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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 September Issue:



Abletonalies Sept. 2015

For all your needs – Let’s do it.
More… Alex Arsov

Music for Tablets – Sept.

Ladies & Gentlemen, start your iPads.
More… Warren Burt

Interview with Mario Kruselj

An interview with scripting wizard Mario Kruselj.
More… David Baer

Sound Investments – Sept.

More sound libraries for a diversity of needs.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Freebie of the month – Sept.

Good software gear at the best possible price.
More… Tomislav Zlatic

Essentials – U-he Hive.

U-he Hive – Just set it and forget it!
More… Alex Arsov


Review - Pro C 2 from Fab Filter

After 8 years, FabFilter’s long-awaited first major update to the popular Pro-C general-purpose compressor is finally here! No kidding, this could be the only compressor you’ll ever need.

Read More by David Townsend   (09-2015)

Oldies but Goodies – Korg M1 Software Synth

Want a piece of electronic keyboard history for a miniscule fraction of the original price? Then maybe Korg’s software recreation of the storied M1 will satisfy that nostalgic craving.

Read More by David Baer   (09-2015)

UVI Relayer

From France with love – we look at the oddest, and at the same time sweetest, delay with countless options and a full bag of presets.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (09-2015)

Review - Soundiron’s Apocalypse Percussion Elements

Soundiron’s aptly named APE (for short) is a percussion powerhouse. It sounds like massive primordial percussion and jungle drums that evoke strange primal emotions, all controllable via a fantastically designed yet simple GUI.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (09-2015)

Review - Mini Grand by AIR Music

Can a low cost, easy to use sampled piano plugin hold up to the competition? Our reviewer takes it for a test drive to see if that is possible.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (09-2015)

SynthMaster Oscillators – a Close-up Look

SynthMaster lives up to its name in many ways, but nowhere more so than in the power and flexibility of its oscillators. We take a close-up look at them in this in-depth examination.

Read More by David Baer   (09-2015)

Carbon Electra by PluginBoutique

Directly from a future: a modern aggressive sound with best step sequencer ever and lots of presets from star producers.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (09-2015)

Review - Syn'X 2 by XILS-lab

Syn'X 2 is an eight-layer monster synthesizer plugin which emulates the classic Synthex. With its great filters and modulation options, this is one powerful synthesizer. Find out more here.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (09-2015)

Review – MXXX from MeldaProduction, Part I

One FX to rule them all and in the mix to bind them? Not a bad description for something the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Melda has set the bar very high with its new mega-effect.

Read More by David Baer   (09-2015)

Review - Structure 2 by AIR Music

Structure 2 is a sampler plugin that is very powerful, and yet still easy to use. How does it hold up feature-wise? Our writer checks it out in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (09-2015)

Drumasonic 2 Luxury Bundle, through

We examine a definitive new drum library for all e-drummers and audio engineers. Could there also be something for us everyday producers?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (09-2015)

Book Review – Refining Sound by Brian K. Shepard

Looking for a clear, concise, accessible textbook on synthesis and synthesizers? Unless you’re already an advanced student, then look no further than this excellent book.

Read More by David Baer   (09-2015)

Review - DB-33 by AIR Music

The DB-33 hearkens back to the old days and that classic sound of the Hammond B3. Can this AIR Music plugin pull off a good emulation of that legendary sound? Our reviewer checks it out in detail.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (09-2015)