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MeterPlugs Perception Review at Sound on Sound.
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at Sound on Sound.

MeterPlugs Perception Loudness-matching Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows An innovative new plug‑in makes it easy to tell when louder isn't better! Hugh Robjohns Ian Shepherd is a mastering engineer based near Cambridge, UK, a...
MeterPlugs K-Meter Review at Sound on Sound.
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MeterPlugs K-Meter Review at Sound on Sound.

MeterPlugs Meter Metering Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows An oft–overlooked advantage of analogue working methods is sensible metering. MeterPlugs’ K–Meter brings the same approach to your DAW. Hugh Robjohns The...
MeterPlugs Perception Review at MusicTech.
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at MusicTech.

Meterplugs Perception – Reviews Meterplugs and Ian Shepherd are hoping to change the way we listen. Mike Hillier brings a keen ear. Perception is the result of a collaboration between mastering engineer Ian Shepherd and Meterplu...
MeterPlugs Perception Review at AudioMediaInternational
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at AudioMediaInternational

Review: Meterplugs Perception The new tool designed by mastering engineers for mastering engineers has Alan Branch all ears. Every now and again a new plug-in comes along that makes you think ‘How did I work without this?&rsqu...
MeterPlugs LCAST Loudness Meter Review at Ask Audio Mag.
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MeterPlugs LCAST Loudness Meter Review at Ask Audio Mag.

Review: MeterPlugs L-Cast Loudness Meter So, you want your tracks louder, fatter, beefier? Well, maybe not all the above—but if you're looking for a loudness meter, MeterPlugs' L-Cast is under the microscope in this review by...
Arturia VOX Continental V Review at producerspot.com
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Arturia VOX Continental V Review at producerspot.com

The VOX Continental V is the last faithful reproduction of the classic sound of the famous Vox Continental 300 synthesizer. This organ was used for the recording of some of the most famous songs of bands of the 60 ‘, 70′, 80 ‘...
Ozone 6 Advanced review at Producer Spot
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Ozone 6 Advanced review at Producer Spot

Review: iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced 2015 has definitely started, and it just couldn’t start better! After some days off, I got back to the studio and spent some quality time with iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced, and if you don’t have a...
Wave Alchemy Revolution 606 Review at Audio News Room
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Wave Alchemy Revolution 606 Review at Audio News Room

Wave Alchemy established a strong precedent with their Transistor Revolution MkII Kontakt instrument. It’s my go-to sample-based instrument for 808 and 909 sounds that approach (and in some cases exceed) the warmth of the real deal. They&...
UVI Sparkverb review at MusicRadar
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UVI Sparkverb review at MusicRadar

If you regularly find yourself wanting to venture beyond the conventional sounds of your average algorithmic reverb and the realistic spaces offered by impulse-based convolution 'verbs, then SparkVerb could be just the ticket. MusicRada...
UVI Vintage Legends Review at Resident Advisor
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UVI Vintage Legends Review at Resident Advisor

Computers made the characteristic sounds of vintage Rolands, ARPs and Moogs within reach, even as prices for second-hand classic synths skyrocketed. Our fascination with the past continues, which is why it's a great time for UVI's new c...
Vintage Legends review at Failed Muso
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Vintage Legends review at Failed Muso

The old saying goes, “There you are, waiting for a bus, nothing for ages then two come along at once”. Well, it should be brought up to date… “There you are, waiting for some new content from UVI, nothing for ages, th...
UVI Vintage Legends Review From Audiofanzine
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UVI Vintage Legends Review From Audiofanzine

UVI seems to have decided to bring back to life the myths of synthesis in the form of sample libraries for its own UVI platform and compatible programs. Let's have a detailed look at one of them: Vintage Legends. For many musicians, own...
UVI Sparkverb Review at Askaudiomag
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UVI Sparkverb Review at Askaudiomag

For a while now I’ve been looking for a reverb plug-in that’s flexible enough to be a solid ‘go to’ processor. SparkVerb by UVI jumped out at me as a possible contender and after some time putting it through its paces, I...
UVI Sparkverb Review from Sound Bytes
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UVI Sparkverb Review from Sound Bytes

UVI developed the engine for MachFive sampler. Encouraged with that success, they decided to extract the reverb component and offer it as a stand-alone plug-in. Learn more about it here. UVI is a well-known sound library and software develo...
Rob Papen RAW Review at Ask Audio Mag
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Rob Papen RAW Review at Ask Audio Mag

If you are making dance music, industrial noise, or creating sound design for games that require a little more 'edge'... You’ll want to get hold of Rob Papen RAW - a gnarly synth with attitude. As a skateboarding, blog-wr...
Arturia Wurlitzer Review at Producer Spot
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Arturia Wurlitzer Review at Producer Spot

By now, you probably know I’m a keyboard player and which is more important, I’m a big analog fan, so, imagine my happiness when the V Collection 4 by Arturia came to my hands! We are talking here about some of the finest emulations...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at MusicRadar
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at MusicRadar

Slate Digital impressed us in 2013 with Virtual Buss Compressors, and its latest outing, Virtual Mix Rack (VMR), follows the same path, being based on schematics and deep analysis of some classic hardware processors. Loosely based on the AP...
Stagecraft Releases Subtractive VST, Addiction
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Stagecraft Releases Subtractive VST, Addiction

Stagecraft Software recently released its newest VST, Addiction, a subtractive synthesizer “built to be simple and intuitive, but with the depth of any professional subtractive synth.”   Addiction has three fully config...
Scratch Anything, in a $20 Plug-in: MIDI, Turntables, and Hosts Like Ableton Meet
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Scratch Anything, in a $20 Plug-in: MIDI, Turntables, and Hosts Like Ableton Meet

Turntablism is still alive, but surprisingly, turntable techniques haven’t entirely harmonized with modern DAWs. One of the first products ever covered here on CDM was Ms. Pinky, a combination of software and vinyl, which recently saw a M...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ review at Computer Music
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ review at Computer Music

This virtual instrument oozes authentic old-school vibes and brings an unusual synthesis method to your DAW     Back in the mid-80s, analogue synths were viewed as outdated and expensive, with digital technology finding fa...
MeldaProduction MTransient review at MusicTech magazine
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MeldaProduction MTransient review at MusicTech magazine

Transient processing is concerned with enhancing the prominence of certain aspects of a track, often the percussive elements. MTransient is different in that it has more options and lets you get really hands on. It uses tube saturation and work...
DopeVST Bass Engine review at MusicTech Magazine
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DopeVST Bass Engine review at MusicTech Magazine

"The concept is pretty simple," said reviewer Hollin Jones, "to give you some of the best and most classic bass sounds from the last three decades of hip-hop without burying you with sound-tweaking options. I've lost count of...
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...

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30% off Exclusive Introductory Sale on all MeterPlugs Products at Plugin Boutique!

For a limited time, Plugin Boutique are offering a 30% off exclusive introductory sale on all MeterPlugs Products! K-Meter   K-System Metering What is it?   It's a way of metering pioneered by Bob Katz, masteri...
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Live Deep House Jazz Vol 2 - Interview With Producer Dan Mardan

  In depth interview with Live Deep House Jazz Vol.2 producer Dan Mardan, recorded in his native city of Deva, Romania, where he talks passionately about the entire production process, concept, and performance obstacles faced during t...
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Up to 60% off Selected iZotope Products at Plugin Boutique!

For a limited time, Plugin Boutique are offering 60% off iZotope's Stutter Edit plugin, 40% off iZotope's BreakTweaker plugin and 33% off BreakTweaker Expanded! Stutter Edit It's an effect. It's an instrument. It's Stutter Edit an i...
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In The Loop Podcast Episode 7 - Producertech

  Episode 7 of Producertech’s podcast - another giveaway packed episode of the latest in music technology and online learning. This edition ‘In The Loop’ Techno producer Christian Vance, offers up some quick tips...
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Producertech - Beardyman Remix Competition

We're excited to offer you the opportunity to remix the mesmerising track Mountain Side by the multi-talented performer/producer Beardyman.  Download the remix parts for the track by going to our Facebook page here...
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Loopmasters Dubstep Onslaught Review at Sound On Sound Magazine

Loopmasters have teamed up with the Dubstep Onslaught label for this self-titled set of bass-heavy dubstep samples. Available as a download, Dubstep Onslaught contains 810MB of content sorted into the usual loops and hits.  Starting with ...
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Resonance Sound Vintage Movie Vocals Review at Sound On Sound Magazine

Something remarkable can sometimes happen when vocal samples are used in a track. For some reason they tend to grab the listener's attention, particularly if they have an ambience that is alien to the song. Finding great material that is copyrig...
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5pin Media - Epic House Riffs Review at Midi Chords

We're constantly looking for sample products that we can review and feature here on Midichords. And if you have been following us you know we have a weak spot for the products from 5Pin Media, a Loopmasters label. The philosophy behind their pro...
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AudioThing Exclusive Introductory Sale 30% at Plugin Boutique!

Plugin Boutique are very proud to welcome AudioThing on board, alongside their flourishing list of great manufacturers! To celebrate this new addition, they are launching with an exclusive 30% off introductory sale! AudioThing is a lab...
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Lindell Audio Exclusive 30% Off Sale at Plugin Boutique

Plugin Boutique have teamed up with Lindell Audio to offer an exclusive 30% off sale for a very limited time only! Lindell Plugins are modelled upon the hugely popular and highly affordable 500 Series Hardware 6X-500, 7X-500 and PEX-500 ana...
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Save up to 34% On Recompose Liquid Notes at Plugin Boutique!

Plugin Boutique are offering an incredible 34% reduction on Recompose's Liquid Notes plugin, for a limited time only! Have a piece analyzed harmonically, at any stage of the composition process. And then rearrange it by substituti...
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Plugin Boutique Launch Their Own Youtube Channel!

Plugin Boutique have launched their very own Youtube channel. Full to the brim with overview and tutorial videos on their growing range of manufacturers.   Visit the channel today and subscribe to keep up date with all their latest re...
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WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm Sale at Plugin Boutique!

Plugin Boutique are offering an incredible 31% reduction on WaveDNA's Liquid Rhythm plugin, for a limited time only! Liquid Rhythm is an innovative beat generator that enables users to access the building blocks of ten quadrillion rhythmic...
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Textures - Dust, Dirt & Crackle, Vol. 1 review at Computer Music

1.12GB of loops and one-shots with the common element of authentic analogue background noise. Beats, beds, 'inspiration kits', single-hit drums, retro synth washes, real-world ambiences (cafe, rain, etc), tape and vinyl hiss/crackle loops and mo...
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Little Helpers Presents - Minimal, Tech & Deep, Vol. 1 review at Computer Music

This 712MB library of house loops and one-shots gets everything right by keeping it simple. The drum loops are phat and include a bizarre folder of fills and 'live loops' that turn out to be surprisingly effective in the mix. These are joined by...

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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...