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The Joy of Convolution Reverb and Impulse Responses in Ableton Live 9

Love Ableton Live, but miss a built-in convolution reverb? In Live 9 you can find both a convolution reverb and use impulse responses to create your own spaces and effects. Gary Hiebner sounds it out.

Review: Livid Base

Livid Instruments' Base has finally come out of our review labs... G.W. Childs find out just how perfect the pressure-sensitive pads, touch sliders and buttons are on this controller/instrument!

Review: Steinberg WaveLab 8

So you want to concentrate on editing audio or mastering a track? Rather than turn to your DAW with all the bells and whistles check out Steinberg's admired WaveLab 8, for Mac & PC.

Creating Horror Choirs in Reason

Let's play sonic word association... "Choir." Did you imagine angelic sounds, or similar? G. W. Childs turns this idea on its head by introducing a 'horror' element using Reason.

Adding Life to Loops in Logic Pro

Loops are great. But loops can also become mind-numbingly repetitive, too. Darren Burgos, however, has a solution to adding distinct, musical variations using a MIDI controller and Logic Pro.

Review: Loom, A Dream Weaver Of A Synth

Loom, an additive virtual synth from Air Music Technology, has turned a lot of heads - including Noah Pred's. Find out if this 64-bit synth sounds as good as it looks in this in depth review.

Do You Write Music, or Does Music Write You?

What came first, the music or the mood? G. W. Childs shares muses over the effect music has on our emotional states and questions whether the music we listen to it is responsible, or not.

Melodyne Integration in PreSonus Studio One

Melodyne has long been used by musicians and producers looking to pitch correct audio like we're used to doing with MIDI events. Gary Hiebner explores Melodyne's integration in PreSonus Studio One.

Review: FXpansion Bloom

Calling FXPansion's Bloom a delay plug-in is like referring to an iPhone as a... phone! Sure, at its heart it does delays, but Bloom can do so much more thanks to its extra effects processors.

Creating Quick And Dirty Drum Sounds

Every DAW worth its salt can help to create distorted, lo-fi drum sounds. In this tutorial, Toby Pitman shows his dirtying techniques that'll make your drums beg you for some soap and water.

Review: Solid State Symphony

When Jay Asher had the chance to review Solid State Symphony by Indiginus, he grabbed it with both hands! Find out why this library pushes all of Jay's buttons in our in-depth review.

Harmonic Sound Design with Ableton Live's Vocoder

Understanding how Ableton's vocoder works will allow you to create, not only robotic voices, but so much more harmonic content. If you're into sound design this is a must-read article!

Video Review: UA LA 2A vs NI Softube VC 2A Shootout

Both the Universal Audio LA 2A and NI's Softube VC 2A are modelled on the original LA2A hardware compressor. Paul Bissell puts both to the test in this video review shootout.

Review: FL Studio 11

Back in the day, G. W. Childs was a Fruity Loops die-hard user until he switched to the Mac platform. Now, with Bootcamp enabled, G. W. discovers just how far Image Line’s DAW has evolved.

Logic and The Environment, Part 2: The Clicks and Ports Layer

What is Logic Pro's Environment? Following on from Part 1, Peter Schwartz sets out to break it down into bite sized chunks. In this article he focuses on the Clicks and Ports layers.