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    Arturia 2600V

    Virtual Semi-modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    Completing the quartet of vintage synth emulations they began with Moog Modular V, Arturia's latest plug-in aims to reproduce the sound of the greatest semi-modular of them all, ARP's 2600. We see how it fares up against the original...

    Reviews Jun 2005
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    Arturia CS80V

    Software Synth (Mac/PC)

    Yamaha's CS80 was one of the finest analogue polysynths of all time. How close have Arturia come to modelling its classic sound in software? We put the software up against the hardware to find out...

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    IK Multimedia Sonik Synth 2

    Vintage Synth Virtual Instrument [Mac/PC]

    The latest instrument plug-in from IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality packages eight Gigabytes of samples, mostly from a huge range of classic synths, in IK's Sampletank front end.

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Native Instruments Absynth 3

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Absynth has always dared to be somewhat different to other software synths, and version 3 continues the grand tradition, with new effects, built-in frequency-shifting, and surround processing options.

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Arturia Minimoog V

    Virtual Analogue Synth [Mac/PC]

    Arturia caught our attention with Storm, the virtual studio suite, but of late they have diversified into emulating classic hardware instruments. So how do they fare in their attempt to capture the mighty Minimoog in software?

    Reviews Mar 2005
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    Muse Research Receptor

    Stand-alone VST Plug-in Player

    If you want to get your hands on the latest VST Instruments and Plug-in effects, but don't fancy having a PC in your studio, Muse Research's Receptor could be the answer.

    Reviews Mar 2005
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    Concrete FX Kubik

    PC VST Plug-in

    Concrete FX's plug-ins incline towards the less well-trodden areas of sound generation, and their latest is a wavetable synthesizer that recalls the Waldorf Microwave.

    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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    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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    Cakewalk Kinetic

    PC Software Studio

    With pattern-based sequencing, plenty of presets and a powerful analogue-style synth, Cakewalk's affordable soft studio package could be a valuable compositional tool.

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Virsyn Cantor

    Singing Synthesis Software [XP/ Mac OS X]

    If your computer could sing, what would it sound like? With the Cantor software synth from Virsyn, you can find out...

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Cycling '74 Mode

    Plug-in Suite [Mac OS X]

    If you are looking for effects and instruments to give your mixes a sideways slant, Cycling '74 might have just the thing...

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Disco DSP Vertigo 2.0

    Resynthesizing Additive Soft Synth [Windows]

    Disco DSP's additive synth plug-in offers both high-quality resynthesis, with up to 256 partials per note, and a novel 'spectral display' for editing your sounds.

    Reviews Jul 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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    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 Virtual BassStation

    Software Plug-in [Mac & PC]

    Novation's V-Station plug-in provided a software version of their hardware K-Station — now there's a software version of their mid-'90s hardware monophonic analogue bass synths, the BassStation and BassStation Rack...

    Reviews Dec 2003
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    Q. How do I make the JV1080's patch names come up in Logic?

    I'm having trouble getting my Roland JV1080 to work well with Emagic Logic Audio. When I change MIDI channel in Logic the sound disappears, or I can't get the sounds that I want to stay put. How can I get Logic and the JV to synchronise?

    Sound Advice Dec 2003
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    Native Instruments Absynth 2

    Soft Synth [Mac/PC]

    Absynth gets a significant overhaul, including tempo syncing, sample playback, granular synthesis and a module library. What do we think of it? Read on...

    Reviews Nov 2003
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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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    Native Instruments Reaktor v4

    Modular Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' flagship modular software synth has now reached version 4, dispensing with the dongle copy-protection that bothered v3 owners, adding many user-friendly features and allowing even greater scope for personalising your patches.

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Access Virus Indigo TDM Plug-in

    For Pro Tools TDM & HD Systems

    Just as Access's hardware Virus synth was followed by the snazzy Virus Indigo, so the TDM plug-in version for Pro Tools has benefited from an upgrade to Indigo status, making it more infectious than ever...

    Reviews Sep 2003

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