Monthly Archives: March 2011

Review: Tone2 ElectraX

Tone2 ElectraXIn recent years Tone2 delivered a couple of excellent synthesizers with Firebird and Gladiator. Expectations were therefore high when ElectraX was announced, Tone2′s new flagship. ElectraX is a synthesizer with enormous possibilities. Unique to ElectraX is that the plug-in has as many as four (!) Synthesizers on board. Continue reading

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Image-Line releases FL Studio 10

Image Line has launched FL Studio 10. Besides a large number of improvements to existing units, the sequencer now has tools for pitch correction and creating harmonies with Newton and Pitcher. You need to pay extra for these tools, but the Pay What You Want-offer does not make it necessarily expensive. Continue reading

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Video: create a track in Sonar X1 Producer

In these videos by Cakewalk you learn how to create a track quickly with Sonar X1 Producer. The fundamentals of the track are created with MIDI and loops in Matrix View. Then live guitar is recorded, including the virtual amp Native Instruments Guitar Rig. And at last the track is mixed and mastered for immediate distribution. Continue reading

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Julian Ray Music Cobalt Ultramarine – free PolyKB II soundset

Julian Ray Music has released Cobalt Ultramarine, a free soundset for Xils-Lab’s PolyKB II synthesizer. The soundset includes 50 presets categorized in Strings, Brass, Pads, Soundscapes, FX, Organs, Keys, Leads, Bass and Synth. Continue reading

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Alive Machine celebrates new website with free sample pack

Alive Machine celebrates the opening of its website with Bio-Kit, a free sample pack with recordings of palm tree leaves. The field recordings of the original samples are made by scraping a stick over the palm tree leaves. After that granular synthesis is applied to the samples. Continue reading

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BBC Musicians’ Masterclass: The art of songwriting

Zane Lowe and producer Mark Ronson break the art of songwriting down to the basics at BBC Introducing’s Musicians’ Masterclass. With insights from Take That’s Gary Barlow. Continue reading

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