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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 March Issue:



Cinemania – Action String by NI

Lights! Camera! Action Strings!
More… Alex Arsov

Music for Tablets – March

Make counterpoint in real time on your iPad.
More… Warren Burt

Italian Concert Organ by HS

A pipe organ with a lovely Italian accent – bene!
More… David Baer

Sound Investments – March

Seven new libraries for your consideration.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Freebie Of The Month – PTEq-X

Pultec magic, free for the taking.
More… Tomislav Zlatic

Essentials – March 2016.

Vocals and winds, and on to mastering magic.
More… Alex Arsov


Sub Phatty by Moog

In this hardware synthesizer review, our reviewer checks out the Moog Sub Phatty. We take it for test drive with its many under-the-hood features, knob-laden interface, and a huge sound.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (03-2016)

Review - Embertone Fischer Viola

We take a closeup look at Embertone's latest entry in its solo strings collection for Kontakt, this time the viola.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (03-2016)

Review - Falcon by UVI, Part 2

Falcon might very well be the most powerful synth/sampler ever made, with a large number of oscillator types, modulators, and effects. Our reviewer continues to go through many of its features.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (03-2016)

Chris Hein Orchestral Brass Complete (& Compact) from Bestservice

Chris Hein has done it again. Orchestral Brass Complete instruments sounds so authentic and detailed that you can easily use as solo instruments or all together in a crowded orchestral arrangement.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (03-2016)

Interview with Phil Burk

Phil Burk is the designer of many of the digital audio tools you might be using right now. We present an in-depth interview with him here.

Read More by Warren Burt   (03-2016)

The Myth of Analog Superiority by Guest Writer Vojtech Meluzin

Vojtech Meluzin, the man who is MeldaProduction, offers some very compelling arguments why digital is really a superior medium for modern music production.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine   (03-2016)

Alpine Volksmusic by Bestservice

We thought we’d seen it all, but then we found Alpine Volkmusik, a library that brings an essential set of instruments to help you to recreate authentic Volkmusik Oberkrainer musical backgrounds.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (03-2016)

Falcon Synth Oscillators – a Close-up Look

UVI’s Falcon hybrid software synth has deep proficiencies as both a sample player and a synthesizer. We examine the capabilities in the latter category herein.

Read More by David Baer   (03-2016)

Cubase 8.5 by Steinberg

Cubase 8.5 brings a whole host of user friendly solutions that can drastically improve our workflow, making it an ideal DAW for any musical genre - from dance to ambient to metal.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (03-2016)

Review – Soundtoys Effects Suite, Part 2

Soundtoys has some extremely loyal and enthusiastic fans in the computer music production community. We resume and conclude our examination of their effects suite here.

Read More by David Baer   (03-2016)

Review - Xils 5000 by Xils-lab

Here’s one of the most advanced vocoders on market - one that is very easy to operate, offering not only a wealth of factory presets to being with, but also unlimited additional options for the do-it-yourself user.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (03-2016)

Microtonality in Falcon

UVI’s new synth/sampler has very sophisticated microtonal implementation – which enables ANY sounds that you load into it to have ANY imaginable tuning, and easily too.

Read More by Warren Burt   (03-2016)

Review - Solina V by Arturia

If you want something that closely resembles the most famous string synthesizer of the 1970s and 1980s, the Solina V is definitely a candidate. We see what this emulation of a classic has to offer.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (03-2016)