Software Round-up: Super-Compressors

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 …

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Review: Sample Logic Drum Fury

Sample Logic is known for animated instruments capable of setting a cinematic scene with a single MIDI note, while providing the tools to customize sounds to the Nth degree. That approach yields awesome song starters, but they can often lead you down a rabbit hole. Self-contained, looping …

Review: 4ms Pods

Eurorack developer 4ms has made it easier than ever to get into modular synthesis. Housed in anodized aluminum, their Pod enclosures are lighter and shallower than other portable cases, and they are available in four sizes based on HP width — 20, 26, 32, and 60 — in powered ($99, $109, $119, $175, …

Review: Novation SL MkIII

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Novation’s acclaimed SL MkII controller, featuring the brand’s proprietary Automap system. This made ‘wrapped’ copies of all your plugin instruments and effects, the parameters of which were automatically mapped to the knobs and sliders on the SL …

Tech: New Products

RECORDINGSteinberg AXR4 Audio Interface The Steinberg AXR4 is an audio interface that features hybrid microphone preamplifiers approved by Rupert Neve Designs and 32-bit Integer audio capture. Additionally, it includes built-in mixing and Virtual Circuitry Modeling, as well as ample I/O and …

Compact Consoles for Live Sound

About five years ago, every manufacturer seemed to be releasing compact consoles, whether in rack or surface form. The advantages of network and stage box connectivity, with remote tablet control, made the powerful units ideal for corporate, installation, houses of worship, clubs and countless …