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Soundbytes writer Jon K. Carroll visited NAMM 2014. 

A Peek at the July Issue:

Abletonalies EDM

A new set of additional tools that can improve your Live experiance
More… Alex Arsov

Review – pocketBlakus

If you want a free cello for Kontakt, you’ve found it!.
More… Per Lichtman

Stephen Howell – A Tribute in Memoriam

We sadly must bid farewell to Stephen Howell.
More… David Baer

Review – Xen FTMS2

Xem-FMTS2 is a free softsynth for the very adventurous.
More… Warren Burt

Freebies of the Month – July 2014

Mix and produce your tunes with best  freeware tools.
More… Tomislav Zlatic

Ginno’s Sound Investments.

and another set of sound libraries from our Mr. Ginno.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Virtual Drumming for Rookies with Special Guest Ralph Zeuner from Rayzoon Technologies

Here are a few tips and tricks from the master of virtual drumming on how to program your virtual drum track to sound like a real one.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine   (07-2014)

Ueberschall The Voice 1 & The Voice 2 Through

Here are two old vocal packs with dated demo clips, but as soon as we blow the dust off, we can find up-to-date vocal phrases that can shake the charts.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2014)

Review - Addictive Drums 2 by XLN Audio

Additive Drums 2 is the successor to Additive Drums. Our reviewer thinks that XLN Audio has done a terrific job of improving on the original and explains why in this in-depth review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2014)

The Others: Less Well Known Drum Software

This article hopes to show people how to venture beyond the much used-and-abused, and sometimes overhyped, usual drum kit players and to show the wide variety the market has to offer.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (07-2014)

Interview - In Tune with Tone2

Tone2 is an audio software design company located in Germany which has been in business since 2005. Soundbytes talks with programmer Markus Krause and product manager Bastiaan van Noord.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2014)

Review – String Studio VS-2 from Applied Acoustic Systems

String Studio, an instrument from Applied Acoustic Systems, was first introduced about ten years ago. It's just been upgraded to a new version and there's much about which to be excited.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2014)

Dynamic Equalizers, Part Two: Spectrum Matching with MAutoDynamicEQ

In the previous installment, we dove deep into Meldaproduction's MDynamicEQ dynamic equalizer. This time, we’ll tackle the subject of spectrum matching using MDynamicEQ’s big brother, MAutoDynamicEQ.

Read More by David Townsend   (07-2014)

Review - CineStrings CORE

Cinestrings CORE from Cinesamples is a Kontakt library which our reviewer found noteworthy (no pun intended) for its up-front sounds and consistent articulations from section to section.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (07-2014)

Chris Hein Winds Complete by

Here’s an entire wind orchestra at your fingertips. With a little work, you can achieve a result that’s hard to distinguish from a real wind orchestra.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2014)

Review - MTransient from Meldaproduction

MTransient is a new transient designer plugin from Meldaproduction. It does exactly what it claims to do and then some; it’s easy to use and CPU-friendly. Carry on.

Read More by David Townsend   (07-2014)

Review - XSample Chamber Ensemble

Herein we look at XSample Chamber Ensemble, a Kontakt 2 Player library consisting of keyboard, percussion, harps, solo strings and solo woodwind, each recorded in the same space in a similar fashion.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (07-2014)

Gypsy Jazzy by UVI

Electro-swing is still here, so it’s not too late to jump on that wagon. All you need is a smile on your face and Gypsy Jazzy library from the UVI.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2014)

Review - Music Maker 2014 Premium by Magix

Music Maker 2014 Premium is an easy-to-use digital audio workstation (DAW) and it ships with a large number of loops. Check it out with us in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2014)

Review - Dune 2 by Synapse Audio

Fans of Synapse Audio's widely used synth, Dune, recently had occasion for a major celebration. Dune 2 is here. It's a rewrite from the ground up that our reviewer thinks very highly of.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2014)

Review - Signor Paganini Solo Violin

SimpleSamSamples’ Signor Paganini Solo Violin is a library for owners of the full version of Kontakt 4 and above that sets out to do one thing very well: short solo violin notes.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (07-2014)

Review - Pierre Schaeffer: In Search of a Concrete Music (Translated by Christine North and John Dack)

Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), was one of the founding fathers of music technology. An groundbreaking book by him, which has finally been translated into English, is reviewed.

Read More by Warren Burt   (07-2014)

Review - Spitfire Audio BML 309 Mural Vol. 2

If you want the sound of a large string section, in a hall with a large sound, recorded through a warm signal chain then our reviewer thinks this library is going to nicely fit the bill.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (07-2014)

Tutorial - Audio Depth Perception in Your Mixes

There are two techniques, which can be used separately or together, useful in adding a sense of stage depth to your mixes using reverb. We take a close look at them here.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2014)