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New York based producer, engineer, artist developer, mixer, musician Matty Amendola is a busy guy. Usually busy entails travel and since inspiration really doesn’t care where you may be, he has picked up an Aphex USB 500 Rack. This portable wonder is perfect for plugging into your laptop and recording on the go, or even in the studio. The Froductions proprietor gives us the run down on this genius unit. For more information on Matty, and to inquire about his independent artist services, visit For more info on theRead More

Posted On April 11, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

IK Multimedia ENGL for Amplitube

ENGL makes some killer amps with loads of gain. Now IK Multimedia has added more high gain edginess to the Amplitube store. They have added the ENGL E650, Powerball, and 2 4X12 cabs. ENGL E650 The E650 all-tube amp head is an ENGL signature model that brings an incredible range of rhythm and high-gain lead tones from a dual mode amp. It delivers a vast array of tones from sparkling clean to bone-crunching distortion, and everything in between thanks to its two switchable channels with different gain ranges, a sharedRead More

Posted On April 10, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Reviews, Software

Review: Tone2 Nemesis

FM Synthesis is a very powerful tool for sound design, but if you don’t have a firm grasp on the principles, you will quickly find yourself very frustrated with the ratio of effort to results. Add on the sound quality of many FM style soft synths and you will find yourself with thin, laser beam sounding presets and too many controls, leaving you cursing the fact that you even got into this FM mess in the first place.   That was me about a month and a half ago. IRead More
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Posted On April 10, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

Eisenberg Einklang Extended

From what I can understand based on this press release, Eisenberg’s Einklang Extended is similar to what is available in Avid’s Xpand plugin allowing you to combine different types of synthesis in layers to make unique sounds in a way that is easy for the user who doesn’t necessarily want to dig too deep into sound design. Each pack for Extended is based on a certain color and serves specific purposes. This is an extremely interesting synth. I may have to try it out. Audio company Eisenberg is proud toRead More
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Given that Propellerhead announced a new SDK to make porting manufacturer’s plugins over to rack extensions more easily, a new version of Reason has been released. To encourage users to update, Propellerhead has announced a new free rack extension, Synchronous, a swiss army knife for rhythm based effects to tracks. I respect that Propellerhead has kept integrity by keeping the user experience close to the chest, I just hate having to buy the same plugins I own again. I think in the end, it doesn’t necessarily hinder the use ofRead More

Posted On April 10, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

Waves Vitamin

I know I may catch flak on here from the elite saying this plugin can be done on your own, but I’m a proponent of “sometimes you need something done quick and easy.” Yes I’m all for the expanding of knowledge in mixing, but sometimes a project has deadlines and it doesn’t hurt to have a tool to get you there using a little less time and energy. Enter Waves new plugin Vitamin. Dubbed as a harmonic enhancer, this plugin acts as a quasi side chain EQ multitool to addRead More

Posted On April 9, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

McDSP Channel G Surround in AAX

Need Channel G for Surround sound mixing in Pro Tools 10 or 11 in AAX-64? You’re in luck, It’s here! McDSP is proud to announce the release of Channel G Surround for Pro Tools 10 and 11 with support for both Mac and Windows, in AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-in formats. Channel G Surround, like all McDSP AAX plug-ins, includes a 64-bit audio path, real-time control smoothing, and operation above 0 dB. The AAX DSP version can also share dsp chips with other AAX DSP plug-ins on Avid HDXRead More
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Posted On April 7, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

XILS-lab 3 EMS VCS3 V.2 Update

Try saying that three times fast! XILS lab is known for their soft synths and they are offering an update to one of their staples, the XILS 3.  If you’ve wanted to own a vintage version of one of  these gems, you have to fork over some cash, but why do that when there is a perfectly good software version that won’t need constant maintenance? Exactly… and now it’s available in updated form. GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of XILS 3 V2.0 — an updated version of its authentic-sounding softwareRead More

Posted On April 7, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

McDSP Reason Rack Extensions

Fear not Reason users! Colin McDowell has not forgotten about you and has ported over several new Rack Extensions for the Reason store. They range from classic emulations to modern versions of EQs from their Ultimate EQ series. Let’s hope to see their flagship Filter-bank. You can get the bundle for 119$ or each for 49$. Not a bad deal for one of the top plugin manufactures. McDSP is proud to announce the release of three new equalizers for Reason Rack Extensions. Choose from three uniquely and meticulously hand-crafted equalizersRead More
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Posted On April 3, 2014By BryanIn Latest News, Software

Arturia ISEM Adapts Audiobus

Arturia is always up for innovation and this is very apparent in the latest iteration of iSEM, iPad’s best soft synth. Audiobus support adds ease of connection between multiple apps. As Arturia’s second supreme subtractive synthesizer recreation for iPad, iSEM has proven popular with both first-time buyers beginning a journey into the wonderful world of synths and also seasoned synth professionals like former Depeche Mode keyboard player/programmer/arranger Alan Wilder, who actively appreciates both its authenticity as an original Oberheim SEM owner and the latest developments possible via its iPad host: “Being the owner of the original hardwareRead More