Reviews

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]