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Best of 2014: DJ Hardware Gear

So you're done mixing your tracks in the studio. Want to DJ them? Here's our favorite 7 hardware-based gear recommendations of 2014 for DJs (in alphabetical order).

Best of 2014: Mixing Plug-Ins & Tools

Whether you are after analog emulation or cutting edge music mixing tools 2014 had something for everyone. Here's a run down of 7 of our favorites (in alphabetical order) which we reviewed this year.

Aphex Twin Music Software Coming Soon?

Richard D. James attracts lots of attention with his music as Aphex Twin. So, how fascinating would his music software be? Good news is he's working with a programmer to bring his ideas to life.

Best of 2014: Software Synths and Instruments

In probably our most challenging music gear roundup of 2014, we shine a light on 12 of our favorite software-based instrument and synth plug-ins reviewed this year. (In alphabetical order).

Review: Isotonik Livid BASE II DJ Template

Calling all Livid Instruments Base II owners. If you want to expand the functionality of your controller for Ableton, then Isotonik's Base II DJ template deserves a serious look.

New Year Resolution: Learn Music Production Skills for Less

If you haven't yet decided on a New Year's resolution for 2015, consider beefing up your music production chops the easy way thanks to AskVideo's New Year video tutorial sale.

Best of 2014: Hardware Synths & Drum Machines

2014 has seen the resurgence of music hardware. With plenty of capable hardware synths and drum machines hitting the headlines, we've collated our 7 favorites of the year (in alphabetical order).

Review: Bitwig Studio 1.1

Point 1 updates usually contain small bug fixes for most software DAWs. Not so with Bitwig Studio! 1.1 contains some new devices, sidechain and other features too.

Creating Realistic Drum Sounds With Logic Pro's Drum Kit Designer

In five simple steps, Logic maestro, Matt Vanacoro, shows how to create a realistic sounding drum kit and pattern using Logic Pro X's Drum Kit Designer.

Best of 2014: MIDI Controllers

Over the past year we've reviewed a lot of capable and unique MIDI Controllers here at AskAudio Mag. Here's our favorite 12 of the year (in alphabetical order).

To Buy, Or Not To Buy: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing Music Gear

So you might be considering picking up some bargains in a seasonal sale, or just want to burn a hole in your pocket… but do you really need new music gear? G.W. Childs plays devil's advocate.

Arturia Announces Hardtek Essentials Expansion Pack for Spark and Spark LE

Arturia's latest expansion pack for their creative drum machine, SPARK and SparkLE controllers and SPARK 2 is a hard-hitting collection spanning heavy techno to hardtek and Drum n Bass.

Review: Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System

Looking for speakers which are clean, loud, detailed, with a well-balanced sound but don't take up much desk space? Joe Albano finds out if Samson's Meteor M2 speakers fit the bill.

Novation Showcase Hardware Only Music Making Setup

Turn away from your computer screen (not just yet) and make some music! Novation show how LaunchControl XL can be the hub of your music studio using hardware to get hands-on and happy.

Korg Continue ARP Odyssey Analog Synth Tease

Fancy a remake of the classic, affordable, and portable duophonic analog synthesizer, the ARP Odyssey? Well Korg have been working on this since February and January 2015 is maybe a release date...