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Review: Max For Cats Bengal, A Fierce Jungle Synth For Ableton Live

Bengal from Max for Cats is a flexible, polyphonic semi-modular FM synthesizer that's going to get you purring with its delicious pads and growling with its roaring basses. Noah Pred tames the beast.

Review: Icon Pro Audio QCon Pro X Control Surface

The Icon Pro Audio QCon Pro X is a control surface with motorised faders fit for most DAWs that is built like a tank in a good way! Matt Vanacoro gives it an in-depth review along with video.

10 Top Hardware Synthesizers For Under $1000

If you've got $1,000 to burn on a hardware synth which one/ones should you choose? Matt Vanacoro showcases his favorite 10 choices here.

Review: Magix Sequoia 13

A DAW that costs just under $3,000? Matt Vanacoro puts Magix's high-end Sequoia 13 to the test and finds out who it's aimed at and what it brings to the table more consumer-based DAWs miss out on.

Review: M-Audio AV42 Monitors

There are more monitor speakers coming to market for the home studio/bedroom studio music producer than ever before. M-Audio's latest offering, the AV42, are compact, well balanced and economical.

Review: Korg electribe 2 and electribe 2 Sampler

With the release of the red and blue electribe 2 and electribe 2 Sampler Korg have updated the software to 2.0 bringing a number of useful features to these machines. G.W Childs shows his favorites.

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro

The new iLoud Micro monitors are tiny, but IK Multimedia explain they sound bigger than they look, and are aiming for the music/producer market. Hollin Jones measures them up for size in our review.

Review: Ruismaker Drum Synthesizer Plug-In for iOS

Fancy a synthesizer drum machine that sounds like your old vintage drum synth with plenty of tweakability as an audio unit plugin for iPad & iPhone? Welcome to Ruismaker. We were seriously impressed.

Review: SampleTank 2 for iOS

IK Multimedia's SampleTank 2 for iOS has become an expressive, high-quality instrument suitable for studio and live performance. Matt Vanacoro was blown away by it. Find out why.

Review: Roland AIRA Bitrazer, Demora, Scooper & Torcido Eurorack Synth Modules

The AIRA Bitrazer, Demora, Scooper & Torcido from Roland are 21HP eurorack synth modules and USB audio interfaces. And using the software editor they become very flexible indeed. We test them out.

Review: Zynaptiq ADAPTIVERB

Do we need more reverb plugins? Wait. Zynaptiq ADAPTIVERB is something special. If the tag line, "harmonic tracking resynthesis" confuses you, don't worry. Think of it as a new frontier for reverbs!

Review: Stereo Savage by Plugin Boutique

We're not going to beat around the bush with this one. If you're looking for a stereo widening mixing plugin then Stereo Savage from Plugin Boutique is well worth your time and money. Here's why.

Review: Spitfire Audio Glass & Steel: Shimmering Timbres

Glass & Steel for Kontakt, has been described by Spitfire Audio as "tuned percussion from another world". Noah Pred finds out how useful its found sounds are for sound designers and producers.

Review: SONAR 2016.06 update

Recently we've been seeing regular monthly updates for Cakewalk SONAR. These updates haven't just seen bug fixes, we're talking new features too. Matt Vanacoro checks out this massive DAW.

Review: Korg nanoKEY Studio

Featuring a keyboard, knobs, trigger pads, and touch pad the nanoKEY Studio from Korg is a wireless (or USB) mobile MIDI controller with some advanced features. G. W. Childs puts in a performance.