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Munro Sonic Review: The New Version Of The Egg 150 Monitoring System

We are very pleased to have the first review of the first re-engineering MunroSonic Egg 150 monitoring system. You may remember these innovatively shaped monitor speakers first came out a couple of years agao when acoustics guru Andy Munro and Sonic Distribution’s James Young & Phil Smith first collaborated on the Egg system under the sE Munro brand. 

Recently when they were looking at ways to improve and refine what was already a monitoring system that had received critical acclaim, with a search around the world to find the best manufacturing base that brought them back to the UK where the story began as well as a decision to rebrand as Munro Sonic.

What Has Changed?

Although the system has the same base form factor and function - the Egg 150 has an active speaker system with two passive speakers each housed in unique egg-shaped chassis combined a custom designed amplifier with a new amplifier circuit board design, improved chassis metal-work with a much thicker front panel and recessed higher quality knobs. There is a redefined mid EQ section in which they have broadened out the eq curve following development input from producers and engineers already using the original system.  The systems are now truly “Made in the UK”, being designed, manufactured, marketed and distributed in the UK, a fact that the MunroSonic team is very proud of.

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Review Of Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack - Vintage Plug in Rack

Russ takes the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-in for a spin. Find out what he thinks of it and see it in action.

Slate say: The VIRTUAL MIX RACK continues the Slate Digital tradition of providing the absolute most authentically modeled analog sound in a digital audio plugin.The ‘VMR’ includes four world class mix modules, including two classic equalizers and two versatile mix compressors, with more modules to be developed.

The ‘VMR’ operates as a Virtual 500 series rack with hot-swappable modules, putting your whole processing chain in ONE WINDOW. This allows you customize your own channel strip, with signal flow following the modules, in any order you choose. Mix and match filters from different EQs. Chain an EQ before or after your compressor. Moving modules around is easy, fast, and creates no break in audio playback. Audition signal chains faster, easier, and in real time with the Slate ‘VMR’

So is it buy, try or walk on by? Watch this review of the Slate VMR Virtual Mix Rack to find out.

PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 May Be The Ideal Recording Solution If You Have A Live Act Too

There’s a lot of audio interfaces on the market, some offer a lot of features for the home studio, but for some live is an important part of their entire workflow and having to invest in both live and studio equipment can get costly.

A few months ago I purchased a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 to use as part of my home studio, in some ways as an expensive mix solution for creating videos. Over time I’ve really started to love it and can see the potential it has for those working in a band who may be looking for a mixer and also a recording interface. It’s not a new product, but for the money (it streets for less than £800) and this is what you get for your money.

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Review Of Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer Plug In For The UAD Platform

Russ takes a look at the new Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer Plug In For The UAD Platform.

Described as “A unique, ultra-powerful EQ, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. The MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term, “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.”

See it in action and find out what Russ thinks of it.

Watch the review of the Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer plug In For The UAD Platform 

Review Of Loop Loft Dry Drums 4 - Drum Loops And Single Hits

In this review Russ takes a look at the latest release from Loop Loft Dry Drums Vol 4.

They have been recorded with an array of vintage mics, preamps and fully dampened heads, Each session comes complete with a multitude of beats, fills and transitions, allowing you to easily arrange your own custom drum track in seconds.

  • Instant Download
  • 100% Royalty Free
  • High Quality 24 Bit 48 KHZ Audio - WAV, REX2, Stylus RMX and AIFF (Apple Loops) Formats 

Watch the review of Loop Loft Dry Drums 4 

Exclusive Nugen Audio Visualizer 2 Review

Nugen Audio have updated their Visualizer plug-in and although you won’t find anything on their site yet, we have it on good authority that if you go and buy Visualizer now you will actually get Visualizer 2 instead.

We have an exclusive show and tell video review by Mike Thornton in which he includes all the new features in Visualizer 2.

What Is Visualizer 2

Visualizer’s intelligent window facility lets you select multiple view combinations, automatically resizing and aligning windows to maximise visibility. No need to switch between plug-ins to get the combination of views you want. There are user configurable presets let you switch between setups and interface sizes to build the workflow that suits you best.

New Features In Visualiser 2

  • You have complete freedom to resize the window to suit your workflow
  • You can use Visualizer as a standalone application or as a plug-in in your favourite DAW.
  • Visualizer works with the Nugen Audio Send plug-in so that you can compare multiple sources from within one instance of the plug-in. Eg. before and after mastering chain, or for notching out etc.
  • There is a new Correlation by Frequency view which helps to see how FX processing can affect the phase at different frequencies.
  • For Pro Tools HD users there is also an HDX Hybrid version of Visualizer.
  • Visual solo controls have been added so that you can fill the window with a particular view. 

More Announcements on Nugen Audio Products Coming Soon

We will have more announcements on Nugen Audio products in the next couple of days, stay tuned.

Waves Element Review

Russ took a look at the Waves Element virtual instrument synth. Find out what he thinks with this show and tell video review.

The Waves Element Synth is on special offer in their Halloween Monster Deals. It is normally $200 but until Monday it is only $79. So if you like it too then snap it up before the end on Monday.

Show And Tell Review Of iZotope Ozone 6 Mastering Plug-in

iZotope claim “iZotope’s audio mastering software, Ozone 6, makes it easier than ever to master your audio simply and efficiently in one elegant standalone application.”

In this video review Russ takes a look at the iZotope Ozone 6 Mastering Plug-in. He takes a look at the new features in Ozone 6 Advanced and also gives his thoughts on those features.

Watch the review of iZotope Ozone 6 mastering plug-in here

Drum Forge Drum Sample Library - Extended Show And Tell Video Review 

In this video James takes a look at Drum Forge a new sample library by JTW Drums & JSD. Take a look and listen at how he thinks drums should sound.

Watch the video review of Drum Forge drum sample library

Show And Tell Review Of Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in

Russ takes the new Positive Grid BAIS Desktop amp modelling plug-in for a spin.

Positive Grid claim that BIAS Desktop is not only a great amp modelling plug-in for guitarists, but with the added options to tweak to your heart’s content, grab new sounds free from the community Tone Cloud and also model your own sounds right from within the plug-in.

Does it live up to all the claims, Russ checks it out in this extended review. Find out what he thinks.

Watch the Positive Grid BAIS Desktop review here