Slated for Excellence - Review of the Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack
The release of a channel strip plug-in doesn’t typically generate a lot of excitement, but it sure has in the case of Slate Digital’s Virtual Mix Rack (VMR). Slate’s hardware emulations are considered among the best in the industry, and VMR offers a flexible suite of processors in a virtual 500 series rack…
A Cure for DI Acoustic Guitar - Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in
When Universal Audio announced Sound Machine Wood Works at NAMM this year, I was intrigued by what was promised: A plug-in that can change a DI recorded acoustic so that it sounds like it was miked. Now that the plug-in has been released, does it live up to its billing...
Second Wind - Eiosis AirEQ Premium Review
Eight years after the original, Eiosis presents a "Premium" edition of the AirEQ plug-in.
Control and Routing - PreSonus Monitor Station v2 Review
There's not much to choose from in the "advanced" desktop monitor controller world ─ meaning controllers that are more than just a volume knob ─ for about $300: Mackie and PreSonus, with their Big Knob and Monitor Station, respectively, have been competing for the market for some years now. So, when one of them updated its controller, we wanted ...
REmatrix: The Chosen One? - Overloud REmatrix Review
Overloud, author of SpringAge and BReverb 1 and 2, extends its range of reverb plug-ins with REmatrix, which includes several convolution engines and an effects chain. Does it simply increase the possibilities of a tried-and-true technology or is it a new approach to the creation of spaces?
Fat Strings - Waldorf Streichfett Review
Unveiled last spring at Frankfurt, it wasn't until mid-summer that the Streichfett was to be seen in stores. As soon as it came out, we grabbed one and stripped it down!
My Taylor is Rich - Taylor 814ce 2014 Edition Review
It's always a pleasure to review a Taylor, an American brand that stands for high quality among musicians.
The Analog/Virtual Symbiosis - AudioTouch C-Buss Review
In terms of hardware compressors, the latest products are too often expressions of the same theme, variations on a mythical device that has already proved its worth. Fortunately though, on rare occasions, a nice surprise arrives at your door. This is especially true in regard to today's topic since, for once, the innovation was right next door...
NextGen Virtual Drums - Toontrack EZdrummer 2 Review
Eight years after releasing the first EZdrummer, Toontrack introduces version 2, which gently revolutionizes the virtual drum market. Far from trying to grow in terms of gigabytes, EZdrummer bets on the usability of its interface and, especially, the intelligence of its functions. The result: A good lesson to all competitors
A New Bass Pedal in Town - Tech 21 VT Bass DI Review
The VT Bass DI offers vintage tone and lots of handy features. How does it compare to Tech 21's other VT Bass products?