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Just another 'me too' synth? Not quite...
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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 MusicOctober 24, 2014, 10:11 GMT
The sound is awesome, IRs up to 60 seconds long are supported, and the negligible latency is impressive - it's absolutely worth seven quid for all that alone.
Computer MusicOctober 23, 2014, 10:54 GMT
Mellotoon sure sounds pretty - and EZkeys itself is ace - but with its limited tonal palette, it could hardly be described as a must-have.
Computer MusicOctober 22, 2014, 10:39 GMT
Cinematic Keys is indeed, well... cinematic, and we much prefer its unreal, processed sounds to the straight-up pianos, harpsichords and organs (of which there aren't many, admittedly).
Computer MusicOctober 21, 2014, 10:24 GMT
As an authentic, stylistically expansive library of ready-to-rock rhythm guitar loops in a fun and intuitive performance interface, EGPC is a welcome addition to the A-List roster. Just be aware that it's very 'preset' by nature.
Computer MusicOctober 20, 2014, 9:47 GMT
If wireless, 'bodily' MIDI control is on your agenda, you need to check it out.
Computer MusicOctober 17, 2014, 10:00 GMT
One of the best bread-and-butter sound modules - hardware or software - that money can buy, SampleTank 3 is big and beautiful, if not particularly bold.
Computer MusicOctober 16, 2014, 10:14 GMT
Superb signal analysis suite for high-end mastering and post production, with a useful but non-essential set of stereo manipulation tools bolted on.
Computer MusicOctober 15, 2014, 10:11 GMT
We'd like ASIO driver support, and the price is a tad steep, but QuickAudio really does make Windows a better place for audio files.
Computer MusicOctober 14, 2014, 12:25 GMT
One of the finest transient shapers we've seen/heard, TransReckon works wonders on drums and other transient-heavy sounds.
Computer MusicOctober 13, 2014, 10:18 GMT
The Launch Control XL is a brilliant controller for Ableton Live and is perfectly usable for other applications, too.
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