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Top 5 Max for Live Packs of 2016

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.

Review: UVI Rotary, Ultimate Tonal Revolution?

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.

Review: Korg Gadget 3 For Mac, iPad and iPhone

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?

Review: Soulsby Synthesizers Oscitron

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?

Designing Realtime 3D Sound Performance: Sound of MNTN, Ableton Live and Planetary Cymatic Resonance

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...

5 Reaktor Synths You Should Know About

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?

Review: Make Noise 0-Coast Single Voice Patchable Synthesizer

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.

Review: iConnectivity ConnectAUDIO 2|4

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?

7 Amp Sims Every Producer & Guitarist Should Know About

Guitar and bass amp simulations are often indistinguishable from the real thing. Here are seven of the best, plus a couple of honorable mentions.

Review: Yamaha Montage 1.5

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.

55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

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!

Review: Finishing Move Post Human for Kontakt

Musicians, producers and sound designers might all want to consider this Kontakt collection to pad out their sound library with some great ambient textures.

Review: Blokas PiSound, Audio & MIDI Interface For Raspberry Pi

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.

Review: Touch Innovations Kontrol Master

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?

Review: Antelope Audio Goliath Audio Interface

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...