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The latest version of this much-talked-about DAW
We're all in favour of groundbreaking, forward-thinking plug-ins, but when they're done right, simple synths can sometimes be sensational...
Computer MusicJuly 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT
If you don't need lots of channels and fancy finally taking advantage of your Thunderbolt port, the TAC-2 is something of a revelation - a great performer in a compact package.
Computer MusicJuly 25, 2014, 14:00 GMT
In practical use, though, it's a fun, intuitive, powerfully creative instrument that's perfect for conjuring up high-impact sounds and interesting grooves in next to no time.
Computer MusicJuly 23, 2014, 10:39 GMT
An excellent Neve EQ and preamp emulation, with its own sound. The EQ81 is also worth owning if you can stretch to it.
Computer MusicJuly 22, 2014, 14:00 GMT
Addictive Drums 2 keeps the ease of use and lightweight resource demands of v1 while improving both flexibility and sound.
Computer MusicJuly 22, 2014, 10:10 GMT
The best-sounding synth we've heard in quite a while, Dune 2 is powerful, flexible and bursting with a character all its own.
Computer MusicJuly 21, 2014, 15:08 GMT
The already-popular virtual drum machine just got much better, particularly with the addition of its excellent new Modular system.
Computer MusicJuly 21, 2014, 10:25 GMT
Not as feature-rich or powerful as some glitch plugins, but Glitch Bitch's workflow, envelopes and presets make it a winner.
Computer MusicJuly 18, 2014, 10:12 GMT
This recreation of a popular 60s EQ gets the sound and interface spot on, but it eats drive space and has a few Mac issues.
Computer MusicJuly 17, 2014, 14:30 GMT
It's nothing like a conventional DAW, but with its different way of working, Renoise 3 could change your music-making life.
Computer MusicJuly 15, 2014, 10:02 GMT
Decidedly mental but well worth a creative punt, Hexonator is another worthy addition to the Sinevibes catalogue.
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