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Review: ROLI Lightpad Block M

ROLI's ecosystem keeps growing with an upgraded Lightpad Block - the M. Hollin Jones found out what sets it apart from its predecessor, and from pretty much every other MIDI controller...

Top Music Production Tutorial Articles 2017

From recording to arranging, mixing to mastering, Ableton Live to Logic Pro. There's been a lot of excellent tutorial articles published in 2017. Here's 12 of the most popular.

Poly Expressive Is A Large, Customizable, Pressure Sensitive Controller For Musicians

Want one large XY controller, 50 switches or anything in between? Just print your board to control all of your pedals, amps and DAWs with Poly Expressive.

Review: Universal Audio Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor

UAD's recreation of a classic Distressor from Empirical Labs is officially endorsed by the makers of the original hardware. Rich Tozzoli finds there's much to like in the EL8.

Spotify In Trouble: $1.6 Billion Copyright LawSuit Over Tom Petty, Neil Young & The Doors Songs

It's not a happy start to 2018 for Spotify. A new copyright lawsuit has been filed against them to the tune of $1.6 Billion for unlicensed use of songs by Neil Young, The Doors, Weezer and many more.

What MIDI Channel Voice Messages Are & Why You Should Care

So you use MIDI controllers, the MIDI protocol every day in your studio or live music setup. But how much do you know about how it works? Here's what MIDI Channel Voice Messages are all about.

Is This The Behringer Clone Of An ARP 2600 Synth?

Well, it looks like NAMM 2018 is going to be the year when a number of new hardware synthesizers will be unveiled. Amongst them we suspect this timely tease from Behringer hails a new ARP 2600 clone.

Top Music Gear News Stories of 2017

From real analog synths to clones, laptops with 3 screens to 52 free audio plugins, Spotify changing its loudness target to Adidas shoes that look like the TR-808. This is the best of our news 2017.

These 3 Reaktor Instruments Are Now Free

Start the new year with these three inventive Reaktor ensembles which are now free for a limited-time only. DropSynth, A Memory of Light, and WavCloud are yours to download.

Making Logic Pro's Synth Plugins Sound Analog

Understanding how to detune oscillators in a synthesizer is key to getting your own unique sounds. In this short video, Mo Volans takes you through the fundamentals.

Learn Advanced EQ Techniques With SSL Duende Native

Take full control over your sounds with these advanced EQ techniques. Demonstrated using SSL Duende, they can be applied to any EQ with similar controls.

Best of 2017: Kontakt Instruments

2017 saw a plethora of Kontakt instruments that took what we thought was possible to the next level both in sound quality and feature sets. Here's some of our favorites from the past year.

Zivix Announces Next-Gen Jamstik Smart Guitars. To be Revealed at NAMM

The announcement of the upcoming Jamstick guitars coincides with brand new software upgrades for the Jamstik playing experience, including a web-based play portal and updated JamTutor app for iOS.

MQA: Is This Codec Masquerading As High Quality Audio?

In the quest for the next big thing, Meridian Audio created the MQA audio file format, supposedly high-res audio in a small size. But does it live up to the hype?

Superbooth 2018 Discounted Tickets & More

The greatest synth event of the year is coming to The Fez in Berlin in just four months. Superbooth 218 promises to be bigger and better than ever so get your discounted tickets before it's too late.