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Are Music Side Projects A Waste of Time or Energising Experiences?

In this curious article GW Childs explores the idea of whether music side projects could be beneficial or whether they might be a time drain.

Review: CME Xkey Air

If you're looking for a MIDI keyboard controller that is incredibly portable, wireless, with full-sized keys and good response, then you've probably heard of the CME XKey Air. Welcome to the review.

Review: Akai Professional BT500

Whether you like it or not, vinyl is back. And turntables are too. The new BT500 from Akai Pro allows you to play your old (or new) vinyl records and plug-in to your computer's audio interface & HiFi.

Review: Vir2 Aeris Hybrid Choir Designer

Matt Vanacoro has given Aeris Choir Designer the up, down, inside, and out treatment and now he's really pumped to tell you all about it...

7 of the Top Studio Condenser Microphones When Budget Isn't an Issue

Planning a recording session? Here's 7 of the most popular studio condenser microphones that most producers and engineers covet and yearn for. Do you agree?

Review: Antelope Audio Zen Tour

Antelope Audio suggest their new Zen Tour could be the new King of portable audio interfaces. Matt Vanacoro takes a closer look and puts its claims to the test. Spoiler alert: It very well might be!

Review: Waves Pusher

Infected Mushroom and Waves Audio have combined forces to bring us an interesting take on multiband mastering in plug-in form. Gary Hiebner finds out what it is capable of in this review.

Review: Native Instruments Woodwind Ensemble

If you want 6 flutes; 6 oboes; 6 B♭ clarinets; 6 bassoons; 6 tenor saxophones; and 6 bass winds to punctuate your tracks, NI's Woodwind Ensemble for Kontakt aims to please. But does it?

Review: Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer

The more we dug into the Roland JD-Xi polyphonic synthesizer, the more trouble we had putting it down. This hybrid instrument is more powerful than its price tag suggests. Find out more here.

Review: Intellijel Cylonix Rainmaker Eurorack Delay Module

Intellijel/Cylonix Rainmaker is a 16-tap stereo spectral rhythm delay and comb resonator in eurorack synth module format. But due to its vast feature set is so much more than the sum of its parts.

Review: Audient iD4

If you're looking for a solidly built bus powered USB2 audio interface with class A Audient console mic pre's that runs up to 24-bit/96 kHz for under $150 the Audient iD4 deserves your consideration.

Review: Umlaut Audio ARPS

ARPS is an arpeggiator instrument for Kontakt that uses 4 separate layers of sampled percussive sounds to provide rhythmic patterns. GW Childs discovers why big name composers rave about it.

Review: UAD 8.7 Release

Matt Vanacoro got hands on with the new UAD 8.7 software and put the two new plugins, plus the re-introduction of the Roland emulators too.

Review: Color Bots for Ableton Live by Diego Stocco

If you're looking for something a little different to add to your arsenal of tools, and are tired of just another VST effect or instrument, I’d like to introduce you to Color Bots for Ableton Live.

Review: Levels by 29Palms, Mixing & Mastering Just Got Easier?

29Palms have come up with an ingenious plugin. Levels is designed to analyse what's wrong with your mix and help you fix it in a very visually attractive way. Joshua Casper puts it to the test.