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Sugar Bytes Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Review at Computer Music Magazine

An unexpected new release from the performance effects specialists aims to make Egoist maniacs of us all     Every now and then, a virtual instrument comes along that straddles categories and carves a new niche, and Egoist...
MDrummer 5 Review at Computer Music Magazine
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MDrummer 5 Review at Computer Music Magazine

You might associate them with effects plugins, but Melda's sole instrument is a serious contender in the virtual drum kit arena     Prague-based developers MeldaProduction are best known for their extensive roster of d...
Eisenberg VIER Review at Nueko Music Magazine
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Eisenberg VIER Review at Nueko Music Magazine

Eisenberg VIER, when the sound evolves!     As soon as we opened this powerful VST / Stand-alone our eyes are illuminated by seeing all these knobs ready to be used, our mind immediately started thinking about the endless ...
Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at MusicTech Magazine

Egoist is a user-friendly groove instrument with a slick GUI that's divided into three sections: the slicer, for arranging and manipulating a sample into 16 slices; a Bass & Beat page for sequencing basic ideas using the built -in beat ...
Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer Review at MusicTech Magazine

Why take five plug-ins into the studio when you could do it all with one? Hollin Jones uncovers the time-saving secrets of Blue Cat Audio's shiny new MB-7 Mixer...      Blue Cat Audio makes a range of advanced aud...
Melda Production MTransient
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Melda Production MTransient

If you need to really take control of the attack in your tracks, you need a transient processor. Hollih Jones takes on MeldaProduction's MTransient...      Czech developer MeldaProduction makes a wide range of aud...
Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Resident Advisor
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Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Resident Advisor

Sugar Bytes has built a solid reputation for designing plug-ins aimed at sonic manipulation on the fly, whether you favour instruments like its bass-oriented Cyclop or the modular effects suite Turnado. Its latest instrument plug-in is Egoist, ...
Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 Review at Sound On Sound
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Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 Review at Sound On Sound

The small but mighty orchestral package continues to square up to the big guys.     When orchestral sample companies began selling their wares 20 years ago, the numbers were stacked against the user: though some ...
Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 Review at MusicRadar
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Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 Review at MusicRadar

It's been over five years since the first edition of the Garritan Personal Orchestra. In the intervening time, the rather clunky shift to Kontakt Player 2 (and Universal Binary support) caused much frustration for users - and for Garritan, ...
Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at MusicRadar
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Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at MusicRadar

If there's one criticism that could be levelled at Garritan's amazing range of orchestral ROMplers, it's that they can be tricky for non-arrangers to use.   Instant Orchestra (which runs standalone or as a plug-in) aims...
Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at EMusician
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Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at EMusician

Creating orchestral cues can be a time-consuming task. Even with templates loaded into your DAW or scoring program, it still takes time just to get a sound out of the machine. Such deliberation is tolerable when working without a pressing deadl...
Samplephonics Dirty Modular review at MusicRadar
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Samplephonics Dirty Modular review at MusicRadar

Samplephonics Dirty Modular We're constantly amazed by the feats of instrument design that developers manage to pull off using interface scripting in Kontakt, but Dirty Modular raises the bar - in terms of ambition, at least.  ...
iZotope Stutter Edit Review at Sound on Sound
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iZotope Stutter Edit Review at Sound on Sound

Izotope have teamed up with electronic composer BT to bring us an effects processor that can be 'played' in real time.   Izotope have given the world plenty of top‑notch signal processing tools over the years, including Ozo...
Camel Audio - CamelSpace Review at Attack Magazine
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Camel Audio - CamelSpace Review at Attack Magazine

Swiss-army-knife multi-effect that creates myriad complex and inspiring rhythmic textures. CamelSpace takes any sound you throw at it – pad, synth line or drum loop – and generates an array of dynamically-evolving, gated rhythmi...
Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Ask Audio Magazine

A sample slicer, TB-303 emulation, drum module, and effects sequencer... all in one plug-in! Egoist packs a lot of functionality and does it in true Sugar Bytes style as Darren Burgos discovers. Sugar Bytes’ latest virtual instrument ...
Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda Review at Sound On Sound
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Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda Review at Sound On Sound

Every dog, so the saying goes, has its day. It's also true for keyboards. We all know apocryphal stories of Mellotrons that ended up in skips and ARP Odysseys advertised as 'free to a good home' in the 1980s, but look what they'...
Syntorial Review at Electronic Music Magazine
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Syntorial Review at Electronic Music Magazine

"Syntorial is the most direct route between hearing a sound in your head and knowing how to bring it to life. Lesson-by-lesson, module-by-module, Syntorial shows you almost everything that synths can do without getting bogged down in theor...
Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab Review at Mixmag
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Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab Review at Mixmag

Prolific isn’t exactly the word to describe Sasha. The house deity’s studio output is sparing, to say the least. So AudioRaider’s Sasha Soundlab collection is a valuable sneak peak into his sound collection. It has 4,000 sound...
Dope VST Bass Engine Review at Music Tech Mag
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Dope VST Bass Engine Review at Music Tech Mag

Bass Engine:   Sometimes only a fat bass will do. Hollin Jones gets funky with this hip-hop-based synth plug-in...   DopeVST is a relative newcomer to the software development scene, and Bass Engine is just its second ...
Applied Acoustic Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Music Radar
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Applied Acoustic Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Music Radar

The Americanism "stick-to-itiveness" describes a dogged perseverance, a single-minded dedication to a specific idea. It's a term that could be applied to Applied Acoustic Systems. Its tireless fealty to physical modeling synth...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Sound On Sound

I first I heard the sounds of this new Kontakt instrument on a BBC Radio 4 documentary, surprisingly enough. My ears pricked up at the eerie tones captured from incredibly long stretches of fencing wire that criss-cross Australia. These rem...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Sound On Sound

The original slab of Konkrete earned a five star review in SOS in September 2006. Back then, it snarled like an attitude-laden adolescent, its distinctive samples formed into 24 scratchy, glitchy, twitchy drum kits. Control was minimal but this...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Resident Advisor
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Resident Advisor

If you were making electronic music half a decade ago, there's a good chance you're familiar with the Konkrete drum sample libraries from Soniccouture. The first installment was released in 2006 as part of their successful Abstrakt seri...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Music Radar
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Music Radar

If you like kits full of bleeps, clangs, swishes, whoops and things on the mangled side, alongside more conventional drum sounds, Konkrete 3 is for you.   It's organised to operate within Kontakt or Maschine hosts but, aside fr...
Waves RS56 Review at Music Radar
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Waves RS56 Review at Music Radar

EMI's RS56 UTC (Universal Tone Control) EQ first appeared in 1951. Nicknamed "the Curvebender", it was their attempt at a Pultec- style passive EQ. Initially a mono unit, followed later by a stereo sibling, it offered three bands ...
Arturia V Collection Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Arturia V Collection Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Arturia's hardware and software synths are well respected amongst professionals and used in studios world-wide. Mo Volans dives into their V-Collection to discover if it is every synth lovers dream.     I’ve alwa...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Resident Advisor
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Resident Advisor

If you've followed the works of the sample library gurus at London's Soniccouture, you know that many of their releases have an adventurous or experimental tilt to them. Rather than simply recreating traditional instruments, they tend t...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Music Radar
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Music Radar

You may not know Chris Watson's name but you'll have heard his work. As a field recordist, he's the man who has been trusted to capture natural sound to accompany the images of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet and The Life Of ...
Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Sound On Sound

As you'll have gathered from the name, the instruments in Soniccouture's latest offering derive their sound from the resonant properties of glass. Two come from the private collection of French musician Thomas Bloch, the third was lovin...
Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Rekkerd.org
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Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Rekkerd.org

Sample libraries have become quite a commonplace. Every other day you see new titles popping up in various genres and formats, many of which seem to be almost copies of one another. If you are looking for drum machine sounds or Fidget House...

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Break Symmetry Drum & Bass Review at MusicTech Magazine

Spanning across both loop and one-shot formats, drums, bass, keys, synths, SFX and more therte are plenty of varied DnB samples and the quality level is excellent throughout. There's no fixed style to the drums except that they all have a rich, ...
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EDM Hooks and Drops Review at MusicTech Magazine

EDM and general bass music sound designer Dan Larsson has made a very well produced EDM package, which offers both a large range of complete production kits for you to arrange and jam with a collection of sample-based instruments to program with...
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Synth DNA: Korg Monopoly Review at MusicTech Magazine

Loopmasters new DNA series aims to capture the building blocks of a range of vintage synths, with the first tackling Korg's 4 VCO Monopoly Instrument. The pack offers up 54 multi-sampled sampler patches focusing on providing the raw analogue wav...
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Deep House & Garage at MusicTech Magazine

Wave Alchemy presents their take on the current deep house scene with a slightly harder and more techno-influenced pack inspired by the likes of Dusky, Shadow Child and hot since 82. There are folders of drum, bass synth and keys ...
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Learn To Produce With Samples In Ableton With ‘Loop Expert’ - By Quantize Courses

  In association with Loopmasters Samples, Quantize Courses give you the complete set of tools to turn your loops and samples into releasable tracks... LOOP EXPERT is a specially designed Ableton tuition course offering production ...
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OhmForce Exclusive 35% off Summer Sale at Plugin Boutique!

  We've teamed up with OhmForce to offer 35% off their range of single pack plugins!   Ohm Force is an audio software company based in Paris (France). Since 2001 they've been delivering cutting edge audio tools (plug-ins) for...
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The Bass Music Awards 2014 - Sponsored by Loopmasters & Plugin Boutique

The Bass Music Awards has been widely acclaimed by industry sources. Last year voting was open to the public for a 3 week period, seeing thousands of members of the public having their say by voting for their favourite DJ’s, labels, eve...
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COMING SOON From Plugin Boutique - VirtualCZ Synth Plugin

  Plugin Boutique are soon to release VirtualCZ - a new plug-in inspired by an iconic series of digital synthesisers made in the 1980s.   VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion - which is similar to FM Synthesis but easier to progra...
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Mad Professor: Reel To Reel Reggae Vol 2 Review at Computer Music Magazine

Collated from a live remix session of the legendary dubster's own material, and put together using 100% analogue gear, this 1.6GB library doesn't do much to push the boundaries of the genre (with the possible exception of the FX one-shots fol...
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Wave Alchemy Deep House & Garage Review at Computer Music Magazine

The swing's very much the thing with these 498 WAV garage-tastic loops (394 of them doubled up with REX and Apple loops versions) and 315 one-shots, bolstered by MIDI files and sampler patches in various formats. The loops are of consistently hi...
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Niche Audio House Arrest Review at Computer Music Magazine

13 house projects for Ableton Live and NI Maschine, including pre-mapped sample kits and instruments (with effects chains), channel strips , MIDI files and Massive presets. As ever with Niche, the tracks, their component souns and the parts trig...
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60% off iZotope Stutter Edit at Plugin Boutique!

  Save 60% on Izotope's innovative tool for both studio and stage - the Stutter Edit. It's an effect. It's an instrument. It's Stutter Edit—an innovative tool for both studio and stage, designed by BT and developed by i...
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CAPSUN ProAudio Interview with Creative Director - Jay Pulman

CAPSUN ProAudio - a new name in sound design has recently launched under the helm of Brighton based producer and sample pack mastermind Jay Pulman aka CAPSUN. CAPSUN ProAudio is a team of producers, musicians and sound designers who know thei...
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Niche Audio - Beat Machines TR909 Review at SoundBytesMag

The sample library market is so saturated with TR-909 (a drum machine from the 80′s made by Roland) titles. I’ve already seen plenty of them. So what makes Beat Machines TR909 from Niche Audio special? For starters, the TR-909 drum m...
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Famous Audio - Atmospheric Piano Themes Review at SoundBytesMag

Micro pack libraries are all over the place nowadays. They are good when you just want specific sounds to inject into your productions. Here, we have a goody bag of piano sounds from Famous Audio. This pack offers 20 beautifully played piano pas...