Reviews

Check out reviews of plugins, sample packs, and other music production software & hardware.

Review: Soundiron Rust 3 for Kontakt

Soundiron's Rust 3 is the latest in its series of found-sound percussion sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt. With this grand 3rd volume, we set...

Review: Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft by Paul Rez

Tons of sample libraries are released week in week out, and I reckon it's getting increasingly harder to get noticed. Still, every once in...

Review: Tone2 Saurus virtual analog synthesizer plug-in

In many ways there is a world of difference between hardware and software. Feel, size & weight, smell(?!), price... But as far as sound...

Review: Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 02

For SFX Collection 02, the guys of Wave Alchemy collaborated with producer Matt Lange of IsoRhythm, to deliver a library of sound effects for...

Review: Bronto Scorpio Music Future Retro soundset for u-he Diva

Dennis Harms aka Bronto Scorpio has contributed many patches to various u-he plug-ins — including Zebra and Uhbik, and some of his sounds are...

Review: Rado Records Epic Battle – Cinematic percussion sample library

Nick Moritz of Rado Records has just released his first commercial sample library: Epic Battle. Epic Battle is a compact cinematic percussion sound library which...

Review: Boxed Ear Mighty M5 for Kontakt

Professional musician and sound designer Rory Dow recently launched his new company Boxed Ear with the release of Mighty M5, a sample library for...

Review: u-he More Feedback Machine 2

Dan Worall's recent introduction video for More Feedback Machine 2 reminded me I never posted a review for this most excellent effect plug-in from...

Review: No Dough NDS-4 Underground House

No Dough's fourth release in the NDS sample pack series is titled Underground House. Simply put, this is the heart and soul of the underground...

Review: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

When you need some solid electronic drum sounds, Goldbaby's sample packs are always a good place to turn to. With Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol....

Review: Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems' latest effort in physical modeled software instruments is Chromaphone, a "creative percussion synthesizer". It is based on the combination of acoustic resonators...

Review: Native Instruments Dark Pressure

Native Instruments has teamed up with DJ and music producer Steve Lawler and the sound designers of Loopmasters to bring us Dark Pressure, an...

Review: Dmitry Sches Diversion

Early 2010, Dmitry Sches released Ambient Voices, a soundset for the Zebra software synthesizer by u-he. I was quite taken by Dmitry's sounds, which I...

Review: FXpansion Tremor drum synthesizer

As someone who prefers to work "inside the box" I was pleased to see FXpansion introduce its DCAM: Discrete Component Analogue Modelling sound generation...

Review: Precisionsound Exosphere soundscapes sample library

Precisionsound has recently released Exosphere, a collection of soundscapes. Featuring corrosive textures, unstable machines, electronic ambiences, and twisted voices, Exosphere is a creative toolkit for...

Review: Soundiron Glass Beach sound library for Kontakt

I count Soundiron among some of the most interesting sound library developers I know. Whether it's the 30-voice male chorus of epic choir library Mars,...

Review: Prime Loops Ambient Illusions

I never really quite know what to expect when something is labeled ambient. Closest to my personal musical preference, I think of the sounds...
Loopmasters Friction & Icicle

Review: Friction & Icicle – Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1

When Loopmasters released Shogun Audio Drum & Bass Vol. 1, the name Friction caught my attention. Friction aka Ed Keeley has made quite an impact...

Review: Native Instruments Maschine Mikro

For those who are unfamiliar with Native Instruments Maschine, it is basically a package comprising a complete music production software and a dedicated hardware...

Review: No Dough Music NDS-3 Classic FM Sample Pack

NDS-3 Classic FM is No Dough's third release in a series of libraries for software samplers. This one focuses on the sounds from some...

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