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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:



Home Studio Practitioner

External drives – not just for backups anymore.
More… Luka Sraka

Music for Tablets – July

Moog to go – your commute just got a little less boring.
More… Warren Burt

Voyetra from Mars

A superb, forgotten analog synth – all the way from Mars.
More… David Baer

Sound Investments – July

Ten new libraries for your consideration.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Freebie Of The Month – Analyse your sound

A picture of audio is worth a thousand sounds.
More… David Baer

Cinemania – July 2016.

All choir colors in three affordable unique libraries.
More… Alex Arsov

Essentials - Chris Hein Violin and Shreddage Bass 2

A beautiful expressive violin playing passionate phrases followed by a highly skilled bass player - then comes a shock: there is only a computer in the room.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2016)

Review - Independence Pro by Magix

Independence Pro is the ultimate sample-player/workstation – a bold statement to say the least. Can the sample library and software fulfill the developers promise?

Read More by Luka Sraka   (07-2016)

Review – Syntorial from Audible Genius

Do you want to learn synthesizer sound design in the most direct and accessible way possible? Look no further than the marvelous Syntorial teaching software.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2016)

Movement by Output

This effect will not only add movement to your sounds, but also turn them into something totally fresh, unexpected and surprising, especially when used live.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2016)

Review - Icarus by Tone2

Tone2's latest effort is a wavetable monster just waiting to take on the competition. Can it live up to the hype? We check it out in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2016)

Review – Softube Modular Software Synthesizer

Swedish “Rock and Roll Scientists” Softube introduce the Eurorack format to the world of screen-based software synthesis with an outstanding collection of modules by Doepfer, Intellijel and others.

Read More by Warren Burt   (07-2016)

IK Multimedia iRig HD

A portable high-quality interface that plugs into your computer/phone/tablet for recording your guitar. Future is knocking and its name is iRig HD.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2016)

Review – Stealth Limiter and Saturator X from IK Multimedia

Two recent additions to the IK Multimedia T-RackS line are most worthy of your consideration. Find out more in this double review.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2016)

Review – Kwaya by Best Service

Sampling master Eduardo Tarilonte has done it again with this intimate, realistic library of full of rich African spirit. Introducing Kwaya.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (07-2016)

Review - IVOR2 from Xen-Arts

Another free plug-in from Xen-Arts which features extreme microtonal control and elegant timbre exploration potential.

Read More by Warren Burt   (07-2016)

Review - Strobe2 by FXpansion

Fxpansion's Strobe2 has some enhanced features hidden within it's slick and intuitive interface. Our reviewer takes it for spin and checks it out in detail.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2016)

Review – Crafter’s Pack from Blue Cat Audio – Part 1

Blue Cat’s Patchwork and MB-7 Mixer are both plug-ins that host other plug-ins. Between them, they offer much to increase your mixing options.

Read More by David Baer   (07-2016)

Review - Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano by UVI

UVI's Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano is just about the most versatile electric piano you’ll ever come across – a sound designers dream.

Read More by Warren Burt   (07-2016)

Review - Synclavier V by Arturia

Arturia recreates yet another classic, and this one takes after an expensive, legendary instrument from the early 1980s. We check out its feature-laden interface and see how well it holds up.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (07-2016)