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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Summer NAMM 2013 Video Gear Reports
Jul 13 2013 2:53PM
Summer NAMM is on, and we've been pounding the floor to bring you the latest in keyboard, recording, and live sound news from Nashville. If you can't see the videos below, CLICK HERE to watch them on YouTube, which often works
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