July 12, 2012

How to create runs, fast arpeggios and measured tremolo with Cinematic Strings 2

Cinematic Strings 2 has been taking the soundtrack and classical music production world by storm thanks to its extremely easy to use interface and the professional results it produces. If you’re already a user of this impressive virtual instrument, or are considering taking the plunge and buying it, developer Alex Wallbank has produced a second tutorial video demonstrating the easy ways to approach the normally tricky task of writing fast…

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July 3, 2012

Squeeze 6 classic pipe organs into your studio thanks to Garritan’s new virtual instrument

There are few sounds as majestic and powerful as those that emanate from a pipe organ and Garritan has managed to exquisitely capture that magnificence in the form of the company’s latest virtual instrument – Classic Pipe Organ Collection. You’ll no doubt be familiar with other Garritan titles, in particular the hugely successful Personal Orchestra and the more recent Instant Orchestra. The ARIA Engine-powered titles are renowned for being a…

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June 28, 2012

iZotope Iris sample-based synthesizer takes the press by storm

When iZotope first revealed the concept of Iris to us last year we knew straight away that music producers were in for a real treat and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the first Beta version. To recap, Iris embraces iZotope’s award-winning visual selection technology within a groundbreaking sample-based synthesizer that requires the user to employ their eyes as well as their ears to create never-heard-before soundscapes, ambiences…

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May 17, 2012

Iris customers give their verdict on iZotope’s first foray into virtual instruments

Iris has been one of the most exciting music software releases of the year so far. Not only is it the first virtual instrument from acclaimed audio processing developers iZotope who brought us the multi award winning Ozone 5 last year, but also a groundbreaking tool that puts a completely new spin on sound design by not only harnessing the power of your ears, but your eyes too. You’ve probably…

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April 17, 2012

iZotope reveal the revolutionary Iris sample-based synthesizer

Well, we knew something special was coming from iZotope and yesterday all was revealed. Billed by iZotope as a ‘visual instrument’, Iris utilizes RX2 technology to give the user a variety of advanced ‘photoshop-esque’ tools to select regions of audio within sound to create patches in a truly ground-breaking way.

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April 13, 2012

Rob Papen Blade – the people’s verdict

A few weeks ago Rob Papen unleashed his latest virtual synth onto the world in the form of BLADE. Blade is an additive synthesis engine that has an individual character and flexibility never seen before in a software synth. One of the most prominent features of this synth is the Harmolator – a set of global controls that get to the heart of the synthesis engine without the need to…

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April 5, 2012

Piano maestro Robert Peeters reviews Synthogy Ivory II Grand Pianos

Watching and listening to the hugely talented Robert Peeters play the piano in his YouTube videos is simply awe inspiring so when he contacted us to ask if he could evaluate Synthogy‘s Ivory II Grand Pianos as part of a Steinway VST review series on his website we didn’t hesitate to say yes. So why Steinway VSTs? According to Robert, Steinways are the best pianos when it comes to both…

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December 6, 2011

ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials – is this another masterclass in cinematic sampling?

ProjectSAM have wowed the sound design world with their sample libraries for almost 10 years now. Starting with SAM Horns, the ProjectSAM range has blossomed and expanded to include an awesome arsenal of sonic orchestral firepower which is a force to be reckoned with. The award winning Symphobia, perhaps the most famous of the ProjectSAM products, gives composers instant access to epic modern ‘hollywood’ strings to rival any other library…

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