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 around high quality, realtime, 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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Stephen Baystead
December 13, 2017

We talk to award-winning composer Stephen Baysted

Born in London, award-winning composer Stephen Baysted is well known for his versatility and emotionally charged and expressively powerful music. Stephen’s acclaimed music scores have been enjoyed by viewers and players worldwide in a succession of award-winning films, TV programmes and video games including the number one bestselling racing game Project Cars, Blink Film’s epic six-part documentary series Ancient Mysteries for Channel 5, and Graveyard of the Giant Beasts for…

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Gary Numan Spectrasonics Omnisphere
November 30, 2017

Gary Numan on why Spectrasonics Omnisphere is the king of music software

Omnisphere 2 is the flagship synthesiser of Spectrasonics – the company behind other incredible music production tools such as Trilian, Stylus RMX and Keyscape. Omnisphere 2 is an instrument of extraordinary power and versatility. The award-winning software brings many different types of synthesis together into one amazing-sounding instrument that promises to inspire a lifetime of exploration. It’s arguably one of the greatest software instruments of all time, winning numerous awards…

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Sound on Sound and Music Tech awards
October 10, 2017

Sound on Sound & Music Tech awards nominations announced!

The nominations for both the Sound on Sound Awards, and the Music Tech Awards for Gear of the Year have now been announced, and we’re delighted to reveal that fourteen of our brands’ products have been nominated for awards! Every year Sound on Sound gives it’s readers the chance to decide who will get the coveted top slot in each of the dozens of major product-group categories. Voting takes place through…

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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…

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macOS High Sierra compatibility guide
October 3, 2017

MacOS 10.13 – Should you upgrade?

Apple have recently launched their latest macOS ‘10.13 High Sierra’. Although many of you who are Apple users may be keen to update your macs to the latest software, we strongly recommend that you hold off in doing so. That is at least until you have checked that all of your software and hardware will still work! Due to the changes that come with each update, some software/hardware will not…

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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…

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