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 […]

Review: ujam Virtual Bassist 2

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  Price £236 (upgrade from previous version for £25) Contact ujam Bremen-based ujam’s virtual-band line-up has a new superstar player. Following the release of in 2018, this sequel joins the maker’s virtual drummer and guitarist packages to round out and improve its offering. As before, Virtual Bassist 2 is a plug-in that features high-quality multi-sampled […]

Review: Loopmasters Industrial Dub

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Price £20 (Loopcloud ready) Contact Loopmasters This new Loopmasters pack combines the bass and rhythms of dub and dubstep with the more aggressive and distorted sounds of the industrial genre. Bass influences come courtesy of artists such as Scorn and JK Fresh, with the more experimental elements inspired by Portishead and Lee Perry. It’s modest […]

Review: Groove 3 How to Practice Music Production

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Price $30 (£24), $15 (p/m subscription to whole site) (£12) Contact Groove 3 Adam Pollard, AKA Multiplier, is back with another Groove 3 production course, this time providing broader tips and concepts to help you improve your production skills. There are 22 streamed videos totalling one hour and 15 minutes of content, with each focusing […]

Review: Apple Logic Pro X 10.5 Update

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Price £199 (free update for existing users) Contact Apple Major updates to the DAW old guard of Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Cubase are always exciting – if only to see how applications whose roots stretch back to the 1990s can be refreshed and refit for the modern age. In the case of Logic Pro […]

Review: Undrgrnd Sounds Cosmic House and Techno

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Price £35 Contact Undrgrnd Sounds Taking inspiration from acts such as Bicep, Palms Trax and Mano Le Tough, this galactically good sample pack combines deep-house atmospherics with hard-edged acid loops and tech-focused synths. The more than 1.5GB of audio here ranges from the saturated resonance of its loops to complex granular textures and swelling pads, […]

Review: Loopmasters Soulwave

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Price £25 (Loopcloud ready) Contact Loopmasters This pack combines soulful trap with the woozy nostalgic sounds of synthwave. Within it you’ll find folders of well-programmed bass loops with a warm analogue sound, and tight drums with plenty of kick edits and hat rolls, plus variations with and without kicks and snares. You’ll also find smooth […]

Review: Spitfire Audio Ólafur Arnalds Stratus

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Price £250 Contact Spitfire Audio Stratus is London-based Spitfire Audio’s fourth collaboration with the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds. Their partnership has so far yielded three fantastic libraries, of which the strongest is probably Composer Toolkit, which among other textures features warm and intimate muted piano sounds. Native Instruments’ Noire and Una Corda […]

Review: Moog Subharmonicon

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Price £739 Contact Moog The affection for Moog is vast. All the US manufacturer has to do is offer a sniff of a new product, development or feature, and its customers start salivating – and its sniff of the Subharmonicon got pulses racing quicker than most. At the 2018 edition of Moogfest, the maker’s annual […]

Review: Studio Electronics Midimini V30

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Price £2,899 Contact Studio Electronics It’s been 30 years since the release of the Midimini and Los Angeles makers Studio Electronics has decided it’s high time to revisit the monosynth with which it made its name. Like the original, the V30 is a 4u rackmounted unit. There’s a built-in power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-thru ports, […]