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Arturia KeyLab 49 Black Edition Bundle [Review]

Arturia has announced the KeyLab 49 Black Edition, a revised version of its KeyLab 49, with a new coat of paint. Not only does it look great, but it works great too, and comes with a number of virtual instruments to add to your library. Because of the fact that the KeyLab 49 Black Edition is the same as the KeyLab 49, and we’ve already reviewed the KeyLab 49, we decided to take a look at the...[Read More]

Arturia KeyLab 49 and Analog Lab [Review]

Arturia is offering its KeyLab 49 controller with the new BitWig Studio DAW. To celebrate, we took a look at the KeyLab 49, which marks Arturia’s return to keyboard controllers. Design and Hardware The Arturia KeyLab 49 is one of the best looking MIDI controllers on the market, at least in its price range. The classy looking wood-side panels coupled with the clean white look give the control...[Read More]

Arturia MicroBrute (SE) [Review]

Arturia announced the MicroBrute SE just last month, offering a limited edition and colorful take on the popular Arturia MicroBrute. We took a look at the MicroBrute SE in celebration of the new release. The MicroBrute SE is well laid out and is not too daunting to look at. All the controls for the device are easy to access, without the users feeling like they don’t have proper control of th...[Read More]

Rob Papen Predator [Review]

Rob Papen released the Predator synthesizer back in 2007, but with the recent release of the eXplorer-III bundle, we thought this would be a good time to have a better look at the synth. Predator is a three-oscillator synth that comes in VST, AAX and AU, and is a steal at $179. Read on to find out why it’s so great! User Interface As with any plugin, the first thing that will be noticed is t...[Read More]

Dave Smith Instruments announces Pro 2 synthesizer

A couple days ago, Dave Smith Instruments started teasing their next synthesizer. Well, that new synthesizer is here. Introducing the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. The Pro 2 features four digital oscillators, innovated largely by Dave Smith himself, plus a sub-oscillator. It also features a new dual mode analog filter with both a ladder and a state variable. There are also a couple touch strips, l...[Read More]

Dave Smith teases upcoming synthesizer

Today Dave Smith teased a new synthesizer on his Facebook page, suggesting that the company will be releasing a new product soon! Two photos have been released, the first with a caption that reads “we’re putting the finishing touches on the new synth!”. This has already sparked speculation about what the upcoming instrument could be like. You can check out the second picture belo...[Read More]

Rob Papen Blue II synthesizer [Review]

Rob Papen has fast become a leader in virtual synthesizers, and one of their more recent synthesizers is the Blue II “cross-fusion” synthesizer, released earlier this year. The original Blue synthesizer was released in 2005 with much success, but will the second version live up to the firsts name? Once the plugin is installed and first opened, users will notice the modern looking user ...[Read More]

Arturia VOX Continental-V [Review]

Arturia are becoming a huge name in the software instrument world, releasing some incredible products over the years. Recently, they announced the availability of their new VOX Continental-V organ simulator, and today we have a review of the new software. The plugin emulates the VOX Continental 300. The first thing to notice when opening up the software is the user interface, which is really very ...[Read More]

Arturia announces availability of VOX Continental-V organ emulation

Today Arturia announced the availability of its new organ emulation, the VOX Continental-V organ. The emulation aims to bring the classic sound of the VOX Continental 300 organ, a classic organ used by a number of bands in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The emulation includes an emulation of the rare Jennings J70, as well as including a number of stompbox-type effects. It also models three microphones: the...[Read More]

XILS-lab XILS 4 synthesizer [Review]

XILS-lab has once again released another great version of the XILS synth, the XILS 4. The XILS 4 emulates the EMS VCS4, which was never released but quite sought after. Based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 cores, it could create a wide variety of new sounds. The ability to do this as well as have the freedom of the pin matrix for processing allows for unparalleled freedom in ...[Read More]

XILS-Lab announces availability of XILS 4

Today XILS-Lab released their long awaited XILS-4 synthesizer, the “ultimate analog matrix modular synthesizer”. XILS-4 is based on the same core modules found in XILS-3 (which we reviewed not too long ago), but instead of one VC3 Synthesizer, XILS-4 has two hard synced VC3 Synthesizer. Owners of XILS-3 can purchase an upgrade to XILS-4 for around $35 until June 10th, after which it wi...[Read More]

XILS-lab XILS 3 v2.0 [Review]

XILS 3 v2.0, by XILS-lab brings the EMS VCS3 look back to life in an extensive multi-platform virtual instrument, keeping some of its best features while creating a whole new synth that pleases the ear and will leave you with tons of creative options to manipulate your sound. Although quite different in sound from the VCS3, XILS 3 and VCS3 do have a lot of similarities on first sight – which...[Read More]