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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...
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...
Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at EMusician
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Garritan Instant Orchestra Review at EMusician

Creating orchestral cues can be a time-consuming task. Even with templates loaded into your DAW or scoring program, it still takes time just to get a sound out of the machine. Such deliberation is tolerable when working without a pressing deadl...
Samplephonics Dirty Modular review at MusicRadar
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Samplephonics Dirty Modular review at MusicRadar

Samplephonics Dirty Modular We're constantly amazed by the feats of instrument design that developers manage to pull off using interface scripting in Kontakt, but Dirty Modular raises the bar - in terms of ambition, at least.  ...
iZotope Stutter Edit Review at Sound on Sound
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iZotope Stutter Edit Review at Sound on Sound

Izotope have teamed up with electronic composer BT to bring us an effects processor that can be 'played' in real time.   Izotope have given the world plenty of top‑notch signal processing tools over the years, including Ozo...
Camel Audio - CamelSpace Review at Attack Magazine
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Camel Audio - CamelSpace Review at Attack Magazine

Swiss-army-knife multi-effect that creates myriad complex and inspiring rhythmic textures. CamelSpace takes any sound you throw at it – pad, synth line or drum loop – and generates an array of dynamically-evolving, gated rhythmi...
Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Ask Audio Magazine
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Sugar Bytes Egoist Review at Ask Audio Magazine

A sample slicer, TB-303 emulation, drum module, and effects sequencer... all in one plug-in! Egoist packs a lot of functionality and does it in true Sugar Bytes style as Darren Burgos discovers. Sugar Bytes’ latest virtual instrument ...
Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda Review at Sound On Sound
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Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda Review at Sound On Sound

Every dog, so the saying goes, has its day. It's also true for keyboards. We all know apocryphal stories of Mellotrons that ended up in skips and ARP Odysseys advertised as 'free to a good home' in the 1980s, but look what they'...
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 ...

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