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Review: Kilohearts Disperser

Kilohearts Disperser is a transient shaper designed to make things bigger, thicker and fatter. G. W. Childs takes a look to find out if this plug-in will form an essential part of his collection.

What Makes EQ8 in Ableton Live 9 Shine

One of the most heralded additions to Ableton Live 9 is the new EQ8. It's been completely redesigned and rethought with certain features you simply must check out.

Review: Komplete 9 Ultimate

Where do you start with a product like Komplete 9 Ultimate? It’s just so massive! Toby Pitman finally emerged from the gargantuan task of exploring all of NI’s flagship product and wrote this review.

Review: M-Audio Oxygen 49

Sturdy, lightweight and portable, the Oxygen 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller by M-Audio is under the spotlight in this review. Hollin Jones puts this on his fast fingers and DAW brain in this test.

Review: Livid Instruments Brain Jr

In the world of technology size is everything! Find out why G. W. Childs is particularly impressed with Livid Instruments' Brain Jr., "the easiest custom MIDI controller, ever!"

Review: Borderlands Granular for iPad by Chris Carlson

Not only does Borderlands Granular by Chris Carlson look the part on your iPad, it also can produce some impressive granular synthesis textures and rhythms as Rory Dow discovers.

Review: Ampkit for Mac OS X

Ampkit for iOS has been hugely popular since its release and has now arrived on a mac computer near you for Mac guitarists. Hollin Jones gets tweaking this stand alone toolbox for guitarists.

Review: NI Komplete 9 Ultimate Processors

If you know about NI's Solid Mix series and you know about Softube then you have reason to be pretty excited about the NI Komplete 9 Ultimate Processors. Mo Volans breaks down each element.

Review: QuNeo, The Ultimate 3D Pad Controller?

There are a number of innovative MIDI controllers coming through: Ableton Push & ROLI's Seaboard to name a few. Darren Burgos reviews another unusual one. Find out if the QuNeo pushes his buttons.

Review: Alesis Vortex Keytar

At one stage during the 80s it looked like Keytars were going to become the instrument of choice... Mo Volans picks up the new Alesis Vortex keytar to find out if this controller may spark a revival.

Review: Transistor Revolution by Wave Alchemy

Want a top notch sample library? One place to start looking is Wave Alchemy, especially if you're after Kontakt instruments. Toby Pitman checks out the 909/808 based Transistor Revolution.

10 Free Plug-ins for Pro Tools 10

Just because it's free doesn't mean it isn't valuable! And the same goes for plug-ins! Mike Watkinson finds 10 free plug-in gems for use in Avid's Pro Tools 10 DAW.

Review: Propellerhead Reason 7

The latest version of Propellerhead Reason is here! Mo Volans puts Reason 7's new features through a rigorous test, from parallel channels to the External MIDI instrument and the new REX features.

Review: Pianoteq 4, The Future of Virtual Pianos Has Arrived

What makes a piano software instrument stand out from the crowd? Pro user endorsees like Guy Sigsworth? An authentic sound? A realistic and natural response? Toby Pitman discovers all three apply.

iOS Music Theory Apps: Ear Training with InTune and Quiztones

Your iPhone / iPad can help you when it comes to music theory. Lynda Arnold takes a closer look at the how well InTunes and Quiztones test help with training ears for musicians and producers.