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Review: Casio Trackformer XW-PD1 Groove Center

We caught up with Sara Simms playing Casio's Trackformer XW-PD1 Groove Center at NAMM 2015 (see video) and she'd been in a privileged position to test it out fully and give it an in-depth review.

Review: Oracle Modern Sound Design Library

Casey Edwards, the creator of Oracle, is best known for composing music for games like Killer Instinct 1 and Killer Instinct 2. Now you can get hold of his epic sounds in Oracle.

Review: Alesis VI49 Keyboard

The new Alesis VI49 looks lovely, of that there is no doubt. But, how does it perform, both as a keyboard and a controller? G. W. Childs gets hands on in our review.

Review: Plogue Chipspeech, Voice of the Machines

Plogue tasked themselves with bringing back to life the classic machine speech synths from many a popular electronic toy from childhoods now past. Noah Pred discovers a unique and playable instrument.

Review: CME Xkey 37

The original Xkey made a splash in the portable controller market as a sleek, snug and elegant all-in-one MIDI keyboard. Matt Vanacoro puts its new 37-key big brother to the test.

Review: Vandalism SoundSets for Massive and Sylenth

If you're looking for sounds for Sylenth, Massive, Spire, FM8, Serum and more synth, then Vandalism should be on your list. Sara Simms checks out their latest soundest for Sylenth and Massive.

Review: XILS Vocoder 5000

XILS-lab specialise in the weird and wonderful side of plug-ins based on vintage synths and vintage effects. Now they're on to re-create the perfect vocoder. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.

Review: Algoriddim djay Pro for Mac OS X

Weighing in with a pro Mac OS X version for its popular djing app, Algoriddim's djay Pro has advanced features including a great browser, Spotify integration and the ability to run AU plug-ins too.

Review: Mixed In Key 7

The new version of Mixed In Key 7 looks clean and has some innovative new features, but how does it perform in the real world? Sara Simms takes it for a spin to find out.

Review: Rob Papen RAW

If you are making dance music, industrial noise, or creating sound design for games that require a little more 'edge'... You’ll want to get hold of Rob Papen's RAW - a gnarly synth with attitude.

Review: Audiofile-Engineering Triumph, Mastering for Everyone

Outside of your DAW, there's not as many options available for mastering music as there used to be. Matt Vanacoro delves into Triumph by Audiofile Engineering to see if it fills the gap.

Review: Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones

With stunning build quality, very detailed sound, and equally suitable for pro audio uses as for personal use, the Master & Dynamic MH40s really caught Hollin Jones' ears (and eyes).

Review: Glitchmachines Cataract

A world of sonic mayhem in another plug-in from the twisted minds at Glitchmachines? Toby Pitman puts Cataract to the test and finds that it comes up trumps.

Review: Novation Audiohub 2x4

With a solid track record so far, Novation deliver another unique product to meet the needs of the live electronic performer. The Sound Tutor puts this unit to the test.

Review: Fiddlewax Pro

While it's easy to find complex apps for iPad which are musical sketchpads, Fiddlewax Pro promises to be a MIDI controller/sketch pad which is accessible, and simple to use. Hollin Jones checks it out