Audio & music gear reviews

  • A review of SONiVOX Tony Coleman Drums
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    A review of SONiVOX Tony Coleman Drums - Tony Goes Virtual

    04/30/15

    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 a…

  • Review of Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3
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    Review of Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3 - Tighten it Up

    04/22/15

    The folks at Synchro Arts, renowned for their VocAlign software, recently came out with Revoice Pro 3, the latest version of their application that incorporates vocal alignment, pitch correction, doubling and more. We took it for a test drive, and here’s what we found.

  • Review of the Waves Butch Vig Vocals plug-in
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    Review of the Waves Butch Vig Vocals plug-in - Vocals Like Vig

    04/09/15

    In the tradition of its Jack Joseph Puig, Chris Lord Alge, Eddie Kramer, and Manny Marroquin signature plug-ins, Waves has released Butch Vig Vocals (Mac/PC), a processor plug-in designed to let you easily dial in great Butch-Vig-style vocal sounds. Featuring a very unusual-looking retro/sci-fi GUI, it offers compression, filtering, EQ, de-essing,…

  • A review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x headphones
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    A review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x headphones - The Hear and Now

    04/02/15

    If you’re serious about your production work, you probably should have at least one pair of premium headphones in your studio. They’re extremely helpful both when mixing and tracking, and the more accurate their reproduction, the more useful they’ll be. Audio-Technica announced several new reference headphone models at NAMM this year, among them t…

  • Sonokinetic Capriccio review
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    Sonokinetic Capriccio review - Sonokinetic Plays a Capriccio

    03/24/15

    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.

  • Review of the Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack
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    Review of the Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack - Slated for Excellence

    03/16/15

    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…

  • Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in
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    Review of the Universal Audio Sound Machine Wood Works … - A Cure for DI Acoustic Guitar

    03/12/15

    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...

  • Eiosis AirEQ Premium Review
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    Eiosis AirEQ Premium Review - Second Wind

    03/02/15

    Eight years after the original, Eiosis presents a "Premium" edition of the AirEQ plug-in.

  • A review of M-Audio’s M50 studio headphones
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    A review of M-Audio’s M50 studio headphones - Good Sound - Good Value

    02/19/15

    Every recording musician needs headphones, and there’s no shortage of choices. It’s not hard to find a good pair if you’re spending $200 and above, but especially in the sub-$100 range, it’s more of a crapshoot. M-Audio recently released two models in that range, and we’ll focus our review on the more expensive of the two, the over-the-ear (circum…

  • Review of the Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth
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    Review of the Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth - Little Bad Boy

    02/10/15

    The Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos (PL2 Leukos) is a hardware synthesizer module that fits in the palm of your hand, and can plug into your computer and respond to your DAW. Its analog pulse wave oscillators and analog and digital filters can create some pretty impressive synth textures. All parameters are edited via MIDI control change messages or u…