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Kontakt Roundup: 5 Excellent Instruments to Add to Your Collection

We've all got our favorite software instruments. And when it comes to the Kontakt platform we're often spoiled for choice. To help, Matt Vanacoro shares his top 5 Kontakt instruments of all time.

Review: Isotonik LaunchSync Series 2 Max for Live Plugins for LaunchControl XL, Push, MIDIMix & More

If you want your Push, LaunchControl, MIDIMix, etc to be the controllers of your dreams in Ableton Live, then Isotonik Studios are here to ensure that is the case with LaunchSync Series 2.

In-Depth Review: Arturia iSpark - Much More Than A Beatbox

Arturia's Spark for desktop computers was a big hit, so how does iSpark for iPad fare? We got fully hands-onbefore release and gave it an in-depth spin. Watch the video and read the review below.

Review: Vir2 Apollo Cinematic Guitars

If you're looking for a massive Kontakt library with lush, ambient guitars with lots of character aimed at sound designers and media composers, then you must check out Vir2's Apollo Cinematic Guitars.

Review: Toontrack Traditional Country EZX

Country music is growing in popularity and having an influence on mainstream pop. Happily, Toontrack now offer a Country drum expansion for EZDrummer & Superior Drummer. Hollin Jones takes a look.

Review: Palette, A Modular MIDI Controller

So you’d like to be able to build your own modular MIDI controller which is as easy to configure with extra buttons, faders and knobs as simply snapping them together? Welcome to Palette.

Review: Pioneer DJM-S9

Pioneer DJ's DJM-S9 is designed and built for turntablists and especially those who use Serato. Sara Simms puts this DJ scratch mixer to the test to find out what good things it offers.

Review: Soundiron Symphony Series Brass

Looking for a great-sounding orchestral brass library (Kontakt instrument format) with many useful performance articulations and features? Toby Pitman sees if Soundiron Symphony Brass fits the bill.

Review: IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic

IK Multimedia have a new member in the iRig family. This time it’s aimed at acoustic instruments. Let’s check out the iRig Acoustic Mic and App.

Review: Genelec 8351A SAM Studio Monitors

The Genelec 8351A SAM studio monitors winners of a NAMM 2016 TEC award have some innovative features designed for accurate monitoring. Sara Simms gave them a good listen to in this in-depth review.

Review: Korg iDS-10 Synth Studio for iPhone

The Korg iDS-10 has found its way from the Nintendo DS to iPhone. And it comes with improvements which Korg claim make it the synth studio for iPhone users. G.W. Childs puts it to the test...

Review: Universal Audio UAD 8.4 Software Update

With 8.5 just round the corner retake a close look at the goodies inside the Universal Audio UAD 8.4 software update which includes three rather tasty plug-ins.

Review: ModWheel The Bends for Kontakt

Imagine a Kontakt instrument where all samples are struck, scraped and bowed while immersed in water. That's what ModWheel's The Bends is. Sara Simms dives in to review this intriguing instrument.

Review: Joey Sturgis Tones Toneforge Menace

So you want to process your sounds through an aggressive metal-style software amp plug-in? Well, you're in luck. Toneforge Menace from Joey Sturgis Tones does just that. But how does it perform/

Ableton Link: Why You Should Be Excited

With yesterday's release of Live 9.6 including Ableton Link, AfroDJMac (also known as Brian Funk) explains why this might be the biggest advancement for mobile musicians since the original iPad.