Tag: Reviews

October 30, 2019 Off

Useful Arts SFP-30 & BF-1

By Wes Maebe

Useful Arts first popped onto my radar at an AES convention in Milan, Italy, where Wave Distribution’s Gil Griffith introduced me to Peter Swann, Useful Arts’ designer. When you build audio gear that reminds me of vintage broadcast equipment and add to that some cool blue meters, you have my …

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 …

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 …

May 15, 2019 Off

Top 5 Music Production DAWS

By StayOnBeat.com

Top 5 music production DAWs for all your beat making needs. Music production software is one of the most important tools for any recording artist. […]
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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 15, 2019 Off

Review: Sample Logic Drum Fury

By Marty Cutler

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 …

April 12, 2019 Off

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, …

March 25, 2019 Off

Review: Novation SL MkIII

By Electronic Musician Staff

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 …

February 23, 2019 Off

Tech: New Products

By Mix Staff

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 …