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Review: Crypto Cipher’s Solo Tabla Instrument for Kontakt

There seems to be a high-quality Kontakt instrument for most instruments, and Crypto Cipher want to make sure the tabla is well represented too. Lynda Arnold put this library through its paces.

Review: Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf

Stories suggest Akai's analog drum machine, Rhythm Wolf, has divided user opinions to the extreme. Not one to shy away from controversy G.W. Childs reviews this drum machine from a neutral position.

Review: Livid Instruments DS-1

The DS-1 from Livid Instruments will likely appeal to both professional and home studio producers and DJs as a mixing console that has enough pots and buttons to hold its own. G.W. checks it out.

Review: Apogee Ensemble, Thunderbolt 2 Edition

The original Apogee Ensemble was a huge hit, so how will the Ensemble Thunderbolt 2 edition fare? Matt Vanacoro finds it quiet, with tons of features and plenty of gain. In short it's a WIN!

Review: ModeAudio Open Spaces R&B Patches for Massive

ModeAudio's latest collection of patches for Native Instruments' Massive synth focuses on R&B, both Nu electronic styles and old skool. Does this pack come up trumps? Read on to find out.

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).