Virtual Synths articles

  • A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session
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    A review of Cakewalk Rapture Session - A Rapture on a Budget

    03/09/16

    Recently, Cakewalk announced Rapture Session, a new member of its Rapture software-instrument family. It offers less sounds and no programmability, but it has the same synth engine as the flagship Rapture Pro and comes with almost 4GB of content. What makes it most notable, however, is its super-low price tag: $29.95. So is Rapture Session a great…

  • These synths may be lesser known, but they sound awesome
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    These synths may be lesser known, but they sound awesome - 5 Top Soft Synths You Might Have Missed

    11/23/15

    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 an…

  • MIDI Learn Explained
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    MIDI Learn Explained - Control your software remotely with real knobs, buttons and faders

    10/19/15

    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 con…

  • A review of the U-He Hive virtual synth
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    A review of the U-He Hive virtual synth - Hive: Be Careful, It Stings!

    09/14/15

    Hive, the latest instrument from u-he, does not claim the precision of Diva the richness of Zebra 2, or the modularity of Bazille or Ace. No. Hive looks and feels simple, is easy to use, and provides a fat sound. Mission accomplished?

  • Classic synth emulations that won't cost you a dime
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    Classic synth emulations that won't cost you a dime - 5 Free Vintage Synth Plug-Ins

    08/16/15

    You often hear that a $1,000 laptop today has the power of a billion dollars worth of computer equipment from 50 years ago. Likewise, the equivalent of thousands of dollars of vintage synthesizer gear often exists in the form of a low-cost or even freeware plug-in. To say it’s a beautiful time to be a computer musician would be an understatement.

  • Cheap Synth Apps with Rich Sound
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    Cheap Synth Apps with Rich Sound - Five Cool iOS Synthesizers for Under $10

    06/14/14

    The quality and variety of synthesizers available for your iOS device just keeps getting better and better. Although many of the top, name-brand synths will cost you in the range of $20 or even more, there are some great ones on the iTunes Store for half or a quarter of that price. Here are five synths that range from free to $9.99, and offer a lo…

  • Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review
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    Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 Review - Ultra Ultra?

    12/14/13

    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.

  • UVI Vintage Legends Review
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    UVI Vintage Legends Review - Modern Classics...

    07/30/13

    UVI seems to have decided to bring back to life the myths of synthesis in the form of sample libraries for its own UVI platform and compatible programs. Let's have a detailed look at one of them: Vintage Legends.

  • Our favorite sequencers for music production
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    Our favorite sequencers for music production - What are the best DAWs?

    05/26/13

    The DAW is the heart of modern home studios. A sequencer isn't something you should buy carelessly because it impacts the way you work – the whole process, from the idea to its realization. Here is a brief introduction to the 18 best sequencers on the market, in no particular order of course.

  • Native Instruments Monark Pro Review
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    Native Instruments Monark Pro Review - The King Talks

    03/27/13

    In the domain of analogue synthesizer emulation, the race for fidelity continues. The biggest breakthroughs have not necessarily originated from the top editors. One of them, Monark, is reacting with a promise of the most faithful recreation of an old analogue hero, the Minimoog.