A new best friend for every music producer - actually, for every musician. Ozone 8 and Neutron 2 can make a lot of productions work for you, making your life much easier. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2017) Late Replies from Blue Cat Audio is a delay … but before you move on because it’s just yet another delay, be aware it’s probably the most powerful delay you’ve ever seen. Read More by David Baer (11-2017) Rob Papen, probably best known for his outstanding software synths, also produces FX modules, and does so with the customary aplomb we’ve come to expect in his designs. Read More by David Baer (11-2017) There are plenty of SSL emulations around. After trying many of them, our reviewer ended with Brainworx Console N. It always start and ends with a sound, and this one simply sounds good. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2017) Never heard of a spectral pan affect? Well, neither had we until this nifty (and free!) plug-in came along. Read More by David Baer (11-2017) What does "Analog" really mean? If there is anything that fits that description, Virtual Tube Collection might just be it, improving definition, nicely taming everything. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2017) If you don’t hear it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. That goes both for not-so-obvious resonances in your audio material and instances of soothe on your tracks. Read More by Aljosa Feldin (09-2017) If Jimi Hendrix were still alive, there’d be no doubt which virtual guitar studio would fit him perfectly: Guitar Rig 5 Pro – great rock sounds, out of this world effects. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2017) VCC 2.0 makes it quick and easy to modify and unify the sound of a track or album with emulations of API, SSL, Neve and Trident consoles. Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2017) UltraTap is a delay … yes, yet another delay plug-in … but it’s extremely unlikely that you’ve got another delay even remotely like it. Curious enough now to learn a bit more? Read More by David Baer (09-2017) This month we will look at an excellent free plug-in, the winner of the 2016 KVR Developers’ Challenge, the Youlean Loudness Meter Read More by Luka Sraka (07-2017) Virtual Tape Machines is one of the easiest ways to make your mix sound big and up-front, with usability features that let you work quickly. Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2017) Seventh Heaven is the latest state-of-the-art convolution reverb offering from Liquidsonics … and it’s quite possible it will put you right where the name suggests.
Read More by David Baer (07-2017) Objec Delay is a plug-in like no other from the folks who know a few things about complex mathematical modelling to produce audio; it is so not just another delay. Read More by David Baer (07-2017) MeldaProduction has never shied away from innovation, and their latest effect, an algorithmic reverb, exhibits ground-breaking ingenuity throughout. Read More by David Baer (07-2017) If you do not know Klanghelm, there are several reasons you should, and this free saturator/distortion plug-in certainly is one of those reasons. Read More by David Baer (05-2017) Do you really need a convolution reverb that costs upwards of 500 Euros? Our reviewer seems to think that with Altiverb 7, the answer unfortunately is “absolutely”. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2017) If you are looking for a dedicated filter plug-in, then our reviewer suggests you Drop whatever you’re doing and check out Cytomic’s superb offering.
Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2017) IK Multimedia Fender Collection 2, impressive sounding vintage fender virtual amp collection.
Read More by Luka Sraka (05-2017) Eventide has an innovative new effect, Fission. It’s one of those “why didn’t somebody think of this a long time ago?” type plug-ins. Why indeed? Read More by David Baer (05-2017) A software incarnation of a well-known piece of hardware that provides plenty of options for adding an analog spice to separate instruments, the whole mix, or a mastered final. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2017) Studio One is breaking ice again by being the first DAW to integrate a console shaper deeply into its system, bringing an analog mixing desk experience into the digital world. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2017) iZotope's flagship mastering product, Ozone, now has a lighter-weight (and less expensive) version suitable for those just dipping their toes into the deep end of the mastering pool. Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2017) One of Eventide's latest offerings is a powerful harmonizing plugin with many useful features – yet another inspired offering from this innovative company. Read More by Rob Mitchell (03-2017) Roth-AIR is a one-trick pony, but oh how brilliant this pony is at doing that one trick: adding upper-frequency-range excitement to a track or a mix. Read More by David Baer (03-2017) Fab Filter extends its line of “Pro“ plug-ins with Pro-R, a reverb that will live up to your high expectations of software from that company. Read More by David Baer (01-2017) 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) Brainworx has released its first reverb in a crowded playing field. We check it out to see how it holds up to the competition. Read More by Rob Mitchell (11-2016) Finally there’s a tool that allows you to be just a musician again. The usual mixing effects can work wonders - if you know how to use them. Neutron can do that for you if you don't. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016) Blue Cat has a brand new plug in: a distortion and amp sim module that amply demonstrates Blue Cat’s typical flair for depth, elegance and flexibility in their software design. Read More by David Baer (11-2016) 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) 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) Reverberate 2 raises the bar on the realism that can be obtained from convolution reverb courtesy of some very innovative thinking by its developer. Read More by David Baer (09-2016) We take a close look at Nomad Factory’s latest offering, a collection of seven processors that can be inserted as an integrated rack or individually, all delivering some tasteful vintage goodness. Read More by David Baer (09-2016) 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) Convolution reverb with its own character that offers more than 270 useful presets and sounds natural with a nice sounding tail. What else do you need? Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2016) 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) UltraReverb gives you equalization, compression, delay, a lo-fi effect, and at the heart of it all, a high quality reverb. We check it out in this review. Read More by Rob Mitchell (09-2016) This effect will not only add movement to your sounds, but also turn them into something totally fresh, unexpected and surprising, especially when used live. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016) Two recent additions to the IK Multimedia T-RackS line are most worthy of your consideration. Find out more in this double review. Read More by David Baer (07-2016) 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) Blue Cat’s Patchwork and MB-7 Mixer are both plug-ins that host other plug-ins. Between them, they offer much to increase your mixing options. Read More by David Baer (07-2016) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) Rx5 is an audio fireman - you don't know that you will need it until you do. It is an industry standard offering the best tools that can be found with just one purpose: to save your audio file. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016) Overloud has set some high standards with their new Th3 virtual amp suite. It shines at both extremes, offering aggressive distorted metal sounds as well as heavenly light and lyrical clean sounds. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016) Did you know that Vocodex comes also in VST form? It’s simple, not too expensive, yet still a very effective tool for making your synth sounds pop or adding some robotic nuances to your music. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016) Soundtoys has some extremely loyal and enthusiastic fans in the computer music production community. We take a look here to see what all the excitement is about. Read More by David Baer (01-2016) And now, for something completely different. Kind of a reverb, kind of a tonal shaper, kind of an extreme sonic mangler. This is Moodal from tritik who previously brought you the delay bargain of 2014, tkDelay. But what Read More by David Townsend (01-2016) Guitar amp simulator software that offers a highly versatile collection of guitar sounds provides plenty much new in the latest version: cabinets, amps and even acoustic guitar simulator. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2015) One FX to rule them all and in the mix to bind them? Not a bad description for something the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Melda has set the bar very high with its new mega-effect. Read More by David Baer (11-2015) Think you have all the reverbs you need? Well, we have some bad news for you because evidently you haven’t yet encountered Valhalla Plate, the just released creation from ValhallaDSP. Read More by David Baer (11-2015) After 8 years, FabFilter’s long-awaited first major update to the popular Pro-C general-purpose compressor is finally here! No kidding, this could be the only compressor you’ll ever need. Read More by David Townsend (09-2015) A songwriting tool along with a few vocal packs - what else do you need to make a hit? Actually, just a few drum loops. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2015) From France with love – we look at the oddest, and at the same time sweetest, delay with countless options and a full bag of presets. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2015) One FX to rule them all and in the mix to bind them? Not a bad description for something the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Melda has set the bar very high with its new mega-effect. Read More by David Baer (09-2015) 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) 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) Should you master at your home? Of course, if you learn how to mix, arrange, design and advertise your music, it is a time to master another skill: mastering with T-RacksS. by A. Arsov, May 2015When I heard Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2015) 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 Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2015) Looking for a way to expand your sonic palette, at a very reasonable price, and have a lot of fun doing it? Then check out the offerings from Sonic Charge, and especially their latest offering, Echobode. Read More by Warren Burt (05-2015) 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) Imparting “stereo-ness” to a mono track can be done a variety of ways, some of which make subsequent playback in mono problematic. Here are two plug-ins that deliver stereo with none of the typical problems. Read More by David Baer (05-2015) MeldaProduction’s MMultiAnalyzer is an easy-to-use and handy tool for … surprise … analyzing multiple tracks in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at what it can do in this review. Read More by David Baer (03-2015) 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) 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) Could Boz Digital Labs Imperial Delay be the world’s greatest delay? Curious? Then read this review to find out. Read More by David Townsend (01-2015) 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) 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) 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) 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) Sequent is a modular multi-effects tool for mangling audio via “glitching”, slicing-and-dicing and introducing of other kinds of audio mayhem, on stage or in the studio. Check it out in this close-up look. Read More by Suleiman Ali (11-2014) In part Three of a three-part series on dynamic equalization we delve deeply into “spectral dynamics processing” with Meldaproduction’s unique and versatile MSpectralDynamics plugin. Read More by David Townsend (09-2014) 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) Spark is a groovebox-like pattern-based sequencer. Add the SparkLE controller and you’ve got a groovy thing going. Read More by Jon K. Carroll (09-2014) 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) 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) 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) In the previous installment, we dove deep into Meldaproduction's MDynamicEQ dynamic equalizer. This time, we’ll tackle the subject of spectrum matching using MDynamicEQ’s big brother, MAutoDynamicEQ. Read More by David Townsend (07-2014) MTransient is a new transient designer plugin from Meldaproduction. It does exactly what it claims to do and then some; it’s easy to use and CPU-friendly. Carry on. Read More by David Townsend (07-2014) 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) 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) Since the inception of Glitch, released in 2005, other developers have released some great plugins that tried to outdo it. Now Illformed has countered with Glitch 2, which we look at here. Read More by Robert Halvarsson (05-2014) The Composers’ Desktop Project began back in the mid-80s with a group of composers at York University, UK. Warren Burt shows us how far it’s come since then. Read More by Warren Burt (05-2014) 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) What if you could sample the character of FX units or signal chains the same way that you can sample instruments and recordings? Acustica Audio's Nebula is a product designed to do exactly that. Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2013) UVI developed the engine for MachFive sampler. Encouraged with that success, they decided to extract the reverb component and offer it as a stand-alone plug-in. Learn more about it here. Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2013) 2CAudio's new effect, B2, has a strange name and an unusual purpose. But don't let that scare you off. There's real magic to be had with this unusual dual-reverb plug-in. Read More by Rob Mitchell (11-2013) D16 Groups new delay, Sigmund, has everything going for it: great capabilities, superb documentation, and innovative presets. What's not to like? We couldn't find a single thing. Read More by David Baer (11-2013) When Nomad Factory introduces a new product, it’s definitely worth checking it out. Recently they did just that with Cosmos. We look at Cosmos in this review, along with NF's Echoes and Magnetic II plug-ins. Read More by David Baer (09-2013) Wow2, by renowned plugin company Sugar Bytes, while capable of doing regular filter tasks, it is also taking the idea of the filter into strange new places. Care to explore them? Read More by Robert Halvarsson (09-2013) Good saturation and distortion is much sought after. FabFilter Saturn claims to do it all. But does it pull that off? Find out the answer in this close-up look. Read More by Robert Halvarsson (09-2013) Effect aficionados (would that be "efficionados"?) will be in seventh heaven with this collection of VST plug-in that cover the full range of sound sculpting capabilites. Read More by David Baer (07-2013) The Fab Filter duo have done it again, this time with a superb tool to combat dasssstardly, disssscusting ssssibilance in your vocal tracks. Read More by Robert Halvarsson (07-2013) If your a master at mastering, you can probably get good results with any tool. For the rest of us, a good tool is essential. Is Izotope's Ozone 5 that tool? Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2013) We take a close look at Virtual Sound Stage, a tool for placing sounds in two dimensions (left-to-right and front-to-back) in your mix’s audio space. Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2013)