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Review: Focusrite Clarett 8pre Audio Interface

Focusrite are well known for their high-end, professional audio interfaces. The new Clarett range promises clarity, virtually no noise, and AIR preamp modeling settings. Matt Vanacoro tests the 8pre.

Native Instruments Stems Creator Tool in Public Beta

Native Instruments' Stem Creator Tool is in public BETA and lets anyone create stem versions of their tracks for playback in Traktor. DJs will now have individual control over 4 tracks when DJing.

Performing One Shot Samples & Vocal Stabs in Logic Pro

Making your own playable instrument from single samples need not be a chore. Darren Burgos shows how to make chopped up vocal stabs ideal for Trap, Hip Hop and House in a few clicks in Logic Pro X.

This DJ Spins a Set Using Reel to Reel Tapes

Wherever you stand on the digital vs vinyl debate when it comes to DJing, this video of Mr Tape spinning a set at 1992 DMC Championships on reel to reel tape recorders is bound to impress.

Download Free SampleScience Hip Hop Library, Da Vinyl Box

Fancy downloading an eclectic range of 263 instrumental samples ideal for Hip Hop? SampleScience's Da Vinyl Box is just a click away.

Audio Compressor Plugin Comparisons: Do You Really Need More Than One?

Do you really need lots of software compressors? Jay Asher provides audio examples along with his years of experience to investigate whether hardware emulating compressors are really all that unique.

Sonicsmiths Release Sound Design Tool with Unprecedented Features

The big release from Sonicsmiths is The Foundry. They tell us this Kontakt instrument is designed to let you create sounds that are uniquely yours and therefore break free from presets.

This Mini-Record Player In an 80s Car Tells You What You Need to Know

When a car speaks you might not imagine the voices are being played back from a mini phonograph. That's exactly the case with the Nissan Maxima's talk box system!

Music Production Techniques, Part 7: Reverb

Giving your mix separation and space will often see you reaching for reverb processors. Mo Volans takes an in-depth look at reverb in part 7 of this series on music production processing.

Using Novation Launch Control XL as a Standalone Modular Synth Controller

Good news for those wanting to use a Launch Control / Launch Control XL to control external hardware. Novation recently released a firmware update which lets you do just that. This video shows how.

Review: SpektroAudio CV Toolkit 2

If you’re looking for something to bring order to all of those control voltage based synths and drum machines, Spektro Audio may have just the thing for you in the form of the CV Toolkit 2.

8 Tips for Writing Pop Songs

Are you curious about writing pop songs? If you're an established or aspiring writer who's interested in writing pop music, here are a few tips on how to craft better pop songs.

Positive Grid And Harmonix Partner To Introduce BIAS Amp Technology For Rock Band 4

Harmonix and Positive Grid are partnering together to bring new in-game BIAS Amp technology offering "the most realistic guitar amp simulation ever" on the highly anticipated Rock Band 4 game!

UAD Modulation Plugin Shootout: MXR vs Roland RE-201 vs Boss CE-1

Modulation plug-ins can help provide movement and interest in your mixes. Matt Vanacoro looks at 3 UAD options: Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, Roland RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay & MXR Flanger/Doubler.

Native Instruments Introduces VELVET LOUNGE MASCHINE Expansion

Combining deep soul with contemporary urban styles, Native Instruments' new Velvet Lounge expansion pack is perfect for those sultry, atmospheric productions using Maschine and iMaschine.