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10 Tips for Creating Great Cover Songs

Whether you perform live or produce in a studio, it's likely that you've covered a song or track before. That's a good thing! In this article G.W. Childs offers 10 tips to make your covers better.

Universal Audio Releases AKG BX 20 Spring Reverb Plug-In with UAD Software v8.3

New software for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo interfaces offers the only exclusively licensed and endorsed plug-in version of AKG’s legendary spring reverb. Bring on that indie sound.

Air Music Tech Release Mini Grand and DB-33

Good news for those wanting excellent software emulations of a Hammond B3 and a grand piano in your DAW. Air Music Tech’s Mini Grand and DB33 have been remastered and are now in VST/AU formats.

$33,000 in Music Gear Prizes - Ask.Audio Launch Contest

To celebrate our new website design, new name, and the Ask.Audio Academy, we've partnered with the biggest & most popular music industry companies to give you the chance to win $33,000 of music gear.

Arcano MIDI NES MIDI Synth Lets You Create Chiptune Music

This minimalistic microcontroller-based synth is designed to emulate the classic chiptune sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System's audio processing unit. For just $65 you can grab an Arcano soon.

The World of Alternative MIDI Controllers

From Keytars, to MIDI guitars, wind controlled to V-Drums, there's a world of unusual MIDI controllers out there, that go beyond your usual buttons and keys. Joe Albano explores notable alternatives.

Battle Ready: Pioneer DJM-S9 Two-Channel Mixer for Serato DJ

The new DJM-S9 two-channel mixer for Serato DJ puts the power of personalisation in DJs’ hands, with a fast, accurate and customisable crossfader, & Performance Pads and FX buttons that DJs can map.

Final Goodbye to Moog Slim Phatty, Plus 99 Free Presets

You’ve probably heard by now that Moog are retiring the ultra awesome desktop Slim Phatty analog synthesizer. To mark this event they’re offering 99 of their favourite presets for Slim Phatty owners.

Review: Meris Ottobit, 500 Series Sonic Mangler, Bit Destroyer

There are plug-ins which can destroy the sonic integrity or sample bit rate of your audio signal, but Meris' Ottobit 500 series unit takes your audio into the 8-bit realm in a really pleasing way.

FM Synthesis Sound Design Tips for Ableton Live Operator

With a little knowledge of FM synthesis you can create sounds you may not have imagined possible. Noah Pred shows how to make huge bass tones, textured pads, rises and more in Ableton Live's Operator.

Universal Audio Announces Direct Developer Plug-Ins From Brainworx & Softube

New UAD Software v8.3 includes two Ampeg SVT bass amplifier plug-ins from Brainworx, and the Tube-Tech EQ Plug-In Collection from Softube. Check out all the details below.

Novation Giving Away Fully Restored OSCar Synth Worth £5,000 GBP!

There’s 1 Month to go for your chance to win a fully restored OSCar synth courtesy of the good people at Novation. Check out the video of it in action below.

Spectrasonics Releases Omnisphere 2.1 Update

One of the most popular power synths, Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 has been updated with simplified user sound sharing and Library Publishing for third-party development amongst the many additions.

Soundcraft Si Impact Digital Console Now Shipping in UK

The new 40-input Soundcraft Si Impact is a digital mixer with 40 inputs, mixing via iPad with built-in STagebox Connectivity, Ableton Live 9 Lite included, and so much more!

Review: Sugar Bytes Obscurium, a Generative Synth for the Next Generation?

Sound designers and advanced synthesists are going to love the new generative synth from Sugar Bytes. It's a deep, deep instrument that mimics the complexity of a modular system. Find out more below.