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Review: Steinberg Dorico

Steinberg hired some of the developers behind Sibelius to work on its very own dedicated notation application. But what did Matt Vanacoro think of Dorico?

Review: Line 6 James Tyler Variax JTV-89F Guitar & Helix Guitar Processor

Recently, I was able to test a Line 6 James Tyler Variax JTV-89F guitar with my trusty Helix guitar processor. Let’s look into how this package works together.

Review: Arturia KeyStep

A polyphonic sequencer and arpeggiator that's compatible with iOS and also has CV for incorporating modular synth gear? Rounik Sethi is suitably impressed by Arturia's KeyStep.

Review: Dreadbox Abyss 4-Voice Analog Synth

The latest hardware release from Dreadbox is a 4-voice analog synth monster that is much more than a regular polyphonic instrument. Jade Wii finds out what's lurking inside.

Review: Sample Logic Electro City Kontakt Library

Sample Logic's latest Kontakt instrument crams over 1000 loops and 1800 presets into a clever four-core loop instrument. Joshua Casper found himself suitably impressed.

Watch How Arturia MatrixBrute Was Used To Score Valerian

Arturia has released a short documentary in which Alexandre Desplat shows how he used the MatrixBrute synth as well as live orchestral sessions to score blockbuster movie Valerian. Watch it here.

Review: GMSN (Glasgow Make Some Noise) Pure Modular Synth

A pre-built modular synth system can be a great way to get all the flexibility and power but without the hassle of building it for yourself. So how did Scott Riesterer get on with Pure Modular?

Review: Yamaha MX88

Costing a third as much as a MOTIF but with many of the flagship sounds, Matt Vanacoro asks - just how has Yamaha crammed all this into such a lightweight workstation, the MX88?

Match EQ Showdown

Match EQ tools are incredibly useful for quickly applying the same treatment to multiple files. Here, we go head to head with three of the best from Apple, Fabfilter and iZotope.

Exclusive Review: Roland SE-02 Analog Synth

A Minimoog-inspired portable monosynth developed by Roland & Studio Electronics for under $500 sounds too good to be true. But it's not! Here's our world exclusive video + review of the SE-02.

Review: Puremagnetic microtron For Ableton Live

Love the sound of the Mellotron but can't get a real one? You're not alone. Luckily help is at hand in the form of Puremagnetik's Microtron. G.W Childs is all a flutter...

Review: UVI Beatbox Anthology 2

Did you know there are over 100 models of hardware drum sampler out there? Why not save tracking them all down by simply getting this excellent new beatbox instrument, Beatbox Anthology 2, from UVI.

Review: Bastl Instruments Dude! - Battery Powered 5-Channel Mixer, That's More Than a Mixer

When is a mixer more than a mixer? When it's also capable of generating its own noise. G.W Childs gets up close and personal with the Bastl Instruments Dude!

Review: Surreal Machines Diffuse and Modnetic

Berlin-based Surreal Machines have come up with a couple of awesome new delay plug-ins and Noah Pred thinks they might be the last dub tools you ever need...

Review: Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Amplifier

Affordable, highly portable and it even has Bluetooth built in. Sara Simms finds there's much to like about the Blackstar ID:Core BEAM Amplifier. She even took it out for a jam...