Retro! 6 Vis that Make the Old New Again
Oct 4 2012 6:00PM
IF A GENIE OFFERED YOU AN ALL-VINTAGE COLLECTION OF ELECTRIC PIANOS, synths, and even a very special grand piano on the condition that you never boot up a software instrument ever again, would you take the deal? Unless you also
UPDATED! Rack Extension Roundup for Propellerhead Reason
Dec 21 2012 3:00PM
BY JIM AIKIN For years, one of the biggest frustrations faced by loyal Reason users has been that Reason doesn’t host third-party plug-ins. So the fact that, as of version 6.5, Reason’s software device rack has finally been
Nov 28 2012 1:49PM
By FRANCIS PRÈVE FOR SOME DJS AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC PERFORMERS, THERE’S MORE TO rockin’ the house than beat-matching two tracks. Korg Kaoss fans twist their music with realtime effects, and Ableton users are well acquainted
Korg iKaossilator
Nov 21 2012 2:00PM
By FRANCIS PREVE BACK IN 2008, I REVIEWED KORG’S ORIGINAL KAOSSILATOR AND LOVED IT. In 2010, I reviewed the Kaossilator Pro and really dug that. Both products were far ahead of the curve in their use of an X/Y touchpad
Izotope Iris
Nov 21 2012 1:00PM
by FRANCIS PREVE Familiar synth staples like a filter, envelopes, and effects are on hand as well. ONCE UPON A TIME
Hot New Gear at AES 2012
Nov 2 2012 6:13PM
Whereas NAMM is huge and covers everything from pianos to DAWs to guitars to school band instruments, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) conference and trade show is for the serious recording geeks. Since we proudly put
Wizdom Music SampleWiz
Oct 5 2012 10:00AM
by FRANCIS PREVE WE’RE BIG FANS OF JORDAN RUDESS’ iOS PRODUCTS. We tested MorphWiz back in November 2011 and found it to be one of the coolest, most playable iPad synths available. SampleWiz—Jordan’s entry into the iOS sampler
Highlights from IMSTA Festa 2012
Sep 26 2012 4:03PM
IMSTA is an educational and outreach organization whose primary mission is to convince us that using pirated music production software is, well ... lame. Once a year, though, they hold a day of music production clinics, panels,
The Birth of iZotope Iris
Sep 20 2012 5:00AM
Cooped up in a synthesizer-packed workspace just west of London, UK, GForce Software is a mad laboratory of knobs, keys, and buttons, ripe for tinkering. Owned by synth boffins and industry veterans Chris Macleod and Dave Spiers,
Steinberg Padshop
Jul 27 2012 12:00PM
by Craig Anderton Fig. 1. Padshop’s interface is easy to navigate and edit. Voice controls are at the top, with the granular engine underneath. The white
Propellerhead Figure
Jul 27 2012 12:00PM
by Francis Preve TALK ABOUT VIRAL. WHEN PROPELLERHEAD REVEALED THEIR LATEST iOS APP, Figure, it seemed like every tech blog on the Internet caught fire. Based on buzz alone, it looked like Propellerhead had cracked the code
Sample Logic Synergy X
Jul 27 2012 11:00AM
by John Krogh SAMPLE LOGIC HAS BEEN GOING STRONG FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, producing a number of high-caliber collections aimed at composers-for-media and musicians looking to add a modern cinematic edge to their tracks.
Is SRS Labs Multi-Dimensional Audio the Future of Surround?
May 31 2012 4:00PM
by Gina Collecchia  Santa Ana, California-based audio technology company SRS Labs has developed a dynamic way to spatialize sound precisely in three dimensions. Plug-ins that perform surround panning on audio typically only
The Komplete Maschine
May 2 2012 9:38PM
We recently paid a visit to Native Instruments' sparkling new U.S. headquarters in the heart of Hollywood. There, we got a firsthand demo of how tightly integrated Komplete (the full collection of every virtual instrument NI
Steinberg Cubase 6 Review
Dec 8 2011 12:00AM
Review By Marty Cutler I've enjoyed Cubase since the introduction of VST technology in the mid-’90s. As plug-ins became widespread, I moved on to include other DAWs in my workflow. Cubase 4 rekindled the romance with the addition
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