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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.

Review: Elastic Drums for iOS

Elastic Drums for iOS has received plaudits since its release, so we were curious to find out if it really is as good as it sounds. Plus, 5 randomly selected comments will get a copy of Elastic Drums!

Review: Akai Pro MIDImix

Small, compact, solid and as far from expensive as you can get. The new Akai Pro MIDImix promises to be a worthy mixer for Ableton Live producers and G. W. Childs investigates how it fares.

Review: Yamaha Reface CP

The Yamaha Reface CP features a vintage keyboard sound engine with six detailed vintage keyboard types. Matt Vanacoro puts all six to the test in this video review.

Review: Steinberg Neuro Mindset

Hamburg drum'n'bass group, Rawtekk, have crated some great sounds and heavy beats in Groove Agent expansion pack format. Hollin Jones sets out to discover if it has mind-blowing results.

Review: Sample Logic Gamelan

Sample Logic's Gamelan is more than well-recorded samples from Skywalker Sound Studios... fusing the best of synthetic and acoustic and combined with the step animator, Gamelan is something special.

Review: Yamaha reface CS

Is the new virtual analog engine powered Yamaha reface CS synth as small, fast, portable, and excellent sounding a synth as Yamaha hope it will be? Matt Vanacoro finds out in this video review.

Review: Blackstar FLY 3 Watt Mini Amp

Smaller than your average cat, the Blackstar FLY 3 mini amp is designed to be highly portable but also packs a punch in terms of sound. Sara Simms takes one out and about to give it a thorough test.

10 Essential iPad Apps for Beat Makers

As the iPad continues to evolve, so do its apps. And this is a good thing for iPad producers and musicians in particular. Hollin Jones highlights 10 excellent apps for iPad designed for making beats.

Review: Novation Launchpad Pro

The Launchpad became THE controller for Ableton Live. Now the Novation Launchpad Pro aims to become THE grid instrument for expressive performance in Live & other DAWs. Hollin Jones follows the lights