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Welcome to SoundBytes Magazine, a free online magazine devoted to the subject of computer sound and music production.


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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SoundBytes writer Jon K. Carroll visited NAMM 2014. 

A Peek at the January Issue:



Review – Exhale by Output

Unusual, appealing and original -that’s Exhale.
More… Alex Arsov

Music for Tablets – Jan.

A unique favorite from Waldorf for the iPad (and more).
More… Warren Burt

Three Libraries from Sound Dust

Hammond organ – the old way or new way.
More… David Baer

Sound Investments – Jan.

Ginno presents seven libraries for your consideration.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Oldies but Goodies – Jan.

Jupiter 8V, an oldie to be sure, but also a real goodie.
More… Rob Mitchell

Essentials – Orchestra & soloists.

Strings, both solo and tutti … essentially heavenly.
More… Alex Arsov


Virtual Orchestra Composition and Production by Guest Author Jerry Gerber

Jerry Gerber is a composer of modern classical compositions, but his orchestra lives on computers in his studio. Jerry shares some of his secrets of fulfilling computer-based composition in this illuminating tutorial.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine   (01-2016)

Review - Falcon by UVI Part 1

Falcon might very well be the most powerful synth/sampler ever made, with a large number of oscillator types, modulators, and effects. Our reviewer goes through many of its features in this two-part review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (01-2016)

Three High-end Hybrid Synths – A Side-by-side Comparison

Omnisphere 2, HALion 5 and Falcon are all superb software instruments of incredible depth which offer an overwhelming list of capabilities. We offer a comparative feature evaluate herein.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2016)

CinemorphX by Sample Logic

Sample Magic has packaged three of their libraries into one brand new instrument, adding technology for a fourth, thus creating one of the most impressive tools in the cinematic market.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2016)

PD – Pure Data – A Public Domain Patching Environment for Music and Video

PD is a useful and very versatile visual (and free) programming language for sound and video in which you can build your own composing systems from the ground up.

Read More by Warren Burt   (01-2016)

RX5 by iZotope

Rx5 is an audio fireman - you don't know that you will need it until you do. It is an industry standard offering the best tools that can be found with just one purpose: to save your audio file.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2016)

TH3 by Overloud

Overloud has set some high standards with their new Th3 virtual amp suite. It shines at both extremes, offering aggressive distorted metal sounds as well as heavenly light and lyrical clean sounds.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2016)

Review - Slide Acoustic for Kontakt from Orange Tree Samples

The name says it all: an acoustic guitar played with a slide. A tricky thing to pull off in a sample library, though. We see how Orange Tree Samples’ Kontakt scripting guru Greg Schlaepfer did it.

Read More by David Townsend   (01-2016)

Review – Two Innovative New Drum Instruments for Kontakt Player

The march of progress continues, with many new contestants being introduced in the wonderful world of virtual drum instruments. We take a look at two recent entries, and compare them to the competition.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (01-2016)

Vocodex by Image Line

Did you know that Vocodex comes also in VST form? It’s simple, not too expensive, yet still a very effective tool for making your synth sounds pop or adding some robotic nuances to your music.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2016)

Book Review - Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic by Curtis Roads

We consider an excellent and thorough survey introduction to the field of technologically produced music by a well-known expert in the field.

Read More by Warren Burt   (01-2016)

Review – Soundtoys Effects Suite, Part 1

Soundtoys has some extremely loyal and enthusiastic fans in the computer music production community. We take a look here to see what all the excitement is about.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2016)

Book Review – Designing Sound by Andy Farnell

If there’s anything Andy Farnell doesn’t know about sound – well, he could have fooled us. We look at this monumental tutorial on how sound works and how to create all manner of it.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2016)

Review - Moodal from tritik

And now, for something completely different. Kind of a reverb, kind of a tonal shaper, kind of an extreme sonic mangler. This is Moodal from tritik who previously brought you the delay bargain of 2014, tkDelay. But what the heck IS this thing?

Read More by David Townsend   (01-2016)