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I Wear My Sunglasses at Night: The Louder Review

Designed for the fashion conscious DJ, Louder's Headliner and After Party sunglasses were big in Ibiza in the summer of 2014. Sara Simms puts both pairs to the test to see what the fuss is about.

Review: Sugar Bytes Looperator: Spice Up Your Loops

Looking for an easy to use loop randomizing, processing, slicing effects plug-in? With great effects included, Sugar Bytes Looperator seems to have it all covered. Noah Pred takes a closer look.

Review: Native Instruments Kontour

Every synth plug-in claims to be different from the rest. But how many actually deliver? Matt Vanacoro puts Native Instruments' Kontour Reaktor ensemble to the test and has lots of fun!

Review: Prime Loops Virtual Riot

Prime Loops are well known for producing loop and sample sets which are ready for... well, prime time! Their new Virtual Riot pack got our EDM, Trap, Dubstep and Glitch Hop juices flowing.

Review: Fredric Effects Zombie Klone

Toby Pitman puts the Frederic Effects Zombie Kome overdrive. Boost guitar pedal to the test against the original, but rare, Klon Centaur pedal. Find out why he's pleased with himself.

Review: Steinberg Cubase 8, Pro and Artist version

Cubase 8 comes in two flavors: Artist and Pro. Is version 8 really great, or is it just a bunch of bait? Matt Loel T Hepworth puts all the new features to the test.

5 of the Best Bluetooth Speakers for Musicians

With the winter holidays just round the corner, we felt it would be a great time to explore five of the best Bluetooth speakers, designed for musicians, available right here, right now.

Review: Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack

Slate Digital's new Virtual Mix Rack looks set to really shake up the mixing plug-ins industry and this is just the beginning. Rishabh Rajan explores VMR in immense depth with audio examples.

Review: Glitchmachines Quadrant

Imagine an audio effects plug-in which uses the modular synth paradigm as its base... Glichmachines are one step ahead with Quadrant. Toby Pitman checks out whether it's as cool to use as it sounds.

Review: Toontrack Mellotoon

Mellotoon is the latest release in Toontrack's EZKeys range and brings you the sound of the original 1963 Mellotron in software format. Toby Pitman checks it out.

Video Review: Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

How can Universal Audio improve upon their successful UAD-2 Satellite? Does adding a Thunderbolt connection, making it smaller, lighter and faster equate to better? We find out in our video review.

Review: Audiofile Engineering Loop Editor 2

Since Apple pulled their Apple Loops Utility, there's been a void in the area of easy custom loop creation for Logic and all other DAWs. Does Audiofile Engineering's Loop Editor fill the gap?

9 Software Suggestions for Sound Designers

Whether you're primarily a recording sound designer, or an in-studio, behind a computer or synth kind, here's nine types of software every self-respecting sound designer should own.

Review: Komplete 10 Definitive Piano Collection

Three new sampled pianos were included in the recent Native Instruments Komplete 10 upgrade, and a fine collection they are indeed as Lynda Arnold discovers in our feature review.

Review: Eiosis AirEQ Premium

Is Eiosis AirEQ just another parametric bell EQ? Jay Asher gives this audio plug-in's filters , curves and slopes a real good listen in our in-depth review.