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5 Best Mastering Plugins You Can Buy in 2020

There’s a wealth of mastering software out there to suit all budgets and approaches. But which is for you? Hollin Jones shares his top 5…

Review: Sugar Bytes DrumComputer

Sugar Bytes brings a taste of the past and the future to its latest drum machine. But it’s so much more, as Hollin Jones finds out.

Review: Eventide Generate, A Unique Out Of The Box Synthesizer

In this world-first video review of the new Generate synthesizer from Eventide and New Fangled Audio Rishabh Rajan explores the sound design potential of this truly unique software instrument.

Review: iRig Keys 2 Mini Portable MIDI Controller

The latest addition to IK’s controller lineup is its most portable to date. And it has a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve, as Hollin Jones discovered…

Video Review: Arturia 3 Modulation FX - Will You Actually Use Them?

Continuing their tradition of creating virtual models of hardware effects, Arturia have released a trifecta of modulation fx. Is this holy trinity of modulation fx something you will actually use?

Review: Steinberg Dorico 3.5

With its new interface, VST expression maps and other excellent features, Matt Vanacoro puts Steinberg's Dorico 3.5 professional notation software to the test.

Review: $2 Samplified Royalty-Free Sample Packs

Not all sample packs, loops and MIDI files need to cost you an arm and a leg. With most of Samplified's sample packs just $2 we were tempted to explore further and were surprised by what's on offer.

5 Studio Monitors That Punch Above Their Price Tags

Monitors are one of the most important studio purchases you'll make. They can have a massive impact on how your mixes sound. Here's five excellent studio monitors that won't break the bank.

Review: ClassicFX For iOS

ClassicFX combines some much-loved audio effects in new and interesting ways on your iOS device. Hollin Jones took it for a spin.

Review: Novation Launchpad Pro MK3

Is MK3 the most advanced and powerful Novation grid and pad controller for producing with Ableton Live and other DAWs?

5 Classic Keyboards And The Best Software Alternatives

It’s wonderful to own or play a genuine classic, but their availability, size and cost mean that most people will have to find an alternative. Hollin Jones explains your options.

Review: Eventide CrushStation Overdrive / Distortion

Does Eventide's CrushStation tread the same, overdrive path as other distortion plugins, or can it offer a usable and unique sonic palette for the modern producer? Hollin Jones gears up to find out.

Review: Steinberg Backbone Drum Resynthesizer

Steinberg’s latest instrument promises to take your drum sound design to previously unknown realms. But can it deliver? Hollin Jones found out.

Review: Softube Weiss EQ1

Softube’s latest collaboration with Weiss copies the EQ1’s assembler code line by line while adding some distinctly 21st century features. Hollin Jones took it for a spin…

Review: Sontronics Podcast Pro

With podcasting more popular than ever, British mic specialists Sontronics have a sparkling new studio-quality mic that looks to fulfil your every need. Hollin Jones put it to the test.