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Review: Spitfire Audio Felt Piano

The Felt Piano from high quality instrument maker, Spitfire Audio, was produced in collaboration with Gwilym Simcock. Lynda Arnold is caught up in the beauty of this impressive library.

Review: Sonokinetic Minimal

Do you have a need for minimal orchestral instruments in Kontakt instrument format? Sonokinetic's Minimal looks to satisfy that need. Mo Volans gives it a thorough workout in this review.

Review: Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2

Looking to the future is something Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers (and software) have been doing for a number of years. Find out if the Kontrol S4 MK2 brings the future closer.

Review: Sample Logic Impakt

Sample Logic's Impakt for Kontakt is a library with a difference. It contains clean-cut traditional concert percussion with a twisted, morphed version of the same library. Toby Pitman goes hybrid.

5 Tips for Using Ribbon Mics to Record Guitars

Many engineers use dynamic or condenser mics when recording electric guitar and bass. While being delicate creatures, ribbon mics can bring a warmer character and Rich Tozzoli shares 5 useful tips.

Essential Free Effect Plug-Ins for Electronic Producers

There's no reason why select free effect plug-ins can't be every bit as important in your arsenal of music trickery. With so many free plug-ins to choose from Noah Pred recommends 3 for EDM producers.

Review: Arturia Keylab 49: EZ Key-Z

If you're in the market for a well-built controller and want a stellar sound library to go with it, the Arturia KeyLab 49 deserves your consideration. Noah Pred delves into all it can do.

Review: Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2

NI's Trakor Kontrol X1 MK2 is here and includes some novel additions, a simplified layout to its predecessor and can be used as a MIDI controller for other software. Sara Simms checks it out.

Review: M-Audio Nova Condenser Microphone

Studio condenser microphones come in all shapes and sizes to suit different budgets. And, we were curious to see how M-Audio's Nova, sub $100 condenser mic performs. Matt Vanacoro checks it out.

Review: Kirk Hunter Studio’s Spotlight Strings

If you're looking for a high-quality solo string library then Kirk Hunter Studio's Spotlight Strings is going to appeal. After much testing, Jay Asher discovers it is even better than it sounds.

Review: Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica

There are not many libraries out there for harmonica. But, before you do a google search, check out this review for the expertly crafted Chris Hein Chromatic Harmonica Kontakt instrument.

Review: Transistor Revolution II: Classic Drum Machines for a New Era

There's a handful of worthwhile software sample-based drum machine emulators on the market. So will Wave Alchemy's Transistor Revolution II suit impress? Noah Pred gives it a thorough workout.

Review: Native Instruments Razor 1.5

The latest update to Native Instruments' Razor adds some big features, including the excellent new modules and Maschine 2.0 integration. G. W. Childs gives it a closer inspection in this review.

Exclusive Review: Twisted Tools Ultraloop

Twisted Tools have always been on the cutting edge when it comes to creating music tech. Their latest Reaktor ensemble lets you remix up to 128 loops in real time to create something amazing.

Review: Cakewalk Scratchpad HD for iPad

Want to mashup your iPad? Well, not literally... but, create mashups on your iPad? Cakewalk (famous for their flagship DAW, Sonar) have an app for that. Hollin Jones checks it out.