Software
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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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