A Peek at the January issue:

 

 

Anatomy Of A Patch – Snare Drum

Bang out a synth snare sound from scratch.
More… Vincenzo Bellanova

MFT – iOptigan

1970s mechanical action, 2010s technology.
More… Warren Burt

POK – Hideaway Studios Polivox

The Russians are coming!
More… David Baer
 

Ginno Sound Inv. Jan. 2018

Twelve sound libraries of note.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Freebie Of The Month – Jan. 2018

Maybe the most-awesome freebie ever!
More… Warren Burt

Cinemania – Evenant Cinematic Course

Learn to compose and score for the big screen.
More… Alex Arsov


Review – HALion 6 from Steinberg

HALion 6 is the latest incarnation of Steinberg’s flagship virtual musical instrument.  It’s broad in scope, deep in functionality, and deserves your considerable attention.

Read More by David Baer (01-2018)

Review - Orchestral Swarm from Spitfire

Spitfire introduces the third installment in the “things you didn’t think you could do with a string library” series.  This time it’s Orchestral Swarm.

Read More by David Townsend (01-2018)

IK Multimedia Cinematic and Orchestral Percussion

Here are two percussion instruments covering orchestral and cinematic ranges of application that also include a generous number of loops, hits and MIDI patterns.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2018)

Review - Shimmer Shake Strike with Expansion from In Session Audio

For your consideration: a Kontakt Player percussion pattern library that will put some “Shimmer” in your life and on your tracks!

Read More by David Keenum (01-2018)

Review - Pro-L 2 from FabFilter

Fab Filter has a well-earned reputation as a maker of top-end virtual mixing and mastering tools.  That reputation expands with an upgrade on their already excellent limiter.

Read More by Vincenzo Bellanova (01-2018)

Review - Cubase Pro 9.5 by Steinberg

Cubase is a legend in the DAW world, and it keeps getting better with age. In this latest incarnation there are many useful improvements, as you will see in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (01-2018)

iRig Pre HD by IK Multimedia

Handy microphone recording solution for every pocket - quite literally; a small, inexpensive interface with A class preamps.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2018)

Review – Silverline Effects by D16 Group

We’ve rounded up a quality group of some D16 Group effect plugins, which are members of their Silverline collection, presented here for your consideration.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (01-2018)

Review - Berlin Woodwinds Revive by Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools: take one of the best woodwind libraries on the market, add a boatload of new recordings and mic positions, and bundle all the old content, too!

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2018)

Review – OB Legacy from UVI, Part 1

UVI has come up with their biggest and quite possibly best synth collection recreation yet, a veritable history of the Oberheim line of instruments.

Read More by David Baer (01-2018)

Review - Evolution Songwriter from Orange Tree Samples

Orange Tree Samples has a new acoustic guitar library. But didn’t they already have one regarded by some as the epitome of such things? We answer that question here.

Read More by David Townsend (01-2018)

Review - Buchla Easel from Arturia

For your consideration: a sound exploration classic appears on the computer screen, with all the capabilities of the original and even more possibilities.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2018)

Ventus Series Ocarinas by Impact Soundworks

You will need to have some programming skills to master this virtual instrument, but when you do, the end result could be very rewarding, almost epic.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2018)

Review – Exploring the World of Rob Papen FX, Part 2

Rob Papen, probably best known for his outstanding software synths, also produces FX modules, and does so with the customary aplomb we’ve come to expect in his designs.

Read More by David Baer (01-2018)

Review - Complete Toy Museum from UVI

Take a look at one of the most amazing collections of sounds you’re likely to come across – beautifully recorded, lovingly processed and cleverly programmed.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2018)

Review - Thorn by DS Audio Software

There’s a new synth in town and it will capture your imagination with its spectral synthesis prowess, power and ease of use – but it’s not your garden-variety virtual instrument.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (01-2018)

Regroover Pro by Accusonus

What we have here is a magical tool that can divide your loop into its basic elements - kick, snare and hi hats are at your disposal.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2018)

Review – Da Capo from Sononkinetic

Da Capo departs from Sonokinetic’s phrase libraries to give you a multisampled orchestral sketchpad that brings you their distinct sound while keeping things simple.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2018)

Review – Blackhole Reverb from Eventide

Blackhole – for a reverb with such an evocative name, you should expect no less than otherworldly tails.  For your perusal: an extremely powerful tool for sound design and more.

Read More by Vincenzo Bellanova (01-2018)

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