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 expansion sound library for the Maschine platform. Huge sub-heavy kicks, chunky … read more

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 would describe as deep, rich, moving and edgy. Digital sweetness. … read more

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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 technology with the release of Synth Squad. The modelling of individual … read more

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 film, game, and multimedia sound design, as well as for … read more

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, M1 Garand’s rifle sound fx, a tear-jerking Emotional Piano, or … read more

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 of Aphex Twin, Biosphere, System 7, The Orb, Boards of Canada. … read more

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 on the drum and bass scene with his DJ skills … read more

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 controller. The new Maschine Mikro is pretty much the same as … read more

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 classic Yamaha synthesizers, the DX7 and the TX81Z. Before I start, … read more

Review: Patchpool TripleX for ElectraX

Simon Stockhausen of Patchpool is a rather prolific sound designer, releasing sound libraries faster than I can check them. After previously briefly browsing some of the sounds of TripleX – and already ending up using … read more

Review: DJ Krust Bristol Drum & Bass

The mid 1990’s was an exciting time for me musically. Coming from a staple diet of bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi and the Cure, getting into music production with computers meant my interest … read more

Review: Cableguys MidiShaper

One of my favorite things about Curve is the combination of its flexible modulation engine and the waveform drawing tools. Now wouldn’t it be nice to have the same powerful tools to draw custom waveforms … read more

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Review: Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums: Strikes Back!

When Nathaniel of Tonebuilder released his Driven Machine Drums electronic drum sample library – back in November 2009 if I’m not mistaken – it came at a time when exciting things were happening in sample … read more

Review: Industrial Strength Records Sweep sound fx sample pack

Industrial Strength Records has released a number of sound fx sample libraries in the recent months. One that caught my attention was Sweep. Sweep was produced by sound designer Dave Flores to give you a … read more

Review: Akai LPD8 portable MIDI controller

I recently had a need for an affordable, easy to use, portable MIDI controller. Not because I travel a lot, or that I’m short on space in my studio… I just wanted to allow my … read more

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Review: BigTone Stratospheres for u-he Zebra 2

Hot on the heels of the recent updates for Zebra follows the release of three new patch libraries for the virtual modular synthesizer. One of them is Stratospheres, the sequel to the acclaimed Chronospheres soundset … read more

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Review: Sugar Bytes Turnado multi-effect plugin for real-time audio manipulation

With its colorful and playful appearance, Sugar Bytes’ latest effect plugin Turnado might look like a bit of a toy. And sure enough, like a proper toy this multi-effect is tons of fun to play … read more

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Review: XILS-lab Synthix virtual analog synthesizer plugin

After taking on the RSF Polykobol II (PolyKB II) and EMS VCS3 modular (XILS-3), XILS-lab continues its quest to produce authentic recreations of vintage analog synthesizers with Synthix, a virtual instrument inspired by the Elka … read more

Review: No Dough Music NDS-1 House Music Sample Pack

Music label No Dough was originally launched by Antonio Monllor (aka Towie), as an outlet for his music. After a 2009 re-launch with fellow producer and friend Matt Sargeant (aka Broken), the label grew into … read more

Review: Patchworx High Rankin Dubstep – NI Massive Presets

Over the past few months I’ve noticed a few trends in the soundware business. Firstly, with support of mainstream artists like Rihanna and Brittney Spears, and rising stars like Katy B, dubstep has really made … read more