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Review: Cakewalk SONAR

The new Cakewalk SONAR is out and comes with some extremely useful tools and effects, a new interface, vocal sync and mix recall modes. Gary Hiebner discovers how this PC DAW stacks up.

Review: Mutronics Mutator by Softube

If you're looking for a great sounding, easy to use, CPU efficient filter plug-in that recreates an historic piece of gear, then Softube's Mutronics Mutator is for you! Matt Vanacoro checks it out.

Review: Siren Audio Generative 2

Enter a world of beautiful and terrifying sonic soundscapes with Siren Audio's granular synth, Generative 2. Does this atmospheric synth press all of G. W. Childs' buttons? Find out in our review.

Review: Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synths

If you're after some insanely fun to use, great sounding, portable synths with excellent onboard effects that can sync together or to your DAW and are affordable, read this review now!

Review: UAD v8.0: Apollo Expanded & Console 2.0

One of the biggest announcements at NAMM 2015 was Universal Audio's UAD v8.0, featuring Apollo Expanded & Console 2.0. There's lots inside and Matt Vanacoro got down and dirty with the update.

Review: Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

If you need to make gentle fixes to the timing of your vocal tracks, severely tighten the timing or pitch, or create realistic double tracks from one performance, then Revoice Pro 3 is for you.

Review: Skinnerbox Time & Timbre Max for Live Devices (Video)

Live electronica duo Skinnerbox's collection of Max for Live devices encourage experimentation with drum sound-design and pattern creation. The Sound Tutor gets his groove on to explore it in depth.

7 of the Best Workhorse Synths You Should Know About

In no particular order, here are seven "workhorse" (also known as 'essential') virtual synths every self-respecting producer and musician should have, or consider having in the opinion of GW Childs.

Review: MunroSonic Egg 150 Monitors

There's monitors and there's monitors. Hollin Jones checks out the MunroSonic Egg 150 Monitors and discovers they have egg-cellent clarity, sonic depth and range for those serious about mixing.

Review: Spitfire Audio David Fanshawe Earth Encounters

Premium sound library creators, Spitfire Audio, have brought the best of David Fanshawe's world field recordings from the '60s onwards into an incredible Kontakt library for all of us to enjoy.

Review: Waves Audio dbx 160 Compressor

Looking for a tight, fast, VCA compressor, with a vintage character, a proven track record, and a punch sound? Joe Albano finds out if Waves dbx 160 hits the heights of its hardware counterpart.

UDG Review: Creator Digi Hardcase, Urbanite MIDI Controller Flight Bag, Laptop Stand & Digi Trolley

If you want to take your DJing laptop in a safe and sturdy bag or want to protect your Maschine, Mixtrack Pro II, APC40, Pioneer DJ-S8 or other DJ hardware on your next flight, UDG have you covered.

Review: PolyRhythm App for iOS

Ever wanted to try different syncopated rhythms but didn't know where or how to start? PolyRhythm app for iPhone and iPad to the rescue! Lynda Arnold tests it for composition and as a learning tool.

Review: Numerical Sounds Universal Sordino

There's lots of string libraries to choose from but not many include muted samples. Numerical Sounds Universal Sordino provides IRs for convolution reverbs to simulate the muted sound you're after.

Review: UVI BeatHawk Portable Music Production Studio for iPad

UVI's BeatHawk iPad music production studio app has great bundled sounds, sample recording & editing, audio stretching, song sequencing tools and excellent connectivity options. Read the full review.