Reviews

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 BeatStep Pro [Review]

Over a year ago we reviewed Arturia‘s BeatStep pad MIDI controller and step sequencer. Now, the company is at it again, having released an updated version of the device, called the BeatStep Pro. Clearly the BeatStep Pro looks more fully featured than its smaller brother, but just how much better is it? And is it worth the extra $120? Interface An important part of this kind of hardware is it...[Read More]

Audified u73b Compressor [Review]

Audified – previously Audiffex – has released a new compressor plugin that aims to emulate the classic German u73b broadcast compressor, used rather extensively for mastering between 1960 and 1980. The compressor certainly is well known, but can the plugin live up to the classic u73b name? We were lucky enough to be able to sit down with the new compressor to take a look at it. User In...[Read More]

AAS Strum GS-2 [Review]

Applied Acoustics Systems has released their follow-up to 2008’s Strum GS-1 with an aptly titled Strum GS-2, featuring a completely redesigned user interface and revamped strumming engines. Strum GS-1 was very well received, and GS-2 has a lot to live up to. We were lucky enough to be able to take a look at the GS-2 to see if it lives up to the name of Strum. User Interface As is the case wi...[Read More]

Propellerhead – Reason 8 [Review]

Propellerhead‘s release of Reason 8 comes as a fresh new look to the DAW and keeps everything users love about the intuitive routing and design capabilities of a limitless amount of sounds, while adding a few new items to keep users moving quickly and efficiently throughout the interface. With a new streamlined setup, users familiar with Reason won’t have any trouble using version 8, a...[Read More]

IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 3

Today IK Multimedia finally released SampleTank 3, featuring 33GB of sounds, 4,000 instruments, and 2,500 percussion loops. According to IK Multimedia, SampleTank has been completely rebuilt in it’s third version. The software has a redesigned interface which not only looks great, but is also designed for ease of use. You can buy SampleTank 3 for yourself here for a bargain price of $299.

Audiffex AmpLion Pro 1.1 [Review]

Audiffex recently updated their guitar amp modeling software, AmpLion, to version 1.1, sparking a fresh wave of interest among those searching for a new multi-effects and amp modeling plugin. We took this opportunity to review the new plugin. AmpLion 1.1 boasts a number of great features, amps, effects, and so on. Read on to find out more! User Interface As usual, the first thing that one notices ...[Read More]

Brainworx BX_Saturator V2 [Review]

Brainworx bx_saturator is a mid and side saturator that allows for separate adjustment of distortion in the center and sides of the mix. A lot of control is packed into this compact plugin and there’s plenty of power in it to, interestingly enough, cleanly increase how loud the mix is perceived to be without clipping, as well as do harsher things, if intended. bx_saturator V2 includes your t...[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]

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]