Softube Weiss plug-ins
March 16, 2018

A look at the masters behind the DS1-MK3 – Weiss

Some brands become synonymous with their fields. They so revolutionise and define their product or process that true experts can’t see beyond them. When it comes to audio mastering, the one-and-only name for many is Weiss. So when Swedish developers Softube decided they wanted to use their expertise to sculpt a new range of mastering plugins, there was only going to be one brand they’d go too. Introducing new Softube – Weiss DS1-MK3 & Softube…

New NI controllers
October 6, 2017

Komplete Kontrol MK2 and Maschine MK3

A New Level Of Kontrol Over The Maschine Native Instruments are upping the benchmark for audio production hardware. The Maschine family is the go-to groove production facilities for EDM, Urban, and DJ/ producers. NI is giving the Maschine a new lease of life with some long-awaited upgrades, cementing its powerhouse position. If you wished for more from the Komplete Kontrol line of MIDI keyboards, then hold on to your hats. They’re…

Our Top picks electronic drum kits
September 12, 2017

An electronic drum kit for every player!

So you’ve bought your new shiny copy of Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 and you’re ready to play… but the grooves aren’t quite what you want for your tracks, and drawing in your 13/16 hits just isn’t cutting the mustard. So what is the best way to get your own sick beats into the DAW? Here, we take a look at a small selection of some of the best electronic drum…

Our top Picks Drum Controllers
September 6, 2017

Our pick of the ultimate drum controllers

Not everyone can have permanent access to beautiful live rooms with high-quality drum kits, heck – not everyone can have a drum kit! But what are you meant to do when you want that ‘live’ feeling of a drum kit actually being played when each hit isn’t snapped to the grid with metronomic precision? With the release of Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 3, we thought long and hard on how best…

PEteTownshend on Sfotube COnsole 1
August 10, 2017

Pete Townshend reveals why he loves Softube’s Console One

Softube ‘Console 1’ is an integrated hardware/software centrepiece which works in tandem with your DAW. It takes the quick and intuitive workflow of a digital mixer and pairs that with the great sound of an analogue Solid State Logic SL 4000 E mixer. On the hardware, you select the track you want to work with and then you adjust the equaliser, compressor, gate and saturation settings using physical knobs and buttons….

July 27, 2017

Top 5 MIDI keyboards for orchestral music production

The joy of modern day sampling means that every producer with a computer can have access to a beautiful orchestra – but what sets your music apart from everything else? The answer can be as simple as control. Control over articulations, control over style and dynamics, control over the sounds. If your creative workflow isn’t intuitive or clean, then your music will never flourish. This includes tactile access to articulations,…

NKS logo
January 13, 2016

Get Komplete Kontrol over your Time+Space instruments

When that spark of musical inspiration strikes you you just want to jump right in to your toolbox and start creating. Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) is Native Instruments‘ plug-in format that allows third party instruments to achieve the same deep integration with Komplete Kontrol and MASCHINE hardware previously only reserved for their own Komplete software instruments. This level of integration means that when inspiration strikes you can effortlessly start producing…

October 15, 2012

ESI UniK monitoring speakers get the thumbs up from artists and press

A few months ago, just as ESI unleashed their UniK monitoring speakers line onto the world, we reported how some artists had already been testing them in their own studios including Spectrasonics Sound Designer Diego Stocco who said of the UniK 08s… “When I first heard the sound coming from the UniK monitors I realized right away that I wanted to have them on my desk, they sound sharp and…