Reviews

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

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...

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...
Loopmasters DJ Krust feat

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Review: One Small Clue Lugosi – FSU delay effect plugin

One Small Clue is probably most known for the simple yet powerful MPC-style percussion sampler Poise. While Poise has been the flagship product since its...

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...

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...

Review: Rob Papen Punch drum & percussion plugin

Back when I reviewed Rob Papen's SubBoomBass bass synthesizer, I remember that with its sequencer and percussion waveforms this plugin could be a good...
Waveformless Dune Spiceflow

Review: Waveformless DUNE Spiceflow

Regular rekkerd readers will likely recognize the name Tom Shear. I frequently post links to Tom's excellent blog Waveformless, where he shares tons of...

Review: Jungle Drummer – Live Urban Drums

When it comes to good drum breaks there is nothing like the real thing. This is especially true for jungle & drum and bass,...

Review: Tone2 ElectraX virtual synthesizer

One of my favorite synthesizer instruments from last year is ElectraX by Tone2 Audiosoftware. Although initially put off by its visual appearance (I prefer less...

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