Recording

Brainworx BX_Refinement [Review]

Brainworx‘s Bx_Refinement is a labeled as a “harshness control” plug-in for use in mixing or mastering chains. This review will focus on it in the mastering chain. Given the opportunity to master a track for a friend, I was excited to try out BX_Refinement in my mastering chain and put it through it’s paces. Opening up the plug-in, it looks sleek. The UI is a good size, it ...[Read More]

Rob Papen SubBoomBass [Review]

Rob Papen released their SubBoomBass back in 2009, and it was their first non-generic synthesizer, that focused almost exclusively on being a great bass synthesizer. SubBoomBass is included in Rob Papen‘s Explorer-III bundle which was released earlier this year, so we took the time to have a look at the synth. User Interface The UI of SubBoomBass is very unique and distinctive. Love it or ha...[Read More]

AKG Announces New Line of Project Studio Microphones

Great news for home and project studio owners; AKG has just announced that it’s expanding its line of project studio microphones. One of the most popular microphone companies for decades, AKG‘s new lineup includes every style of microphone a studio on a budget could need to expand their pallet- ranging from the all-purpose P120 and large-diaphragm P220 condenser mic, up to the P820 dua...[Read More]

Brainworx BX_Rockrack Pro [Review]

Brainworx “Rockrack” is an amp simulator that is all about quality. I’ve used quite a few simulators on the market, and this one is a step above and beyond. Instead of focusing on giving the user hundreds of amp, cab, and mic models to choose from, the team from Brainworx spent an equivalent amount of time with 4 amps, 5 cabs, and 4 microphones. For amps, they modeled a Clean and Crunch Marshall J...[Read More]

Positive Grid announces BIAS Desktop amp modeling software

Positive Grid, known for creating BIAS for iOS devices, has announced that they will be releasing BIAS Desktop for Mac and PC computers. The software will include Amp Matching, BIAS Expansion Packs and the ToneCloud sharing platform. Amp Matching essentially allows users to replicate any amp tone from their computer by inputting signal from a recorded amp, after which BIAS desktop will replicate t...[Read More]

Dozens of companies team up to introduce the Advance Music Production Suite

A number of very well known companies have teamed up to release a compilation of virtual instruments, effects, samples, and tutorials in what they’re calling the Advance Music Production Suite. The suite apparently includes over $5,000 worth of software on a 500GB hard drive, as well as $1,000 in hardware discounts. Over 70 instruments, effects, and so on are included, from companies such as...[Read More]

Arturia BeatStep [Review]

Over the years, Arturia has established itself as a leading company in the software and hardware instrument worlds, and the company recently unveiled its BeatStep MIDI controller/sequencer combo, and we had the opportunity to take a look at it. The BeatStep comes with a USB plug, MIDI, CV and Gate outputs, and it can be used standalone or with a computer and iPad. One of the great things about the...[Read More]

SPL DrumXchanger [Review]

SPL DrumXchanger is drum sound replacer, but delivers a lot more than just basic sample replacement – with plenty of intuitive control within, it’s simple to gain total control over precise designing and blending of drum tones. Easy to understand controls make replacement a breeze and give great control over dynamics and allow samples to feel like a real part of a performance. DrumXcha...[Read More]

IK Multimedia ships iRig Voice

IK Multimedia has released the new iRig Voice, a vocal system designed to work with both iOS devices and Android devices. According to IK Multimedia, iRig Voice is aimed at creating a quality voice recording coupled with portability. It is also the perfect companion to many popular singing apps such as EZ Voice and AutoRap. The new iRig Voice comes in 5 different colors to match the new iPhone 5C,...[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]

IK Multimedia announces SampleTank 3

On Friday IK Multimedia announced the third version of their popular SampleTank software, SampleTank 3, boasting a number of new features and updated sample libraries. SampleTank 3 will feature 33GB of sounds, 4,000 instruments in 21 instrument categories, and 2,500 percussion and full construction-it loops. The software has a redesigned interface with 3 different environments: Play, Mix and Edit,...[Read More]

Moog releases limited edition MF-104M Super Delay Moogerfooger

Moog has issued a limited release of their MF-104M Super Delay Moogerfooger stompbox, with only 560 available worldwide. The Super Delay features 1.2 seconds of analog delay time. Not only that, but an Emphasis/De-Emphasis circuit has been added to the pedal for reduced noise. The delay also features the delay-loop level matching from their 500 series analog delay. The MF-104M Super Delay features...[Read More]