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Syntorial Review at Electronic Music Magazine
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Syntorial Review at Electronic Music Magazine

"Syntorial is the most direct route between hearing a sound in your head and knowing how to bring it to life. Lesson-by-lesson, module-by-module, Syntorial shows you almost everything that synths can do without getting bogged down in theor...
Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab Review at Mixmag
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Audio Raiders Sasha Soundlab Review at Mixmag

Prolific isn’t exactly the word to describe Sasha. The house deity’s studio output is sparing, to say the least. So AudioRaider’s Sasha Soundlab collection is a valuable sneak peak into his sound collection. It has 4,000 sound...
Dope VST Bass Engine Review at Music Tech Mag
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Dope VST Bass Engine Review at Music Tech Mag

Bass Engine:   Sometimes only a fat bass will do. Hollin Jones gets funky with this hip-hop-based synth plug-in...   DopeVST is a relative newcomer to the software development scene, and Bass Engine is just its second ...
Applied Acoustic Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Music Radar
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Applied Acoustic Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Music Radar

The Americanism "stick-to-itiveness" describes a dogged perseverance, a single-minded dedication to a specific idea. It's a term that could be applied to Applied Acoustic Systems. Its tireless fealty to physical modeling synth...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Sound On Sound

I first I heard the sounds of this new Kontakt instrument on a BBC Radio 4 documentary, surprisingly enough. My ears pricked up at the eerie tones captured from incredibly long stretches of fencing wire that criss-cross Australia. These rem...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Sound On Sound

The original slab of Konkrete earned a five star review in SOS in September 2006. Back then, it snarled like an attitude-laden adolescent, its distinctive samples formed into 24 scratchy, glitchy, twitchy drum kits. Control was minimal but this...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Resident Advisor
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Resident Advisor

If you were making electronic music half a decade ago, there's a good chance you're familiar with the Konkrete drum sample libraries from Soniccouture. The first installment was released in 2006 as part of their successful Abstrakt seri...
Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Music Radar
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Soniccouture Konkrete 3 Review at Music Radar

If you like kits full of bleeps, clangs, swishes, whoops and things on the mangled side, alongside more conventional drum sounds, Konkrete 3 is for you.   It's organised to operate within Kontakt or Maschine hosts but, aside fr...
Waves RS56 Review at Music Radar
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Waves RS56 Review at Music Radar

EMI's RS56 UTC (Universal Tone Control) EQ first appeared in 1951. Nicknamed "the Curvebender", it was their attempt at a Pultec- style passive EQ. Initially a mono unit, followed later by a stereo sibling, it offered three bands ...
Arturia V Collection Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Arturia V Collection Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Arturia's hardware and software synths are well respected amongst professionals and used in studios world-wide. Mo Volans dives into their V-Collection to discover if it is every synth lovers dream.     I’ve alwa...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Resident Advisor
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Resident Advisor

If you've followed the works of the sample library gurus at London's Soniccouture, you know that many of their releases have an adventurous or experimental tilt to them. Rather than simply recreating traditional instruments, they tend t...
Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Music Radar
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Soniccouture Geosonics Review at Music Radar

You may not know Chris Watson's name but you'll have heard his work. As a field recordist, he's the man who has been trusted to capture natural sound to accompany the images of David Attenborough's Frozen Planet and The Life Of ...
Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Sound On Sound
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Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Sound On Sound

As you'll have gathered from the name, the instruments in Soniccouture's latest offering derive their sound from the resonant properties of glass. Two come from the private collection of French musician Thomas Bloch, the third was lovin...
Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Rekkerd.org
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Soniccouture Glass Works Review at Rekkerd.org

Sample libraries have become quite a commonplace. Every other day you see new titles popping up in various genres and formats, many of which seem to be almost copies of one another. If you are looking for drum machine sounds or Fidget House...
Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 Review at Music Radar
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Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 Review at Music Radar

In 1997, Antares unleashed Auto-Tune on an unsuspecting world, dropping a bomb the reverberations of which can still be heard today.   Cher's Believe made it famous (there was genuine debate as to how the effect had been achiev...
Arturia Vox Continental V Review at MusicRadar
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Arturia Vox Continental V Review at MusicRadar

Intended as a road-friendly alternative to the massive tonewheel instruments that preceded it, the Vox Continental organ was a lean, mean machine. Its thin, piercing tone was much in-demand by the garage and psychedelic bands of the 60s, en...
Soniccouture The Attic Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Soniccouture The Attic Review at Computer Music Magazine

This curious Kontakt collection aims to (re)acquaint you with some lesser-known, overlooked and hard-to-find analogue instruments   Sampling sartorialists Sonic Couture produce a broad range of high-quality sample packs in various ...
Eisenberg Einklang Review at Computer Music Magazine
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Eisenberg Einklang Review at Computer Music Magazine

Can a new and unusual approach to synthesis be easily learned? Eisenberg think so, and their new synth aims to prove it    For all our kvetching over the years about the constant stream of predictable emulative synthesisers ma...
MusicRadar Review: Auganizer
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MusicRadar Review: Auganizer

Mac users with lots of AudioUnit plugins may find trawling through huge lists to find one specific processor a bit tedious. Up until now you've not been able to alter the way AudioUnits are organised. Auganizer plans to change all this and ...
Slate Digital Trigger 2 Platinum Review at MusicRadar
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Slate Digital Trigger 2 Platinum Review at MusicRadar

Slate Digital's original Trigger plugin already represented the state of the art, enabling a high degree of accuracy in triggering samples from recorded drum tracks - a common studio technique used to embolden the sound of acoustic drum...
Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 Review at Everything Recording
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Antares Auto-Tune EFX 3 Review at Everything Recording

No need to introduce this one. This product has made its way into pop culture nomenclature and has been responsible for more television reality stars’ music careers than just about any network executive. You’ve guessed it, we’...
FabFilter Pro-MB Review at Everything Recording
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FabFilter Pro-MB Review at Everything Recording

A lot of big Plugin manufacturers are really starting to take the reigns of multiband dynamics. Last review we took a look at HOFA IQ-EQ, which incorporated multiband dynamics, so why not keep the ball rolling with FabFilter’s latest crea...
iZotope Nectar Elements Review at Music Radar
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iZotope Nectar Elements Review at Music Radar

A cut-down version of iZotope's Nectar vocal processing plugin, Nectar Elements is aimed at the 'home' user (ie, non-technical singer-songwriters, video producers, podcasters, etc) looking to get their recorded vocals sounding great...
AudioSpillage DrumSpillage 2 review at MusicRadar
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AudioSpillage DrumSpillage 2 review at MusicRadar

Like its predecessor, DrumSpillage 2 is an Audio Units plugin for Mac with a focus on electronic percussion, both retro-styled and contemporary. MusicRadar Rating 4 / 5 stars   Pros - Superb sound. Membrane model is a ...
Plugin Boutique Big Kick Review at Sound on Sound
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Plugin Boutique Big Kick Review at Sound on Sound

Big Kick is one of those specialist plug-ins that, as soon as you install it, makes you wonder how you ever managed without. It doesn't do much - just kick drums, that's it - but it does them easily, quickly and without fuss. As usual w...
Slate Digital Virtual Bus Compressors Review at Sound on Sound
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Slate Digital Virtual Bus Compressors Review at Sound on Sound

Mix-bus compression is a double-edged sword. Used properly, it can deliver additional loudness, and help to tackle problems commonly associated with mixing in DAWs, applying coherence and 'glue' — yet it can just as easily ruin yo...
Slate Digital Virtual Bus Compressors Review at Music Radar
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Slate Digital Virtual Bus Compressors Review at Music Radar

Slate Digital has built an enviable reputation for emulating analogue staples in various categories, so its latest venture - Virtual Buss Compressors - is certainly a logical next step. Pros Excellent analogue sound. Full ...
Sinevibes - Hexonator Review at Computer Music
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Sinevibes - Hexonator Review at Computer Music

The latest plugin from Ukranian developer Sinevibes, Hexonator is an AU effect plugin for Mac that generates 'chordal' harmonic content from whatever arrives at its input.   It does this by analysing the incoming audio sign...
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 Review at Computer Music
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XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 Review at Computer Music

Eight years ago, Addictive drums first hit our hard drives, and it's testament to the quality of XLN Audio's debut release that it's managed to stay relevant for so long without any kind of overhaul - until now. The good news is tha...
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 Review at Ask Audio Magazine

Several years ago, I was invited to join a beta test team of a new company, XLN Audio, to test their new virtual instrument named Addictive Drums, which could be used either as a plug-in or as a standalone. Right away I knew that this woul...

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