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Review: Sample Logic Impakt

Sample Logic's Impakt for Kontakt is a library with a difference. It contains clean-cut traditional concert percussion with a twisted, morphed version of the same library. Toby Pitman goes hybrid.

5 Tips for Using Ribbon Mics to Record Guitars

Many engineers use dynamic or condenser mics when recording electric guitar and bass. While being delicate creatures, ribbon mics can bring a warmer character and Rich Tozzoli shares 5 useful tips.

NAMM 2014: iZotope and BT Release BreakTweaker

It's simple. You want to make beats you’ve never heard before, so you need to use the beat machine of the future. Welcome to the future of beat making with BT and iZotope's BreakTweaker.

Essential Free Effect Plug-Ins for Electronic Producers

There's no reason why select free effect plug-ins can't be every bit as important in your arsenal of music trickery. With so many free plug-ins to choose from Noah Pred recommends 3 for EDM producers.

Exploring Real-Time MIDI Editing In Pro Tools

Pro Tools users are probably familiar with editing MIDI in the MIDI Editor or Event Operations window. Joe Albano reveals an alternative window which will open up real-time possibilities.

Review: Arturia Keylab 49: EZ Key-Z

If you're in the market for a well-built controller and want a stellar sound library to go with it, the Arturia KeyLab 49 deserves your consideration. Noah Pred delves into all it can do.

NAMM 2014: IK Multimedia Announces iRig Mic HD

Fresh from NAMM 2014, IK Multimedia have announced a high-quality digital handheld microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac - namely, the iRig Mic HD.

How to Write an Album in a Week (in 3 Simple Steps)

If you're full of creative ideas, grooves, lyrics, sounds and more... but find it a struggle to get these into finished songs/tracks, G. W. Childs is here with 3 simple ways to write that album now.

NAMM 2014: PreSonus Introduces Add-ons for New Studio One 2.6.2

PreSonus, have announced the availability of 3 new software expansions for their powerful DAW, Studio One, which also received an update to 2.6.2. There's something here for everyone.

NAMM 2014: Steinberg Releases Brand-New UR44 Interface

Steinberg have released the previously announced 6-in, 4-out USB audio interface, featuring comprehensive connectivity, studio-grade sound quality and an enticing software bundle.

Customizing Logic Pro X with the Logic Theme Switcher

Some of us want our DAW interfaces to look different. You may think Logic Pro X's interface is mostly set in stone, but in fact, using the Logic Theme Switcher, Jay Asher discovers it can be modded!

NAMM 2014: Bitwig Studio Launch Date Announced

After an eternity of teaser demo videos from the studios of Bitwig in Germany, we've received word that Bitwig Studio is launching on March 26th, 2014 with a host of interesting features!

NAMM 2014: 
Livid Instruments Announces Guitar Wing

If you're a guitarist and you're looking for something truly innovative for you next controller then Livid Instruments' Guitar Wing is for you! Wireless, can control plugin effects, iOS apps and more!

NAMM 2014: Focusrite Announces iTrack Dock

There are a number of recording solutions already available for iPad musicians. How many include 2 mic preamps, 2 line-ins, USB MIDI port all at 24-bit and 96kHz? Focusrite's iTrack Dock does.

Review: Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2

NI's Trakor Kontrol X1 MK2 is here and includes some novel additions, a simplified layout to its predecessor and can be used as a MIDI controller for other software. Sara Simms checks it out.