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Review: Casio Trackformer XW-DJ1

Sara Simms is the first DJ to get hands-on with the Casio XW-DJ1, a scratchpad controller with a resemblance to the Millennium Falcon, and she puts it to the test in our exclusive review.

Review: Bloc & Roc Galvanize S2

Wishing your headphones had a gorgeous design, were lightweight, solidly built, comfortable to wear, with a great sound? Hollin Jones finds out if the Bloc & Roc Galvanize S2 hit the spot.

Best Ableton Live Packs of 2014

Noah Pred gives a nod in the direction of some of his favorite Ableton Live packs of 2014 in this feature review.

Review: SynthMaster 2.6

SynthMaster 2.6 claims to be an "all-round" synth with most features you could want in one plug-in. G. W. Childs takes a close look at SynthMaster 2.6 and finds it more than lives up to the hype.

Review: DJ Mixer Pro

With some top quality and feature-rich DJ apps already currently available, DJ Mixer Pro looks to do something different by adding VJ capabilities too. Sara Simms investigates.

Best of 2014: iOS Apps for Musicians & DJs

Do you use your iPhone or iPad as a music creation device? Making it a part of your music making or controlling workflow is easier than ever with the right apps. Here's 11 of our favorites from 2014.

Best of 2014: Audio Interfaces

2014 saw the release of some tasty new audio interfaces catering to very different producers and engineers. Here's our pick of the bunch listed in alphabetical order.

Best of 2014: DJ Hardware Gear

So you're done mixing your tracks in the studio. Want to DJ them? Here's our favorite 7 hardware-based gear recommendations of 2014 for DJs (in alphabetical order).

Best of 2014: Mixing Plug-Ins & Tools

Whether you are after analog emulation or cutting edge music mixing tools 2014 had something for everyone. Here's a run down of 7 of our favorites (in alphabetical order) which we reviewed this year.

Best of 2014: Software Synths and Instruments

In probably our most challenging music gear roundup of 2014, we shine a light on 12 of our favorite software-based instrument and synth plug-ins reviewed this year. (In alphabetical order).

Review: Isotonik Livid BASE II DJ Template

Calling all Livid Instruments Base II owners. If you want to expand the functionality of your controller for Ableton, then Isotonik's Base II DJ template deserves a serious look.

Best of 2014: Hardware Synths & Drum Machines

2014 has seen the resurgence of music hardware. With plenty of capable hardware synths and drum machines hitting the headlines, we've collated our 7 favorites of the year (in alphabetical order).

Review: Bitwig Studio 1.1

Point 1 updates usually contain small bug fixes for most software DAWs. Not so with Bitwig Studio! 1.1 contains some new devices, sidechain and other features too.

Best of 2014: MIDI Controllers

Over the past year we've reviewed a lot of capable and unique MIDI Controllers here at AskAudio Mag. Here's our favorite 12 of the year (in alphabetical order).

Review: Samson Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System

Looking for speakers which are clean, loud, detailed, with a well-balanced sound but don't take up much desk space? Joe Albano finds out if Samson's Meteor M2 speakers fit the bill.