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A Peek at the January Issue:


Abletonalies Jan. 2015

Marvelous mixing/mastering magic and much, much more.
More… Alex Arsov

Review – CS Tina Guo Ac. Cello Legato

Ah, the romance of an exquisite cello … find it here.
More… Per Lichtman

Three Hideaway Studio Libraries

We return to Hideaway Studios for more hidden treasures.
More… David Baer

Oldies: Propellerhead’s Thor

Thor – a good old god and a good old synth as well.
More… Rob Mitchell

Freebies of the Month – Jan. 2015

An EQ, a compressor, a synth and more. All for free!
More… Tomislav Zlatic

Review – Imperial Delay from Boz D.L.

Could this be the best delay ever? … delay ever?
More… Dave Townsend

Review: Cubase Pro 8 by Steinberg

A new year and a new version of one of the one of the oldest DAWs in the market. A brief example how a good thing can become even better.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2015)

Review – Tracktion from Tracktion Software Corporation

Tracktion is a DAW from Tracktion Software Corporation. We relate the product’s checkered history and make the case that not only is it back from the dead, with version 5 it’s actually become a contender.

Read More by David Townsend   (01-2015)

Review – Steinberg’s WaveLab 8.5 and WaveLab Elements 8

Many of us use highly capable DAW software, so why would we need another, different audio editor program?  Find out why here.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2015)

Review - Sonokinetic Grosso

Grosso is Sonokinetic’s follow-up to Minimal that lets composers perform a series of elaborately divided string, woodwind, brass, percussion and choir loops by playing triads on their keyboard.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (01-2015)

Review - Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion - HZ01, HZ02, HZ03

Spitfire Audio’s Hans Zimmer Percussion is a Kontakt Player cinematic percussion collection unlike any other, designed for the largest possible sound with uniquely comprehensive mixing options.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (01-2015)

Review - MDrummer 5: The Future of Intelligent Drum Software, Part 1

Is this the drum programming game changer that the developer claims it to be? Suleiman dives in to find out.

Read More by Suleiman Ali   (01-2015)

Review Launch Control XL by Novation

LaunchControl XL – a new controller from Novation. Could all those knobs, buttons and sliders become a hardware version of your DAW?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2015)

Review- Kaivo by Madrona Labs

Bored with the same old VCO-VCA-VCF model for sound synthesis? Kaivo is a very different kind of beast, one which might give you lots of opportunities for exploring new sonic ground.

Read More by Warren Burt   (01-2015)

Review - 8Dio Agitato Grandiose Legato Strings Bundle

8Dio’s new string library picks up where Adagio leaves off, with legato and dynamic bowings designed for use in faster passages, with a change in vibrato and timbre to match.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (01-2015)

Review – MpowerSynth from MeldaProductions, Part 2

MeldaProduction has released its first synth. If you are familiar with Melda products and their often unique ways of solving problems, you’ll know why there’s a reason to be very, very interested in this new instrument.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2015)

Stereo Width Management (on the Cheap)

Home producers working with stereo samples may have good reason to reign in the stereo-ness of their sounds. Here’s an easy, and free, way to accomplish this.

Read More by David Baer   (01-2015)

Reason 8 by Propellerhead

Reason 8 has finally become a mature sequencer. A drag-and-drop queen with all-around improved work-flow. Is there anything else that we want?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2015)

Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Review

We take a close look at the Kontakt 5 version of the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit by Drumdrops, the latest addition to their impressive arsenal of acoustic drum sample libraries.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic   (01-2015)

Review - Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology  

Hybrid 3 is a synthesizer plug-in that doesn't hold back. It has a modern sound with some powerful options onboard.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (01-2015)

Review - VirtualCZ by Plugin Boutique

The Casio CZ line of synthesizers had a great sound in the 1980s. Our reviewer checks out VirtualCZ, and it puts a new spin on the classic sounds from yesterday.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (01-2015)

RealRick by

Find how a virtual guitar instrument/library emulating the legendary Rickenbacker guitar compares with the Real Arsov - winner takes all.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (01-2015)