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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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A Peek at the May Issue:



Home Studio Practitioner

There’s no place like home for music production.
More… Luka Sraka

Music for Tablets – May

For your consideration: Shoom.
More… Warren Burt

eDNA from Spitfire Audio

Electronic DNA from Spitfire Audio.
More… David Baer

Sound Investments – May

Three new libraries for your consideration.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Freebie Of The Month – Blue Cat Gain

No pain no gain? Don’t you believe it!
More… David Baer

Essentials – May 2016.

Virtual drummer and keyboard player at your disposal.
More… Alex Arsov


Cinemania – Apocalypse Elements by Soundiron and Damage from Heavyocity

Two libraries that cover the full spectrum of percussion lines – from "normal" for everyday use to "abnormal" - the ones that can help you to spoil the party .

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (05-2016)

eXploring the Marvels of Rob Papen Synthesizers

Rob Papen is a prolific developer of synths and other audio production software. We survey his extensive synthesizer catalog herein.

Read More by David Baer   (05-2016)

Review - Eclipse by Wide Blue Sound

Behind the easy-to-use interface, Eclipse has a powerful 4-channel engine, sequencers, and effects. In this review, we take a look at this latest offering from Wide Blue Sound.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (05-2016)

Review - Renegade by Indiginus

Renegade is the latest electric guitar library from Indiginus. Fans of this company’s products won’t be surprised to find it’s easy to use, sounds great and costs less than a pizza party.

Read More by David Townsend   (05-2016)

Review – Chromaphone 2 from AAS

Chromaphone is regarded by many as AAS’s jewel in the crown. Now with version two, there are even more facets in that jewel to dazzle us.

Read More by David Baer   (05-2016)

Review – Thunder X3M from Strezov Sampling

Strezov’s Thunder X3M is a percussion library that offers a natural immediacy that’s very organic, much to our reviewer’s pleasure.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (05-2016)

Interview – George Strezov of Strezov Sampling

Strezov Sampling is the maker of Bulgarian sample libraries, including orchestral and choral offerings. We speak with the man at the helm, George Strezov.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (05-2016)

Softube Drawmer 1973 – 3-band FET Compressor

A multi-band compressor at your service - easy to use, sounding great, and with a nice set of generally defined presets named by function.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (05-2016)

Review - Morphestra 2 by SampleLogic

Sample Logic's latest product tries to cover all the bases, and is overflowing with sample content. Our reviewer checks it out in detail.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (05-2016)

Review – Trio Broz Solo Strings from Fluffy Audio

Drawing its name from the performers recorded, Trio Broz Solo Strings is trio of highly expressive solo string Kontakt Libraries examined in great detail here.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (05-2016)

Review – Virta: Voice Controlled Synthesis from Madrona Labs

Want to use your voice (or other sound source) to control a powerful synthesizer? Then try Virta.

Read More by Warren Burt   (05-2016)

Interview - Dave Spiers of GForce Software

GForce Software's Dave Spiers shares some history of the company with SoundBytes, and also tells us some interesting facts that are behind some of their impressive products.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (05-2016)

Review - Dagger by BeepStreet

BeepStreet's newest synth plugin is one of the newer contenders in a crowded plugin field. We take it for a test drive in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (05-2016)

Review - BIG F*CKING DRUMS 3! Now with Horsepower!

FXpansion has got a lot of goodwill associated with the brand name every new product is usually a cause for excitement. BFD3 is no exception – find out why.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (05-2016)

Review - 8Dio Agitato Legato Arpeggio

We take a look at 8Dio’s Agitato Legato Arpeggio, the latest entry in the Agitato and Adagio strings family.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (05-2016)

Boutique Kontakt Corner – Small But Great Kontakt Libraries That We’ve Never Heard Of

There is an endless quantity of small Kontakt libraries around us that we've never heard about. We decided to make a detailed search in that area bringing some interesting finds to your attention.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (05-2016)