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Review: RealGuitar 3. The Best Realistic Acoustic Guitar Tones?

Ever since the synthetic instruments, we've has been trying to create realistic guitar instruments, cue RealGuitar3... Hollin Jones frets not as he tests out what RealGuitar3 has on offer.

Review: Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus

With the recent launch of the CDJ-2000nexus, has Pioneer has once again jumped ahead of the DJ industry crowd? Sara Simms puts it to the test in this in-depth review.

Review: Blade by Rob Papen

There's soft synths and there's soft synths... and when Rob Papen releases a virtual instrument you can be sure it'll create cutting edge sounds. GW Childs cuts to the chase in this review of Blade.

Review: UA Apollo Audio Interface

It didn't ned much (read: any) convincing to get Toby Pitman to review the UAD Apollo audio interface. He was expecting big things from this lovely bit of kit... and he wasn't left wanting!

Review: Cubasis: The Definitive DAW for iPad?

Before GarageBand for iOS was introduced, a DAW on a tablet seemed far-fetched. GB for iOS (and Auria) changed all that, though there's still room for more. So, how does Cubasis for iPad fare?

Review: PreSonus AudioBox 1818 VSL: An Interface for iPad and Mac Musicians

The PreSonus AudioBox 1818 VSL is on 'the' list by Apple as a supported audio interface for iPad and Mac. Mike Watkinson takes it out for a spin to see how well it performs with musicians in mind.

Review: Blamsoft's Viking Rack Extension

Got a hankering for a new Rack Extension from the Propellerhead RE shop? Mo Volans dons his horned helmet and tests out Blamsoft's Viking soft synth in this review.

8 Awesome Free Audio Plug-in Synths for Mac Musicians

It’s that time of year - your wallet rinsed by the holiday season, and nothing inspirational under the tree. So, find yourself a bargain or two, and maybe reinvigorate your inner composer...

Review: 8DIO Adagio Violins

8DIO create professional sample libraries, and their latest incarnation focuses on an 11 piece violin section with very realistic legato patches. Toby Pitman discovers just how good this is.

Review: Alias 8 by Livid Instruments

Livid are well known for their hand-built, rugged and beautiful controllers, like Ohm64 and Code. Does their latest (more portable mixer-style) controller, Alias 8, live up to the Livid name?

Review: Sony Sound Forge Pro for Mac

Sony have finally stepped up and introduced a completely new, native Mac OS X version of their popular audio editor, Sound Forge Pro. Sure, we hoped for it... but how does the Mac version measure up?

12 Gifts for Musicians and DJs, Winter/Christmas 2012

If you've been particularly good this year, take a look at this eclectic range of 12 tempting gifts for the musician / DJ in your life... or for you to receive... this festive season.

Review: FXpansion Maul: Creating Clever Distortion

When it comes to ravaging your audio, reach for FXpansion's Maul multiband distortion plug-in. As well as excellent tone shaping abilities, Maul is capable of masterful modulation madness.

Review: kHs ONE (And a Special Offer for MPVHub Readers)

Some software synths rely on endless LFOs and complex filters, but don’t get close to creating a wonderful sound... not so for Kilohearts’ ONE! G. W. Childs discovers more.

Review: Traktor Kontrol F1

Do you DJ using Native Instruments' Traktor? Impressed by the 64 slot Remix Deck feature? Then check out this review of Kontrol F1 and find out if it'll be the perfect compliment for your rig.