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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...
Future Audio Workshop Circle Review at Music Radar
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Future Audio Workshop Circle Review at Music Radar

A cleverly-designed interface makes Circle the power synth that anyone can use. Let's face it: modular synthesizers can be intimidating. The most mind-boggling of them offer multiple windows, graphical programming languages and virtual ...
Future Audio Workshop Circle Review at Sound on Sound
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Future Audio Workshop Circle Review at Sound on Sound

Future Audio Workshop's debut soft synth offers versatile modulation possibilities, via an interface designed to be highly intuitive. With so many software synths out there, it must be a challenge for manufacturers to come up with fresh...
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 ...

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Kele Le Roc Vocal Acapellas Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

Kele Le Roc is a one of a kind vocalist. The MOBO award winning artist has worked with Basement Jaxx, Coolio, Courtney Pine to name but a few and has got together with Push Button Bang, so she can work with you too! One thing you will notice ...
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Sliced Tech House Vox Review at DaveRaveLakeside.Blogspot

Needing some catchy Tech House Vocal hooks in your tracks? Delectable Records have been inundated with requests for Tech House Vocal Samples and how could they refuse!  With great excitement Delectable Records proudly present Sliced Tech...
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Urban Cookbook Vol. 3 Review at MusicRadar

The ‘Baby opens up another Goldmine of full-Phat drum hits, chords, fx, layers (transient's, reverb, vinyl noise, etc) and more, aimed at producers of Hip-Hop and dance music of all kinds. Your meagre outlay gets you over 3000 samples, and...
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Thermionic Solid State Drums Review at Computer Music Magazine

NZ’s king of phat returns with another luscious library. Within are (5000+) WAVS, plus patches for Maschine, Battery, Geist, EXS24 and Reason. 11 analogue drum machines and six synths (the lineup features the Tempest, Prophet-12, MS-20. an...
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DFS Blue Review at Computer Music Magazine

Goldbaby''s new scripted Kontakt 5 instrument (EX24 version is also included) captures classic synthesizers including the PPG Wave 2.2, Ensoniq SQ80 and DSI Prophet 12. Covering the full gamut of synth sounds (mono basses and leads, poly pads an...
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Dirt and Layers Review at Computer Music Magazine

Just shy of 1GB of digital, tape and vinyl noise samples, drum and enhancement layers and general ambience effects. Everything here is imminently useful for bringing a touch of retrofication or grit to individual sounds and mixers, but the singl...
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DnB Skyline Review at SoundBytesMag.net

DnB Skyline is a sample pack by Niche Audio that focuses on the hard-hitting sound of electronic music. This is a fresh take on the drum and bass sub-genre that has been thriving for decades. This pack is delivered into three different formats o...
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Banshee: Cory Friesenhan Vocal Session 2 Review at SoundBytesMag.net

Black Octopus Vocal Sessions Vol. 2 is a sequel sample library performed by Cory Friesenhan.  This vocal pack is aimed at electronic, pop and EDM producers alike who are looking to complete their productions with voice samples. Expect to fi...
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Epic Film Score & Breakbeat Science Review at SoundBytesMag.net

Glen Nichols AKA Future Funk Squad has tackled some of the crushing remixing duties known to DJs and producers. He has quite made a name for himself remixing tracks for Nine Inch Nails, Stanton Warriors, The Prodigy and more. The list is impress...
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Minimal Techno Revolution 4 Review at SoundBytesMag.net

Oliver Schmitt is a man on mission. He has crafted yet another sample pack for the Minimal Techno Series. As the name suggests, this is the fourth volume and like its predecessors, it is geared mostly for writing techno, EDM and electronica musi...
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Audionamix Vocal Volume Control Tutorial

At Audionamix, we pride ourselves in being a company that provide creative solutions for complex audio problems. For many years we've delivered our unique brand of audio source separation services for major projects in the entertainment indus...
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Plugin Boutique Welcome Audionamix: 30% Off Exclusive Sale!

  Plugin Boutique are happy to welcome Audionamix to their list of amazing manufacturers, and to celebrate they are offering 30% off all ADX's award winning plugins in a limited exclusive sale!   ABOUT ADX TECHNOLOGY ...
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Sample Diggers Hybrid Science Sample Pack Overview - With Danny Modular

  Danny Modular from Sample Diggers presents a detailed look at the new Hybrid Science sample pack, specifically looking at the Ableton live pack to illustrate the breadth and depth of this pack, and its integral custom racks. Abou...
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Carl Cox Collective - My Life In Music - OUT NOW

  One of Loopmasters proudest moments to date has arrived as we can finally announce to the world a collaboration with the most charming DJ in the business, a musical ambassador, a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance ...
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James Wiltshire Of The Freemasons Talks About His Label - F9 Audio

  James Wiltshire the studio half of Grammy nominated remix and production team the Freemasons, introduces his new sample label F9 Audio and talks about his career in music.   He introduces some of the products yet to be relea...

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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...