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]