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We're all in favour of groundbreaking, forward-thinking plug-ins, but when they're done right, simple synths can sometimes be sensational...
Computer MusicAugust 20, 2014, 10:09 GMT
Pianoteq keeps improving in sound quality. Those still bemoaning its inauthenticity must be hearing a different instrument!
Computer MusicAugust 19, 2014, 9:57 GMT
This modelling, morphing synthesiser makes its intriguing new technology easy to use - perhaps too easy, in fact - sounds great and comes in at a very agreeable price.
Computer MusicAugust 18, 2014, 10:17 GMT
An interesting and diverse roster of sampled analogue curios that operate well and sound (mostly) gorgeous.
Computer MusicAugust 15, 2014, 10:07 GMT
An impressive Moog filter emulation for a simply bargainous price, though it could do with more modulation options.
Computer MusicAugust 14, 2014, 10:00 GMT
Fantastic for conventional tape and vinyl stop sounds, plus less recognisable pitch and filter wobbling effects.
Computer MusicAugust 13, 2014, 10:00 GMT
There are better-sounding multiband exciters, but Vitamin's easy controls and processes make it one to check out.
Computer MusicAugust 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT
A gorgeous recreation of the most famous transistor organ ever made, with plenty of modern add-ins taking it far beyond.
Computer MusicAugust 11, 2014, 16:28 GMT
There are better options for getting natural results, but EFX 3 is a bargain for creative auto-tuning in electronic genres.
Computer MusicAugust 8, 2014, 10:00 GMT
Amazing as a plugin, but pair it with an Apollo and the Unison functionality makes this the absolute greatest EQ/preamp recording combination in computer music.
Computer MusicAugust 7, 2014, 11:59 GMT
Sinevibes almost always hits the mark, but Flow is one of its best yet. Windows musicians would be right to feel envious...
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