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Five Pieces of Gear Every Sound Designer Needs

Whether you're primarily a recording sound designer, or an in-studio, behind a computer or synth kind, here's five types of hardware/gear every self-respecting sound designer should be armed with.

Aphex Twin Shares 21-Track Album Made on Buchla, Plus Interview

Looking for a 21 track modular experience album from Aphex Twin but have empty pockets? Fine. Richard D. James has released a 21 track Modular Trax album on SoundCloud and done a huge interview too.

Wave Alchemy 2014 Producer Contest Launched - Prizes inc. Native Instruments, u-he, Bitwig, AskAudio

Wave Alchemy, famous for their sample libraries and virtual instruments, are running a contest with prizes from ourselves, AskVideo, NI, Bitwig, u-he, Propellerhead, FabFilter and many more.

Native Instruments Introduces Paradise Rinse Expansion for Maschine

Soulful vocal samples, synth stabs and catchy organs inspired by the influence of Bass Music are here in Maschine and iMaschine expansion format. Find out more about NI's latest release.

Review: Editors Keys SL600 USB Microphone

USB microphones often get bad press for being... well USB. So Matt Vanacoro was pleased to discover how the SL6000 USB proved to be versatile and good-sounding for voice over applications.

Simple Duplication Trick for Better Beats in Ableton Live

Don't get stuck in one repetitive kick and snare groove. Ableton Live's duplicate feature can be a simple way for beginners and veterans alike to help freshen up their beats. Here's how.

Fxpansion Releases BFD Oblivion (Heavy Rock and Metal pack)

If you want post-metal, sludge and prog-metal drums that'll slice through walls of heavy guitars, FXpansion's BFD Oblivion expansion pack is designed for you. Check out the details and video below.

Allen & Heath Adds Wireless Personal Monitoring For QU Mixers

If you've got or are considering on of the Allen & Heath QU mixers, and have an iPhone or iPad, then their new Qu-You app will give full control of your mixer via your iOS device.

Audio & Music Production Concepts: Understanding Phase

You've probably been warned of "phase" when recording with multiple microphones, or discovered phase issues when mixing down. But what is it actually and how can you make use of it when producing?

LightLead: The World’s First Optical Analogue Musical Instrument Cable (Pre-Order)

Can you image an audio cable you'll never need to replace and will be the only one you'll ever need? That's what Iconic Sound tell us their LightLead can do... and a whole lot more. check it out.

Review: Acousticsamples Sunbird

Where can you find a beautifully recorded acoustic guitar sample library, in an easy-to-use interface and is light on the ol' CPU? Jay Asher finds out if Sunbird from Acousticsamples makes the grade.

Nord Releases Exclusive Original Mellotron Master Tapes for Free

You can now download some rare and unreleased masters as part of the Nord Sample Library, compatible with the Nord Stage 2, Electro 3 and 4, Nord Piano 2 and Nord Wave synths.

Review: Audio Technica ATH-M50x Studio Headphones

In the market for a pair of well-built, comfortable headphones with a good extended frequency range, deep bass and ideal for monitoring rock and electronic music styles? Hello Audio Technica ATH-50x.

7 Steps to Help Keep Your Music Sessions Better Organized on a Mac

Staying creative in your DAW is arguably easier if your sessions are well-organised and you understand the file structures. Time to tune your tidying up skills thanks to these tips from Rich Tozzoli.

Yamaha Releases Best of Motif Bank for MX Series Synths

If you own or are considering investing in a Yamaha MX synth, we've some good news! The Best of Motif Bank provides an excellent live sound library from the Motif synth range for MX synth players.