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Review: NI Traktor Kontrol S5

Veteran DJ Liam O’Mullane aka The Sound Tutor has lived through vinyl to CDJs, control vinyl to controllers and now shares his thoughts on a new era of DJing performance offered by NI’s latest S5.

Review: Korg volca sample

G.W. Childs patiently waited to get hands on with the Korg volca sample. Having already included the volca bass, keys and beats into his setup, find out if the volca sample lived up to expectations.

Review: Yamaha Reface YC

Looking for a portable synth with excellent organ sounds, built-in speakers which is fun to play and perform with? Then look no further than Yamaha's reface YC. Find out more in our video review.

Review: Sequential Prophet 6

Does the new Dave Smith Instruments / Sequential Prophet 6 analog synth sound vintage and feel professional? Matt Vanacoro finds out on this review, with a video on how to program oscillator 1 too.

Review: Splice Sounds

With its own growing library, partnering with other big sample libraries, and a monthly subscription price, Splice Sounds aims to be the most convenient place to get samples from. Does it succeed?

Review: Akai Pro MPD232

With LEDS, Akai Pro's responsive pads and a host of features like "Note Repeat","Full Level" and standalone, computer or iOS device modes, the MPD242 looks attractive. But does it deliver?

Review: Heavyweights of Wireless Handheld Microphones: DPA vs Shure vs Sennheiser vs Sony

Choosing a wireless handheld microphone isn't easy. There's lots to consider. Matt Vanacoro puts the DPA d:facto, Shure GLX-D, Sennheiser EW D1-835 & Sony UWP-D16/30 in the ring to slug it out.

Review: Isotonik PolyPin: Generative Rhythms Max For Live Device

Isotonik are fast becoming one of the most productive and innovative creators of Max for Live devices. Noah Pred, Ableton Trainer, puts their generative rhythms device, PolyPin, to the test.

Video Review: Yamaha Reface DX

How well does this portable, 4-operator FM additive synth with integrated looper and mini-keys perform? Find out in this video review by Matt Vanacoro.

Review: Universal Audio UAD 8.3 Update

With three brand new plug-ins and new presets for Precision Mix Rack Collection, the new update for UAD 8.3 is focused entirely on sound. Matt Vanacoro puts the three plug-ins to the test.

Review: Akai Pro MPD218 & MPD226

Akai Professional's latest Ableton-centered controllers, the MPD218 and MPD226 get a full-on review from our very own controller specialist, G. W. Childs IV.

Arcadia: Immersive Music, Lightning, Robotics, Tech Spectacle Comes Home to Bristol

One of the most stunning and immersive music, light and circus events of the past 5 years, Arcadia, came home to Bristol in September and Ask.Audio were there to see, hear and feel the spectacle.

Review: FabFilter Pro-C 2: Exponential Compression

FabFilter's popular Pro-C compressor plug-in received a major update end of August, 2015. FabFilter Pro-C 2 features five new compression styles and much more. Noah Pred pushed it to its limits.

Review: XILS Syn'X 2

XILS-Labs have brought Elka's Synthex '80s analog polysynth into the digital age. Noah Pred sets out to discover if Syn'x 2 faithfully reproduces this iconic analog sound while staying CPU efficient.

Review: Native Instruments Reaktor 6

Native Instruments & Reaktor have been at the forefront of the software synthesis game for almost two decades. The long awaited update to v6 brings new depth and new heights. Brian Cass checks it out.