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Review: Focusrite Clarett 8pre Audio Interface

Focusrite are well known for their high-end, professional audio interfaces. The new Clarett range promises clarity, virtually no noise, and AIR preamp modeling settings. Matt Vanacoro tests the 8pre.

Review: SpektroAudio CV Toolkit 2

If you’re looking for something to bring order to all of those control voltage based synths and drum machines, Spektro Audio may have just the thing for you in the form of the CV Toolkit 2.

UAD Modulation Plugin Shootout: MXR vs Roland RE-201 vs Boss CE-1

Modulation plug-ins can help provide movement and interest in your mixes. Matt Vanacoro looks at 3 UAD options: Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, Roland RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay & MXR Flanger/Doubler.

Review: Elektron Overbridge Brings Software Convenience to Analog Hardware

As good as analog music hardware is, it's not simple or convenient to integrate in a studio setup. Elektron's aims to change this with the free Overbridge software for its Analog series machines.

Review: Digital Performer 9

MOTU's Digital Performer is one of the big players in the world of Digital Audio Workstations. Matt Vanacoro puts version 9’s many useful, new features to the test and discovers there's lots to like.

Review: Heavyocity C-Tools, 3 Vintage Style Instruments in 1

C-Tools from Heavyocity is a collection of three vintage style synths for Reaktor: a drum synth, hybrid mono & hybrid organ and string synth. G.W. Childs puts great sounding synths to the test.

Review: Plug-In Boutique Carbon Electra

The new Carbon Electra synth plug-in from Plug-In Boutique is a digital beast perfect easy to approach, yet complex for your sound design needs.

Review: Roadie, Great String Winder and Ordinary Guitar Tuner

The Roadie is both a guitar and bass string winder and tuner. It's rechargeable and automatic and syncs with smart phones... but just how useful is it? Andy Bowen puts it through a tight test.

Review: Cerwin-Vega P1000X Powered Speaker

If you're in the market for a loud, clean, compact speaker system for your next live performance or for a venue, then the Cerwin-Vega P1000X speakers will grab your attention as Joe Albano finds out.

Review: Arturia BeatStep Pro

The original BeatStep from Arturia has been a big hit for those wanting to sequence synths and software. So, how does the BeatStep Pro compare with its multiple CV outs and standalone capability?

Review: ProjectSAM Swing

Although marketed as a jazz film scoring instrument, ProjectSam's Swing goes further and will appeal to singer songwriters and solo producers as Hollin Jones discovers.

Review: Meris Ottobit, 500 Series Sonic Mangler, Bit Destroyer

There are plug-ins which can destroy the sonic integrity or sample bit rate of your audio signal, but Meris' Ottobit 500 series unit takes your audio into the 8-bit realm in a really pleasing way.

Review: Sugar Bytes Obscurium, a Generative Synth for the Next Generation?

Sound designers and advanced synthesists are going to love the new generative synth from Sugar Bytes. It's a deep, deep instrument that mimics the complexity of a modular system. Find out more below.

Review: Universal Audio Apollo 8p Audio Interface

Combining 8 acclaimed Unison preamps and onboard DSP for plug-ins, we tested the new Universal Audio Apollo 8p. Matt Vanacoro finds out if it can be a worthy addition to your studio.

Review: AKG K181 DJ UE Headphones

Headphones designed for DJing are usually different to those for studio use, and for good reason. In this review, Hollin Jones dons a pair of the AKG K181 cans and puts them to the test.