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    Synthogy Ivory

    Grand Piano Virtual Instrument (Mac OS 9/OS X)

    Synthogy's Ivory goes where no virtual piano has gone before, sampling three full-size grand pianos to form a detailed library more than 30GB in size — and all-in-one £189 plug-in!

    Reviews Mar 2005
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    Submersible Music Drumcore

    Groove Library/Audition Engine [Mac OS X]

    Featuring the performances of some of the world's best drummers, Drumcore is a software-based cross between a drum library and a custom loop-auditioning interface, allowing you to assemble rhythm tracks fast.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Intakt & Kompakt Instruments

    East West/Zero-G Sample Libraries With NI Plug-in Front-end [Mac/PC]

    Sample and loop libraries have come a long way from being delivered on a humble audio CD — the most recent trend is to include a specific playback front-end for easy integration with your sequencer.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    FXpansion BFD

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac/PC]

    When it comes to drum sounds, BFD and its XFL expansion pack offer unprecedented levels of detail and flexibility, totalling over 30GB of sample data. Is it overkill, or the rhythm programmer's ultimate weapon?

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Spectrasonics Stylus RMX

    Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

    It may share the same name, but Spectrasonics' new Stylus RMX is a very different software instrument from the original Stylus, with a completely reconstructed underlying sound engine and a ton of new features.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Ultimate Sound Bank Ultra Focus

    Vintage Synth Library & Virtual Instrument

    Rather than using modelling technology to emulate classic synths, Ultimate Sound Bank have created an eight-Gigabyte sample library and packaged it with an accessible virtual instrument front end.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Arturia Storm v3

    Software Music Studio [Mac OS X/PC]

    Storm, the French software studio from virtual-instrument creators Arturia, keeps on improving. We check out version 3.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Vocaloid Miriam

    Singing Synthesis Software [Windows]

    Miriam Stockley is the first well-known singer to undergo the Vocaloid sampling technique, allowing anyone with a PC to install her as a virtual instrument. But how well does it work in practice?

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Native Instruments Elektrik Piano

    Sample-based VST Instrument [Mac/PC]

    For years it was instantly associated with smooth late-70s productions, and now the sound of the electric piano is enjoying a comeback. But just how good is Native Instruments' sample-based virtual version?

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    AAS Tassman v4.0

    Physical Modelling Synth [Mac/PC]

    Tassman is not the oldest 'virtual modular' software synth, but it's always been one of the better ones around. We check out the latest version...

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Ultimate Sound Bank Charlie

    Sampled Tonewheel Organ Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Sampled tonewheel organ sounds have been around for many years, but more recently we have seen the arrival of modelled virtual tonewheel organs. Can a sample-based Hammond emulation still cut it?

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 3)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    It's been an unreserved thumbs-up for Korg's bundle of software synths so far... but will the Legacy Polysix and Legacy Cell scale the same heights in the final instalment of our three-part definitive review?

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 2)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    In the second part of our coverage of Korg's new collection of software instruments, we turn our attention to the virtual MS20, and the MS20-shaped hardware controller. Just how well do these renditions compare to the original?

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 1)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    Now that Korg's Legacy Collection is properly complete, we follow up last month's preview with the first instalment of our three-part in-depth review. This month, we focus on the Korg Wavestation plug-in...

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Preview: Korg Legacy Collection

    Virtual Instrument Suite/Hardware Controller

    Korg's Legacy Collection recreates some of their best-loved keyboards in software form. It wasn't finished as we went to press at the end of March, but we managed to grab this sneak preview as the final touches were being applied... (Full in-depth hands-on Review next month.)

    Reviews May 2004
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    Gmedia ImpOSCar

    Virtual Instrument Plug-in: Mac & PC

    Gmedia continue their quest to render the best of the world's keyboards in software form. But will it give OSCar fans a case of the grouches?

    Reviews May 2004
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    Plug-in Folder

    Disco DSP Discovery 2 • Cutter Music Revitar • Kjaerhus Audio Classic Series • PSP Easyverb

    Brief appraisals of another selection of software Plug-ins from Disco DSP, Cutter Music, Kjaerhus Audio and PSP.

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Yamaha Vocaloid Leon & Lola

    Singing Synthesis Software [Windows]

    Technology has threatened to put drummers and guitarists out of work, but until now, singers have been safe. Is Yamaha's Vocaloid going to change all that?

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    IK Multimedia Sampletank 2

    Sample-based Virtual Instrument [PC/Mac]

    Sampletank was a hit: a sample-based virtual instrument with great sounds and, at the time, not much competition. Two years on, there are plenty of fully-featured software samplers and non-sampling virtual instruments too. Can Sampletank 2 keep up?

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Linplug RMIV

    Software Drum Machine [PC/Mac OS X]

    With their new VST Instrument, Linplug are aiming to combine the flexibility of a software synth and sampler with the simplicity of a hardware drum machine.

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Steinberg Hypersonic

    Virtual Workstation Synth [PC/Mac]

    If you could have one VST Instrument that emulated a hardware workstation, giving you enough polyphony to produce a complete arrangement with a fairly standard computer, would you be interested? Steinberg and Wizoo think you would...

    Reviews Feb 2004

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