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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]

Rob Papen Punch Drum Machine [Review]

Rob Papen is an increasingly popular software instrument company, and their popular drum machine software, Punch, was released back in 2011. Punch combines synthesis, sampling and sequencing, and puts it all into one package. The idea behind Punch is fairly simple. It uses different synthesizers that are tweaked to be useful for percussion and allows users to tweak the sound further with different...[Read More]

LANDR – an online drag and drop service that instantly masters your music

Getting your music mastered can sometimes be a little bit of a hassle. You can either do it yourself, which isn’t necessarily a good idea if you don’t know what you’re doing, or you can pay a lot of money to get a mastering engineer to do it. But what if there was a third, much easier option? Well maybe there is! Introducing LANDR. LANDR, pronounced L and R, is described by MixGe...[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]

Waves releases Abbey Road Collection

Waves Audio has announced the availability of their new Abbey Road Collection bundle of plugins. The plugins include the J37 Tape plugin, the REDD EQ, the Reel ADT plugin, the RS56 Passive EQ, and the King’s Microphone plugin. The plugins were developed in association with Abbey Road Studios, and according to Waves they recreate the sounds heard on many historic recordings that came out of A...[Read More]

Rob Papen Blade synthesizer [Review]

Rob Papen recently released their eXplorer-III plugin bundle, which included a number of great instruments and effects processors. We will be reviewing each of those plugins, with the first of those being the Blade synthesizer, which is a highly comprehensive, complex, additive synthesizer. Controls Blade is an additive synthesizer that was originally aimed at being a more obscure synth. Despite t...[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]

AKG K845BT Bluetooth headphones [Review]

Late last year, AKG released a number of new headphone models. Among those was the K845BT, a closed-back, over the ear, Bluetooth headset. We have seen a number of new Bluetooth headsets over the past year or so, mostly for mobile connectivity, but also for use around the home. Read on to see why this model stands out. Design The first thing to notice about the headphones is the design. The headph...[Read More]

Universal Audio releases Neve 1073 preamp and EQ plugin collection

The Neve 1073 channel preamp is an absolute classic, and Universal Audio recently brought that classic to the digital world with its Neve 1073 preamp and EQ collection of plugins, dubbed “The Sound of ’73”. The plugin collection aims to bring color and dimension to your tracks, and could be especially useful on drums. Check out the video below for more!

Arturia Spark 2 [Review]

Arturia recently released the second version of their Spark software, Spark 2, for “premiere beat creation”. With the first version of Spark being quite a hit, the name had a lot to live up to this time around. But would it live up to that name? Upon opening Spark 2 it became apparent just how intense the software is. I even got the “pinwheel” of death for a few seconds while it started up, someth...[Read More]

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 now shipping

Yesterday Toontrack started shipping the second version of their popular EZdrummer software, EZdrummer 2. The new version is a complete refresh of the program, and offers a host of great new features. For starters, EZdrummer 2 features 5 drum kits, instead of the 2 that were found in EZdrummer. It also includes 16 stereo outputs, individual velocity control, pitch control for individual instrument...[Read More]

Presonus releases the Monitor Station v2.0

Today Presonus started shipping the second version of their popular monitor control station, Monitor Station V2. Apart from the obvious change of white to black, the new device offers a number of improvements over the first version of the Monitor Station. Improvements include a more ergonomic design as well as a S/PIDF digital input. It also offers 4 stereo inputs, including 2 stereo balance TRS i...[Read More]