Max for Live development continued to deliver a wealth of fascinating devices over the last year. From mind-blowing effects to top-notch semi-modular instruments, here are five of our favorites.
UVI tells us their Rotary effect plugin is a modern emulation of the classic rotary speaker effect, delivering deep controls and wide-ranging tonal possibilities. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.
Gadget 3 is finally here and it brings Korg's innovative music-making system to the Mac desktop for the first time. Oh, and did we mention it now features audio recording as well?
With a unique wavetable PWM synth engine, a huge selection of waveforms and filters and wavetable capture via audio input, could the Soulsby Oscitron be the synth of your dreams?
3D sound is still a relatively new phenomenon and can be complex to work with. Timo Preece investigates how it works, and goes on a journey through space and time...
There are many fine add-on synths created for Reaktor, but did you know about these five great models that come as part of the standard Reaktor library?
East and West coast synths traditionally have their own approach and sound, but how about a 0-Coast design? Rishabh Rajan decodes this unique semi modular synthesizer.
iConnectivity is well known for its powerful and flexible audio interfaces, so what would we make of the ConnectAUDIO 2|4 when we put it to the test?
Guitar and bass amp simulations are often indistinguishable from the real thing. Here are seven of the best, plus a couple of honorable mentions.
Yamaha's powerful Montage operating system has had an update, adding cool new features like Auto Beat Sync. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces.
There are some amazing free plugin and standalone software instruments out there, if only you could find them. Luckily we have compiled a list of the top 55 - so now you can!
Musicians, producers and sound designers might all want to consider this Kontakt collection to pad out their sound library with some great ambient textures.
DIY synth building and hacking is increasingly popular. The PISound interface from Blokas aims to provide you with pro ins and outs for your Raspberry Pi system.
Touch-based controls for audio software are all the rage. So would Touch Innovations' Kontrol Master take us back to the 80s, or forward to the future?
Antelope Audio makes some great high-end recording and mixing gear, but would the Goliath live up to its name, and corresponding price tag? Matt Vanacoro found out...