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    Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac & PC]

    Toontrack's DFH Superior received excellent reviews but perhaps didn't really make the impact that it deserved. Will the drums and cymbals of their new Superior Drummer 2.0 make a greater splash?

    Reviews Dec 2008
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    The Age Of STEAM

    Preview: Spectrasonics Omnisphere Soft Synth

    With a new synthesis engine, some new ideas about interface design and 50GB of novel samples ranging from lightbulbs to burning pianos, Omnisphere will be Spectrasonics biggest soft synth yet. Its creator, Eric Persing, gives us a sneak preview.

    Reviews Aug 2008
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    GForce Virtual String Machine

    Sample Library [Mac/PC]

    Long considered to be terminally un-hip, string machines are on the brink of a revival. Will Gforce's VSM advance their rehabilitation?

    Reviews May 2008
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    MusicLab Real Strat

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    Music Lab impressed us with the playability and sound quality of their virtual acoustic guitar instrument, Real Guitar — and now they've gone electric...

    Reviews Jan 2008
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    Software Pianos

    Buyer's Guide

    If recording a real piano isn't for you, there's no shortage of very convincing software alternatives.

    Reviews Jan 2008
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    Steinberg Groove Agent 3

    Virtual Drummer Instrument [Mac/PC]

    It's been a long time coming, but has the latest version of Steinberg's Groove Agent been worth waiting for?

    Reviews Jan 2008
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    Humanoid Systems Scanned Synth Pro

    Software Synth For Windows

    Is ‘scanned synthesis’ the best thing since sliced bread, or a triumph of hype over substance? We put Humanoid Sound Systems’ Windows soft synth on the test bench to find out.

    Reviews Oct 2007
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    Arturia Jupiter 8V

    Software Synthesizer

    There was always something quite special about Roland's classic Jupiter 8 analogue megasynth, but can Arturia capture that magic with their emulation?

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    Plug-in Folder

    More hot plug-ins under evaluation

    •Rob Papen Albino 3 •SSL Drumstrip •Starplugs Admiral

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    XLN Addictive Drums

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac OS X & Windows]

    Is it really necessary to give up an entire hard drive in order to get your hands on a good-sounding drum library? XLN Audio think not.

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    Ultimate Sound Bank Plug Sound Pro

    Software Workstation [Mac/PC]

    Combining multitimbral sample playback, loop tempo matching, synthesis, multi-effects and an 8GB sound library, is Plug Sound Pro the only software sound source you need alongside your DAW?

    Reviews Jun 2007
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    Mouse-controlled Soft Synth [Windows]

    When it comes to hands-on control, we're used to being told that the mouse is a poor substitute for knobs and faders. This unique soft synth might just change all that...

    Reviews May 2007
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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Libraries/Virtual Instruments

    Three more recently released libraries and virtual instruments get installed and tested to oblivion! • Muse • Chris Hein Guitars • Sample Lab Luscious Grooves: The Dark Side

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    Ueberschall Liquid Instruments The Voice

    Virtual Vocal Instrument [Mac/PC]

    The latest offerings in Ueberschall's Liquid Instruments series focus on vocals, aiming to provide you with a flexible band of personal backing vocalists via a front-end based on Celemony's Melodyne.

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    Digidesign Velvet

    Electric Piano Instrument For Pro Tools

    Digidesign's march into MIDI sequencing territory continues with the launch of a plug-in emulating classic electric piano sounds.

    Reviews Mar 2007
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    Native Instruments Massive

    Software Synth [OS X/Windows]

    Is Native Instrument's new stand-alone soft synth as big as they say it is?

    Reviews Feb 2007
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    Tascam GVI

    VST Instrument/Stand-alone Soft Sampler [PC]

    Giga Virtual Instrument gives you Tascam's Giga sampling engine as a plug-in for the first time.

    Reviews Feb 2007
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    Modartt Pianoteq

    Physically Modelled Virtual Piano

    Can an 8 Megabyte plug-in really compete with the new generation of multi-Gigabyte sampled grand pianos?

    Reviews Jan 2007
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    MOTU Ethno

    World Music Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

    This new software instrument majors on lively and evocative loops and phrases that can be flexibly combined to create convincing world-music atmospheres.

    Reviews Dec 2006
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    Terratec Komplexer VST

    Wavetable Soft Synth [Windows]

    Old synths never die, they get reproduced as virtual instruments. So it is with Waldorf's Micro Q, which forms the heart of Terratec's impressive wavetable-based soft synth.

    Reviews Nov 2006
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    Kong Audio Chinee

    Chinese VST Instruments [PC]

    Five new evocative sampled Chinese instruments in virtual instrument form at a seriously low price.

    Reviews Oct 2006


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