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The unflappable DAW finally opens its stable to third-party developers, but should we be more careful what we wish for?
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 MusicMarch 20, 2015, 11:23 GMT
Epic and enormous, Capriccio is a masterpiece.
Computer MusicMarch 18, 2015, 11:00 GMT
Vocoder 5000 is the best-sounding software vocoder around, but it's a real CPU guzzler and takes a while to learn. Not for the faint-hearted!
Computer MusicMarch 17, 2015, 11:00 GMT
An utterly risible effort, this dire DAW is one of the worst pieces of music-making software we've ever encountered.
Computer MusicMarch 16, 2015, 11:02 GMT
An expertly crafted multiband compressor with the inclusion of one- and two-band versions coming as a very welcome bonus.
Computer MusicMarch 13, 2015, 11:18 GMT
Palm's best yet, WaveMapper 2 is immensely powerful, hugely enjoyable to use and truly unique.
Computer MusicMarch 11, 2015, 11:00 GMT
Add a point or two to the score if 'extreme' is your scene, but otherwise check the audio demos first.
Computer MusicMarch 9, 2015, 11:22 GMT
With 12 synths and keyboards included, plus Spark 2, you'd be hard pressed to find a more powerful or better-value instrument collection.
Computer MusicMarch 6, 2015, 11:13 GMT
Too well designed, useful and sonically impressive to warrant a lower score, but not the most original-sounding plugin.
Computer MusicMarch 4, 2015, 13:14 GMT
The current state of the art in de-essing, Essence is another stunning plugin from a developer who can seemingly do no wrong.
Computer MusicMarch 4, 2015, 11:01 GMT
A rewarding, fun and easy loop slicer that has a few rough edges and missing essentials, but comes in at a fair price.
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