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Propellerhead Unveils Reason 8

And the BIG news this week is from Propellerhead! Reason 8 features a redesigned interface and streamlined workflow which they tell us makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.

Tone2 AudioSoftware Releases Nemesis Expansion, NeoFM

With over 512 new waveforms and 3 new skins, the FM synthesis-focused NeoFM expansion pack for Nemesis is said to offer unique sounds you just can't get with other synths.

Review: Rode SmartLav +

Expanding your range of mics to include a lavalier is a good thing if you record dialogue and interviews. And how much more convenient can you get than a lab mic for iPhone? Enter the Røde SmartLav+.

The Rise and Fall of MP3

Are you still listening to your music in MP3 format? Please, please stop already! Francesco Schiavon charts the rise and fall of this popular audio format and explains why it's time for us to move on.

Twisted Tools Expands Ultraloop with 3 New Expansion Packs

What could be better than Twisted Tools' Ultraloop? How about three new expansion packs from cutting edge artists Arovane, Cooh and D'Arcangelo, each featuring 128 loops?

Review: Nord Lead A1 Synth

With a unique oscillator section, a big sound, quality keyboard and enormous potential for sound designers and performers, the Nord Lead A1 synth is likely to appeal to most of us out of the box.

Making Use of Pan Envelopes in Ableton Live

If you're new to Ableton, whether you're a novice music maker or a veteran from other DAWs, knowing how to use pan envelopes can help transform your tracks and add extra interest. Here's how.

Native Instruments Launches READY.SET.PRO. Limited-Time TRAKTOR special

Have you been hovering on the edge of whether to go the Traktor DJ route? Until 31st August, you can pick up a Traktor Kontrol Z1 or Traktor Kontrol X1 and get Traktor Pro 2 FREE!

Akai Professional Introduces Studio-Grade Control for Serato DJ

The new versatile controllers from Akai Professional, the AFX and AMX, have been announced. Designed for Serato users of all kinds these sweet looking DJ devices are worth checking out.

Review: Audient ASP880, 8 Channel Mic Preamp

Looking for an 8 channel mic preamp with excellent build quality, flawless sound quality and first rate converters and preamps? Does the Audient ASP880 fit the bill? Hollin ones finds out.

Exploring Logic Pro X's Compressor Circuit Types

Logic Pro's built-in compressor has a lot of sound shaping potential below the surface. Joe Albano reveals the ins and outs of its circuit types.

ModeAudio Presents Future Trap Presets for Native Instruments' Massive

ModeAudio never seem to stop producing more samples, loops and presets! Their latest collection, Future Trap, contains over 50 presets for Native Instruments' popular synth, Massive.

WaveDNA Releases Liquid Rhythm v 1.4.1

With a redesigned BeatWeaver Rhythm Synth and an updated Maps panel, the 1.4.1 Liquid Rhythm update from WaveDNA is sure to bring a smile to existing users and those yet to try it out.

Music Theory: Making Keyboard Parts More Musical with Chord Inversions

Experienced musician, composer and Logic expert, Jay Asher, shares these excellent tips on how to use chord inversions to make your keyboard parts even more musical.

A Creative Approach to Music Production: The 5-Minute Trick

Whether you're writing an opera, composing a pop song or constructing an EDM anthem, it's important to have your muse on your side. G. W. Childs shares a quick trick to keep your creativity flowing.