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If you share these interests, you’ve come to the right place for gear reviews, developer interviews, tips and techniques and other music related articles. But first and foremost, SoundBytes is about “gear” in the form of music and audio processing software. .


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A Peek at the July Issue:


Abletonalies July. 2015

All your need – Tools and sounds.
More… Alex Arsov

Music for Tablets – July

Gentlemen (and ladies), start your iPads.
More… Warren Burt

Chromatix from Hideaway Studio

The Rhodes Chroma arises from the ashes.
More… David Baer

Writings in Music Theory by James Tenney

Essential writings from a computer music pioneer.
More… Warren Burt

Review – Iris 2 by iZotope

Easy to use and very powerful at the same time.
More… Rob Mitchell

Essentials – Back to Music.

Enough tweaking already. Just set it and forget it!
More… Alex Arsov


Review - CineBrass COMPLETE Bundle

Our reviewer says that the CineBrass Bundle is the best multi-mic brass library with which he’s ever worked in terms of ease-of-use, and it’s got a lot going for it sound-wise as well.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (07-2015)

Review - Gravity by Heavyocity

Heavyocity set a new cinematic standard with Gravity. Does anyone know how big impact all those hits, impacts, risers and all other out of this world sounds will have on cinematic market?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2015)

Review - Fl Studio 12 by Image Line

One of the most fascinated DAWs has reached and impressive version number: 12. Obviously, Image Line never gets tired improving their main product, adding new features and capabilities.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2015)

Studio One 3 by Presonus

Presonus finally released new version of Studio One. Is Studio One 3 a revolution or just evolution? Find what is new and how it stands compared to other DAWs.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2015)

Review – Rapture Pro by Cakewalk

Cakewalk’s Rapture synth has enjoyed a lot of popularity over the years and to a lesser extent so has Cakewalk’s Dimension Pro. Now they have become one in Rapture Pro. Find out more here.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2015)

Book Review – Words without Music by Philip Glass

Here we look at a memoir by one of the most famous contemporary composers, the prolific and widely-appreciated Philip Glass.

Read More by Warren Burt   (07-2015)

Review - Tracktion 6 from Tracktion Software Corporation

Last year Tracktion Corp breathed new life into a long-neglected DAW franchise after re-acquiring it from Mackie and releasing version 5. Now, less than a year later, along comes yet another major release.

Read More by David Townsend   (07-2015)

Review - Cornucopia Strings from Strezov Sampling

Cornucopia is a 20-piece tutti string section for full Kontakt from Strezov Sampling, intended for fast creation of lush cinematic beds or backing strings for popular genres.

Read More by David Townsend   (07-2015)

Review - UltraMini 1.5 by UVI

The virtual analog synthesizer marketplace is a crowded place, filled with many types of subtractive synth plugins. Will UVI's UltraMini make a dent in the competition? Let’s see.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2015)

Review - PolyKB II by XILS-lab

Looking for the classic analog warmth and charm of those hardware synthesizers from the past? PolyKB II is a serious competitor in the virtual analog marketplace. Find out more in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2015)

Happy Sampling: An Interview with TX16WX’s Creator

Herein we offer a chat with the developer of reigning king of affordable bloat-free soft samplers, Calle Wilund, the man behind TX16WX.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (07-2015)

Book Review – Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by Dennis DeSantis

Looking for some guidance on how to get your creative juices flowing, keep them flowing, and deliver finished masterworks? This book takes on the daunting task of offering advice on it all.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2015)

Review – Titan 2 from Best Service

Best Service has introduced an instrument that claims to be 266 synths in one, boasting a library of 12,800 presets. Too good to be true, you say? Decide for yourself after reading this review.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2015)

Review – Strum GS-2 from Applied Acoustic Systems

AAS has released an upgrade to its already excellent Strum Acoustic and Strum Electric instruments. Strum GS-2 combines them both with plenty of new capabilities on offer.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2015)