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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Sonic State
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Sonic State

Classic phase distortion from Plug-in Boutique    Lagrange Audio Writes: You might have noticed from my previous blogs that I don't do reviews. The main reason for this is that there are plenty of other people out there do...
VirtualCZ Review at Amazona.de
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VirtualCZ Review at Amazona.de

CZ NEVER DIES... Once again a software developer provides us with a clone of cult acquaintances from the 80s - The Casio CZ... Casio CZ-1 in good company The CZ-series was once Casio's answer to the successful series o...
eaReckon TransReckon review at MusicRadar
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eaReckon TransReckon review at MusicRadar

TransReckon is described by eaReckon as a "transient processor", and it falls into the category of dynamics processor that you will have previously seen referred to as a transient or envelope designer, shaper or modulator.   ...
Syntorial Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Syntorial Review at MusicTech Magazine

There are countless books and videos on the topic of synthesis that aim to explain the theory and give you tips for programming your own sounds. However, it takes a certain amount of discipline to pause at a given point and then load up a synth...
Waves OneKnob Series review at Sound On Sound
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Waves OneKnob Series review at Sound On Sound

Effects and processors don't get much more simple than Waves' new OneKnob range. But is this a case of one knob to rule them all, or are these plug‑ins simply nobbled?     Waves have spent the last few years puttin...
Acon Digital Restoration Suite Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Acon Digital Restoration Suite Review at MusicTech Magazine

This has recently been updated to v1.5, and includes four plug-ins for cleaning up digital audio. DeNoise offers adaptive noise reduction for stationary noise such as broadband, hiss, wind and buzz, whilst DeHum deals with mains hum and other t...
Eisenberg Audio Vier Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Eisenberg Audio Vier Review at MusicTech Magazine

Vier is a new instrument that emulates the Doepfer MS-404 analogue mono synth, with a clear GUI that gives you the access to four units. These can be linked in a variety of ways, from simple unison, to key-splits and a revolver mode, and each o...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at MusicTech Magazine

All classic synths deserve a software emulation. ARP, Moog, Prophet and now...er...Casio. Andy Jones sees (or Cz) why... I've interviewed many hundreds of musicians over the last two or three decades and each one of them has a favo...
Garritan Classic Pipe Organ Review at MusicRadar
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Garritan Classic Pipe Organ Review at MusicRadar

The 'King Of Instruments', Sampled... Described by Mozart as "the king of instruments", the pipe organ isn't something that gets emulated in software too often. Garritan have multisampled six of the things and a total ...
Garritan CFX Concert Grand Review at MusicTech Magazine
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Garritan CFX Concert Grand Review at MusicTech Magazine

There’s been a gap in the Garritan range of virtual instruments since its highly acclaimed Steinway piano disappeared into the sunset in 2012. As a replacement the company has just released the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Gran...
Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at Sound On Sound
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Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at Sound On Sound

Instant Orchestra aims to take the pain out of creating orchestral parts — but can such an affordable library still produce the goods? Back in 2004, Garritan Personal Orchestra enabled impecunious musicians to engage in the noble art ...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Datatransmission
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at Datatransmission

It’s modest in the world of soft synths - in keeping with the online store’s theme of simple-but-effective own-brand synths, it appears to be have been built with emerging producers in mind, and it’s here that it utterly excel...
Melda Production MTransient  at MusicRadar
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Melda Production MTransient at MusicRadar

Four years ago, MeldaProduction released MMultiBandTransient, a powerful transient designer plugin that made good use of their multiband processing engine.   We liked it a lot, but it could be pretty hard on the ol' CPU, so the...
Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT Review at MusicRadar
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Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT Review at MusicRadar

We're surprised it's taken so long for Abbey Road's signature artificial double tracking sound to be worked into a plugin, but then a similar effect can be achieved using modulated short delays, because that's essentially what W...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at ProducerSpot.com
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at ProducerSpot.com

Think of a poly synth that’s purely beautifully digital and shows with pride its condition… Think again… Now you’ve got it!   The guys from Plugin Boutique have recreated this digital wonder from mid 80s, ...
Samplephonics Dirty Modular Review at Producer Spot
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Samplephonics Dirty Modular Review at Producer Spot

Dirty Modular from Samplephonics is a virtual instrument (Kontakt-based modular instrument) which attracted the attention of many music producers from the first day of release. Built using Kontakt platform, Modular Dirty brings some noteworthy ...
Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Review at MusicRadar
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Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Review at MusicRadar

This rare valve-based design first gained popularity among pro users as a rental-only unit, prompting further developments through the late 1970s. This included a shift to fully solid-state electronics, ultimately culminating in the off-the-she...
Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Review at SonicScoop
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Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Review at SonicScoop

Who couldn’t use some clarity these days? Honestly. When I was first asked to review the Waves Vintage Aural Exciter, I remembered my first days in the recording studio using the modern hardware version of the Aphex Aural Exciter – ...
Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer Review at Sound On Sound
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Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer Review at Sound On Sound

Console Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC   Waves are the latest manufacturers to try to package the sound of large-format mixing consoles in plug-in form.   In recent years, a flood of distortion and saturation plug-...
Eisenberg Einklang Review at DJMag
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Eisenberg Einklang Review at DJMag

Berlin-based audio company Eisenberg have delivered a fresh, fast and intuitive synthesiser — Einklang, which approaches music production in a way that avoids all the complexities of many alternative synth-oriented VSTs. Appropriate for b...
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...

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iZotope release Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced! Introductory Sale at Plugin Boutique!

iZotope have just released the latest version of their critically acclaimed mastering software, Ozone.   To celebrate the release of Ozone 6 and Ozone 6 Advanced, Plugin Boutique are offering reductions on both until 13th Novemb...
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Retro Synths for Logic X review at MusicTech magazine

The deceptively versatile Retro Synth in Logic X gets a fresh batch of sounds courtesy of producer Colin C, who has previously brought us packs of Ultrabeat presets and Logic mixing channel strips. The presets simply need to be dragged to the re...
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Liquid Notes for Live 50% off Group Deal at Plugin Boutique!

  Plugin Boutique are offering a massive 50% off Re-Compose's songwriting-assisting tool, Liquid Notes for Live.   Just simply head over to Plugin Boutique's Facebook page to take advantage of this great offer! Liquid Notes ...
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55% sale on selected Slate Digital plugins!

Plugin Boutique are offering up to 55% off on selected Slate Digital plugins! Save 55% on both the FG-X Virtual Mastering Pro and Virtual Console Collection, as well as 31% off Virtual Tape Machines, Virtual Buss Compressors and Trigger 2 P...
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Complete Guide to Compression Review at MusicTech Magazine

It's the essential but often abused process of compression. This online course lasts a little over an hour and is divided into nine modules that can be streamed from the Live-Courses.com website. Rob Jones begins with an overview of compressor b...
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Retro Synths for Logic X Review at MusicTech Magazine

The deceptively versatile Retro Synth in logic X gets a fresh batch of sounds courtesy of producer Colin C, who has previously brought us packs of Ultrabeat presets and Logic mixing channel strips. The presets simply need to be dragged to the re...
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Lack Of Afro's Soulful Breaks review at Maschine Masters

It’s your boy 88Kezz back with another product review. This time we’re taking a look at LACK OF AFRO’S SOULFUL BREAKS from them boys over at LOOPMASTERS.   A follow up to their 4 star rated Analogue Soul this is a coll...
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Waves release Codex and Abbey Road EMI TG12345 with 50% off introductory sale!

  WAVES INTRODUCE A NEW POLYPHONIC SYNTH, CODEX AND THE MUCH CELEBRATED EMI TG12345 CHANNEL STRIP! UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER, WE ARE OFFERING A MASSIVE 50% REDUCTION ON THESE GREAT PLUGINS! Waves Codex is a cutting-edge polypho...
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Partner Focus Interview with Rob from Tronsonic

  Rob from highly regarded Kontakt Instrument developer Tronsonic provides us with a great insight into his early inspirations, background and ultimately what has really driven him to create an amazing range of effective production too...
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The Sound On Sound Awards

      It's that time of year again! It's hard to believe it's been 12 months since the last SOS Awards for outstanding audio products, and the people at Sound On Sound would like to take this opportunity to thank you for...
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June miller Presents Dark Complex Drum and Bass Vol2 review at computer music

The DnB production duo returns with another 1.4GB of 172bpm loops and hits. The 25 stemmed drum loops are tight and well produced, but not particularly ambitious, sonically. The high-octane basses would tear through any mix though, and the atmos...
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Save up to 40% off on iZotope BreakTweaker & BreakTweaker Expanded!

For a limited time only, Plugin Boutique are offering up to 40% off iZotope's impressive manipulation tools, BreakTweaker and BreakTweaker Expanded!   Bring a fresh beat to your tracks with BreakTweaker, the latest drum instrument fr...
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Atmospheric Vinyl Breaks Review at Maschine Masters

What up MM! Ant Smith back to deliver another review and today I will be indulging into the Atmospheric Vinyl Breaks by Loopmasters. Loopmasters is a well established database for any producer looking for Loops, Drum Breaks, Vocals and More...
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Lab Samples - Break 'Symmetry Drum & Bass' Review at DJMag

PROLIFIC and inspirational drum & bass producer Break has finally released a hotly anticipated sample-pack through DLR's Lab Samples label. The wait has not been in vain —the 970MB pack is crammed with an arsenal of tightly produced so...
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Resonance Sound EDM MIDI Weapons 2.0 review at Nueko.com

Finding the right inspiration to create new and interesting melodies always proves very hard and challenging, but if you are looking for brand new ideas then you should not miss this brand new opportunity to get this Midi Pack produced by Resona...

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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...