It's Free Ableton Live Pack time courtesy of the generous Isotonik Studios folks. This time their PMX series (available for 6 more days only) consists of CLavi's sampled from the Casio PX3000.
Hamburg drum'n'bass group, Rawtekk, have crated some great sounds and heavy beats in Groove Agent expansion pack format. Hollin Jones sets out to discover if it has mind-blowing results.
"Auto-Tune" is ubiquitous with pitch corrected pop vocals. But pitch correction processors can be used both creatively and to correct performance errors. Joe Albano delves deep into the main players.
You thought your smart phone / MP3 player was the coolest, most portable music player? Think again (well, on the 'coolest' bit). Ion Audio's Duo Deck does portable turntable and cassette deck in one.
Wave Alchemy are close to releasing a brand new Kontakt instrument, Mutate. They tell us there's a deep sequencer inside this "next-generation synth" designed using a Eurorack modular system.
Kontakt has become one of the most popular and respected software samplers for modern musicians. If you're relatively new to Kontakt then these 5 steps will get you up and running in no time.
The hype around reverb plug-ins has focused on convolution. But, that doesn't mean it's best for all needs as UVI's SparkVerb proves. In 1.1.2, SparkVerb adds multi-channel plugin support and more.
Tascam's new VL-S3's are 3' 2-way desktop powered monitors which are cost equivalent to a pair of decent headphones. Excellent news for the price conscious producer.
Sample Logic's Gamelan is more than well-recorded samples from Skywalker Sound Studios... fusing the best of synthetic and acoustic and combined with the step animator, Gamelan is something special.
In part 2, Shane Berry continues his exploration into the science and psychology of the current conundrum for music producers: Which is better: analog or digital?
Listen to Berlin based techno duo Pan-Pot's premiere of 'Operator' from their upcoming EP and album exclusive to Ask.Audio. Plus they explain the story and tech behind the track.
There's an old-fashioned point of view by old-fashioned producers who mistakenly think FL Studio is not a serious DAW. FL Studio 12 is deep, flexible, powerful, and now compatible with Waves plugins!
If you're already a Bitwig user then you'll want to check out the new features the Berlin-based DAW company have introduced in the BETA for 1.2. There's lots here to get your teeth into.
Is the new virtual analog engine powered Yamaha reface CS synth as small, fast, portable, and excellent sounding a synth as Yamaha hope it will be? Matt Vanacoro finds out in this video review.
Simpler is Live's workhorse sampler. For those with Live Suite, Sampler is the bundled fully-featured stallion. It's a powerful device with unique features and potential for inspiring sound design.