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audioD3CK KRUCZ Review at MusicRadar
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audioD3CK KRUCZ Review at MusicRadar

The limiter is a fundamental tool these days, and we keep getting newer, better, more transparent designs for maximising levels without changing the character of the signal. But some prefer to bend their limiter designs towards more sonically c...
audioD3CK ST-R-I-P Review at MusicRadar
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audioD3CK ST-R-I-P Review at MusicRadar

Hamburg-based developer audioD3CK are recent entrants into the plugin arena, and as we discovered with their Krucz limiter, their rather excruciatingly subheaded R.A.O.N. (Ridiculous Amounts Of Noise) processors aim to bring authentic analogue ...
Virtual CZ Review at Sound on Sound
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Virtual CZ Review at Sound on Sound

Oli Larkin Virtual CZ Software Synthesiser Gordon Reid Few now remember that Casio's CZ-series keyboards were some of the most popular synths of the 1980s. With the exception of the analogue choruses on later models, they were wholl...
UVI Urban Suite Review at MusicRadar
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UVI Urban Suite Review at MusicRadar

There's an almost overwhelming amount of material in UVI's latest, a collection of five sample-based instruments for producers of hip-hop, trap, R&B and the like, supplemented by 140 construction kits. Borrowing a fair bit of en...
Blue Cat Audio PatchWork Review at MusicRadar
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Blue Cat Audio PatchWork Review at MusicRadar

Taking the plugin hosting side of Blue Cat's MB-7 Mixer 2.0 multiband mixer, expanding on it massively and presenting it as a self-contained plugin (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX), PatchWork is a versatile instrument and effects chainer that serves as bo...
Positive Grid BIAS Professional Review at MusicRadar
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Positive Grid BIAS Professional Review at MusicRadar

We first came across Positive Grid's BIAS iPad app that took amp simulation on that platform to new levels of detail, offering the chance to get in and tweak amps at a deep level, change valves and the like. Now, while iPads are great f...
Positive Grid BIAS Review at Sonic Scoop
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Positive Grid BIAS Review at Sonic Scoop

Guitar amp software has slowly been gaining popularity in the audio software industry. Considering the cost of what it actually replaces, it’s no wonder that consumers demand it. In that spirit, Positive Grid has just launched BIAS De...
Cakewalk Z3TA+2 Review at Ask Audio Mag
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Cakewalk Z3TA+2 Review at Ask Audio Mag

Review: Z3TA+2: Galaxy of Sound A favorite among PC users for years, Cakewalk finally brings their flagship virtual synth to the Mac with Z3TA+2, and it was certainly worth the wait. Powerful waveshaping, smooth yet rich filters, extensive ...
UVI String Machines Review at Music Radar
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UVI String Machines Review at Music Radar

More sampled vintage gear from the Gallic ROMpler masters, String Machines brings you over 70 sampled patches from 11 classic analogue string synths of the 70s and 80s. The 1.2GB ROM loads into the free UVI WorkStation or MOTU MachFive. Mus...
FXpansion BFD3 Review at MusicRadar
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FXpansion BFD3 Review at MusicRadar

FXpansion's BFD has always been one of the finest options out there for realistic acoustic drum kit emulation - in fact, it was the first virtual instrument to even attempt to fully emulate all the depth and nuance of the real thing. &n...
FXpansion BFD3 Review at AskAudioMag
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FXpansion BFD3 Review at AskAudioMag

There's not much you can't achieve with drum sounds using FXpansion's excellent BFD3. In this tutorial, Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test and shows how to create realistic sounds using it!   BFD3 is a powerhouse of a dr...
Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at MusicRadar
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Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at MusicRadar

Sugar Bytes' latest plugin (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX) and standalone effect, Looperator, is effectively two audio processing tools in one: a loop slicer and an effects sequencer. The loop slicer comes first, chopping the incoming audio into 16 s...
Eisenberg Vier Review at MusicRadar
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Eisenberg Vier Review at MusicRadar

The Doepfer MS-404 is a great little mono synth along the lines of the Roland TB-303 but with a few significant additions such as two LFOs. Eisenberg has taken it a stage further with its new emulation, dubbed Vier, giving you four polyphonic m...
AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1 Review at Age Of Audio
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AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1 Review at Age Of Audio

Valve Filter VF-1 is an audio plug-in dedicated to the emulation of a multimode resonant filter with vintage valve emulation. Nothing new, but it could be a good alternative to other plug-ins on the market, at a really interesting price. I aske...
AudioThing Valve Exciter Comparison Review at Age Of Audio
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AudioThing Valve Exciter Comparison Review at Age Of Audio

After making the Valve Exciter demo for AudioThing, waiting to write a full review, we decided to do a small test comparing it with other Exciter plug-ins, also called Harmonic Enhancers or Aural Exciters. So we tested the following four pl...
UVI Darklight IIx Review at MusicRadar
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UVI Darklight IIx Review at MusicRadar

Inspired by the Fairlight CMI IIx workstation, but not intended to be a clone of it, Darklight IIx loads in the UVI Workstation ROMpler engine (free) or MOTU MachFive sampler (not free), both of which run standalone or as VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins. ...
UVI Darklight IIx Review at Failed Muso
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UVI Darklight IIx Review at Failed Muso

It wasn’t that long ago that people like me, people with a passion for vintage samplers such as the Fairlight, Synclavier, Emulator, WaveFrame, et al, had very little to go on when it came to possessing some of those sounds that we had gr...
Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at DJ Mag
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Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at DJ Mag

SUGAR BYTES' latest offering combines an array of creative effects as well as dynamic sequencing to inject life into any loop or phrase. The first thing you'll notice with Looperator is its sparse but eye-catching user interface , which...
AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1 Review at MusicRadar
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AudioThing Valve Filter VF-1 Review at MusicRadar

The original Moog Modular synth introduced to the world a classic filter design that still stands as definitive of its type today. Dublin-based soundware producer AudioThing has made the move into effects by packaging its take on Moog's ren...
AudioThing Valve Exciter Review at Music Radar
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AudioThing Valve Exciter Review at Music Radar

Valve Exciter is a valve-emulating harmonic exciter plugin (VST/AU). Like the valve section of AudioThing's Valve Filter VF-1, it's built on an ECC83 valve emulation, although this particular model is very different to that of its sibli...
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Resident Advisor
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FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Resident Advisor

A third-party parametric EQ might be one of the last types of plug-ins that you look at—it's supposed to be transparent, so your DAW's EQ is transparent enough, right? Well, kind of. Not only has a dedicated EQ had more attention ...
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Audio News Room
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FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Audio News Room

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 review: an all-in-one surgical tool Equalization is one of the most important elements of treating sound – for mix and for effect. Any engineer or producer worth his salt will want a variety of hard and soft EQs...
Waves dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter review at Ask Audio Mag
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Waves dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter review at Ask Audio Mag

Looking for a tight, fast, VCA compressor, with a vintage character, a proven track record, and a punch sound? Joe Albano finds out if Waves dbx 160 hits the heights of its hardware counterpart.   In the world of analog “char...
Kirnu Interactive Cream review at MusicRadar
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Kirnu Interactive Cream review at MusicRadar

It would appear that the death of the MIDI effect has been greatly exaggerated. We've only just wrapped up our Xfer Records Cthulhu review and along comes Cream, a super-charged version of Kirnu 1, Arto Vaarala's awesome donationware ar...
Kirnu Interactive Cream review at rekkerd.org
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Kirnu Interactive Cream review at rekkerd.org

I don’t normally use arpeggiators much. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t really need them for producing my music. That said, I do enjoy happy accidents and I like drawing inspiration from things I would normally ...
Kirnu Cream Review at Synthopia
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Kirnu Cream Review at Synthopia

Kirnu has announced version 1.0 of Cream, a powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. Here’s what they have to say about Cream: With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, s...
UVI Retro Organs Review at Sounds and Gear
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UVI Retro Organs Review at Sounds and Gear

It’s been a while since I reviewed something from UVI Soundsource, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been using their products. Truth is, 8 out of 10 times something from this company makes it into my music, I dig em….no ...
Kirnu Cream Review at Delamar
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Kirnu Cream Review at Delamar

The graphical user interface is designed clearly despite the many gathered on knobs and dials, also thanks to adequate and well-chosen font sizes contrasts. Here the good man Flavours of Lime, who has equipped many other plugins with successful...
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...

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DJ Sappo Presents Rolling Jungle and DnB Review at Music Tech Magazine

DJ Sappo Presents Rolling Jungle and DnB Veteran Jungle and DnB producer DJ Sappo has joined forces with Loopmasters for a massive collection of his trademark sounds taken from his biggest tunes on Flex, Intalex, V Recordings and more. There...
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Full Intention House Republic Review at Music Tech Magazine

Full Intention House Republic Dance pioneers Full Intention have teamed up with Loopmasters for a pack of over 600MB of big sounding drums, baselines and synth melodies, which have been taken from, and inspired  by, 15 years of producti...
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Remixing Techniques in Ableton Live with Rob Jones Review at Music Tech Magazine

Remixing Techniques in Ableton Live with Rob Jones   Producertech's Rob Jones is back with another step-by-step tutorial for Live-Courses.com, which can be streamed online direct from the site. Although the resolution could be a little ...
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Singomakers Small Room House Review at Future Music Magazine

Singomakers Small Room House   Small Room House - I love it! What's next, Little Beat? You get the point, though. Those of you who find the current stadium EDM scene a little too bombastic will do well to check out this sample pack from...
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Genetix - Interview With Matt Sharp & Rich Dawson

Genetix is the combination of two people, Matt Sharp and Rich Dawson, who started out producing DnB in late 2006 under various alias's and built up a large catalogue of vinyl and digital releases. They are as happy working with other producer...
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5PIN MEDIA / HISTIBE MUSIC PRODUCER COMPETITION

Sample Label 5Pin Media and Producer Histibe in partnership with Loopmasters are hosting an exciting Music Producer competition with more than $2000 in prizes up for grabs. The winning entrant will get to officially release their track on H...
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Maschine Performer - Interview With Maschine Producer DuzzyDAS aka Doroga Alexandru

  Niche Audio presents Romanian Maschine performer and producer DuzzyDAS aka Doroga Alexandru, talking about his live ‘The Detonator’ shows.  Doroga talks about his live Maschine setup and the integration of Nic...
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DLR - Specimen Y Drum & Bass Review at Computer Music Magazine

DLR - Specimen Y Drum & Bass DnB producer DLR's second Labsamples outing delivers 1.3GB of tight, punchy drum loops, tearing baselines (for us, the highlight), atmospheric melodies, and handy one-shots. Many of the loops come in variatio...
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Geode Melodic Dubstep & Beyond Review at Music Tech Magazine

Geode Melodic Dubstep & Beyond The Deep Heads label Returns to Loopmasters with an exquisite pack that explores the more subtle and melodic side of dubstep. Producer Geode has crafted over 300MB of gritty sub and mid-range bass loops, cr...
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Synth Explorer SH-101 Review at Music Tech Magazine

Synth Explorer SH-101 Volume 2 of the synth Explorer collection includes 104 arp and sequencer loops recorded direct from the SH-101 with varying degrees of processing and effects to spice things up. It's quite refreshing to have acid style ...
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Dream Vocals Vol2 Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

Remember those bad old days of yesteryear when you could only rely on a vocal if you bunged your sister a fiver to sing for you?   Of course other vocals were on the good old fledgling interweb but were completely unaffordable to mere m...
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Turf Smoke Hip Hop Maschine Expansion & Ableton Drum Racks - From Raw Cutz

  Turf Smoke from Raw Cutz features crisp and cutting beats, Enchanting Pads, Smoky Vibes, Crunchy snares, Jazzy Chords and Musical Melodies grouped into 10 projects, with 30 inspirational kits of 16 fresh and original samples.  ...
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Fxpansion BFD3 March Madness Sale | 50% Off Sale at Plugin Boutique!

Plugin Boutique are offering 50% off FXpansion's BFD3 multi award winning instrument, in a limited time only sale! BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion's flagship software acoustic drum studio: new levels of realism and ground-br...
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Loopmasters Dark Neuro Drum & Bass Review at Sound On Sound Magazine

For those not up with the sub-genres of electronic music, Neuro (or Neurofunk) is a form of drum and bass that mixes techno and house influences with distorted synths. Getting their dark dirt on are the Loopmasters with this set of Neuro drum &a...
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Plugin Boutique, Big Kick - Kick Drum Synthesiser!

  BigKick, This kick drum synth is Plugin Botique's first release in their own range of plugins and has been very well recieved since its release last year!     “As powerful a kick drum instrument as you’re likely to find” – Music Te...

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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...