Author: James Russell

July 2, 2019 Off

Software Round-up: Free Piano Plugins

By James Russell

Need a proper virtual piano and need it fast? Here are five of the key players rated and slated — and they’re all completely free BitSonic Keyzone Classic Stocked with the default ‘Keyzone’ piano, sampled Yamaha and Steinway grands, plus an electric piano and Rhodes to boot, Keyzone Classic …

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June 6, 2019 Off

Software Round-up: Synths with ‘effects’ versions

By James Russell

A number of modern plugin synths come packaged with effects versions — processors to add onto any audio. But which work best? Let’s find out… Xfer Records Serum $189 Another reason to get Serum is the inclusion of Serum FX, an effects-only version of Steve Duda’s supersynth. It’s the same ten …

April 25, 2019 Off

Bandcamp offers Artists Crowdfunding for Vinyl Pressing

By James Russell

In our digital world of streaming and subscriptions, Bandcamp is one of the best ways to get paid for your music. But the newest move from the platform sees it set to cover another base in distribution, with the opportunity to sell vinyl pressings. Set up a campaign on Bandcamp, and you can …

April 25, 2019 Off

XO Turns your Drum Samples into an Entire Nebula to Explore

By James Russell

XLN Audio might have perfected software emulations of real drums in their Addictive Drums line, but now the company is moving into a new area – a new constellation, even – with the launch of a drum machine focused on sample playback and sequencing. XO isn’t just a simple sampler/sequencer, though – …

April 17, 2019 Off

Software Round-up: Super-Compressors

By James Russell

u-he Presswerk $129 u-he’s compression brainchild can be taken many ways. To start, it’s simple: Threshold, Ratio, and Attack that goes down to 0.1ms, Release and Adaptive Release, Dry/Wet, Auto Makeup, and a lovely saturation section to boot. But let’s head back into esoterica again. You can …

April 5, 2019 Off

Royalty Exchange is a Platform for Selling your Future Earnings

By James Russell

In 1997, David Bowie needed cash. Working with investment banker David Pullman, the forward-thinking musician trialled a solution that the music industry had never seen before: he securitzed his royalties. The deal: buy a ‘Bowie Bond’, and you were entitled to a share of the royalties from David …

April 4, 2019 Off

iZotope Buys Exponential Audio Product Line

By James Russell

In an unexpected move, forward-thinking developer iZotope have purchased the entire product line of reverb aficionados Exponential Audio. The acquisition comes with no indication of the planned usage of Exponential’s technology in iZotope’s product line, although the Nectar range seems like an …

April 4, 2019 Off

Genelec’s Aural ID Scans your Head for Better Audio

By James Russell

Genelec has recently announced its ‘Aural ID’ technology, which uses your Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) to tailor your headphone listening experience to your own body. When Aural ID becomes available, you’ll be able to measure your own sonic signature using your smartphone, via its camera, …