Kontakt allows developers - with a great deal of work - to build some truly astonishing self-contained instruments. Noah Pred finds out if Sample Logic's Rhythmology is up there with the best.
Teenage Engineering's PO-32 Tonic features an upgraded hardware platform and a rather special new trick not seen in the other Pocket Operators. But what could it be?
This update to UAD's platform brings some new goodies, tweaks and upgrades to the party. Matt Vanacoro finds out what's inside...
The perfect string ensemble library is something many producers dream of. Have virtual instrument specialists Heavyocity nailed it with NOVO?
Roland has taken a new approach with its Cloud system and the latest additions are the classic Juno 106 and Jupiter 108 models. But how do they compare to the real thing?
Building instruments and processors from scratch isn't always easy but can be very rewarding. Audulus 3 might just be the tool that persuades you to take the plunge.
A mixer is an essential part of most music setups, but what if your needs are relatively modest? Behringer aims to deliver flexibility at a competitive price.
Focusrite's iconic gear can be found in studios the world over and is known for its amazing quality. So what did Matt Vanacoro make of the new OctoPre?
If you've ever lusted after the exquisite analog sounds that are now firmly back in fashion on TV and in the movies, Output's latest might be just what you're looking for.
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?