Review: Universal Audio Luna

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Price Free to UA Apollo/Arrow Users Contact Universal Audio The staggering surprise reveal of Universal Audio’s new DAW-in-all-but-name Luna was one of the biggest talking points of this year’s NAMM. It appeared that with this ‘recording system’, the company had taken everything it had learnt from its world-beating software emulations, DSP-powered low-latency interfacing, and ever-improving […]

How to collaborate with VST Connect in Cubase

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Steinberg’s VST Connect has been around in some form since 2012, debuting as a plug-in in Cubase 7. But with musicians, producers and indeed everyone else locked down in their respective homes due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s never seemed as relevant as it does right now. VST Connect allows you to record a musician […]

Review: RME Babyface Pro FS

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Price £650 Contact RME | Synthax Audio UK When the RME Hammerfall DSP audio interface hit the market little more than 20 years ago, it created something of a stir. The design standards and engineering quality packed into the hardware ensured exceptional audio performance, while its generous daubs of signal-wrenching processing grunt gave Hammerfall the […]

Using dynamics in Cubase 10.5

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There are many types of dynamics processor, each capable of slightly different things. The best catch-all description is that they act like automatic volume controls – they modify the dynamic (ie volume level changes over time) make-up of a sound source, generally in response to the nature of that source. To put this into context, […]

Review: Universal Audio Apollo Twin X

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Price £1,180 (Duo version £790) Contact Universal Audio Universal Audio has its roots buried deeply in the history of sound recording and technology. For more than 70 years (albeit with a 14-year hiatus between 1985 to 1999), the company has been responsible for groundbreaking innovations – the layout of modern mixing consoles, per-channel EQ, and […]

Review: Best Service Nada Meditation Sounds

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Price £180 Contact Best Service | Time Space We see all sorts of eclectic sample libraries from our lofty perch here at MT Towers, including fashionable orchestral collections and a near-constant stream of drum and synth assortments. But it’s the explorative, off-the-wall products that really seize our attention. For the past few years, such offerings […]

Review: Audient EVO 4

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Price £99 inc Contact Audient / EVO by Audient For those who work with recording equipment every day, it can be easy to forget just how overwhelming even the simplest studio rig can appear to the uninitiated. Even something as simple as recording a mic signal while returning a monitoring signal to the performer, which […]

Sketching ideas and using voices in Cubase’s Score Editor

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Cubase’s Score Editor is a great tool for turning MIDI parts into musical notation, ideal for composing and developing music that will ultimately be performed by musicians. It also lets you create parts from scratch by writing musical notation. For those au-fait with music theory, sketching out ideas in notation can be liberating. It cuts […]

Review: Softube Console 1 Fader

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Price £527 Street Contact Softube A few years back, in 2014, Softube released the original Console 1; a new, and in some ways peculiar, hardware controller. The peculiar thing about this unit isn’t that it contains no faders; rather, it’s in the way it communicates with a DAW. Many, if not all, DAW controllers rely […]

Review: Sonokinetic Modal Runs

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Price €74.90 ex. VAT/€90.63 inc. VAT Contact Sonokinetic Over recent years, Sonokinetic has built an increasingly impressive reputation for its ever-growing library of sampled orchestral instruments. The range is vast, with directly-playable orchestras, sections and individual instruments, alongside phrase-based collections that employ innovative keyboard triggering that allows you to adapt and modify the phrases in […]