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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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SoundBytes writer Jon K. Carroll visited NAMM 2014. 

A Peek at the November Issue:



Abletonalies Nov. 2014

Beat tools, vocal packs, some free goodies and two sets of sound and much more.
More… Alex Arsov

Review – Blue II by Rob Papen

Magic mirror in my hand, who is the bluest in the land.
More… Jon K. Carroll

Tutorial – On Learning Kontakt

Find out how to master it and become an ace.
More… David Baer

Review – Sequent by Loomer

A modular multi-effect mangler for the masses.
More… Suleiman Ali

Freebies of the Month – Nov. 2014

A  drum kit, stereo control and two tube amplifiers. All for you.
More… Tomislav Zlatic

Ginno’s Nov. Sound Investments.

Libraries, libraries and even more new exciting libraries.
More… Ginno Legaspi

Picking the Right Synth for Rookies with Special Guest Joe Hanley from Audible Genius

With the bewildering number and variety of synthesizers available today, it can be a daunting task for the newbie to know where to start. Here are some tips.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine   (11-2014)

Review - Groove Agent 4 by Steinberg

Finally we have a fancy virtual version of a drum-oriented Swiss Army knife, a magic all-in-all pack that could cover your every drum need - impressive functionality for a surprisingly low price.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (11-2014)

Review - Diversion by Dmitry Sches

Diversion is a software synth that offers subtractive capabilities as well as some elements of FM, granular and RM synthesis. Learn more about it here.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (11-2014)

Review - Orchestral Tools Berlin Strings with EXP A and EXP B

If you need strings having some of the most powerful scoring capabilities available (and have budget for it), then the Berlin Strings Series could be just what you’re looking for.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (11-2014)

Review - PPG Wave 3.V by Waldorf

Back in the day, you'd have to spend around $7,000 USD to acquire a PPG Wave synth. Fortunately, this software plugin version is much easier on your budget.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (11-2014)

Review: REmatrix by Overloud

Imagine one really good convolution reverb. And now close your eyes and imagine five of them. Add some extra features and you get REmatrix, an endless amount of space packed into one box.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (11-2014)

Review - Hollywood Orchestral Percussion by EastWest

Eastwest’s Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is a grade A, great 70GB percussion library that completes EastWest’s Hollywood Series with a bang.

Read More by Per Lichtman   (11-2014)

Review – Bazille by u-he

There’s a new synth from u-he – that statement alone should have gotten your attention. This one is a virtual analog model with 80s digital twists, and very flexible patching.

Read More by Warren Burt   (11-2014)

Review - Three Great (and Cheap) Kontakt Libraries from Indiginus

Three new – and very affordable - Kontakt sample libraries from Indiginus are explored: two acoustic guitars plus a percussion collection. Proof that “cheap” and “good” are not necessarily mutually exclusive!

Read More by David Townsend   (11-2014)

Basics: Setting Up a Song Template in Synapse Audio Orion 8.5

Users of Synapse Audio’s Orion software have an opportunity to make their work far more efficient. This article shows how this can be accomplished.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi   (11-2014)

Review - Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums Collekction by Heavyocity

This is a library of big drums for scoring professionals, but the price is accessible to all. So, maybe it is time to become a novice professional. Stock libraries want you.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov   (11-2014)

Review - FabFilter Pro MB

Our reviewer is a big fan of FabFilter effect plug-ins, and their multi-band compressor, Pro MB is no exception. Find out why here.

Read More by Robert Halvarsson   (11-2014)

Review – MPowerSynth from Melda Productions, Part 1

MeldaProduction is releasing 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   (11-2014)

SoundBytes Holiday Wish List

With such holidays as Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus and others approaching, gifts will be forthcoming. Here’s what some of our writers are hoping for.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine   (11-2014)

Review - String by Loomer

Loomer's String is an emulation of the string machines from the 1970s. Our reviewer thinks they did a great job of recreating that classic sound.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (11-2014)

Review - Alchemy by Camel Audio

Camel Audio’s Alchemy is a marvel of inspired and elegant design making it one of the most versatile synths ever seen. Check it out in this close-up look.

Read More by Rob Mitchell   (11-2014)

Chromaphone – How the Magic Happens

Chromaphone is AAS’s most recent masterpiece that produces a vast variety of sound. We examine how this is accomplished in this close-up look.

Read More by David Baer   (11-2014)