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Review: Samplitude Pro X3

Samplitude Pro X3 may not be the best known Windows DAW, but could it actually be one of the best performers?

Review: KRK V8 S4 Studio Monitors

KRK's studio monitors are known for their striking design. But do the new V8 S4 models sound as good as they look? Joe Albano finds out.

Review: Surreal Machines Transient Machines for Ableton Live

Drums sound best with plenty of punch. We put Surreal Machines' latest Max for Live effects, Crack and Impact, through their paces.

Review: IK Multimedia Modo Bass

Spoiler alert: The new Modo Bass from IK Multimedia is an incredibly good physical modeling bass instrument. The sound is excellent and it has a high level of tonal flexibility too.

Review: Korg iWavestation

Korg’s Wavestation was a true beast, and now it’s back in app form. But have they managed to cage this 90s classic?

Review: Rob Papen Predator 2

Rob papen's original Predator is a monster synth, so we were very curious to hunt down Predator 2, explore its new sound design tools, and discover how it would improve upon a winning instrument.

Review: Cubase 9

Cubase 9 is here and it promises some major workflow enhancements and a brand new sampler. Hollin Jones finds out if it is indeed loaded to the nines…

Review: Elektron Analog Heat and Overbridge 1.15.0

Elektron announcement of Analog Heat was met with rejoicing and some uncertainty. Timo Preece digs deep below the analog distortion and saturation for a clearer picture of what makes it so versatile.

AKAI Pro LPK25 Wireless & USB MIDI Controller

The latest music controller from Akai Pro is a sub $100 compact battery-operated, wireless bluetooth USB MIDI keyboard controller. GW Childs finds out if it presses his buttons.

GeoShred v2.0 Review

The award-winning GeoShred musical instrument for iPad now includes MIDI/MPE support. Check out our full review with video showcasing the new features.

Review: Bastl Kastle Mini Modular Synth

Whether you're a modular synth beginner or a well-versed noise maker, the Bastl Kastle mini modular synth has something to offer. It's more powerful than both its size and price suggest.

Review: U-he Repro-1

Repro-1, like Diva, wants to give you an authentic analog-sounding synth in software. Modelled on the famous Pro One synth, U-He have taken their synth plugin above and beyond the original.

Review: Apogee Element 24 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Apogee promise really low latency with their new sub-$600 10-in and 12-out Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac users. Jay Asher hopes it hits the sweet spot. Here's what he discovered.

Review: Arturia MiniLab MK2

The new Arturia MiniLab MKII has an attractive sub $100 price point. But does this uber-portable and ultra small music controller perform as classily as it looks? We find out in the video review.

FabFilter Pro-R: Surgical Reverb

Is this a first? A reverb effect to help truly sonically shape harmonics. Fabfilter's Pro-R could be accurately described as a surgical reverb plugin. Noah Pred tests out its repairing abilities.