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Mozaic Beats AutoTheory review at Sound on Sound
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Mozaic Beats AutoTheory review at Sound on Sound

If you want to create convincing keyboard parts but don’t have the playing chops, AutoTheory might save your bacon.   Many of us are not blessed with stellar keyboard skills. I include myself in this category: I can get a hal...
Mozaic Beats AutoTheory review at MusicRadar
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Mozaic Beats AutoTheory review at MusicRadar

Debuting in late 2013 as a Rack Extension for Reason, Mozaic Beats' AutoTheory is now available as a standalone app for PC and Mac.   A 'MIDI mapper' designed to make it easy to create quality compositions, it intercept...
Photosounder review at Wired
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Photosounder review at Wired

Photosounder lets you tweak sounds like images and vice versa     For a few years, a French coder named Michel Rouzic, living in Ireland, has been tinkering with the relationship between images and sound. The result is an ...
Photosounder SplineEQ review at MusicRadar
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Photosounder SplineEQ review at MusicRadar

SplineEQ is a powerful and very affordable tool, and we understand that the developers, Photosounder (yes, the same peeps who make the amazing Photosounder visual audio editing app), have further enhancements such as M/S processing and screen s...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Sound Bytes Magazine
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Sound Bytes Magazine

The Casio CZ line of synthesizers had a great sound in the 1980s. Our reviewer checks out VirtualCZ, and it puts a new spin on the classic sounds from yesterday.  by Rob Mitchell, Jan. 2015     Back in the late ...
iZotope Ozone 6 / Ozone 6 Advanced Review at MusicTech
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iZotope Ozone 6 / Ozone 6 Advanced Review at MusicTech

Has iZotope managed to improve on the already excellent Ozone 5 Mastering software with its latest release?   Ozone from iZotope has become a staple of many a producer’s plug-in collection, offering mastering tools in...
Sinevibes Molecule Review at Music Radar
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Sinevibes Molecule Review at Music Radar

Sinevibes specialises in affordable, easy-to-use, creative plugins for Mac (AU). Its recent efforts have largely focused on rhythmic effects generated by clever combinations of sequenced waveform modulators and gating, but its latest, Molecule,...
iZotope Ozone 6 Review at Computer Music
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iZotope Ozone 6 Review at Computer Music

Izoptopes hugely popular all-in one mastering package (VST/VST3/AAX/AU) comprises a chain of multiband dynamics, EQ and other processors with integrated spectrum analysis and iZotope’s MBIT+ dither. It comes in Standard and Advanced versi...
MusicTech Magazine's Gear of the Year: VirtualCZ Best Software Synthesizer!
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MusicTech Magazine's Gear of the Year: VirtualCZ Best Software Synthesizer!

MusicTech Magazine have awarded their prestigious Platinum Award to Plugin Boutique's VirtualCZ for Best Software Synthesizer 2014! VirtualCZ is a real gem of a synth in a world that has become obsessed with analogue. A must-buy to...
Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Audio News Room
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Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Audio News Room

Sugar Bytes has raised the bar for pattern based playable effect instruments with their latest release, Looperator. Following in the footsteps of their earlier works, Artillery and Effectrix, Looperator provides significant improvements in effe...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Matte Black Audio
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Matte Black Audio

The Virtual Mix Rack is the culmination of 2 years of development for Slate Digital after a number of public and private statements from Steven Slate to his consumers, announcing a halt to all other product development and hiring new staff memb...
Overloud Breverb Review at Music Radar
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Overloud Breverb Review at Music Radar

A few years ago, it would've been easy to assume that algorithm-based digital reverbs faced certain death. Convolution models, which sample real spaces and therefore feel like a natural reverb solution, were suddenly everywhere, and formerl...
Overloud TH2 Review at Music Radar
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Overloud TH2 Review at Music Radar

Italian developer Overloud made a stunning debut with the TH1 software amp simulator, prompting us to brand it "a serious contender for best all-round guitar amp package". The tones on offer were impressive and expressive, coping part...
Overloud Mark Studio 2 Review at Music Radar
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Overloud Mark Studio 2 Review at Music Radar

Italian manufacturer Markbass produces an impressive range of bass heads, combos and cabinets, including the user-configurable modular MoMark system. Overloud's original Mark Studio plug-in, designed in collaboration with Markbass, incl...
Kush Audio Pusher Review at GearJunkies.com
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Kush Audio Pusher Review at GearJunkies.com

GUI:   Lets start of with GUI. The GUI is available in 2 versions, one that has absolutely no info on what the knobs and meters do, the philosophy behind it being that you have to use your ears to tweak this forward thinking colorb...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at  ProtoolerBlog.com
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at ProtoolerBlog.com

Alongside the recently released UAD Shadow Hills Master Compressor (review coming), I can’t remember when I had this high expectations for a plugin. After having killed off many of my compressors with the UBK-1, Kush Audio has a lot to li...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at The Pro Audio Files
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at The Pro Audio Files

Clariphonic EQ is a unique twist on EQ. Rather than taking a source, targeting a frequency band, and adjusting that, the Clariphonic takes a source and creates a filtered version which is then blended back in to the original source in parallel....
Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Looking for an easy to use loop randomizing, processing, slicing effects plug-in? With great effects included, Sugar Bytes Looperator seems to have it all covered. Noah Pred takes a closer look.     Looperator is the lates...
Zero-G Whoosh Designer Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Zero-G Whoosh Designer Review at Computer Music Magazine

The follow-up to Impact Designer (cm208, 9/10) is a 743MB Kontact 5 instrument for the creation of ‘whoosh’ and ‘rush’ sounds. A patch comprises of three cross faded stages – Attack, Peak and Decay – each bas...
Syntorial Review at Keyboard Mag.com
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Syntorial Review at Keyboard Mag.com

Syntorial: The Most Fun Way To Learn Synth Programming     How do you learn to program a synthesizer? The owner’s manual is a good place to start, but it’s not always clear what a particular adjustment is reall...
iZotope RX 4 Review at ComputerMusic
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iZotope RX 4 Review at ComputerMusic

It's been about a year since we reviewed the amazing RX 3, so how much can it really have been improved? A great deal, it turns out...   iZotope's RX series has been impressing us since its inception in 2007. Since then, it...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Slate Digital's new Virtual Mix Rack looks set to really shake up the mixing plug-ins industry and this is just the beginning. Rishabh Rajan explores VMR in immense depth with audio examples. The Virtual Mix Rack could be the most anti...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Gear Gods
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Gear Gods

Slate Digital has been around for a while now. They are known for making plugins that are faithful to the analog gear they are emulating, and recently released a new plugin emulating some more of that sweet analog goodness. It’s called &l...
Toontrack Reggae EZX Review at ComputerMusic
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Toontrack Reggae EZX Review at ComputerMusic

This rootsy expansion for EZdrummer 2 features 70's Premier Club and Yamaha Stage Custom kits, with four snares, cymbals from a range of manufacturers, and a selection of percussion on the side. The Yamaha's toms come in damped and unda...
Blue Cats Patchwork Review at Logic-Pro-Expert.com
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Blue Cats Patchwork Review at Logic-Pro-Expert.com

I’ve never been much into wrapping VST plug-ins in Logic Pro until I heard about Blue Cat’s Patchwork plug-in last week. Patchwork can host up to 64 VST plug-ins (audio effects and virtual instruments) in a single instance, while gi...
Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Sound On Sound
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Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Sound On Sound

Does Kush Audio's expertise in designing analogue equipment translate into the plug-in realm? With quality offerings on the market from Universal Audio, Waves, Slate Digital and IK Multimedia, to name but a few, we're now spoil...
Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio's UBK-1 generated quite a buzz among those in the know prior to its recent launch. Kush is known primarily for its modified version of Empirical Labs' Fatso compressor/saturator, known as the UBK Fatso. It's a fabulou...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at GearJunkies.com
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at GearJunkies.com

Kush Audio's Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high shelving eq, which in itself it's a quite unique proces. The DSP code behind this plugin is made by Studio Devil. It's an emulation of the hardware Clariphonic made by Kush Audio thems...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio first forged a reputation in the hardware domain, only recently breaking into the native plugin market with the excellent UBK-1 character compressor. Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high- shelving equaliser plugin (VST/AU/RTAS) coded b...
Kush Audio Pusher Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio Pusher Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio Pusher - 'Magnetic' Saturation Plugin Kush Audio's small but intriguing range of plugins focuses on innovative methods of signal processing for general mixing purposes Pusher (a "Magnetic DSP Colorbox&q...

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Last chance to save big on ToonTrack at Plugin Boutique!

Only a few days left to save big on ToonTrack at Plugin Boutique!   Save 40% on ToonTracks' flagship professional drum sampler, Superior Drummer 2.0. With its excellent sounding sample-engine, its phenomenal realistic room sounds and ...
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More Monster vox from Monster Sounds Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

Good old Monster Sounds have done it yet again with another saliva-inducing batch of superb vox. This time you get the services of a male and female singer across no fewer than EIGHT songs in a variety of keys so you have enough to play with ...
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Cory Friesenhan Vocal Sessions Vol. 1 Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

On the lookout for some top male vocals with just that 'something a little extra' about them? Then no need to look any further because Black Octopus deliver the goods with ease in this excellent pack featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Cory ...
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Photosounder Introductory Sale at Plugin Boutique!

Plugin Boutique are pleased to welcome Photosounder to their array of amazing manufacturers! To mark this occasion they are offering a 30% introductory sale! Every sound you've ever heard can be represented as an image and all possible sounds ...
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Trance Forms Vol.1 - Elements Review at Midichords

Composing trance was never easier with Trance Forms Vol. 1, a midi and sample product from our friends at 5pin Media. We have written about this label before and for a reason. The guys at 5pin Media are true experts in creating quality products ...
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MusicTech Magazine's Gear of the Year: VirtualCZ Best Software Synthesizer!

MusicTech Magazine have awarded their prestigious Platinum Award to Plugin Boutique's VirtualCZ for Best Software Synthesizer! 'VirtualCZ is a real gem of a synth in a world that has become obsessed with analogue. A must-buy to increase you...
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The Magic Drum Orchestra - Samba Drums & Percussion Sample Pack Review

The Magic Drum Orchestra really knocked this one out of the park! Some of the most fun we’ve had reviewing a sample pack in some time. We break down why in this quick post! We try to limit the amount of time we spend with the presets an...
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Particular Severed Bits - Filth Waivers Sample Pack Review at Ohmlabmusic.com

This is one HOT collection of sounds! The Severed Bits series from Particular is great, but the Filth Waivers installment is going to blow you away! Glitch elements have made their way into most forms of modern music by now. And analog g...
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Resonance Sound SOR Transformation review at Ask Audio Mag

Is Sounds of Revolution Transformation a useful library for EDM producers and sound designers? Bill Burgess dives into the machine to find out.   Transformation is the latest sample library from Sounds of Revolution, a highly regarded G...
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David Seaman Electronic Underground - That Loopmasters Track - FREE Download

Loopmasters present an exclusive track giveaway from House pioneer David Seaman.  The music in this video has been entirely produced with his new sample pack Electronic Underground, and is called 'That Loopmasters Track'.  It can b...
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Fred Everything Studio Tour

We present this behind the scenes look at DJ Fred Everything's studio hideaway in San Francisco! Fred shows us round his enviable collection of hardware vintage synths and processors, which were used in the making of his Deep Analogue House s...
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Point Blank School Open In Los Angeles

Point Blank Music School is now open in Los Angeles! Set in Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake and headed up by Jesse Rogg (Banks, Sam Sparrow, Sky Ferreira), the venue has hosted Oscar after-parties, fashion and photography shoots. Now you can...
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DnB Skyline Review at Computer Music

13 atmospheric DnB project for Ableton live and NI Maschine, each with its own 16 sound-sound Group or Drum Rack, comprising drums, basses, chords, pads, FX and more. You also get five extra kits (drum loops, basses and FX), and 38 Simpler prese...
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Top 100 DJs Signature Sounds Massive Presets Vol.3 Review at Computer Music

"Inspired by the latest DJ Mag Top 100 DJs and Producers poll", this bank of 100 patches for NI Massive is packed with great tones and makes good use of the synth’s Macros. We could happily forgo the unnecessary demo samples for a tenner o...
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Arturia Release V Collection 4 + Matrix - 12 v + Solina V

  Arturia’s V Collection 4.0 goes beyond just imitating the original instruments. They have gone the extra mile and added a number of features, not found on the originals, designed to expand on the original instruments character that is so ...

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Big Fish Audio Zodiac Buyer's Guide at MusicTech Magazine
We never really thought we'd see an instrument library dedicated to musique concrète but Zodiac takes the best of bits of that musica...
Zero-G Epica Buyer's Guide at MusicTech Magazine
Zero-G's Epica instrument is surely one of the best instrument sample libraries ever, certainly the best synth one. At least, that is what M...