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5 Essential Apps for the Modern Music Classroom

When faced with teaching music using iPads in a school, college or other setting, which apps should you turn to? There are so many apps! Lynda Arnold chooses 5 essential ones every classroom needs.

Review: XILS Oxium

It sounds amazing, it’s begging to be tweaked, and it’s brighter than an orange dahlia field. What is it? XILS-Lab's new Oxium soft synth of course! G.W. Childs takes this colorful beast for a spin.

Review: Curve 2: Sonic Geometry

How often have you hankered for a synth with a plethora of wave-shaping features, you know, something really unique? Cableguys’ Curve 2 to the rescue! Noah Pred follows the curves in this review.

Novation Twitch Review

Need a controller compact enough to throw in a rucksack, featured enough to control all popular DJ apps, and with good build quality? Mo Volans scratches below the surface of the Novation Twitch.

Genelec SpeakerAngle App for iOS

Amongst the most renowned of audio monitor manufacturers, Genelec have created an innovative iOS app to help all studio musicians. Rory Dow tests out SpeakAngle for iPhone.

Review: Sugar Bytes’ Cyclops

Got a hankering for creating dubstep synth sounds? Then you really need to check out Cyclops by Sugar Bytes! Gary Hiebner couldn't resist taking this instruments for a spin and tests it to the limit.

Review: EZ Mix 2 Metal Guitar Gods Expansion

We all love guitars! But where do you go to get heavy, full-on metal guitars? Toontrack of course! Toby Pitman gives the Metal Guitar Gods expansion pack for EZ Mix a comprehensive workout.

Review: Phoenix II by Crane Song

Avid's new AAX plug-in platform has become very popular in a short space of time. Rishabh Rajan puts Crane Song's Phoenix II to the test. Find out if this tape saturation plug-in is the real deal...

Review: Propellerhead's Radical Piano Rack Extension

There are tons of tasty instruments and effects available through the Propellerhead RE Shop. 3rd party developers have taken advantage, but so to have Propellerhead with their Radical Piano RE.

Review: LuSH-101

If you haven’t come across d16 (virtual instruments developer) before now, then be prepared to sample something very tasty indeed! Hollin Jones takes the LuSH-101 for a subtractive synthesis spin!

Preview: Livid BASE, Touch Sensitive Controller at an Attractive Price

Livid Instruments have evidently been busy working on a new controller for musicians. It's knob less... with touch sensitive pads, sliders and so much more! Welcome BASE.

Review: McDSP Channel G Dynamics

McDSP’s critically acclaimed plug-ins have caught the eye and ear of many producers. Rishabh Rajan is no exception and puts the Channel G dynamics effects through their paces in this review.

Review: Sys 100 Analog Sound Set from Boxed Ear

Boxed Ear's M5 sample library for Kontakt got a glowing review from MPV Hub... so how does its latest offering, Sys 100 Analog Sound Set fare? Read more in this in-depth review by GW Childs.

Review: iZotope Trash 2

Lovers of Trash by iZotope take note... Trash 2, the celebrated multiband distortion plug-in is here. Toby Pitman puts this versatile plug-in through its paces.

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.