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5 Excellent Underground Software Synths

With so many software synths available, we've sourced five lesser-known but fully capable ones to help make your tracks stand out from the crowd.

Stuart Price on Creating Hits for the Killers and Pet Shop Boys with Apollo & UAD Plug-Ins

The good folks at Universal Audio have interviewed producer and musician, Stuart Price, and find out about his influences, production techniques and use of UA gear (obviously!)

Review: Crystall Ball, Multi-Sensory MIDI Controller

We've been waiting for the theremin concept to evolve. And Naonext's Crystall Ball aims to bring motion and pad control to your studio or DJ set. Is this the future for music controllers?

Using Reason's Thor Sequencer for Phrase Sequencing

Propellerhead Reason is chocka full of hidden features and functionality. In this tutorial G. W. Childs shows how to make a melodic pattern in Thor that changes pitch dependant on the keys you press.

u-he Releases ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) 1.3 Update

Sporting a number of enhancements such as 200 new presets, new mapping generator and AAX support, version 1.3 looks set to add new tweakability to u-he's popular ACE synth.

Review: Waves Vitamin

Ever been confused what harmonic exciters and enhancers can do to your mix? Waves have made it clear with their new quick fix plug-in. Matt Vanacoro shows why taking your vitamins can help your mix.

Native Instruments introduces Arcane Attic Expansion for Maschine

Let's face it, more of us than ever are making beats using Maschine. The more beats we make, the more unconventional we need our beats to sound to stand out from the crowd. Enter Arcane Attic from NI.

Fun with Loopmash FX in Cubase 7.5

If you’re familiar with using Loopmash as an instrument, prepare to have your musical mind blown as Hollin Jones unleashes its potential as an effects processor in Cubase 7.5.

Learn the Art of Orchestration, First with Strings

Join A-list orchestrator, Thomas Goss – along with top professional orchestra players – and learn the art of composing and orchestrating for strings in this 3+ hour video course from AskVideo.com.

Review: Native Instruments Rise and Hit

Native Instruments' latest new Kontakt instrument release has a distinct function, but it's suitable for multiple genres. If you want quick and easy crescendos, then Rise & Hit will appeal.

Creating Stereo From Mono Tracks In Logic Pro X

Most times you'll record instruments in mono to a single channel, but sometimes you may want to beef these up in the mix and create stereo versions. Here's how, in Logic Pro X.

RØDE Announces New and Improved Blimp Windshield

It looks cool and is lighter than the previous version: the Røde Blimp could be the perfect windshield and shock mounting system for video-based sound recordists.

6 Tips for Making Unique Orchestral Library Compositions

The tools for authentic sounding orchestras are here. But, that automatically make your string sections sound good! Jay Asher shares six tips to help make your orchestral compositions unique.

ModeAudio Releases Mystic Rhythm Electric Guitar Loops

Looking for electric guitar loops with a sections of picks, pinches, sweeps and strums from 77 to 145 Bpm and across a range of styles? ModeAudio's 800MB Mystic Rhtyhm aims to please.

sE Electronics Launches New Mics, SPACE Acoustic Isolator and Pro DSLR Microphone

Late last week, just outside London, UK, a crack team from AskAudio Mag attended a big event at the HQ of pro mic company, sE Electronics. Find out what new studio gear is coming your way this year.