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Roland DJ-808 Review

The new Roland DJ-808 DJ controller seeks to be the hub for every DJ setup. featuring a 4-channel mixer, jog wheels, 16-step sequencer with Roland's iconic 909, 808, 707 and 606 drum sounds and more.

Review: Wave Alchemy Revolution, Drum Machine Supreme

14 iconic drum machines. One plugin. Wave Alchemy have created an instrument for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player which offers and promises so much. But does it beat the rest?

Focusrite Red 4Pre Interface Review

If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?

Review: Roland Boutique VP-03 Vocoder Synth & How To Use it With Your DAW

Much has been made of Roland's new Boutique synth range. The VP-03 is a digital (ACB) recreation of the 35+ year old classic VP-330 Vocoder. So, how does this new synth stand up to the test of time?

Review: Arturia DrumBrute

Arturia has turned its engineering firepower towards beats and created a fully analog monster with bags of connectivity. Enter DrumBrute!

Review: Imaginando DRC

DRC from Imaginando is a powerful, beautiful sounding synth for iOS, Android and for computer plugin platforms. GW Childs puts it to the test.

2016 Xmas Gift Guide for Musicians and Producers

It’s been quite a year for music performers and producers, with all kinds of new gear hitting the shelves. Here’s our guide to some of the best – and most affordable – music kit around this Christmas.

ROLI Blocks Review

ROLI has entered a new phase with its acquisition of FXPansion. First out of the blocks are, well, Blocks! But what exactly are they? Read on to find out…

Waves Abbey Road Vinyl Review

Waves promise their new plugin will give you vintage warmth of vinyl records played on classic turntables and needles. It's a precise model of Abbey Road Studios’ vinyl cutting and playback gear.

Review: AutoTonic, The Modal Note Transposing Tool

So, you want real-time scale mapping & keyswitching that's independent from the virtual instrument plugin you're using? AutoTonic allows you to play any mode or scale on the diatonic C notes!

Review: Impact Soundworks Ventus Shakuhachi

If you're looking for a sample library for the classic eastern Shakuhachi instrument with tonal articulation control that sounds authentic then Impact Soundworks have a treat for you.

Review: Glitchmachines Fracture XT

Review: UVI Synth Anthology 2

Where most synth emulation virtual instruments focus on the classics, UVI Synth Anthology 2 embraces the vintage variety and some modern monsters too. Matt Vanacoro finds out if the sounds match up.