Software
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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PPG WaveMapper Visual Synth App for iPad
Aug 1 2013 6:52PM
Just back in January, we lavished well-deserved praise on Wolfgang Palm’s comeback app, WaveGenerator. Well, the man who once brought us the PPG Wave synth apparently has quite a few more tricks up his virtual sleeve because he’s
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Propellerhead Reason 7
Jul 30 2013 12:59AM
A few years ago, Propellerhead was earnestly asserting that Reason was not just another digital audio workstation and that it belonged in a separate category. Since then, they’ve kept adding highly desirable features that make
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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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AIR Music Technology LOOM Soft Synth Reviewed
Nov 22 2013 12:20PM
Additive synthesis isn’t exactly a crowded field, but there are at least a few soft synths that tackle the issues that accompany the technique. For starters, full-bore additive synthesis would require an amplitude envelope for
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Propellerhead Thor for iPad Reviewed
Nov 8 2013 1:25PM
Since its introduction in Reason 4, Thor has remained one of the most versatile soft synths available anywhere. With a vast array of features that includes models of some of the most famous oscillators and filters in
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The Great Notation Software Roundup 2013
Nov 7 2013 11:38PM
Music software of any kind tends to be bursting with features, but even compared to a DAW, music notation software is notoriously complex. If you’re wondering which of the leading notation programs is right for you, this
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iZotope Alloy 2 Full Review
Oct 30 2013 4:01PM
I originally reviewed Alloy in 2010 and immediately became a fan of its integration of essential engineering tools into something that’s far more than a channel strip plug-in. Alloy’s combination of parametric EQ,
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VI Labs TrueKeys Virtual Piano
Oct 25 2013 11:18AM
No matter how good any samples are, nothing played through studio monitors beats the experience of sitting at a concert grand. The point of virtual pianos, though, is that a lot of us don’t have that option, and even if we
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Mellotronics M3000HD app for iOS
Sep 20 2013 1:46PM
Back when the iPhone was first opened up to third-party apps, one of the first synth toys to hit the market was a Mellotron emulator called Ellatron. While its sound library was quite good, the original Ellatron—which is
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Big Fish Audio Vintage VI Reviewed
Sep 18 2013 6:18PM
Big Fish Audio has long been at the forefront of creating virtual instruments and soundware around a musical idea. Often, it’s the latest emerging sub-genre in hip-hop or EDM that a composer or producer needs to know. In
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MOTU Digital Performer 8 Reviewed
Sep 6 2013 2:06PM
Digital Performer 8 brings a batch of major changes, the most significant of which is the hitherto Mac-only stalwart’s compatibility with Windows 7 or later. Equally significant is the program’s update to 64-bit operation,
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Camel Audio Alchemy Mobile
Sep 4 2013 3:41PM
Camel Audio’s Alchemy Mobile has been out for a while now, and the free version has developed quite a following among iPad users thanks to its ability to whip up cool textures without a deep understanding of synthesis
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Waves Element Soft Synth Reviewed
Aug 22 2013 3:43PM
PROS Classic subtractive synth design. Fat, analog-like sound. Good variety of well-programmed presets. Easy to program. Arpeggiator/sequencer section lets you create complex melodic and rhythmic patterns. CONS Classic
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Steinberg Cubase 7 Review
Aug 9 2013 3:07PM
PROS Chord Tracks make MIDI tracks follow user-specified chord changes. Based on the Chord Track, VariAudio 2 can pitch-correct and harmonize audio files. Revamped mixer looks great and is easy to navigate. Strips for each
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