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UVI Falcon Updated to v1.0.7

UVI has updated their powerhouse hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.0.7. The update contains the following fixes and additions: Fix regression with legato multi point envelope introduced in 1.0.4Fix issue with... Read more »

Fresh Tones: Wah at the End of the Pedal Chain

The classic position for a wah pedal is as the first pedal your guitar sees (or second, if you use a vintage fuzz pedal that doesn't deal well with buffers). It's almost considered gospel: the wah becomes part of... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

How to Create Pitch Effects Using Filters

Some of the most engaging, energetic synth lines consist of short, pulsing notes that at first listen, sound as if they're changing pitch. But when you listen analytically, you'll hear that, in fact, the fundamental... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Shift MIDI Notes to Compensate for Slow Synth Attack

Ever had a favorite synth sound, but the attack is just a bit slow? When you use that patch to record, it always sounds like it's playing late compared to the drums, etc. You might be tempted to adjust the attack of... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

How to Preserve Human Feel by Quantizing Sections of Tracks

Quantization is an amazing timing tool that can help you save a performance that's generally great, but might have a few problem areas where there are noticeable timing discrepancies. When you have a track like... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... Read more »

How to Create a Synth “Riser” to Build Excitement

A tried-and-true technique to build energy into another part of a song is to use a drum fill — it works every time! But if you're looking for an alternative, why not try a synth "riser"? Popular in dance... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Updates Prophet 12 OS to v1.3

Dave Smith Instruments has released version 1.3 of the operating system for the Prophet 12 hybrid digital/analog polysynth. The update adds a number of requested features, notably: Classic linear FM synthesisSupport... Read more »

iZotope Announces Full Product Line Support for Mac OS X 10.11

iZotope has completed updating their line to support Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This culminates an update process that began weeks ago. We have compiled a full list of all of their products, along with which version... Read more »

U-He Diva Announces NKS Compatibility

U-he has announced that Diva v1.4.1 is compatible with Native Instruments' new Native Kontrol Standard (NKS). The NKS format allows Diva to be integrated with Maschine and Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards. U-he... Read more »

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

Cycling ’74 Updates Max to v7.1

Cycling '74 has released a revision to Max 7. In addition to bug fixes and general stability improvements, Max 7.1 includes two new features: The enhanced Snapshot system allows users to save the state of a patcher... Read more »

UVI Updates Falcon to v1.0.2

UVI has released the 1.0.2 update to their flagship software instrument, Falcon. The update contains the following enhancements: Fix possible issue with cross-faded alternate looping in Sample oscillatorWaveEditor... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro to Firmware v1.3

Arturia has updated the firmware of their BeatStep Pro hardware and software beat machine to version 1.3. The updated version offers a plethora of new features and enhancements: Wait to load pattern — BeatStep... Read more »

Waldorf Nave Compatible with Native Instruments’ NKS Format

Waldorf has announced that the latest version of Nave is compatible with Native Instrument's Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) plug-in format. This format allows third parties access to the NI Komplete Kontrol hardware... Read more »

Waldorf Software and Mac/Windows OS Compatibility

Waldorf has released the following statement regarding operating system compatibility of their software: "Windows 10 and El Capitan are keeping us busy and we are working very hard to adapt our plug-ins to the new... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Native Instruments has released the following statement regarding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: "...the compatibility issues connected with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan are now resolved. "The latest OS... Read more »

Sonuus Updates Voluum Firmware, Adds Tuner

Sonuus has updated the firmware for their Voluum pedal to version 1.3.0. New with this version is a tuner, making this the first volume pedal with a built-in tuner. Sonuus says the tuner is fast, lets you tune to... Read more »

Line 6 USB driver 7.3.8 and El Capitan

Line 6 has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their USB driver version 7.3.8: "We have discovered an incompatibility of the Line 6 USB audio driver version 7.3.8... Read more »

Stay In The Flow When Recording

When you're recording — especially if you're recording alone — it can be tempting to stop as soon as you've made a mistake, undo the record pass or delete the offending performance, and start again. That... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates MASCHINE to v2.4

Native Instruments has released MASCHINE 2.4, which features deep integration with third-party plug-ins via Native Instruments Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format, first introduced with KOMPLETE KONTROL. With NKS... Read more »