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Review: U-he Repro-1

Repro-1, like Diva, wants to give you an authentic analog-sounding synth in software. Modelled on the famous Pro One synth, U-He have taken their synth plugin above and beyond the original.

Review: Apogee Element 24 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Apogee promise really low latency with their new sub-$600 10-in and 12-out Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac users. Jay Asher hopes it hits the sweet spot. Here's what he discovered.

Review: Arturia MiniLab MK2

The new Arturia MiniLab MKII has an attractive sub $100 price point. But does this uber-portable and ultra small music controller perform as classily as it looks? We find out in the video review.

FabFilter Pro-R: Surgical Reverb

Is this a first? A reverb effect to help truly sonically shape harmonics. Fabfilter's Pro-R could be accurately described as a surgical reverb plugin. Noah Pred tests out its repairing abilities.

Best of 2016: Kontakt Instruments

2016 saw a raft of Kontakt instruments that either advanced what we thought was possible, or consolidated Kontakt as the sample engine of choice. Here's some of our favorites from 2016.

Best of 2016: Eurorack & Modular Synths

2016 was the year that eurorack and modular synths finally broke into mainstream music producer consciousness. While that's not what every synth nerd wanted it's been positive for the makers.

Best of 2016: Audio Interfaces

Audio interfaces are hub of most audio recording and production studios. Here's seven of our favorites for every budget released in 2016 which we reviewed or were mightily impressed by.

Review: Mutable Instruments Rings

If you're looking for a physical modeling resonator eurorack module, then you've probably heard of Mutable Instruments Rings. In this in-depth review, we find the sweet spots in this synth module.

Best of 2016: MIDI Controllers

It’s been a great year for MIDI controllers with classics being updated, new models on the scene and even some stuff that came completely out of left field. Here are ten of our favourites!

Best of 2016: iOS Apps For Musicians

Your iPad or iPhone can be the basis for your productions. We feel these iOS apps excel in their respective fields for musicians and producers looking to push their music making to the next level.

Roland DJ-808 Review

The new Roland DJ-808 DJ controller seeks to be the hub for every DJ setup. featuring a 4-channel mixer, jog wheels, 16-step sequencer with Roland's iconic 909, 808, 707 and 606 drum sounds and more.

Review: Wave Alchemy Revolution, Drum Machine Supreme

14 iconic drum machines. One plugin. Wave Alchemy have created an instrument for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player which offers and promises so much. But does it beat the rest?

Focusrite Red 4Pre Interface Review

If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?

Review: Roland Boutique VP-03 Vocoder Synth & How To Use it With Your DAW

Much has been made of Roland's new Boutique synth range. The VP-03 is a digital (ACB) recreation of the 35+ year old classic VP-330 Vocoder. So, how does this new synth stand up to the test of time?