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).
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.
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).
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.
Software amp simulators have come a long way in the past few years. And many recording guitarists are now open to the idea of going software. Toby Pitman highlights five of the very best.
Is Sounds of Revolution Transformation a useful library for EDM producers and sound designers? Bill Burgess dives into the machine to find out.
If you thought controlling Ableton Live using your iPad had to be serious and limited, think again. touchAble 3 redefines how useful an iPad can be... and how fun it can be as an Ableton controller.
Are you ready to unleash the Metal Guitar God inside you? Toontrack's EZMix Metal Guitar Gods 2 threatens to do just that. And Toby Pitman rips his guitar to shreds in the process of the review.
With such a vast range of guitar pedals available, how to narrow down your search to the ultimate few? Toby Pitman is here to lend a hand and his experience with his top 5.
Reloop's NEON Drumpad features RGB, velocity-sensitive pads. Ideal for drumming in theory, and Tadhg Leonard finds out how well this performs in reality.
An 8-in, 8-out audio interface for under $400? M-Audio's new M-Track Eight comes bundled with Cubase LE, has XLR combos for all channels with Octane preamps. But does it make the grade? We find out.
Are you looking for a well designed, easy to use MPC app for iPad? Akai Pro's new iMPC Pro app provides serious sampling and audio editing options, a great sequencer, cool FX and more!
JamHub TourBus helps you practice, rehearse, record and reflect on your musical performance. Matt Vanacoro put the JamHub to the test in a music school for a month and shares his findings here.
Christmas, or Winter Holidays, are upon us. And it's time to celebrate those close to us. If your nearest or dearest is a musician, producer or DJ then one of these 8 gift ideas will probably appeal.
So, you want some bluetooth headphones? Andy Bowen finds the highs and the lows in the new 808 Duo headphones and puts them on the table in this review.