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Getting Modular with Tracktions’ Effects Racks

Many DAWs have effects racks these days. Traction's plug-in rack allows you to build complex effects chains and route them in a modular, convenient way. Gary Hiebner shows how.

Audiffex inTone2 Bridges Stage and Studio with Free ‘lite’ Version

Richard Scheufler describes inTone2 by Audiffex as "an intuitive software application that allows me to use the same sounds I use on stage while I’m practising at home."

Electronisounds EDM Remedy, a Cure for Copycat Sample Packs?

Electronisounds tell us their new sample pack, EDM Remedy, is a cure for the same old copycat EDM sample packs you've got and probably use in your productions.

Casio Chordana Composer 2.0 iPhone App: Compose Music by Singing or Whistling

Casio have released version 2 of Chordana Composer. What does it do? In a nutshell, you can compose music by whistling / singing into your iPhone. It uses pitch recognition and converts to "music".

Source Audio Releases The Reflex Universal Expression Controller

The Reflex Universal Expression Controller from Source Audio is a fully programmable, all-in-one expression pedal. It can send 3 CV signals, MIDI CC and 6 LFO wave shapes. More in the video below.

Review: Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors

The visual look of the new Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors has split opinion. We love the look, just as we love marmite. So how do these sturdy monitors sound? Matt Vanacoro put them to the test.

A Beginner’s Guide to Automation in Pro Tools

Automation is an effective way to add interest to your productions in Pro Tools. Being able to alter volume, panning and plug-in controls will allow you to truly sculpt an engaging piece of music.

Gobbler Marketplace Launches with Exponential Audio

You may be used to buying your software and audio plug-ins and spending lots of money on them. What if you could "rent" high-end plug-ins monthly? Welcome to Gobbler's Marketplace.

Output Releases FREE Version of SIGNAL for Kontakt

Happy days for anyone with a copy of NI Kontakt. The kind folks over at Output have released a lite version of their latest, inspiring Kontakt Instrument, SIGNAL, for free.

Native Instruments Introduces SYMPHONY SERIES: BRASS

Native Instruments have released two new Kontakt instruments in their new Symphony Series: Brass Solo and Brass Ensemble. Both can be purchased individually, or you can get them as a collection.

Review: Rob Papen Vecto Synth Rack Extension for Reason

A Rob Papen plug-in synthesizer for Propellerhead's Reason as a Rack Extension? It's a no-brainer to review. The question is, how good is this powerful synth and how will it fit into productions?

Making the Ultimate Guitar Rig: Fusing Analog and Digital Worlds

Interested in getting the perfect setup for your guitar? There's no need to stick to either a pure analog or pure digital rig when you can have the best of both worlds. Andy Bowen explains more.

Sugar Bytes Obscurium, Generative Synthesizer Creates “Organic , Lively Sounds”

Today, Sugar Bytes have released a new software synth, Obscurium. Capable of organic sounds, spherical pads, arpeggios and percussive elements, Obscurium is based on generative synth tech.

Review: Roland JD-XA Analog / Digital Crossover Synth

What do you get when you blend the best of the digital and analog synths together? In the case of the Roland JD-XA, a huge sound with powerful effects and so much more to enjoy.

Music Production Tutorial: Back to Basics - Bit Depth, Sample Rate, and Headroom

All modern music makers need to understand audio concepts like bit depth, sample rate and headroom so they can push your production setup to the max. Matt Vanacoro explores the basics and some.