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    Brass Instruments

    Orchestral Brass Sample Libraries: A Buyers Guide

    With so much choice on offer, picking the right brass library for your music can be tricky. Our comprehensive product guide shines a spotlight on the current contenders.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    Sample Magic BLOQ

    Kontakt, Live & Logic Pro Instrument

    Sample Magic have been making sample libraries for many years, but this virtual drum machine and synthesizer combination is their first instrument.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    Sample Shop | Media

    Sample Libraries

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    Soundiron Brad Hoyt’s Harp Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    What exactly is a harp guitar? It’s a new one on me, but its history and background is intriguing.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    Siren Audio Lorelei Suite v2

    Formats: Mac & PC stand-alone

    Siren Audio launched the Lorelei suite of applications a few years ago but now two of them, Generative and Feedback 2 have received major tweaks and updates.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    F9 Audio Drumtrax Future Classic House Vol 1 & 2

    Stems For Logic & Live

    The soundware label of James Wiltshire of the Freemasons, F9 Audio are promising a new range of soundware called Drumtrax.

    Reviews Nov 2015
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    Bandmaster Powerhouse Breaks

    WAV Format

    Back in 1977, Scottish company GR International, designed and manufactured a rhythm machine called the Powerhouse. Thirty-eight years later, owner of two Powerhouse machines, Dan Radclyffe, renovated his tapes and hardware and sampled all eight original cartridges to make this 64–loop library.

    Reviews Oct 2015
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    EastWest ProDrummer

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    Need a professional drummer in your studio? How about auditioning EastWest’s ProDrummer for the job?

    Reviews Sep 2015
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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the September 2015 issue.

    Reviews Sep 2015
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    Arturia Matrix 12 V

    Software Synthesizer

    Never afraid of a challenge, Arturia have undertaken the first software emulation of the celebrated Oberheim Matrix 12.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

    Sample-based Virtual Instrument

    Eleven years is a long time in software, so the new version of SampleTank ought to be pretty impressive.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    Drumforge Drumforge I

    Multi-format

    Of all the record producers and engineers I’ve interviewed over the years, few impressed me as much as Joey Sturgis, so when I heard that he was the Executive Producer of Drumforge I was very keen to take a look at the product.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    Big Fish Audio Vintage Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Vintage Strings is a Kontakt library intended to sit alongside Vintage Vibe and Vintage Horns and, like those products, uses original samples recorded in a fashion intended to replicate how it might have been done in Motown.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    MusicLab RealEight

    Plug-in Instrument

    The fifth of MusicLab’s ‘Real’ virtual guitar instruments, RealEight is modelled on an eight-string guitar, currently popular for metal, prog metal, epic rock and all things dark and demonic.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

    Software Synthesizer

    As it reaches its second incarnation, we ask: is Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere the world’s best soft synth?

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the August 2015 issue of SOS.

    Reviews Aug 2015
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    Soniccouture The Hammersmith

    Kontakt Instrument

    With The Hammersmith, a conventionally played acoustic grand piano, Soniccouture have released one of their most mainstream and potentially important libraries yet.

    Reviews Jul 2015
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    Xfer Records Serum

    Software Synthesizer

    Serum’s slick interface belies an extremely flexible wavetable synthesizer.

    Reviews Jul 2015
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    Arturia Solina V

    Software Synthesizer

    Arturia have revived a classic string synth in software, and the result is the Solina V.

    Reviews Jun 2015
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    String Instruments

    Orchestral Strings Sample Libraries: A Buyers Guide

    The quality and variety of orchestral string libraries continues to grow. Which one best suits your needs?

    Reviews Jun 2015
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    Spitfire Audio The Grange

    Drum Instrument

    One of rock music’s most celebrated recording venues wasn’t a studio but a house in Hampshire, and no music has been recorded there for almost 40 years — until now...

    Reviews Jun 2015

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