Reviews

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

Review: Native Instruments Mikro Prism, free Reaktor-based synth

When I get asked for resources for free synthesizer and effect plug-ins I often recommend ones by smaller developers. Perhaps I tend to overlook the...

Review: Loopmasters The Funky Underground, sample pack by Darren Payton

Loopmasters The Funky Underground is a sample library featuring loops and samples by producer Darren Payton. Guaranteeing full fat freshness every time, the Funky Underground...

Review: Cableguys Curve, software synthesizer plugin

Although Curve 1.0 was only released last December it is not exactly a new plug-in. This software synthesizer developed by Jakob Rang and Steffen Rose...

Review: Perimeter Sound Arts Zebrasonix, patches for u-he Zebra 2.5

While Jeff Rhodes of Perimeter Sound Arts just released Rate Of Motion – his second soundset for u-he's Zebra 2.5, I took his first...

Review: Rob Papen RP-Delay, versatile delay effect plugin

If there is one type of effect I can never get enough of it is the delay. So I am always excited to see...

Review: Driven Machine Drums v1.5, drum machine sample pack expanded

Since I reviewed the original Driven Machine Drums release a little over a year ago, Nathaniel at Tonebuilder has worked hard to make this...

Review: TeamDNR Ace.Animated, soundset for u-he ACE

TeamDNR has recently released Ace.Animated, its second set of sounds for the virtual semi-modular synthesizer ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) by u-he. The library features no...

Review: Native Instruments George Duke Soul Treasures

Native Instruments has recently released George Duke Soul Treasures, a Kontakt Player powered virtual instrument featuring sounds by the legendary George Duke. GEORGE DUKE SOUL...

Review: Realstrings Volume 2 – Cinematic Loops, sample pack by Organic Loops

Violinist, arranger and orchestrator Pete Whitfield has recently released his third strings sample library with Loopmasters, Realstrings Vol. 2: Cinematic Loops. The library features authentic...

Review: Prime Loops Ambient Fractals

Prime Loops has recently released Ambient Fractals, a sample library featuring ambient sound effects by resident producer Dmitry Vasilyev aka Cyberworm. Engineered to capture the...

Review: Producer Loops Supalife Dubstep – Hard Edition

French producer Eddy Beneteau is back with another dubstep title for Producer Loops: Supalife Dubstep: Hard Edition. 'Supalife Dubstep: Hard Edition' raises the bar...

Review: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

The third volume in Goldbaby's Tape Drum Machines series of sample libraries features the sounds of another dozen drum machines. For those new to the...

Review: Loopmasters Live Lounge, sample library by Andre Touhey

I don't know what you think of when something gets labeled "Lounge music" but I simply associate this genre with downtempo music that makes...

Review: Detunized ROLFING Laid Back Vol.1, sound pack for Ableton Live

About a year and a half ago Stephan Marche launched Detunized, a subscription service offering sample packs for Ableton, Reason and FL Studio on...

Review: Sidsonic Libraries Circus Circuit Bending Library, massive collection of circuit bent sounds

Circuit bending has gathered quite a lot of attention in recent years. Sure it's not for everyone, but blogs like Create Digital Music, GetLoFi,...

Review: Loopmasters Atjazz Deep & Analogue, sample library by Martin Iveson

Atjazz is one of the monikers of producer, DJ, prolific remixer (over 140 remixes worldwide), and record label founder Martin Iveson, who actually started...

Review: CFA-Sound CableSphere, 64 patches for u-he ACE virtual modular synth

CableSphere is one of three commercial soundsets for u-he's ACE, the virtual modular synthesizer plug-in for Windows and Mac. It’s arrived: CableSphere, the third CFA...

Review: Beatserv Dark Downtempo 3

Regular rekkerd.org readers are probably familiar with Beatserv, the sample production outfit of Dean Dunakin and Wade Alin. Beatserv provides premium, royalty-free drum loops for...

Review: Sample Magic Soundtrack & Chill

Sample Magic has quite a track record when it comes to high quality sample libraries. Up to now most of its titles feature sounds...

Review: Cytomic The Glue

There are many applications for compression, from subtly fixing dynamics to creating wild effects. In my experience compressors (both hardware and software) are often...

Review: Goldbaby Productions When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

After releasing three synthesizer based titles consecutively, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: When Alien Drum Robots Attack! When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features...

Review: Vir2 Instruments World Impact: Global Percussion

Vir2 Instruments prouds itself in creating some of the most advanced virtual instrument libraries for Kontakt. The recently released electric guitar instrument Electri6ity took...

Review: Loomer Sequent

Loomer has recently released a new effect plug-in called Sequent. I figured Sequent had something to do with sequences, but English is not my first...

Review: Loopmasters Progressive House & Future Tech

Loopmasters has released a new sample library by Andy Lee: Progressive House & Future Tech. I am not exactly sure by what standards something is...

Review: Big Fish Audio Urban Nation

Big Fish Audio has just released Urban Nation, a construction kit style sample library for urban music. Urban Nation takes urban construction kits to the...

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