Free Downgrade turns Ableton Live into lo-fi wobbly vaporwave tape

Fidelity? High-quality sound? No – degradation! And if you don’t have a ragged VHS deck or cassette Walkman handy, these free effects racks in Ableton Live will sort you out. Downgrade is the work of Tom Cosm, long-time Ableton guru. There are five effects: Fluffer Corrupt Hiss Morph Flutter — plus if you give him […]

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Reason 10.3 delivers on VST performance promises

We’ve been waiting, but now the waiting is done. Propellerhead has added the VST performance boost it had promised to Reason users – meaning plug-ins now benefit from Reason 10’s patchable racks. I actually flew to Stockholm, Sweden back in the dark days of December to talk to the engineers about this update (among some […]

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Max TV: go inside Max 8’s wonders with these videos

Max 8 – and by extension the latest Max for Live – offers some serious powers to build your own sonic and visual stuff. So let’s tune in some videos to learn more. The major revolution in Max 8 – and a reason to look again at Max even if you’ve lapsed for some years […]

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Arturia’s 3 Compressors get creative, producer-friendly

Arturia have followed up their hit “3 Filters…” and “3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use” with the inevitable trio of compressors – but as with the other bundles, there are some twists (and lower intro prices on now). Before they expanded into doing their own MIDI controllers and synth hardware, Arturia rose to prominence on their […]

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