Virtual Instruments reviews
Instruments from the Cloud - A review of the EastWest Composer Cloud subscription service
Subscription-based plans are becoming more common for music software. While presumably a good thing for the developers, they’re not necessarily so great for users, who have to pay over and over for a license, and can lose access to the software if they let the subscription lapse, or if the developer goes belly up. That said, one subscription pla...
Tony Goes Virtual - A review of SONiVOX Tony Coleman Drums
SONiVOX's Tony Coleman Drums (Mac/Win), is a virtual drum plug-in featuring sampled kit sounds from Coleman, who’s played with a who’s who of blues and R&B artists including B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. The sampling session featured Coleman playing his Mapex kit...
Sonokinetic Plays a Capriccio - Sonokinetic Capriccio review
The supply of virtual orchestras has become more and more abundant. There's a seemingly never-ending rise in the number of samples, instruments and content available, in general. But what about how they're used? Sonokinetic has come up with a unique answer with Capriccio.
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
Tweaking the Breaks - iZotope BreakTweaker Review
The partnership between artist BT and iZotope has resulted in a new plug-in, the BreakTweaker. Is it just another drum machine or a more advanced tool than it seems?
Orchestral Outbursts - Spitfire Audio BML Series Review
Whenever we deal with a virtual orchestra, we usually end up talking about East West or the Vienna Symphonic Library. However, there are some other publishers that are just as exacting in terms of quality, including one that is gradually underway to creating an imposing orchestra. We are talking about BML by Spitfire Audio.
Ultra Ultra? - Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review
AAS renews its virtual analog synth by adding VA-2 to its name. But that is obviously not the only change. Here's a detailed overview.
HALion Doing? - Steinberg HALion 5 Review
Twelve years after the first version of HALion — the sampler "made in Steinberg" — came out, it's time for the fifth generation to make its debut with a lot of new features. But will it be enough to compete with the two major players, namely Kontakt and MachFive?
The Kingdom Of Three - FXpansion BFD3 Review
FXpansion recently introduced BFD3, the third version of its comprehensive drums software. A simple revision or a true update deserving a new version number? And what is its place in a universe already overcrowded? Let's find out.
The Caribbean Touch - Native Instruments Cuba Review
The newest addition to Native Instruments' Kontakt libraries is called Cuba. It was conceived to provide the typical sound of Afro-Cuban music, a territory seldom treaded by music library publishers. So, how did they do?