—something about the response lacks the finger-to-sound
Apple Logic Pro X Reviewed
Dec 10 2013 1:37PM
It’s been four years since Apple released a major update to their flagship digital audio workstation, Logic Pro. During that time speculation among the professional music community has been running wild with hopes for a
Gadgets We Love This Holiday Season
Nov 27 2013 1:07PM
Have one or more keyboard players on your holiday gifting list? We know--they're hard to shop for, especially when it comes to buying technology. Fear not, as we've compiled a list of our favorite gadgets and

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