Getting started withthe UK Pop EZX
February 27, 2018

Getting started with Toontrack’s UK Pop EZX

Toontrack‘s Brit-flavoured new expansion for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 – UK Pop EZX – puts one of the UK’s most in-demand drummers and his drums at your fingertips, recorded and mixed by one of the UK’s finest engineers, and is their biggest EZX yet. Computer Music magazine’s “Dr Beat” – Ronan Macdonald – is your guide… STEP 1: Let’s take a tour of UK Pop EZX, checking out…

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AAS Free Player vs full software
February 8, 2018

Applied Acoustic Systems – free player or full software?

Have you been keen to purchase some of AAS’ great value expansion packs, but haven’t because you don’t own the original software? Then it might surprise you to know that all AAS sound banks can also run through the free AAS player included with your purchase! This means that you can purchase and use their sound banks right away. So what’s the difference between the free player and the full…

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Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder
February 7, 2018

Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder – The Return of a Legend

Heard on countless songs in multiple genres worldwide, Orange Vocoder is THE classic software vocoder plug-in. Initially developed by Prosoniq in 1998, Orange Vocoder has since evolved through numerous iterations, always staying at the cutting edge of the music production world. It has a reputation for being the single most transparent sounding and flexible vocoder plug-in available. So when Zynaptiq announced that they would be awakening this sleeping giant and…

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February 6, 2018

Ableton 10 has just been released – so what’s new?

After months of anticipation, Ableton 10 has finally been released! Once you pop the hood, you’ll see that the improved interior means it has never been easier to navigate and use Ableton and it’s not just a simple update to the GUI in this latest incarnation of one of the world’s best DAWs… There’s a whole new host of plugins, features and improvements and, with the manual running into 737…

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January 26, 2018

SOS Award Winners Announced!

This year’s SOS Awards are the first to place their emphasis primarily on innovation and contemporary design by limiting the nominations to products launched in the 12 months prior to the voting period. The new format celebrates products launched in the period from September 2016 to the end of August 2017. The awards are voted for by SOS readers, so the more happy users a product has, the more likely it is…

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Superior Drummer 3 Press verdict
January 4, 2018

Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 – The Press Verdict

Previously on the T+S blog, we’ve shared some of our customer’s thoughts on how Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 has made an impact on their music production. Now, nearly four months on since it was unleashed unto the world, we take a look at what the press have made of Toontrack’s monumental drum production software. Sound On Sound “It’s been a long time coming, but the new version of Superior Drummer…

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Year in Review 2017
December 29, 2017

We look back at some of the biggest music production tools of 2017

2017 has seen a veritable plethora of releases, from quirky cool plugins, to huge hardware upgrades. It’s been a roller coaster year for the music industry, and especially the tech therein, so we’re taking a look back at some of the releases that made an impact throughout the past twelve months. January: Audiority Grainspace Grainspace is a cool plugin based on high quality, real-time, granular processing and reverberation. It’s a…

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Artists and Composers Top 5 plug-ins of 2017
December 26, 2017

Artists and Composers reveal their favourite instruments and plugins of 2017

As another year is nearly over we thought we’d get in touch with some of our composer and artist friends to find out which virtual instruments and effects plug-ins they have been using the most in 2017 and what they love about them. To start us off, Andy Barlow reveals his top picks (it was obviously a great year as 9 products made his list!) Andy Barlow Andy is a producer and musician who…

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