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Essentials - Session Guitarist - Strumming Acoustic 2 by Native Instruments

Is Strumming Acoustic 2 a virtual instrument or real session musician? One thing is for sure, the listener will never know the answer.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Home Studio Producer - Recording a Band Live on a Budget

Limited recording budget? Let necessity be the mother of invention in achieving a professional-quality tracking result.

Read More by Luka Sraka (01-2017)

Cinemamania - Maximo by Sonokinetic

We offer a highly intense library with orchestral phrases having plenty of variation and additional options to make them sound even more dangerous.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Freebie of the Month – Lagrange from Ursa DSP

What if a delay VST and a granular synth VST had a love child? Well, that offspring might be something like this month’s freebie plug-in, Lagrange.

Read More by David Baer (01-2017)

Music for Tablets - DHALANG MG

DHALANG MG is an all-in-one microtonal synthesis, sequencing, algorithmic control, and mixing with more features than you can shake a stick at.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2017)

Points of Kontakt – Six Libraries from Synth Magic

Synth Magic is a UK company which specializes in interesting samples of synth origin for use in Kontakt. We look at six of them herein.

Read More by David Baer (01-2017)

Freebie of the Month – MUtility from Melda Production

Here’s another priceless plug-in gem from Melda Production that has innumerable practical uses – and we literally mean “priceless”.

Read More by David Baer (11-2016)

Oldies but Goodies - Analog Signature Pack from Nomad Factory

Here are three lovely vintage-sounding devices that you should definitely check out – especially since you might already have them on your DAW machine and not even realize it.

Read More by David Baer (11-2016)

Home Studio Practioner

Recording electric guitar with an amp can be a struggle without proper microphones and a decent sounding room, but there is a great workaround for this issue using impulse responses.

Read More by Luka Sraka (11-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspi looks at thirteen sound libraries from Bluezone, Samplephonics, Samples from Mars, Mode Audio and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2016)

Confessions of a Record Producer - 5th Edition, by Moses Avalon

To sign or not to sign with a label: that is the question. Here’s a thrilling book that supplies some answers about how to make intelligent decisions about contracts and deals in the music business.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Una Corda from Native Instruments

Native Instruments captures what is probably the world’s most subtle and delicate piano in the Una Corda library for Kontakt.

Read More by David Baer (11-2016)

Music for Tablets - Droneo

The return of an oldie but a goodie - one of the earliest iPad apps gets a makeover, and the results are very pleasing.

Read More by Warren Burt (11-2016)

Cinemania – Emotive Strings by Native Instruments

Emotive Strings from Native Instruments can save you enormous quantity of programming time while offering better end results. It is truly an orchestra on demand.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2016)

Book Reviews - Pioneers of Electronic Music: Four New(ish) Books from University of Illinois Press

Any serious student of electronic music and instrumentation may want to know of a new series of books about composers and the history of electronic music.

Read More by Warren Burt (09-2016)

Essentials - Hofa IQ Limiter, IQ-EQ v3 and IQ Reverb

Hofa is a company that joins quality with imagination. IQ Reverb, IQ Limiter and IQ EQ v3 are quite unique tools that can improve your tracks without changing their character.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2016)

Freebie of the Month – September 2016

This month Tokyo Dawn Records returns to the freebies column for another winner; this time it’s the TDR Nova parallel dynamic equalizer.

Read More by Luka Sraka (09-2016)

Home Studio Practitioner

Microphone polar patterns are something that is mostly overlooked by a modern home studio practitioner, so we offer tips for using the polar patterns of your microphones to your advantage.

Read More by Luka Sraka (09-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspli looks at sixteen sound libraries from Audio Boutique, Bluezone, Loopmasters, Mode Audio and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2016)

Music for Tablets – XotoPad 2

Presenting an amazingly useful utility program that turns your Windows Touchscreen into a full-featured touch-sensitive MIDI controller.

Read More by Warren Burt (09-2016)

Points of Kontakt - Union Chapel Organ from Spitfire

Spitfire delivers a pipe organ library sampled in London’s storied Union Chapel that bears the usual high quality and attention to detail we’ve grown to expect from this company.

Read More by David Baer (09-2016)

Essentials - Chris Hein Violin and Shreddage Bass 2

A beautiful expressive violin playing passionate phrases followed by a highly skilled bass player - then comes a shock: there is only a computer in the room.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016)

Cinemania – Soundiron's Requiem Light, Mercury Elements and Olympus Elements

Three different choral libraries, all light versions from Soundiron, which for the price a major choral library, offer an extremely wide spectrum of choral experience.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016)

Home Studio Practitioner

External or multiple hard drives are a must in modern studios, big or small. Although they are mostly used for backup, they can serve more than that need.

Read More by Luka Sraka (07-2016)

Music for Tablets - Moog Model 15

Revisit the wild and wonderful days of early analog synthesis on your tablet or smartphone, with more power than the originals.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at ten sound libraries from Samplephonics, Loopmasters, Zero-G, Bluezone Corporation and Cinetools.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2016)

Freebie of the Month – July 2016

Looking at audio close up is something we all occasionally need to do. Here are two powerful free tools to make that possible.

Read More by David Baer (07-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Voyetra from Mars from SamplesFromMars

SamplesFromMars brings us a brilliantly produced set of samples from a rare but fabulous-sounding early MIDI synthesizer that was ahead of its time.

Read More by David Baer (07-2016)

Essentials – EZ Keys and EZ Drummer 2 by Toontrack

Future is finally here. Now you can hire a virtual drummer and virtual keyboard player to play and record in your virtual home studio. The end result is real.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2016)

Freebie of the Month – Blue Cat Gain Suite

Here’s a simple plug-in that does more than you’d think on first glance, and every now and then it turns out to be indispensable.

Read More by David Baer (05-2016)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

 Gino Legaspi looks at a trio of sound libraries from Samplephonics in an ongoing series of such reviews. by Ginno Legaspi, May 2016 Samplephonics - EclecticismEclecticism is a stunning library from Sample...

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2016)

Music for Tablets – Shoom by Yuri Turov

For your consideration: Shoom, a tri-timbral X-Y matrix synthesizer with full microtonality implementation for the iPad.

Read More by Warren Burt (05-2016)

Points of Kontakt – eDNA from Spitfire Audio

We examine Spitfire Audio’s eDNA library, a massive and deep instrument of mostly synth-type sounds for both the full and free version of Kontakt.

Read More by David Baer (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)

Essentials - March 2016

Add some real vocals to your compositions, spice them with some exotic wind lines and finally, master everything with some good software. That is our recipe for this issue - all ingredients included.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Cinemania - Action Strings by Native Instruments

Native Instruments Action Strings is one of the most unique and innovative cinematic tools that has come along lately. Use your creativity and make some great action music – the sky is the limit.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Freebie of the Month - PTEq-X by Ignite Amps

Every once in a while, a new piece of freeware appears on the audio software market and leaves us all in awe – this is one of those times.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (03-2016)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at seven sound libraries from Zero-G, Loopmasters, Niche Audio and more in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Italian Concert Organ from Hephaestus Sounds

We look at a library created with sounds sampled from a cathedral organ, in this case one that speaks with a lovely Italian accent, that is suitable for all manner of organ sound recreations.

Read More by David Baer (03-2016)

Music for Tablets - Real Time Counterpoint for the iPad

A unique kind of sequencer with multiple playback “heads” lets you make counterpoint in real-time on your iPad or computer.

Read More by Warren Burt (03-2016)

Music on Tablets (and Beyond) – Nave from Waldorf

Nave, a unique iOS favorite from Waldorf for iPad, is now available for desktop computers as well. We take a close-up look in herein.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2016)

Book Review - Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic by Curtis Roads

We consider an excellent and thorough survey introduction to the field of technologically produced music by a well-known expert in the field.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2016)

Book Review – Designing Sound by Andy Farnell

If there’s anything Andy Farnell doesn’t know about sound – well, he could have fooled us. We look at this monumental tutorial on how sound works and how to create all manner of it.

Read More by David Baer (01-2016)

Review – Three Libraries from Sound Dust

We look at two organ libraries for Kontakt and another unique conglomeration that sets up classic synth waveforms in a structure that allows them to be manipulated with a Hammond-like drawbar interface.

Read More by David Baer (01-2016)

Essentials - Mayhem Of Loops 1.5 by UVI

A great all-in-one collection of drum loops has become even bigger. Over the years it has gained an essential status offering everything from Hip Hop to Industrial and everything in between.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month

Here are two virtual instruments and two … well we don’t know what to call them but they’re very cool! Tomislav keeps finding great free stuff for you.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (11-2015)

Music for Tablets  

We look at an upgrade for one way of connecting your iPad MIDI and audio to your computer via USB, and another new program for doing the same.

Read More by Warren Burt (11-2015)

Ginno’s Sound Investments  

Gino Legaspi looks at six sound libraries from Bluezone, Loopmasters and Zero-G in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2015)

Review – Hypernova from CL-Projects

Here’s a look at the recently released Hypernova sound library from CL-Projects, which brilliantly captures the sound of the Novation Supernova analog synth and which which makes sophisticated sound design a breeze.

Read More by David Baer (11-2015)

Oldies but Goodies – Korg M1 Software Synth

Want a piece of electronic keyboard history for a miniscule fraction of the original price? Then maybe Korg’s software recreation of the storied M1 will satisfy that nostalgic craving.

Read More by David Baer (09-2015)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at ten libraries from Bluezone, Samplephonics, Loopmasters and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2015)

Book Review – Refining Sound by Brian K. Shepard

Looking for a clear, concise, accessible textbook on synthesis and synthesizers? Unless you’re already an advanced student, then look no further than this excellent book.

Read More by David Baer (09-2015)

Music on Tablets

Herein we have a potpourri of iPod app goodies for your perusal: music notation software, data communications helpers for both MIDI and audio, and an external controller for your external controller (no really!).

Read More by Warren Burt (09-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month

Two plug-in effects, a software synth and a drum sample library all available at the best possible price – nada, nil, zip! Tomislav keeps finding the free stuff for you.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (09-2015)

Essentials - 2C Audio Breeze and Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro

What does a reverb plug-in and a bass amp plug-in have in common? More than you might think. Find out what we have discovered in our new column "Essentials".

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2015)

Abletonalies – Summer Vacations

Why should you provide yourself with vocal packs and what else do you need to get your production to the next level? Abletonalies: from the old plug-ins to the new ones.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2015)

Music on Tablets – Elastic Drums and WretchUp from Mouse on Mars Instruments

A whole new world of sound generating and modifying possibilities are available today with tablet computers and smartphones. Here we show you some of the many ways that be accomplished.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2015)

Book Review – Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by Dennis DeSantis

Looking for some guidance on how to get your creative juices flowing, keep them flowing, and deliver finished masterworks? This book takes on the daunting task of offering advice on it all.

Read More by David Baer (07-2015)

Sibelius Scoring for Rookies with Special Guest Wang Jie

An accomplished composer provides us with this valuable beginner’s guide to Sibelius-style self-publishing in classical music (or any genre that needs a score to be produced).

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine (05-2015)

Abletonalies - May 2015

Time to make some additional noise: to learn how to whistle, to learn how to be original and creative with Hestibe, and finally to learn how jazz could uplift an EDM song to new level. by A. Arsov, May 2015Not so ma...

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month

Two effects, a library of drum sounds and a synth – all available at the best possible price. Tomislav keeps finding the free stuff for you.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (05-2015)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at fifteen libraries from Bluezone, Sony, Samplephonics, Niche Audio and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2015)

Review – The Blue Orb Trilogy from CL-Projects

The Blue Orb trilogy of Kontakt instruments, comprised of Triode, Saffron and Neutron excel at leads, bass and pads respectively. We take a close up look at these marvels in this review.

Read More by David Baer (05-2015)

Oldies but Goodies – Rhino from BigTick

Rhino … well, it just has to be said … is beast of a synth. Under its simple-looking interface is a sophisticated and powerful instrument that’s most worthy of your attention.

Read More by David Baer (05-2015)

Abletonalies – A Tropical moment

A long hot summer is coming, so, it is time to arm ourselves with new set of tutorials, TB 303 clones, bass instruments and some vocal packs that will help us to survive the season.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month

It's synth power month this time around as we take a close look at three fantastic freeware virtual synthesizers along with an awesome free percussion sample pack.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (03-2015)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at eleven libraries from Sony, Samplephonics, Bluezone, Big Fish Audio and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by David Baer (03-2015)

Review - Three Libraries of Analog Synth Sounds from PinkNoise Studio

PinkNoise Studio produces sound sample libraries of analog synth sounds and they do so with considerable aplomb. Find out more as we take a close look at three of those libraries.

Read More by David Baer (03-2015)

Oldies but Goodies: Audjoo's Helix

The Helix synth, released by by Audjoo in 2008, is an Oldie-But-Goodie synth plugin with huge sonic possibilities. Read here why it is an instrument still worth your attention.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (03-2015)

Abletonalies – a New era

Santa brings a big collection of third party toys for our Ableton Live. A pack of instruments plus instruments inside packs ... and that's not all.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month

The holidays are behind us and you've probably upgraded your studio with some great tools during the discount craze, but the freeware Santa never sleeps! We bring you five new freebies to boost your productivity in 2015.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (01-2015)

Oldies but Goodies: Propellerhead's Thor

Welcome to our new column, Oldie but Goodies. This time we'll look at Thor, one of the many great instruments included with Reason 8, a classic but a favorite of many.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (01-2015)

Three Hideaway Studio Libraries

Hideaway Studios is one of our absolute-favorite providers of Kontakt sound libraries. Here we look at three of Hideaway’s exceptional offerings.

Read More by David Baer (01-2015)

SoundBytes Freebies of the Month

Produce and mix your music with best freeware tools. Tomislav Zlatic shows us what some of these treasures are and where to find them.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (11-2014)

Abletonalies - November 2014

Check out a new set of various editions for Ableton Live along with beat tools, vocal packs, some free goodies and two sets of sounds for our beloved Sylenth 1.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at nine libraries from Samplephonics, Bluezone Corporation, Big Fish Audio, and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2014)

On Learning Kontakt

Kontakt is an extraordinarily deep instrument and has a commensurately intimidating learning curve. Find out how to master it and become an ace.

Read More by David Baer (11-2014)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month – Sept. 2014

Mix and produce your tunes with best freeware tools. Tomislav Zlatic shows us what some of these treasures are and where to find them.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (09-2014)

Abletonalies – From Electro, IDM and Glitches to EDM

A new set of small editions for Ableton Live suitable for Electro IDM, Glitch or EDM producers. As long as they are cheap enough that we can afford it, let’s go for it!

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at twelve libraries from Big Fish Audio, Loopmaster, Zero-G and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2014)

Review – Epica by xfonic limited

In this installment of Points of Kontakt we look at Epica, a major and impressive collection of synth sounds that are expertly crafted and superbly recorded.

Read More by David Baer (09-2014)

Virtual Drumming for Rookies with Special Guest Ralph Zeuner from Rayzoon Technologies

Here are a few tips and tricks from the master of virtual drumming on how to program your virtual drum track to sound like a real one.

Read More by SoundBytes Magazine (07-2014)

Stephen Howell – A Tribute in Memoriam

We remember Stephen Howell, the man behind Hollow Sun, who passed away at the end of May of this year. He will be dearly missed by so many of us in the Kontakt community.

Read More by David Baer (07-2014)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at fifteen libraries from Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, Zero-G and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2014)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month – July 2014

Mix and produce your tunes with best freeware tools. Tomislav Zlatic shows us what some of these treasures are and where to find them.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (07-2014)

Abletonalies – July 2014 (a small EDM toolbox for Ableton Live)

A new set of small editions for Ableton Live can make you a better EDM producer. As long as they are cheap enough that we can afford it, let’s go for it!

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2014)

Review - Pierre Schaeffer: In Search of a Concrete Music (Translated by Christine North and John Dack)

Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), was one of the founding fathers of music technology. An groundbreaking book by him, which has finally been translated into English, is reviewed.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2014)

SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month - May 2014

What's better than free? How about free and really cool? Tomislav Zlatic presents five notable freebies in an ongoing series of such coverage.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (05-2014)

Abletonalies - May 2014

Alex Arsov begins a journey to discover the whole micro-cosmos of various toys and tools developed for use in conjunction with Ableton Live in an ongoing series of such coverage.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspi looks at an even dozen libraries from Loopmasters, Zero-G, Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, Blue Zone Corporation, Best Service and Renaissance Sounds.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2014)

Review – Celestia by Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks Celestia promises heavenly sound design with a vast palette of tonal sounds and textures for creative audio designs. Can it take your listeners into the cosmos?

Read More by David Baer (05-2014)

Book Review: Harmony for Computer Musicians

No matter what kind of music you are involved in, the harmonic foundations of the 18th and 19th centuries are probably of relevance to your composition. Here's a good resource for learning the subject.

Read More by David Baer (05-2014)

Book Review - “On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music” by Hermann von Helmholtz

Is a 150-year-old book that was to be the foundation for modern acoustics really still relevant today? You bet it is! Find out why.

Read More by David Townsend (03-2014)

Review - Digital Sound Factory Ultimate E-mu Ensoniq Rack

The 1990s was the “rise of the rom-plers” era. Ensonic and E-mu were major players. DSF let's us revisit tht time with Kontakt libraries that sound like the real thing because they are the real thing.

Read More by David Baer (03-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at four libraries from Zero-G, Sounds-of-Revolution and Sample Magic in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2014)

SoundBytes Freebies of the Month - May 2014

What's better than free? How about free and really cool? Tomislav Zlatic presents four notable freebies in an ongoing series of such coverage.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (03-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at four libraries from Zero-G and Black Octopus in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (01-2014)

Review - Sonokinetic's Toccata for Kontakt

When you consider that the price of a real pipe organ instrument would be prohibitive, assuming you even had a place to put it, this Kontakt incarnation has much to recommend it.

Read More by David Baer (01-2014)

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

Making music with animals is not just some hippy-dippy jamming in the woods, but a serious investigation of animal communication systems. Find out more in this book review.

Read More by Warren Burt (11-2013)

Review - Indiginus Solid State Symphony for Kontakt

If you have a need for synthesized orchestral sounds and are looking for the cream of the crop, then Solid State Symphony should definitely be on your short list.

Read More by David Baer (11-2013)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at Exoplanet and Deadspace from Bluezone in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2013)

Power Tools for Studio One 2 and Studio One for Engineers & Producers from Hal Leonard Publishing House.

Publishing house Hal Leonard brings us two new books for Studio One users. Our reviewer initially wasn't expecting very much. He now stands corrected.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2013)

Review - Hollow Sun GUI Shell

Hollow Sun has come up with a brilliant idea, but one so very obvious it begs the question "why didn't somebody think of this a long time ago?". Introducing GUI Shell.

Read More by David Baer (09-2013)

Review - Hideaway Studio S-VX Hybrid Library and Orbitone Collection

Hideaway Studio is becoming a far cry from a hidden treasure. We look at two superb offerings from this relatively newcomer in the Kontakt sound offering marketplace.

Read More by David Baer (07-2013)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at three sample libraries from Bluezone and Zero-G in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2013)

Interview with Stephen Howell of Hollow Sun - Part 1

We speak to Stephen Howell, the mad (in a wonderful way!), inspired mastermind at the helm of Hollow Sun and developer of some of the most innovative Kontakt sounds available today.

Read More by David Baer (05-2013)

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