Posts with tag virtual-instruments

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How To Create Authentic, Expressive String Ensemble Sounds

NI's Symphony Essentials distils the best of its larger Symphony series into a more affordable and compact collection - but it still sounds great, as Matt Vanacoro demonstrates.

Using VST Plug-ins In Your Propellerhead Reason Workflow

Reason users have been asking for VST support for years and now it’s finally here, Hollin Jones shows you how to get up and running.

Review: Acousticsamples B-5 V2

Matt Vanacoro is notorious for his exacting standards when it comes to Hammond sounds and instruments. So he was pleasantly surprised to find that the Acousticsamples B-5 V2 had it all...

Review: Waves Grand Rhapsody

Waves makes many fine plug-ins, but with Grand Rhapsody they have tried to capture the very soul of a particular instrument from a famous London studio. Did they succeed?

Review: UVI Digital Synsations 2

Those who remember the 90s will recognise some of these classic synths. Matt Vanacoro finds there's almost no limit to how many he wants to stack together...

55 Top FREE Instrument & Synth Plugins

There are some amazing free plugin and standalone software instruments out there, if only you could find them. Luckily we have compiled a list of the top 55 - so now you can!

Review: Finishing Move Post Human for Kontakt

Musicians, producers and sound designers might all want to consider this Kontakt collection to pad out their sound library with some great ambient textures.

7 Tips For Designing Racks In Ableton Live

Racks are one of Ableton Live's most powerful features. In this workshop, Noah Pred shares his pro tips for building them bigger and better than ever.

5 Quick Tips for Creating Your Own Sample Packs

Making your own samples can be fun and even profitable. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Virtual Reality Synths: Does This Video Show Us The Future Of Music Production?

There's something really compelling about this video of a music production environment in a virtual reality world. If you have an Oculus Rift CV1 then this should provide ideas and excitement.

TONE2 Audiosoftware Releases Classic FM Soundset for Nemesis

Latest news from the good people at TONE2 is the release of their latest soundset for Nemesis. Weighing in with 200 presets, the new Classic FM soundset could take you back to the 80s in style.

UVI Ups Retro and Contemporary Beat Production Ante with Urban Suite

Get gritty, get street with these 5 new software instruments from UVI, designed to quench your thirst for all things urban. Check out the video below showcasing this beat-driven collection...

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.

Review: Arturia Wurlitzer V

When Arturia's Wurlitzer V software instrument became available, G.W. Childs took it for a spin. Find out in this review why he gives it the big thumbs up!

Review: U-he Diva

With musicians demanding more and more hardware analog emulations in software format, Mo Volans tried u-he's Diva on for size. To say he was impressed would be an understatement! Read more...