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6 Acoustic Drum Plug-Ins Worth Exploring
Using a sample-based acoustic drum instrument can be a lot easier than recording a real drum kit. Joe Albano takes you through some of the best on the market.
Oct. 17, 2017
Review: Cinematic Studio Solo Strings
If you're looking for an affordable but great-sounding solo string instrument collection for your scores or soundtracks, Cinematic Studio's latest release may be just the ticket.
Oct. 14, 2017
Review: Gothic Instruments Dronar Cinematic Atmospheres
You can never have too many sounds when it comes to creating great scores and soundtracks, but will Dronar Cinematic Atmospheres fit the bill for Matt Vanacoro?
Oct. 13, 2017
Review: Umlaut Audio Motors
This loop-based production station from Umlaut, "Motors", is designed to let you quickly create useful looped breaks and patterns. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive.
Oct. 4, 2017
Review: Big Fish Audio Sequence
Big Fish Audio's latest Kontakt-based instrument delivers multiple classic drum machines, effects and a powerful sequencer. Plus it's affordable, as Hollin Jones discovered.
Sep. 26, 2017
Review: Heavyocity Vocalise 2: Gravity
Anyone making EDM or scoring film, tv or adverts will find much to like in Heavyocity's new, Kontakt-based vocal instrument Vocalise 2: Gravity. G.W Childs fires it up...
G.W. Childs IV
Sep. 19, 2017
How To Create Authentic, Expressive String Ensemble Sounds
NI's Symphony Essentials distils the best of its larger Symphony series into a more affordable and compact collection - but it still sounds great, as Matt Vanacoro demonstrates.
Aug. 25, 2017
Here's 6 FREE Kontakt Instruments From Flintpope
This time-limited offer gives you six Kontakt instruments totally free. And if you're feeling generous you can even contribute a little something to say thanks.
Aug. 16, 2017
Review: Sonuscore's The Orchestra from Best Service
The latest offering from Best Service contains a wealth of multi-layered sampled orchestral instruments. Jay Asher put it to work creating some lush sounds for his productions.
Aug. 12, 2017
Three Key Ways to Optimize Kontakt Player & Instrument Libraries
Save RAM, save CPU and get lightning fast load times in Native Instruments' Kontakt Player for all your sample libraries with these optimization techniques!
Aug. 4, 2017
Review: Zero G Ethera Soundscapes
If you're after a multi-talented sample-based instrument that covers all kinds of composition and sound design uses, Zero-G's Ethera Soundscapes might be just what you've been looking for.
Jun. 18, 2017
Review: CinÃ©matique Instruments Mociula, Kontakt Effects & Instruments Suite
If you're looking for an affordable but versatile collection of instruments and effects to serve a range of uses from leads to textures, CinÃ©matique Instruments Mociula might have the answer.
G.W. Childs IV
Jun. 16, 2017
Review: DRONAR Live Strings Module
The trick with making a really believable string instrument is translating one playing style into a completely different one. Could Gothic Instruments have cracked it?
May. 19, 2017
Review: Fluffy Audio Rinascimento
Some virtual instruments cover fields you've never even heard of, and that is certainly the case with Fluffy Audio's Rinascimento. Let it open your eyes and ears to new possibilities...
May. 13, 2017
Review: Spitfire London Contemporary Orchestra-Strings
Spitfire Audio has a reputation as a heavy hitter in the world of meticulously sampled orchestral instruments. But would their latest release win over Jay Asher?
Apr. 29, 2017
Review: Sample Logic Rhythmology: Reconstructing Rhythms
Kontakt allows developers - with a great deal of work - to build some truly astonishing self-contained instruments. Noah Pred finds out if Sample Logic's Rhythmology is up there with the best.
Apr. 13, 2017
Review: Heavyocity NOVO
The perfect string ensemble library is something many producers dream of. Have virtual instrument specialists Heavyocity nailed it with NOVO?
Apr. 10, 2017
Review: Finishing Move Post Human for Kontakt
Musicians, producers and sound designers might all want to consider this Kontakt collection to pad out their sound library with some great ambient textures.
G.W. Childs IV
Mar. 17, 2017
Review: Sonokinetic Woodwind Ensembles
Getting a great woodwind sound for your productions can be tricky, but Sonokinetic's new Woodwind Ensembles Kontakt instrument might just have the answers.
Feb. 4, 2017
Review: Refractor Audio Transport: Beyond the Realm of Sound
Whether you're a fan of Celldweller or not, there's no denying the quality and inspiration in the samples from his new Kontakt instrument, Transport. Sounds designers and EDM artist take note.
Nov. 20, 2016
Review: Umlaut Audio uBEAT Bundle
uBEAT from Umlaut Audio combines a MIDI file library with an 8 pad drum machine interface in a Kontakt instrument. uBeat Bundle contains 3 massive sound libraries, effects and is highly recommend.
G.W. Childs IV
Nov. 16, 2016
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