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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 ...
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Audio News Room
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FabFilter Pro-Q 2 Review at Audio News Room

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 review: an all-in-one surgical tool Equalization is one of the most important elements of treating sound – for mix and for effect. Any engineer or producer worth his salt will want a variety of hard and soft EQs...
Waves dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter review at Ask Audio Mag
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Waves dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter review at Ask Audio Mag

Looking for a tight, fast, VCA compressor, with a vintage character, a proven track record, and a punch sound? Joe Albano finds out if Waves dbx 160 hits the heights of its hardware counterpart.   In the world of analog “char...
Kirnu Interactive Cream review at MusicRadar
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Kirnu Interactive Cream review at MusicRadar

It would appear that the death of the MIDI effect has been greatly exaggerated. We've only just wrapped up our Xfer Records Cthulhu review and along comes Cream, a super-charged version of Kirnu 1, Arto Vaarala's awesome donationware ar...
Kirnu Interactive Cream review at rekkerd.org
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Kirnu Interactive Cream review at rekkerd.org

I don’t normally use arpeggiators much. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t really need them for producing my music. That said, I do enjoy happy accidents and I like drawing inspiration from things I would normally ...
Kirnu Cream Review at Synthopia
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Kirnu Cream Review at Synthopia

Kirnu has announced version 1.0 of Cream, a powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac. Here’s what they have to say about Cream: With Cream it’s very easy to create catching lead parts, bouncing bass lines, s...
UVI Retro Organs Review at Sounds and Gear
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UVI Retro Organs Review at Sounds and Gear

It’s been a while since I reviewed something from UVI Soundsource, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been using their products. Truth is, 8 out of 10 times something from this company makes it into my music, I dig em….no ...
Kirnu Cream Review at Delamar
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Kirnu Cream Review at Delamar

The graphical user interface is designed clearly despite the many gathered on knobs and dials, also thanks to adequate and well-chosen font sizes contrasts. Here the good man Flavours of Lime, who has equipped many other plugins with successful...
MeterPlugs Perception Review at Sound on Sound.
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at Sound on Sound.

MeterPlugs Perception Loudness-matching Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows An innovative new plug‑in makes it easy to tell when louder isn't better! Hugh Robjohns Ian Shepherd is a mastering engineer based near Cambridge, UK, a...
MeterPlugs K-Meter Review at Sound on Sound.
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MeterPlugs K-Meter Review at Sound on Sound.

MeterPlugs Meter Metering Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows An oft–overlooked advantage of analogue working methods is sensible metering. MeterPlugs’ K–Meter brings the same approach to your DAW. Hugh Robjohns The...
MeterPlugs Perception Review at MusicTech.
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at MusicTech.

Meterplugs Perception – Reviews Meterplugs and Ian Shepherd are hoping to change the way we listen. Mike Hillier brings a keen ear. Perception is the result of a collaboration between mastering engineer Ian Shepherd and Meterplu...
MeterPlugs Perception Review at AudioMediaInternational
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MeterPlugs Perception Review at AudioMediaInternational

Review: Meterplugs Perception The new tool designed by mastering engineers for mastering engineers has Alan Branch all ears. Every now and again a new plug-in comes along that makes you think ‘How did I work without this?&rsqu...
MeterPlugs LCAST Loudness Meter Review at Ask Audio Mag.
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MeterPlugs LCAST Loudness Meter Review at Ask Audio Mag.

Review: MeterPlugs L-Cast Loudness Meter So, you want your tracks louder, fatter, beefier? Well, maybe not all the above—but if you're looking for a loudness meter, MeterPlugs' L-Cast is under the microscope in this review by...
Arturia VOX Continental V Review at producerspot.com
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Arturia VOX Continental V Review at producerspot.com

The VOX Continental V is the last faithful reproduction of the classic sound of the famous Vox Continental 300 synthesizer. This organ was used for the recording of some of the most famous songs of bands of the 60 ‘, 70′, 80 ‘...
Ozone 6 Advanced review at Producer Spot
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Ozone 6 Advanced review at Producer Spot

Review: iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced 2015 has definitely started, and it just couldn’t start better! After some days off, I got back to the studio and spent some quality time with iZotope Ozone 6 Advanced, and if you don’t have a...
Wave Alchemy Revolution 606 Review at Audio News Room
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Wave Alchemy Revolution 606 Review at Audio News Room

Wave Alchemy established a strong precedent with their Transistor Revolution MkII Kontakt instrument. It’s my go-to sample-based instrument for 808 and 909 sounds that approach (and in some cases exceed) the warmth of the real deal. They&...
UVI Sparkverb review at MusicRadar
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UVI Sparkverb review at MusicRadar

If you regularly find yourself wanting to venture beyond the conventional sounds of your average algorithmic reverb and the realistic spaces offered by impulse-based convolution 'verbs, then SparkVerb could be just the ticket. MusicRada...

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