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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 Ukrainian 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 signal, then ampli...
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...
AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Future Music
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AAS Ultra Analog VA-2 Review at Future Music

Seven years after the original, Applied Acoustics Systems have released Ultra Analog VA-2. Build up from their much lauded physical modelling technology, the revised edition boasts a huge offering of custom presets housed within a clean, compac...
Sinevibes - Hexonator Review at Resident Advisor
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Sinevibes - Hexonator Review at Resident Advisor

Since 2006, Sinevibes have built up a reputation for innovative products that explore fresh sonic territories. The company's plug-ins are distinguished by their clean, stylish interfaces, extremely reasonable pricing and by the fact that th...
Rob Papen Blue II Review at Resident Advisor
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Rob Papen Blue II Review at Resident Advisor

Rob Papen's products display the thorough technical understanding of the man himself. Having worked on presets for seminal instruments like the Access Virus and Alesis Andromeda in addition to effects, synths, drum machines and even instruc...
Magic AB review at MusicTech magazine
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Magic AB review at MusicTech magazine

Although referencing other material is a great way to improve your mixing skills, it can be incredibly fiddly to manage flicking between audio tracks, especially if you've got any processing on the master bus.   In steps Magic ...
Magic AB review at Sound on Sound
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Magic AB review at Sound on Sound

We’ve often extolled the virtues of referencing your mixes against commercial tracks in the pages of SOS. The act of referencing, commonly known as A/Bing, refreshes your ears and, if done quickly, can help reveal flaws in your own mix. F...
Magic AB review at Resident Advisor
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Magic AB review at Resident Advisor

Sample Magic produce an impressive array of sample packs, MIDI files and synth patches, alongside various tutorial books and apps. They even run production courses. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that Magic AB is their first plug-in....
WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm Review at Sound on Sound
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WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm Review at Sound on Sound

Founded in 2010, WaveDNA are a Canadian company whose first product is Liquid Rhythm. Designed to generate drum patterns or complete rhythm tracks in MIDI format, Liquid Rhythm is a dense package of unfamiliar terminology, colour-coding and hie...
Celemony Melodyne Editor Review at Music Radar
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Celemony Melodyne Editor Review at Music Radar

There may be some of you already familiar with Melodyne. For the uninitiated, it's a piece of software capable of extremely high quality pitch and time manipulation, fantastic for seamlessly tuning vocals or speeding up a track while re...
Celemony Melodyne Editor Review at Music Tech Magazine
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Celemony Melodyne Editor Review at Music Tech Magazine

When Celemony unveiled its revolutionary DNA correction technology back in 2009 it would be fair to say that the ‘Holy Grail’ of pitch correction had finally been achieved. Unlike other pitch- and time-based correction systems, Cele...
Sugar Bytes Egoist review at EDMPROD
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Sugar Bytes Egoist review at EDMPROD

A while back I had the opportunity to review the second edition of Sugar Byte’s renowned WOW Filter (named WOW2 Filterbox). I was highly impressed by the attention to detail given in to all aspects of the plugin, from its design to user e...
Plugin Boutique BigKick review at Music Radar
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Plugin Boutique BigKick review at Music Radar

Plugin Boutique is an online shop selling plugins and applications by a broad range of developers, and BigKick (developed by Credland Audio) is the first release of their own.   MusicRadar Rating 4.5 / 5 stars   Pr...
DopeVST Bass Engine review at DJ Mag
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DopeVST Bass Engine review at DJ Mag

Like DopeVST'S first release Beat Machine, a plug-in dedicated to hip-hop drums, the concept behind Bass Engine is simple - a collection of three decades of hip-hop bass.   The blurb that accompanies the sale of the Bass Engine...
Arturia Spark 2 Review at Create Digital Music
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Arturia Spark 2 Review at Create Digital Music

For all the wonders of the hardware drum machine, there’s nothing quite like the flexibility of the software drum machine. More than mere groove-makers, beneath the conventional and familiar drum machine paradigm lies some real potential ...
FabFilter Volcano 2 Review at Music Radar
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FabFilter Volcano 2 Review at Music Radar

Exciting filter plug-ins don't come along that often, but Volcano 2 is one of the most inspirational effects we've used in a long time. MusicRadar Rating 4.5 / 5 stars   Pros - Sounds gorgeous. Attractive,...
FabFilter Saturn Review at Music Radar
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FabFilter Saturn Review at Music Radar

Saturn is a multiband saturation and distortion unit with the Fab's famously flexible modulation routing system onboard, and the sort of well-designed, visually assistive interface that we've come to expect from the designers of Pro-Q, ...
FabFilter Pro-G Review at Music Radar
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FabFilter Pro-G Review at Music Radar

FabFilter has expanded it 'Pro' range of mixing plug-ins with Pro-G, a feature-packed VST/AU/RTAS noise gate/expander. The interface is in line with FabFilter's other Pro-series plug-ins, with undo/redo, pop-up help balloons, well-c...
FabFilter Timeless 2 Review at Music Radar
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FabFilter Timeless 2 Review at Music Radar

Everything that earned Timeless high marks back then is still in place. The effect remains a cross-platform VST, AU and RTAS plug-in, and FabFilter even offers a PC VST3 version. It's a downloadable product with non-intrusive keyfile copy p...
Plugin Boutique BigKick review at Music Tech magazine
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Plugin Boutique BigKick review at Music Tech magazine

The kick drum is at the heart of many kinds of music, and Plugin Boutique can help you get it just right. There are a fair few software drum modules on the market but very few of them actually focus entirely on one kind of drum sound, optin...
Acou6tics review at Music Tech magazine
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Acou6tics review at Music Tech magazine

Acoutic guitars have always been to do to in software, but could Vir2 have cracked it?     Some instruments have always been tricky to recreate convicingly digitally, usually the ones furthest removed in playing style from...
WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm review at Attack Magazine
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WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm review at Attack Magazine

The latest update to WaveDNA’s unique beat programming software introduces a number of attractive new options. Greg Scarth explores version 1.4.   WaveDNA’s Liquid Rhythm offers a unique approach to drum programming. Ve...

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