Music Software articles
Lucky Sevens - A review of iZotope Ozone 7 Advanced and Ozone 7
The Ozone mastering suite from iZotope has gotten better with each major update. The latest, Ozone 7, adds vintage modules to its processing arsenal, which allow you to add warm, analog-like sounds. All but one of the new modules are exclusive to Ozone 7 Advanced, which is more costly than the standard version of Ozone 7. Both versions have see...
What's On Your Plate? - A review of the Valhalla DSP ValhallaPlate reverb plug-in
Most software reverbs offer a choice of halls, plates, rooms and other types of virtual spaces, but Valhalla DSP takes a different approach. The company has separated its reverb offerings into individual plug-ins for different reverb flavors, and sells each for only $50. As a result, you can get a high-quality reverb, albeit of a single type, fo...
A/B-ing Just Got Easier - A review of SampleMagic Magic AB Version 2
When the original Magic A/B came out a couple of years ago, I was pretty blown away by it, because it made the important process of A/B-ing a mix a lot easier. Now SampleMagic has rewritten the application from the ground up, and what was already an excellent plug-in has gotten significantly better.
- 12/02/15Getting started
Customize Your DAW - How to personalize your DAW to fit your work style
Your DAW is your most important piece of software — the heart of your studio. Most DAWs offer a lot of features that you can customize to fit your taste and the way you work. Since you use your DAW so frequently, you might as well make it as comfortable and efficient a workspace as possible. In this article, we'll point out some of the key aspec...
Black Friday 2015: A list of the best deals - Top Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales and Discounts on Pro Audio Software and Hardware
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are back with a vengeance, with manufacturers and developers knocking down the prices of countless virtual instruments, effects, sound banks, and even audio hardware, with some deals lasting until the end of the year!
5 Top Soft Synths You Might Have Missed - These synths may be lesser known, but they sound awesome
To help you avoid making music that sounds like everyone else’s, I want to tell you about some premium-quality soft synths you may not know about. Although none of these instruments are terribly obscure, each deserves more attention than it normally gets. Some are relatively new but haven’t gotten much ink, while others are all but forgotten by ...
Bundle of Joy - A review of the Soundtoys 5 native effects bundle
From EchoBoy to FilterFreak to Crystallizer, Decapitator and more, Soundtoys plug-ins are super-creative tools that offer users the potential to take their music to new sonic places The new Soundtoys 5 native bundle (Mac/PC) offers that and then some, with the addition of all the plug-ins the company developed subsequent to the release of the pr...
5 Top Freeware Reverbs - Add space to your recordings with these free reverb plug-ins
We all know that reverb is one of the staple effects in a mixer's toolkit. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a recording or live mix without at least some reverb in it. But does getting a good reverb sound require that you spend hunks of money on high-end plug-ins or hardware? Not necessarily. You can actually enjoy a variety of reverb soun...
Space Liberation - A review of the Sonible Frei:raum EQ plug-in
Life as a writer for Audiofanzine has its pros and cons...Granted, if you're into audio, spending most of your days testing and reviewing the latest gear from the audio world can be really gratifying to the geek in you. However, after the umpteenth review of the umpteenth virtual version of a legendary hardware unit, it can get really tiresome.
- 10/19/15Getting started
MIDI Learn Explained - Control your software remotely with real knobs, buttons and faders
I’m often surprised by musicians who use their mice or trackpads to change MIDI software parameters, and then complain that they miss using real knobs and buttons. I’m surprised because they could use knobs and buttons if only they’d take advantage of MIDI Learn (sometimes called MIDI Assign), which gives you the ability to assign the physical c...