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Best of 2016: Kontakt Instruments

2016 saw a raft of Kontakt instruments that either advanced what we thought was possible, or consolidated Kontakt as the sample engine of choice. Here's some of our favorites from 2016.

Watch This Quick & Informative Tour of Roland’s JP-08 Boutique Hardware Synth

Get the lowdown on Roland’s recreation of a true classic synth, Jupiter 8, in this fast and easy to follow video on the Boutique JP-08.

Get Samples From Mars FREE Voyetra Analog Synth Pack

It's always nice to get sample packs of rare and famous analog synthesizers. And in this case you can get a sample pack of one of the best sounding analog poly synths of all time. The Voyetra Eight. 

Orchestration Tips: Making Horns Sound Real in Kontakt

If you're going for great-sounding realistic horns in your productions, Matt Vanacoro is here to share tips on how to turn humdrum horns into something more inspiring.

This Hacked Dalek Is An Arduino Clone Synth

Growing up with Daleks on TV was scary. But here's a way to put the fear in perspective. A Dalek (granted, it's a miniature one) as a synthesizer suddenly makes them a lot more friendly.

XILS-lab Resurrects Rare RSF Polykobol II Analog Synth As PolyKB III

Before you continue, we want to make clear the PolyKB III from XILS Labs is an analog synthesizer emulation. Yes, it's a software plug-in synth which you might not be able to tell at first glance.

Behringer DeepMind 12 Analog Poly Synth Now Available, Sold Out Already?

If you've been waiting for Behringer's DeepMind 12 analog polyphonic 12-voice synthesizer powerhouse to arrive, and are based in Europe, head over to your local store now before it's too late!

Ableton Live Racks: From Basic To Beyond

Ableton Live's racks can be as simple and complex as you wish them to be. Don't be put off by perceived complexity though. There's lots of cool things you can do and Joshua Casper shows some here.

Manipulator for Kontakt, Unlimited Variations From 18 Sounds

Nick from Flintpope contacted us to tell us about his new FREE Kontakt instrument, Manipulator. It's a soundscape design tool that does exactly what its name suggests.

Korg Arp Odyssey FS Synth Is Limited Edition

The Korg ARP Odyssey FS (full size) synth we caught glimpses of a couple of months ago is real and will be available soon. However, it looks like you'll need to act fast. It's a limited edition.

Best of 2016: Eurorack & Modular Synths

2016 was the year that eurorack and modular synths finally broke into mainstream music producer consciousness. While that's not what every synth nerd wanted it's been positive for the makers.

Behringer Reveal First Details & Images For Analog Drum Machine

With the DeepMind 12 analog synth practically out now Behringer are turning their attention to the analog drum machine. Looks like Roland, Korg, Elektron and Arturia just got major new competition.

Arturia MatrixBrute Synth Now Shipping

It's almost been one year since the Arturia MatrixBrute analog synthesizer was announced. And from today the first units have begun shipping. Here's a video of a 2 MatrixBrute performance to celebrate

Best of 2016: Audio Interfaces

Audio interfaces are hub of most audio recording and production studios. Here's seven of our favorites for every budget released in 2016 which we reviewed or were mightily impressed by.

This Audio Interface Survived 2 Days At Bottom of River Thames

An audio interface at the bottom of the River Thames for two days will surely be ruined, right? It depends on the interface! We don't recommend you try this at home (or at work).