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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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    Novation V-Station

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Widely admired for their hardware synths, Novation have now taken the bold step of releasing a software plug-in synth. But is it the wave of the future, or a software pirate's delight?

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Arturia Moog Modular V

    Virtual Modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    For their latest software instrument, Arturia have taken on the tough job of modelling a modular synth — and it's the granddaddy of them all, a Moog modular... Switched-on software or spaghetti junction? We find out.

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Steinberg Groove Agent

    Virtual Drummer [Mac / PC]

    If you don't fancy programming drums from scratch, but you find pre-recorded drum loops too inflexible, perhaps what you need is Steinberg's virtual drummer...

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Zarg Music Prophet & Prophet Plus 3.1

    Virtual Instrument Plug-in

    Formats: Creamware SFP

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Spectrasonics Trilogy

    Sample-based Virtual Bass Module

    Trilogy is big on bass — its supplied library has 3GB of sounds! Is it sweet and low, or does it plumb new depths? We find out...

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    Steinberg/Wizoo Halion String Edition (Volume One)

    String Library / Virtual Instrument [Mac / PC]

    Steinberg and Wizoo's latest collaboration aims to provide high-quality string sounds at an affordable price, with a software interface to make string arranging so easy that even drummers can manage it. Have they succeeded?

    Reviews Mar 2003

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