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Kush Audio Pusher Review at GearJunkies.com
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Kush Audio Pusher Review at GearJunkies.com

GUI:   Lets start of with GUI. The GUI is available in 2 versions, one that has absolutely no info on what the knobs and meters do, the philosophy behind it being that you have to use your ears to tweak this forward thinking colorb...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at  ProtoolerBlog.com
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at ProtoolerBlog.com

Alongside the recently released UAD Shadow Hills Master Compressor (review coming), I can’t remember when I had this high expectations for a plugin. After having killed off many of my compressors with the UBK-1, Kush Audio has a lot to li...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at The Pro Audio Files
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at The Pro Audio Files

Clariphonic EQ is a unique twist on EQ. Rather than taking a source, targeting a frequency band, and adjusting that, the Clariphonic takes a source and creates a filtered version which is then blended back in to the original source in parallel....
Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Looperator Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Looking for an easy to use loop randomizing, processing, slicing effects plug-in? With great effects included, Sugar Bytes Looperator seems to have it all covered. Noah Pred takes a closer look.       Looperator i...
Zero-G Whoosh Designer Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Zero-G Whoosh Designer Review at Computer Music Magazine

The follow-up to Impact Designer (cm208, 9/10) is a 743MB Kontact 5 instrument for the creation of ‘whoosh’ and ‘rush’ sounds. A patch comprises of three cross faded stages – Attack, Peak and Decay – each bas...
Syntorial Review at Keyboard Mag.com
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Syntorial Review at Keyboard Mag.com

Syntorial: The Most Fun Way To Learn Synth Programming     How do you learn to program a synthesizer? The owner’s manual is a good place to start, but it’s not always clear what a particular adjustment is reall...
iZotope RX 4 Review at ComputerMusic
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iZotope RX 4 Review at ComputerMusic

It's been about a year since we reviewed the amazing RX 3, so how much can it really have been improved? A great deal, it turns out...   iZotope's RX series has been impressing us since its inception in 2007. Since then, it...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Slate Digital's new Virtual Mix Rack looks set to really shake up the mixing plug-ins industry and this is just the beginning. Rishabh Rajan explores VMR in immense depth with audio examples. The Virtual Mix Rack could be the most anti...
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Gear Gods
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Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack Review at Gear Gods

Slate Digital has been around for a while now. They are known for making plugins that are faithful to the analog gear they are emulating, and recently released a new plugin emulating some more of that sweet analog goodness. It’s called &l...
Toontrack Reggae EZX Review at ComputerMusic
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Toontrack Reggae EZX Review at ComputerMusic

This rootsy expansion for EZdrummer 2 features 70's Premier Club and Yamaha Stage Custom kits, with four snares, cymbals from a range of manufacturers, and a selection of percussion on the side. The Yamaha's toms come in damped and unda...
Blue Cats Patchwork Review at Logic-Pro-Expert.com
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Blue Cats Patchwork Review at Logic-Pro-Expert.com

I’ve never been much into wrapping VST plug-ins in Logic Pro until I heard about Blue Cat’s Patchwork plug-in last week. Patchwork can host up to 64 VST plug-ins (audio effects and virtual instruments) in a single instance, while gi...
Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Sound On Sound
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Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Sound On Sound

Does Kush Audio's expertise in designing analogue equipment translate into the plug-in realm? With quality offerings on the market from Universal Audio, Waves, Slate Digital and IK Multimedia, to name but a few, we're now spoil...
Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio UBK1 Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio's UBK-1 generated quite a buzz among those in the know prior to its recent launch. Kush is known primarily for its modified version of Empirical Labs' Fatso compressor/saturator, known as the UBK Fatso. It's a fabulou...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at GearJunkies.com
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at GearJunkies.com

Kush Audio's Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high shelving eq, which in itself it's a quite unique proces. The DSP code behind this plugin is made by Studio Devil. It's an emulation of the hardware Clariphonic made by Kush Audio thems...
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio first forged a reputation in the hardware domain, only recently breaking into the native plugin market with the excellent UBK-1 character compressor. Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high- shelving equaliser plugin (VST/AU/RTAS) coded b...
Kush Audio Pusher Review at Music Radar
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Kush Audio Pusher Review at Music Radar

Kush Audio Pusher - 'Magnetic' Saturation Plugin Kush Audio's small but intriguing range of plugins focuses on innovative methods of signal processing for general mixing purposes Pusher (a "Magnetic DSP Colorbox&q...
Kush Audio Pusher Review at Everything Recording.com
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Kush Audio Pusher Review at Everything Recording.com

Saturation plugins are a dime a dozen. Most of them just increase the input signal in a few stages, throw a few different EQ curves and there you go… “Color”. Kush Audio eschews the norm and has developed a whole new monster ...
Sinevibes Molecule Review at Musictech
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Sinevibes Molecule Review at Musictech

Molecule is a multiband effect that splits the incoming signal into three bands, each of which has its own effect processor with a choice of 16 algorithms. These include a tasty array of analogue, clipping and digital distortions, plus great so...
Toontrack Beatstation Review at Music Radar
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Toontrack Beatstation Review at Music Radar

When Beatstation was announced, it wasn't clear what it was or who it was designed for. And even after spending some time with it, we're not sure we can answer either of these questions. Stranger still, we're not sure Toontrack coul...
Toontrack Beatstation Review at Sound On Sound
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Toontrack Beatstation Review at Sound On Sound

Toontrack's new sampling software instrument is simple to use, but also far deeper than it initially appears to be... Toontrack's Beatstation is a new sample‑based software instrument that, unusually, is itself capable of sampl...
Toontrack Beatstation Review at Audio News Room
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Toontrack Beatstation Review at Audio News Room

  Beatstation is the latest software-instrument from the sampling pioneers at Toontrack. This new product expands the company’s lineup of straightforward drum romplers, adding to the fold innovative user sampling functions a...
Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at BedroomProducerBlog.com
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Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at BedroomProducerBlog.com

Cableguys have announced the release of VolumeShaper 4, the latest version of their highly acclaimed volume shaping and faux side-chaining audio processor for Windows and Mac OS. Read the article below for a closer look at the new version of th...
Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Computer Music Magazine

The newest version of this LFO-centred plugin for the makers of Curve and FilterShaper gives you hand-drawn amplitude modulation.   The latest release from German developers Cableguys is an LFO-driven volume modulation plugin that ...
WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm review at Electronicmusician.com
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WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm review at Electronicmusician.com

   When one small music software company obsesses over building and refining a single product for more than four years, you get something as simultaneously unique and familiar as Liquid Rhythm, a drum-programming plug-in/standalon...
Rob Papen Punch-BD Review at AskAudioMag
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Rob Papen Punch-BD Review at AskAudioMag

We dare you to play a Rob Papen synth and not be inspired! Noah Pred puts Punch-BD virtual drum synth through its paces and finds it punches above its weight in our in-depth review.     With the abundance of marketing hype...
Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Rekkerd.Org
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Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Rekkerd.Org

Cableguys has just launched version 4 of its VolumeShaper effect plug-in for Windows and MacVolumeShaper is a plugin for shaping and automating the levels of any audio signal.     From sidechain compression effects to extr...
Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Music Radar
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Cableguys VolumeShaper 4 Review at Music Radar

The latest release from German developer Cableguys is an LFO-driven volume modulation plugin that improves upon its v3 predecessor with multiband functionality, a simple spectrogram, online preset library, more preset waveshapes and a redesigne...
Bitwig Studio Review at Music Radar
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Bitwig Studio Review at Music Radar

We can't remember the last time a music application generated the level of pre-release buzz that Bitwig Studio has - a major factor, of course, being its extraordinarily lengthy beta testing period.   It was first broug...
Bitwig Studio Review at Resident Advisor
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Bitwig Studio Review at Resident Advisor

It's hard to believe that it's been over two years since Bitwig Studio was originally announced. The development team was rumored to include more than one former Ableton programmer, and Bitwig appeared to improve on many of the core con...
Bitwig Studio Review at MusicTech
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Bitwig Studio Review at MusicTech

Bitwig Studio Review – A Bit Good?   Brand new DAWs don’t come along every day and we’ve been waiting for this one for what seems like years. Liam O’Mullane gets hands on with Bitwig Studio…  ...

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Fred Everything Studio Tour

We present this behind the scenes look at DJ Fred Everything's studio hideaway in San Francisco! Fred shows us round his enviable collection of hardware vintage synths and processors, which were used in the making of his Deep Analogue House s...
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Point Blank School Open In Los Angeles

Point Blank Music School is now open in Los Angeles! Set in Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake and headed up by Jesse Rogg (Banks, Sam Sparrow, Sky Ferreira), the venue has hosted Oscar after-parties, fashion and photography shoots. Now you can...
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D16 Group 30% off Christmas Sale

Christmas has come early at Plugin Boutique. All D16 plugins, including the Silverline and Classic Boxes Collection are currently 30% off until 2nd January.   This Deal Inlcudes:   LuSH-101 LuSH-101 is a synthesizer cre...
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DnB Skyline Review at Computer Music

13 atmospheric DnB project for Ableton live and NI Maschine, each with its own 16 sound-sound Group or Drum Rack, comprising drums, basses, chords, pads, FX and more. You also get five extra kits (drum loops, basses and FX), and 38 Simpler prese...
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Top 100 DJs Signature Sounds Massive Presets Vol.3 Review at Computer Music

"Inspired by the latest DJ Mag Top 100 DJs and Producers poll", this bank of 100 patches for NI Massive is packed with great tones and makes good use of the synth’s Macros. We could happily forgo the unnecessary demo samples for a tenner o...
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Arturia Release V Collection 4 + Matrix - 12 v + Solina V

  Arturia’s V Collection 4.0 goes beyond just imitating the original instruments. They have gone the extra mile and added a number of features, not found on the originals, designed to expand on the original instruments character that is so ...
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Loopmasters My Digital Enemy Presets: Back To The Old School Review at ComputerMusic

Vintage house, techno and rave are the subjects of this impressively authentic collection of loops, hits and multis. That authenticity extends to the programming simplicity, digital crunch and general anarchy of said genres, from bouncy 909-base...
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Loopmasters Presents: Robert Owens - The Voice of House Music Review at ComputerMusic

The veteren house vocalist presents 780MB of his own sung and spoken lyrical stylings, divided into two folders: Phrases and Stems. Phrases contains 75 short phrases in 14 themed packs, while Stems consists of eight song construction kits. Owens...
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Samplephonics Kruisemode: Liquid RnB Review at ComputerMusic

950MB of highly stylised loops and one-shots by producer Jon Mackey, spanning Rnb, hip-hop, house, chillout and more. The 252 loops make for quite an erratic smorgasbord, both in content and quality, veering from fairly uninspiring basslines and...
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Minimal Techno Reason Combinator Presets Review at ReasonExpert

Loopmasters have just released Patchworx 57 – Minimal Techno for Reason. A collection of combinator driven synth patches and kong patches, made exclusively for Loopmasters by our very own Dan Weatherall. We picked up a copy to review. &#...
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Loopmasters Robert Owen The Voice Of House Music Review at Music Tech

Chances are if you’ve listened to house music then you will have heard Robert Owens soulful voice and velvet speaking tones, most famously on the classic Can You Feel it. This pack is divided into two halves, with eight full song idea...
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Samplephonics Kruisemode Liquid RnB Review at Music Tech

Much like the way future garage gave regular garage music a deeper and more electronic edge, liquid RnB takes the sexy sounds of RnB and infuses them with harder trap beats, organic throbbing synth chords and wonky percussion. This pack contains...
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Loopmasters Neurodriver Elemental Techno Review at MusicTech

Head of Broken Robot Records and excellent techno producer Neurodriver presents this new pack covering all the production aspects needed for deep and engaging techno / tech-funk composition work. Available as single samples, loops or instruments...
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Loopmasters presents Dub and reggae Sound Station Review at MusicTech

Dub and reggae has long been an influence on electronic music. Listen to examples from any current genre and you’ll find elements of syncopated rhythms, dub delays, dub FX and deep, heavy bass. New Level Sound Station has nailed many of th...
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Loopmasters Robotica Review at SoundBytesMag.net

This sample pack pays homage and trips back to the days of late 70’s and 80’s when electronic toy instruments rule the world. Think Speak & Spell, Word Buddy, Apple I & II sounds and those 8-bit lo-fi drum machines of yestery...

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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...