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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.

Review: AKG K872 Headphones

Master Reference headphones are the gold standard for mixing and mastering music. Can AKG’s new flagship models do the business?

Review: Korg ARP ODYSSEi

So, you want a mobile analog synthesizer for iPad and iPhone that reproduces the legendary ARP synth sound? Korg feel they've got something lined up just for you. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

UAD Software V9.0 Review

Universal Audio's UAD 9.0 software brings to the table (or studio) a lot to love. Here to explain what and why is UAD veteran user, Matt Vanacoro.

Review: Modor NF-1 Digital Hardware Synthesizer

An unashamedly digital hardware synthesizer, the Modor NF-1, captured our attention with its beautiful, minimal, sleek design and left us curious whether its sounds would live up to its aesthetics.

Review: Heavyocity Punish

Review: FL Studio Transistor Bass

Image Line's FL Studio 12.3 includes a new addition to the already excellent arsenal of plugins. Transistor Bass is based on the classic Roland TB-303 bass synth. But is it faithful to the original?

Review: contortDistort Echoes in the Aether Creative Sound Library For Absynth

The aim behind Echoes in the Aether was to create fun, creative, interactive, rhythmic, and playable sounds for Absynth users. Timo Preece finds out if ContortDistort achieved their objective.