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Metric Halo Production Bundle Review at Resoundsound
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Metric Halo Production Bundle Review at Resoundsound

Metric Halo are known for their very respected high end audio interfaces. I must admit that before they hit me up I didn’t even know they make plugins as well. Therefore it was quite interesting for me to investigate how their experi...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at AskAudio Magazine
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at AskAudio Magazine

Plugin Boutique have unleashed a faithful recreation of Casio's beloved CZ synth series, employing the original's unique Phase Distortion architecture to provide distinctive sounds through a compact GUI. Reviving this arcane synthesis t...
AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at Music Radar
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AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at Music Radar

AIR Music Technology The Riser Though aimed squarely at dance music producers looking to conjure up epic riser effects quickly and easily, the interface of AIR's new synth plugin (VST/AU/AAX) appears largely inscrutable at first glance....
AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at DJWORX
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AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at DJWORX

WHAT IS THE RISER? AIR refers to it as a “synth-based transition designer”, but the name “Riser” really tells you everything you need to know. It’s an instrument designed and marketed with one purpose in mind: ...
AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at Harmony Central
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AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at Harmony Central

Xpand is a softsynth that has been around in various forms for a while now. Originally created as a bundled plugin for Pro Tools 7 back in 2006 and later improved, expanded and renamed Xpand!2, it has proven to be a very popular plugin, but has...
AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at SoundBytes Magazine

What is Xpand!2 all about? In a nutshell, it is a four-part multitimbral workstation. Unlike Hybrid 3, this isn’t a synthesizer plugin in which you have a multitude of controls, giving you access to some complex sound design. What it does...
AIR Music Technology Vacuum Pro Review at Attack Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Vacuum Pro Review at Attack Magazine

AIR Vacuum Pro AIR Music Technology’s reputation as a producer of high quality effects and virtual instruments stems from their early work providing the core of the stock plugins in Pro Tools. As they branch out with their own range o...
AIR Music Technology Loom Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Loom Review at SoundBytes Magazine

Additive synths have been around for a few years, and there are some notably cool instruments in this category.  These include Alchemy (let’s please have a moment of silence in sympathy for all Alchemy fans who use PCs), NI’s R...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at SoundBytes Magazine

AIR Music Technology is a German music software company that started out under the name of Wizoo Sound Design. They’re a member of inMusic Brands, which is a family of companies that includes some big names in the music industry. Some of ...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at AskAudio Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at AskAudio Magazine

These days, you’ve got to have your product locked down tight if you’re planning on doing a bread and butter synth that even hopes to compete with reigning champions like Massive, Rob Papen’s line and the reFX synths. Even fre...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at Bedroom Producers Blog
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at Bedroom Producers Blog

AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 For many years, AIR Music Technology (once known as Wizoo) has supplied factory instruments and effects for Avid’s Pro-Tools industry standard DAW, but now that their innovative product line has become av...
Acon Digital Equalize Review at Music Radar
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Acon Digital Equalize Review at Music Radar

Acon Digital Equalize Competition in the parametric equaliser plugin market has never been tougher, with current alpha dogs FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and DMG Audio EQuilibrium looking practically unassailable thanks to their sophisticated arrays of...
Circle2 Review at Blog.Dubspot.com
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Circle2 Review at Blog.Dubspot.com

In this VST plugin review, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the new Circle² semi-modular software synthesizer by Future Audio Workshop. Get an in-depth look at the new features that make this powerful, modern software synthesizer a...
Kush Audio Electra DSP Review at MusicRadar
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Kush Audio Electra DSP Review at MusicRadar

The last EQ plugin released by Kush Audio was Clariphonic DSP, which impressed us despite being limited to only two shelves, facilitating boosting only (no cutting), and sporting just a handful of fixed frequencies to choose from. Kush'...
Sinevibes Drift Review at MusicRadar
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Sinevibes Drift Review at MusicRadar

We're big fans of Sinevibes plugins. They're sometimes excellent, always very affordable, often a little bit quirky, and usually useful and fun. The Ukrainian developer has indulged in a few overly esoteric excursions of late, though, a...
Xfer Records Serum Review at MusicRadar
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Xfer Records Serum Review at MusicRadar

After three years in development, Xfer Records has at last released its eagerly awaited wavetable synthesiser, and a quick glance at the feature list makes it apparent that Serum (VST/AU/AAX) represents an earnest attempt to produce nothing les...
Xfer Records Serum Review at emusician
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Xfer Records Serum Review at emusician

Wavetable synthesis isn’t a new concept: In the ’70s, synthesizers such as Wolfgang Palm’s PPG used digitally stored waveforms as lookup tables. With the capability of sweeping through the tables to produce animated sounds, yo...
Xfer Records Serum Review at AskAudioMag
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Xfer Records Serum Review at AskAudioMag

For those who aren’t already primed in the wonders of wavetable synthesis, in place of generating sound using cycles of a single waveform like subtractive and FM synthesizers do for each oscillator, a set of waveforms are available instea...
Xfer Records Nerve Review at MusicRadar
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Xfer Records Nerve Review at MusicRadar

Following on from the success of last year's Deadmau5 sample pack, Xfer Records has launched into the software world proper with Nerve, a drum machine with a powerful effects section and sequencer, up to eight stereo outputs and, refreshing...
Circle2 Review at Resident Advisor
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Circle2 Review at Resident Advisor

When the Irish music software firm Future Audio Workshop revealed their seminal virtual instrument Circle in 2008, it stood out for a number of reasons. Perhaps top on that list was the fresh and innovative UI, which bucked the skeuomorphic tre...
Sinevibes Fraction Review at ProducerTech.me
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Sinevibes Fraction Review at ProducerTech.me

Select, slice, repeat, effect. That’s the basic process behind the ever popular repeat effect. It’s an effect that’s used in fills, in vocals, in leads, almost everywhere. It’s become popular across a huge range of genre...
UVI Tines Antology Review at SoundsAndGear.com
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UVI Tines Antology Review at SoundsAndGear.com

Yep, ANOTHER one! What can I say? I love EPs man! This one is from UVI, who have made some of my favorite EP libraries in the past. Tines Anthology is a collection of 8 EPs, so let’s peep it! How Does It Sound? It’s an E...
UVI Tines Anthology Review at HarmonyCentral.com
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UVI Tines Anthology Review at HarmonyCentral.com

The silky, warm sound of the electric piano has been a mainstay of all genres of music for fifty years now, and it’s no less relevant today than it was when it first hit the scene. While many  great electric pianos have come and gone...
Arturia Moog Modular V2 Review at ProducerSpot.com
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Arturia Moog Modular V2 Review at ProducerSpot.com

The Moog Modular, needs no introduction. We are talking about the father of modern subtractive synthesis, we are talking about the beast, the one that every major studio facility used to have, the one Keith Emerson made so famous back in the da...
Output Signal Review at Dubspot.com
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Output Signal Review at Dubspot.com

In this product review, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us deep inside SIGNAL by Output – a new Pulse Engine Instrument for Native Instruments KONTAKT 5 Player.   “SIGNAL by Output is absolutely brilliant; it w...
SynthMaster Review at Music Radar
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SynthMaster Review at Music Radar

KV331 Audio SynthMaster 2.5 SynthMaster 2.5 is a semimodular synth that's available in VSTi and AU plug-in formats. The long development period has resulted in a feature list that's exceptionally extensive and broad. Music Radar...
SynthMaster Review at Keyboard Mag
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SynthMaster Review at Keyboard Mag

SynthMaster: the most powerful soft synth you may not have heard of   Only two kinds of people are likely to love SynthMaster: Intrepid sound designers who enjoy crafting their own patches, and musicians who just want to grab a gre...
SynthMaster Review at Ask Audio Mag
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SynthMaster Review at Ask Audio Mag

SynthMaster 2.6 claims to be an "all-round" synth with most features you could want in one plug-in. G. W. Childs takes a close look at SynthMaster 2.6 and finds it more than lives up to the hype. These days, I tend to be surprised...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Bedroom Producer Blog
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Bedroom Producer Blog

I’ve never owned a Casio CZ, nor any hardware instrument for that matter. I’m afraid I just can’t afford it. Perhaps if I had set out on my musical journey twenty years earlier in the mid-eighties, when everyone was ditching t...
Output REV Review at MusicRadar
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Output REV Review at MusicRadar

Output's Kontakt/Player library, REV, is based on a library of reversed sounds and comprising four instrument "engines" - each one powering a sizeable collection of categorised presets. Instruments are keyboard-playable multis...

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Plugin Boutique Teams Up With Arturia To Exclusively Offer 50% Off!

Plugin Boutique have teamed up with Arturia to offer this exclusive database deal. Using the coupon codes on these banners will enable you to receive 50% off these selected instruments!     From the starship funk lead lines of ...
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Singomakers Worldwide EDM Domination Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

WHAT? a 2.04GB pack for under twenty-five notes? Amazing value indeed and a superb cornucopia of sounds for your next EDM masterpiece which include the proverbial shedloads of stuff for EDM, Bigroom, Melbourne Bounce. Prog House and anything ...
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Samplephonics Classic Hip Hop Cuts Review at MusicTech Magazine

The golden era of hip-hop was when the art of sampling really began. Classic Hip Hop Cuts, from Samplephonics, looks to capture that vintage, crate-digging sound, with 415 loops and one-shots in your choice of Acid Wav, Apple Loops or REX2, capt...
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Samplephonics Boom Bap Beats & Bits Review at MusicTech Magazine

Continuing the hip-hop theme, and the perfect accompaniment to the Classic Hip Hop Cuts pack, we have Boom Bap Beats & Bits, also from Samplephonics. Created by production duo RiggleBeats & Illiterate, the library contains 99 drum loops ...
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Loopmasters Reel People Sounds For The Soul Vol 1 Review at MusicTech Magazine

Sounds for the Soul is a new collection of live and programmed funk and soul loops, played by expert musicians and produced and recorded by Reel People leader. and founder of Papa Records, Oli Lazerus. There are over 300 loops, 200 one-shots and...
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Exclusive Promotion at Plugin Boutique - Save 50% off MagicAB

Take advantage of Plugin Boutique's exclusive promotion and save 50% off MagicAB! Simply enter the coupon code MAGIC50 at checkout to purchase at half price! MagicAB A simple, powerful reference tool that allows you to switch...
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Samplephonics Gambian Percussion Review at MusicRadar.com

Samplephonics keep up their run of quality with this rather tasty collection performed by Lamin Jassey. There are 480 loops (Conga Style, Djembe, Dun Dun and Top Loops) and 150 one-shots. The kits are also well-organised, with a wide range of sa...
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Carl Cox Collective - My Life In Music Review at MusicRadar.com

Creating a collection representative of one of the most versatile veterans of a club music is a near-impossible task, but somehow this pack manages it. The 350+ bass, drum, lead, breaks, groove and musical loops are staggeringly authentic, cover...
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Slo-Fi Sessions Review at MusicRadar.com

Slo-Fi Sessions is a nod back to the trip-hop sound of the 90s, offering 474 loops and one-shot samples alongside sampler patches in Kontakt, Halion, NN-XT, SFZ and EXS24 formats. The included sounds have an authentic feel to them with the const...
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Plugin Boutique Welcomes AIR Music Technology | 40% Introductory Sale!

  Plugin Boutique are happy to welcome AIR Music Technology to their array of amazing manufacturers! To celebrate, they are offering 40% reductions on AIR Music Technology's whole product range, in an exclusive introductory sale! About A...
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Loopmasters Defected House - Copyright Review at MusicTech Magazine

Producers Copyright have lent their percussive, groove laden house sound to the first official sample pack from world renowned label Defected records. The pack contains over 600MB of 24-bit audio in your choice of WAV and Rex2, Apple Loops, ReFi...
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Loopmasters Future Sound of Ambient Review at MusicTech Magazine

Inspired by the post-party soundtrack sounds of artists such as Aphex Twin, The Orb and Future Sound Of London, Future Sound Of Ambient combines the early 90s electronica with more modern production tricks to bring it bang up to date. Produced b...
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Loopmasters Maison Records Presents Real House Music Review at MusicTech Magazine

Loopmasters has teamed up with Maison Records for a pack of classic house loops and hits that's full of of 90s vibe. Produced by label owner Ian Bland who has been involved in the scene since 1987, and Anthony Miles, the pack contains 1GB of 24-...
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Loopmasters Defected House - Copyright Review at Computer Music Magazine

Defected Records step into the soundware arena with this 600MB house-fest from UK production duo Copyright. Crisp, swinging beats (40 full loops, plus constituent stems), insistent synth basslines, funky keyboard riffs and useful top loops provi...
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Samplephonics Organic House & Electronica Review at Computer Music Magazine

A triumphant fusion of found, instrumental and electronic sounds, Organic House & Electronica is built from diverse sources including mandolin, music box, live drums, electric fan, ring binder, pizza box... You get the picture. On paper, it ...

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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...