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Toontracks EZMix2 – Review


Ian Pain

OK so this is my first attempt at a review and I hope I am able to convey the usefulness of this fairly simple and relatively cheap piece of software. The download and authorization was very simple and straightforward and I was up and running in no time. There is a basic PDF manual that comes with it but to be honest it is so obvious that anyone with some experience of plug-ins and music software would have no problem. Continue reading

Jam Origin – Review


Greg Domeier

I have been toying with the idea of getting a midi guitar to add to my music creating arsenal. Even though I have a midi keyboard, I am primarily a guitar player. Any keyboarding I do is slow and not very accomplished.

The Roland GR-55 ($799 street) was at the top of my list, but it had two things working against it. I have various amp modeling plugins as well as a JTV Variax, so most of its features were duplicating stuff I already had.
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FL Studio 10 Producer Edition – Review (Part 2: Weaknesses)

FL Studio 10: Weaknesses

by John Judd

Here is the follow up to my first review FL Studio 10 – Part 1: Strengths. It is written from the standpoint of a professional composer work flow and considers reliability, speed, interaction with 3rd party plugins, and more. Please read the first review for strengths, as here I will be focusing on the weaknesses of FL. {Note and correction: in the first review I mentioned that the Direct Wave sampler could be purchased for additional functionality. This is incorrect for the Producer Edition, which has the full version of the plugin.} Continue reading

LA Scoring Strings (LASS) – Review

by Ryan Bennett:

Need to breathe some life into your compositions? AudioBro’s LA Scoring Strings is quite the investment. This VST string library for Kontakt may require you to tap into little junior’s college funds, but the quality, stability and ease of use is well worth it.

As far as articulations go, there’s just about every basic one you’ll need: Staccato, Legato, and a couple other “autos”. Don’t expect marcattos or pre-programmed runs. This is more of what I call a ”purest” library. You can of course stack layers to get into the more kinky effects. Continue reading

Kontakt 5 – Review

by Joel Steudler

Native Instruments Kontakt 5 is a robust and versatile softsampler that operates as either a standalone or as a plugin within your DAW. It delivers tremendous value for its price, but how much you get out of that depends on your musical goals and willingness to delve into the guts of the sounds you are working with. Continue reading