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Review: Aphex Exciter

Recording, mixing or mastering? Want to highlight the vocals or get your instruments to pop through the mix? An aural exciter like the Aphex Exciter might be what you need. Joe Albano checks it out.

Review: Cinematic Studio Strings

Cinematic Studio Series says their new Strings library for Kontakt is bursting with character with stunning true-to-life dynamics and a wide variety of articulations. Jay Asher puts it to the test.

Review: Output SUBSTANCE

Output’s instruments are known for being unique, and now they've focused their attention on bass. But will the earth move?

Review: Sinevibes Switch 2, Creating Intricate Rhythmic Gates

Designed for rhythmic audio gating, Sinevibes Switch 2.0 also includes a very capable sequencer with control of over 32 gates. Noah Pred discovers whether Switch 2 takes him beyond the gates.

7 Excellent Hardware Compressors

Without further ado here's seven of our favorite high-end, analog, hardware compressors. This list includes vintage models and some units that are out of production.

Review: Novation Launchkey mk II

Think of controllers and Novation and you probably think about their capable Launchpad and Launchpad Pro Ableton Live controllers/instruments. If you want keys? The Launchkey mkII aims to please.

Review: IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

Review: Mercuriall Tube Amp Ultra 530

Many guitarists have switched to virtual plug-ins for studio recording and live work. Mercuriall hits the scene with the U530 plug-in, so how does it stack up against the real and virtual competition?

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.