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Review: Ableton Dub Machines

There's a growing numbers of classic, hardware modeled delay plug-ins to satisfy most tastebuds. Noah Pred finds out how Ableton's Dub Machines device fares and, more importantly, how good it sounds.

Review: Kemper Profiling Amplifier

Looking for an amp simulation that'll blow you away with its pristine audio quality, modelled amps and cabinets and excellent presets? Matt Vanacoro finds out if Kemper's offering does the trick.

4 Super Hardware Synths for Under $500

Music hardware is officially back in fashion. If you're looking for your next (or first) hardware synth, but want to go easy on your wallet or purse, check out these 4 synths for under $500 USD.

Review: Tracktion 5

Perhaps not considered as one of the top DAWs available, Tracktion holds its own on many levels… Weighing in at sub $60 USD Tracktion is easy to use thanks to its single screen interface.

Review: Steinberg UR44, Audio Interface for Computers and iPad

You’ll see more inputs than its smaller sibling, the UR22, but the real power of the Steinberg UR44 is found in what you don’t see. Matt Hepworth puts the UR44 to the test.

Review: XILS 3 v2.0 (VCS 3 Modular Synth Recreation)

French company XILS, in what must truly be a labor of love, has resurrected the VCS 3 modular synth, as the XILS 3, Joe Albano takes a deep look at their recent v2 update, now the XILS 3.2.

Review: Glitchee

Weighing in at a mere $16 USD, Glitchee is a cool Kontakt instrument that'll get your tracks glitching out in style. G. W. Childs gives it a spin to see exactly what it's capable of.

Review: CME Xkey

It's light, metal, portable with full-sized keys and polyphonic aftertouch. But how does the CME Xkey MIDI controller keyboard really perform in the studio and on the road? Andy Bowen finds out.

Review: Waldorf 2 Pole Analog Filter

Will Waldorf's 2 Pole analog filter give you more warmth than your average plug-in? Are its modulation options flexible for any studio integration? Mo Volans finds out in this review with video.

Review: Twisted Tools Darkmorph

Handcrafted by Jason Cushing and Yan Doiron of SoundMorph, this 2.9 GB library from Twisted Tools is sure to add some darkness to your edgy cinematic tracks in Reaktor, Live, Logic, NI formats

Review: Garritan CFX Concert Grand

One of the most legendary concert grand pianos ever, the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand, has been sampled by one of the most reputable software instrument makers, Garritan. Hollin Jones checks it out.

Review: Creative Junk: Inspiring Noise

Looking to spice up your digital sessions with unusual organic content? Paper Stone is here to help with a 1 GB Kontakt library including 20 instruments. Noah Pred puts it through its paces.

Review: Realivox Blue by RealiTone

For less than $150 (at time of writing it's on sale for just $99!) you can get the lush, expressive vocal library of a pro in Kontakt! Jay Asher gives Realitone's RealiVox Blue an in depth test.

Review: Waves Dave Audé EMP Toolbox

Curious to try out the Waves plug-ins most used and loved by Dave Audé? Well, now you can with the Waves Dave Audé Electronic Music Producer bundle. And all for a very reasonable price.

Review: DJ TechTools Midi Fighter Twister

Don't settle on another boring DJ MIDI controller, check out what DJTech Tools' Midi Fighter is capable of. Sara Simms finds its step sequencer for Traktor and other creative features very appealing.