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Review: sE X1 USB Microphone

If you haven't heard of sE Microphones before then 1) where have you been the past 15 years? And 2) you need to visit AskAudioMag.com more often! Hollin checks out their USB X1 and is impressed.

Review: Pianoteq 5

Could this be the most impressive and realistic sounding piano instrument ever... that doesn't require you to buy a new hard drive to fit it all on? Matt Vanacoro puts PianoTeq 5 under the microscope.

Review: Livid Guitar Wing

Back in January in a small residential house in Anaheim being rented by Livid Instruments we saw an early version of Guitar Wing in action. And today, we're still impressed by this cool controller.

Review: Wave Alchemy Deep House and Garage Sample Pack

Want some superbly crafted deep house and garage loops, MIDI patterns and hits? Sara Simms puts Wave Alchemy's impressive sample pack to the test.

Review: Steinberg WaveLab 8.5

This update to Steinberg’s workhorse mastering program offers significant new features, but do they represent enough value for current WaveLab users to pay for the upgrade?

Review: sE Magneto Condenser Microphone

There's certainly no shortage of good quality studio microphones of late, and the good news is you can pick up a decent condenser mic for a very reasonable amount too, like the sE Magneto.

Review: Modern Grooves for iZotope BreakTweaker from Black Octopus

iZotope and BT's BreakTweaker caused quite a stir earlier this year when it was released. If you've had a chance to play with it, you've probably enjoyed yourself a lot. Get ready for the next level.

Review: Samson C01U Pro USB Mic

It appears USB mics are now being accepted as potentially good recording solutions in many home studios. Does Samson's "budget" C01U Pro USB mic defy its price?

Review: Twisted Tools Ultraloop Expansions

What could make Twisted Tools excellent loop remixing sampler, Ultraloop, better than it already is? There's 3 possible answers and they come in the form of expansion packs which may blow your mind!

Review: Analog RYTM, Machinedrum Redefined

If it's anything like their much loved Machinedrum, Elektron Analog RYTM promises to a huge hit. Noah Pred sold his Machinedrum and put RYTM through its paces in this in-depth review.

Review: Max for Cats, Feline Synthesis for Ableton Live 9

If you're not intrigued by the title then really, what are you doing on the internet? ;-) Max for Cats brings Christian Kleine's Max for Live skills to two unique instruments for Live 9 users.

Review: Rode SmartLav +

Expanding your range of mics to include a lavalier is a good thing if you record dialogue and interviews. And how much more convenient can you get than a lab mic for iPhone? Enter the Røde SmartLav+.

Review: Nord Lead A1 Synth

With a unique oscillator section, a big sound, quality keyboard and enormous potential for sound designers and performers, the Nord Lead A1 synth is likely to appeal to most of us out of the box.

Review: Audient ASP880, 8 Channel Mic Preamp

Looking for an 8 channel mic preamp with excellent build quality, flawless sound quality and first rate converters and preamps? Does the Audient ASP880 fit the bill? Hollin ones finds out.

Review: u-he Zebra2

Interested in a synth plug-ins which not only sounds great, but allows you to draw your own waveforms? u-he's Zebra2 aims to please as Sara Simms discovers.