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BFD Oblivion Review at MusicRadar
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BFD Oblivion Review at MusicRadar

Clicky kick drums and throaty snares are the order of the day with this metal-orientated expansion for BFD 2/3/Eco. The kit is a Mapex Orion five-piece with two snares (brass and jarrah, with snares on/off and optional Moongel damping on the Ma...
Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor Review at Music Tech
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Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor Review at Music Tech

Waves is starting to produce a few more ‘one-dial’ plug-ins these days, and following on the heels of the OneKnob series is the NS1 Noise Suppressor. It’s an automatic noise suppression processor that is meant for use on any s...
Audiothing Frostbite review at Bedroom Producers Blog
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Audiothing Frostbite review at Bedroom Producers Blog

Dublin based sound design lab and developer AudioThing has released Frostbite, a multi-effect plugin with ring modulation, feedback and freeze modules, offering six different routing configurations for each, alphabetized A through F. It’s...
Metric Halo Production Bundle Review at Resoundsound
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Metric Halo Production Bundle Review at Resoundsound

Metric Halo are known for their very respected high end audio interfaces. I must admit that before they hit me up I didn’t even know they make plugins as well. Therefore it was quite interesting for me to investigate how their experi...
Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at AskAudio Magazine
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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ Review at AskAudio Magazine

Plugin Boutique have unleashed a faithful recreation of Casio's beloved CZ synth series, employing the original's unique Phase Distortion architecture to provide distinctive sounds through a compact GUI. Reviving this arcane synthesis t...
AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at Music Radar
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AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at Music Radar

AIR Music Technology The Riser Though aimed squarely at dance music producers looking to conjure up epic riser effects quickly and easily, the interface of AIR's new synth plugin (VST/AU/AAX) appears largely inscrutable at first glance....
AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at DJWORX
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AIR Music Technology The Riser Review at DJWORX

WHAT IS THE RISER? AIR refers to it as a “synth-based transition designer”, but the name “Riser” really tells you everything you need to know. It’s an instrument designed and marketed with one purpose in mind: ...
AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at Harmony Central
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AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at Harmony Central

Xpand is a softsynth that has been around in various forms for a while now. Originally created as a bundled plugin for Pro Tools 7 back in 2006 and later improved, expanded and renamed Xpand!2, it has proven to be a very popular plugin, but has...
AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Xpand!2 Review at SoundBytes Magazine

What is Xpand!2 all about? In a nutshell, it is a four-part multitimbral workstation. Unlike Hybrid 3, this isn’t a synthesizer plugin in which you have a multitude of controls, giving you access to some complex sound design. What it does...
AIR Music Technology Vacuum Pro Review at Attack Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Vacuum Pro Review at Attack Magazine

AIR Vacuum Pro AIR Music Technology’s reputation as a producer of high quality effects and virtual instruments stems from their early work providing the core of the stock plugins in Pro Tools. As they branch out with their own range o...
AIR Music Technology Loom Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Loom Review at SoundBytes Magazine

Additive synths have been around for a few years, and there are some notably cool instruments in this category.  These include Alchemy (let’s please have a moment of silence in sympathy for all Alchemy fans who use PCs), NI’s R...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at SoundBytes Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at SoundBytes Magazine

AIR Music Technology is a German music software company that started out under the name of Wizoo Sound Design. They’re a member of inMusic Brands, which is a family of companies that includes some big names in the music industry. Some of ...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at AskAudio Magazine
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at AskAudio Magazine

These days, you’ve got to have your product locked down tight if you’re planning on doing a bread and butter synth that even hopes to compete with reigning champions like Massive, Rob Papen’s line and the reFX synths. Even fre...
AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at Bedroom Producers Blog
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AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 Review at Bedroom Producers Blog

AIR Music Technology Hybrid 3 For many years, AIR Music Technology (once known as Wizoo) has supplied factory instruments and effects for Avid’s Pro-Tools industry standard DAW, but now that their innovative product line has become av...
Acon Digital Equalize Review at Music Radar
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Acon Digital Equalize Review at Music Radar

Acon Digital Equalize Competition in the parametric equaliser plugin market has never been tougher, with current alpha dogs FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and DMG Audio EQuilibrium looking practically unassailable thanks to their sophisticated arrays of...
Circle2 Review at Blog.Dubspot.com
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Circle2 Review at Blog.Dubspot.com

In this VST plugin review, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the new Circle² semi-modular software synthesizer by Future Audio Workshop. Get an in-depth look at the new features that make this powerful, modern software synthesizer a...
Kush Audio Electra DSP Review at MusicRadar
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Kush Audio Electra DSP Review at MusicRadar

The last EQ plugin released by Kush Audio was Clariphonic DSP, which impressed us despite being limited to only two shelves, facilitating boosting only (no cutting), and sporting just a handful of fixed frequencies to choose from. Kush'...
Sinevibes Drift Review at MusicRadar
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Sinevibes Drift Review at MusicRadar

We're big fans of Sinevibes plugins. They're sometimes excellent, always very affordable, often a little bit quirky, and usually useful and fun. The Ukrainian developer has indulged in a few overly esoteric excursions of late, though, a...
Xfer Records Serum Review at MusicRadar
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Xfer Records Serum Review at MusicRadar

After three years in development, Xfer Records has at last released its eagerly awaited wavetable synthesiser, and a quick glance at the feature list makes it apparent that Serum (VST/AU/AAX) represents an earnest attempt to produce nothing les...
Xfer Records Serum Review at emusician
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Xfer Records Serum Review at emusician

Wavetable synthesis isn’t a new concept: In the ’70s, synthesizers such as Wolfgang Palm’s PPG used digitally stored waveforms as lookup tables. With the capability of sweeping through the tables to produce animated sounds, yo...
Xfer Records Serum Review at AskAudioMag
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Xfer Records Serum Review at AskAudioMag

For those who aren’t already primed in the wonders of wavetable synthesis, in place of generating sound using cycles of a single waveform like subtractive and FM synthesizers do for each oscillator, a set of waveforms are available instea...
Xfer Records Nerve Review at MusicRadar
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Xfer Records Nerve Review at MusicRadar

Following on from the success of last year's Deadmau5 sample pack, Xfer Records has launched into the software world proper with Nerve, a drum machine with a powerful effects section and sequencer, up to eight stereo outputs and, refreshing...
Circle2 Review at Resident Advisor
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Circle2 Review at Resident Advisor

When the Irish music software firm Future Audio Workshop revealed their seminal virtual instrument Circle in 2008, it stood out for a number of reasons. Perhaps top on that list was the fresh and innovative UI, which bucked the skeuomorphic tre...
Sinevibes Fraction Review at ProducerTech.me
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Sinevibes Fraction Review at ProducerTech.me

Select, slice, repeat, effect. That’s the basic process behind the ever popular repeat effect. It’s an effect that’s used in fills, in vocals, in leads, almost everywhere. It’s become popular across a huge range of genre...
UVI Tines Antology Review at SoundsAndGear.com
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UVI Tines Antology Review at SoundsAndGear.com

Yep, ANOTHER one! What can I say? I love EPs man! This one is from UVI, who have made some of my favorite EP libraries in the past. Tines Anthology is a collection of 8 EPs, so let’s peep it! How Does It Sound? It’s an E...
UVI Tines Anthology Review at HarmonyCentral.com
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UVI Tines Anthology Review at HarmonyCentral.com

The silky, warm sound of the electric piano has been a mainstay of all genres of music for fifty years now, and it’s no less relevant today than it was when it first hit the scene. While many  great electric pianos have come and gone...
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...

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