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Eight Essential Plug-Ins for Singer Songwriters

Choose the right audio plug-ins and you can take your singer/songwriter productions to new heights… Here's eight that Hollin Jones recommends.

Review: BeatBuddy, A Drum Machine in Guitar Pedal Format

Imagine a drum machine that's simple to use for guitarists and in a format every guitarist will instinctively get: a pedal. Is Singular Sound's BeatBuddy a worthy alternative to a real drummer?

Review: Blue Hummingbird Microphone

A studio microphone with a B1 capsule and a head that rotates180 degrees? You won't be surprised its from Blue Microphones, known for their innovative designs. How does it perform? Read the review...

Review: Korg Kronos 2 Workstation Synth

A keyboard synth workstation that will evolve? Does the Korg Kronos 2 represent a large paradigm shift in the evolution of keyboard instrument development? Matt Vanacoro finds out in our review.

Rediscovering a Vintage Roland XP-50 Synth

Many of us talk about vintage synths. Sometimes without ever having lived, breathed and made music with them. In this article G.W. Childs shares his experience with his aged, but loved, Roland XP-50.

Review: Free DJ Delay Plug-In by Stagecraft

So you're an electronic producer or DJ and you want a new delay plug-in? But, you don't want to spend much? StageCraft's FREE DJ Delay plug-in might be what you need. Lynda Arnold investigates.

Review: Music IO

If you want to connect an iPad or iPhone into the hub of your music studio, you need to be be able to get audio and MIDI in and out easily. Hollin Jones investigates Music IO, a promising solution.

Review: Audient iD14 Audio Interface

Hollin Jones finds out if Audient's iD14 high-quality, compact audio interface with excellent sound and a surprisingly flexible software control panel actually combines good sound and price.

12 Of The Best Vintage Hardware Synths (That Don't Show Their Age)

G.W. Childs has been playing hardware synths for longer than he'll care to mention. But, on the plus side he's used some incredibly beautiful vintage synths. Here's 12 of his favorites.

Review: Softube Heartbeat

Heartbeat is Softube's first foray into creating software instruments, in this case a drum machine modeled on vintage drum machines. G.W. Childs checks out how this one performs, sounds and feels.

Review: Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Omnisphere 1 from Spectrasonics is an incredibly powerful software synthesizer with so many diverse sounds its dizzying. So how does Omnisphere 2 improve upon an award winning synth? Read on...

Review: Tracktion 6

Tracktion 6 has always been big in the DAW world as being easy to use. Gary Hiebner puts version 6 through its paces to find out if this single screen music making app punches above its price point.

Review: MunroSonic Egg100 Monitoring System

The MunroSonic Egg150s did very well in our recent review, so we're naturally curious how the Egg100s, designed for smaller studios, will fare. And they now come in black, white, and red.

Review: IK Multimedia UltraTuner for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch

A guitar tuner for iPhone used to be a revolutionary concept. But IK Multimedia want to take this further with UltraTuner for iPhone, iPad and... Apple Watch. How does it perform? Find out below.

Review: Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars Infinity

There's no point hiding it. Our review for Sample Logic's Cinematic Guitars Infinity is very positive. The reason? CGI is one of the most impressive instruments/sample libraries we've encountered.