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Best Of 2018: FX And Music Accessories

It's not all about instruments - the FX and accessories you choose for your studio can transform it and help make your tracks sound even better. Here are the best released in 2018.

Review: iZotope Nectar 3

iZotope's Nectar 3 is a true swiss army knife for vocal editing, mixing and production. And this latest version really takes things to the next level, as Matt Vanacoro discovered.

Best of 2018: Kontakt Instruments

Kontakt-based instruments just keep getting better, and 2018 saw some of the most ambitious and great-sounding releases ever. Here are the boldest and best Kontakt instruments of the year.

Best Of 2018: Software Synthesizers

2018 saw a raft of updates and new releases, from emulations of vintage gear to new and totally unique soft synthesizers. There's never been a better time to make music with virtual synths.

Review: Korg Grandstage

Korg's Grandstage represents a new approach for the company, focusing on putting everything a live performer needs at their fingertips. Read on to find out what Matt Vanacoro thought of it...

Best Of 2018: iOS Apps For Musicians

2018 has been a great year for new, expanded and upgraded music-making apps on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Here are some of the best, from beat makers to full DAWs.

20% Off Pro Tools For Focusrite Users Until 25 January 2019

Register your Focusrite hardware to receive a discount code that gets you 20% off Pro Tools - but hurry, the offer runs for a limited time only.

Best of 2018: Max For Live Packs

2018 was a banner year for Max for Live development, with innovation manifesting in a variety of unusual Packs spanning many categories. It wasn’t easy to narrow down, but here’s our favourites.

Nord Upgrades Vintage Electric Piano Library And Introduces New EP Filters

The Enhanced EP Library and new EP Filters are available for free download now for Stage 3 Series owners, with Electro 6 and Piano 4 support on its way. Here's how to get them.

Best of 2018: MIDI Controllers

This year saw updates and new releases covering everything from keyboards and Eurorack modules to chord assistants and MIDI guitars. Here's our roundup of the best MIDI controllers of 2018.

Native vs Powered Processing For Music Producers: Picking A Plugin System

Native and powered plug-ins trade off price and power in different ways - but which system is right for you? In part one of this guide, Matt Vanacoro explains the pros and cons of each.

AudioBus Updated With MIDI Learn - Control Every Aspect Of A Session From MIDI Hardware

AudioBus 3.3 now features MIDI Learn, which opens up whole new worlds of creative possibilities for controlling sessions from MIDI hardware. Here's what's new.

Polyend Updates Medusa Synth To V1.1 - New Software Tools, MIDI Menu And More

The collaboration between Polyend and Dreadbox that produced Medusa goes from strength to strength with a new free firmware update adding a bunch of new features. Here's the lowdown.

Recording Acoustic Guitar DI, And Making It Sound Good

Recording acoustic guitars using direct input doesn't always sound great, but with a few tricks you can make big improvements. Here, Rich Tozzoli shares his recording secrets.

BandLab, Online DAW Community Reaches 5 Million Users, Version 8 Coming In January

BandLab has experienced massive growth in user numbers in its relatively short history. Now it's passed 5 million, with more new stuff in the pipeline...