Akai Pro has announced that its MPC Software has been updated to v2.1. This major update for both LIVE/X Standalone Firmware OS and MPC Desktop Software introduces a number of new workflow enhancements and stability improvements.
Synth player, songwriter, and Alesis and Hammond artist Emiko gives us a feature-by-feature overview of the Wireless Vortex 2, Alesis' successor to their successful and affordable keytar.
Does knowing about but not owning vintage synths give you a case of FOMO? Fear not! Today, the modern stuff is almost always better for real-world use.
Catalyst Audio has recreated classic Buchla 100-series modules based on the 1968 designs, but in Eurorack format. And they're relatively affordable, too!
This Friday's free plug-in is the powerful and versatile Synthmaster Player Free from KV331 audio.
Vermona's new module lets you send separate triggers based on the probability of a quarter, eighth, 16th, or triplet note happening.
Syntaur provides parts for synthesizers old and new, an invaluable resource for vintage gear lovers. They showed cool ARP Odyssey and Roland Juno mods at NAMM 2018.
German boutique synthmaker Radikal shows us their new complete, semi-modular synth, which features a paraphonic mode, MIDI-to-CV, swarm oscillator, killer filter, and more.
Here's what the new MIDI-CI expansion to the MIDI spec means for your workflow and music.
Andrew Kilpatrick shows us a compressor and a reverb as tabletop modules designed for electronic musicians who perform live with hardware synths.
E-mu founder Dave Rossum shows us his new Assimil8or eight-channel Eurorack sampler, then the rest of his excellent product line.
Part groovebox, part multi-track sequencer, part multi-engine synth, all fun. We get a look at this impressive expandable production system at NAMM 2018.
A brief summary and demo video from NAMM 2018 about new features in firmware and OS 2.0 for the Yamaha Montage synthesizer.
Austin-based Delptronics shows us some cool new toys for 2018, including a Nintendo-based motion controller and desktop analog Theremin.
We take a look at a slick automated multi-sampler for turning your vintage keyboards into Montage patches.
Our first hands-on go with the next-gen Arturia Brute synths, featuring their own Eurorack mount.
Blipblox is a real, tempo-syncable synth designed to appeal to children as young as three.
Gatekeeper is a very sophisticated envelope-slash-gate plug-in, with precision down to the level of samples. Here's a thorough demo.
Fortner gets a good hands- and ears-on with the boutique synth that perfectly duplicates the Yamaha CS-80.
Five12 is the modular company of Jim Coker, famed for the Numerology software sequencer. He's now working in hardware, and the Vector is a very Numerology-like sequencer.
We get one of the first demos at the show of Waldorf's amazing new Quantum hybrid synth.
10 years ago this year Russ Hughes started the AIR Users blog, which morphed into Pro Tools Expert in 2012. To kick off our year of celebrations we are running a competition with a Pro Audio gear and software prize pot worth over $28,000. Enter The Pro Tools Expert 10th Anniversary Competition to be in with the chance of winning the stunning new East-West Hollywood Choirs Diamond Edition worth $620.
Who doesn't love a bit of slap bass? Go on... admit it, we all love a bit of slap, however, getting good slap bass in production requires very skilled bass players. Our friends at Waves clearly love a bit of the slap bass and have just released a new virtual instrument specific to slap bass guitar - Bass Slapper.
Our friends at EastWest are delighted to announce the new Voices Of The Empire sound library and virtual instrument featuring the unique vocal talents of Uyanga Bold which will be available at the end of autumn.
UVI state that BeatBox Anthology represents over 50 years of groove boxes, beat machines, drum modules and synth drums. Pro Tools Expert was given an early preview of BeatBox Anthology 2 and we can safely say that UVI hasn't missed a.... beat... at all.
Today, our friends at Waves have released the eagerly anticipated Grand Rhapsody Piano, a new keyboard virtual instrument that I had a small preview of at NAMM 2017. The Grand Rhapsody Piano sits alongside the Waves Electric 88 Piano, Electric Grand 80 Piano and Element instruments, to name a few, in Waves ever growing line of virtual instrument products.
Toontrack state that the Alt-Rock EZX pack is a crude, genuine and raw palette of drum sounds inspired by the style of classic 1990's alternative rock. Having had a quick play with Alt-Rock EZX I feel that Alt-Rock EZX is fairly similar in vibe and aggression to Toontrack's brilliant Seventies Rock Drums EZX pack
Our friends at UVI have just released a brand new synth library called UVS-3200 featuring sounds from the Korg PS-3200 - a semi-modular 48-voice polyphonic analog synth. The Korg PS-3200 was built in small numbers during the late 1970s.
Our friends at UVI have released a new Expansion for Falcon called Ether Fields by Simon Stockhausen. Utilizing Falcon's deep synthesis, effects and modulation capabilities, The Ether Fields expansion delivers 100 premiere patches designed to channel the timeless energy of myth and consciousness.
Our friends at Toontrack have released Hip-Hop Beat Ingredients featuring a large selection of MIDI drum and keyboard loops for the Hip-Hop genre. Expand your Hip-Hop MIDI libraries in both Hip-Hop EZX for EZ Drummer 2 and EZkeys.
The eagled eyed amongst the visitors to the Waves booth at NAMM 2017 might have seen a demo of their latest piano VI plugin, the as yet unreleased Waves Grand Rhapsody Piano, which features the royal sound of the actual Fazioli F228 grand piano at Metropolis Studios and used on Adele’s “Hello” as well as Freddie Mercury.
This article lists four UVI Instrument products that Dan Cooper loves - includes example songs made with each UVI instrument/library.
It maybe holiday season but Waves have released a new plugin today. The Electric Grand Piano VI Plugin, has been sampled from the classic electric grand piano which defined 80s pop, rock and R&B hits by Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock plus many more, and served electronic music innovators from Vangelis to the present.
Our friends at UVI have released World Suite - a new world music sample library that includes a massive 320 instrument pack and 8,000 loop & phrase library inspired by traditional music from around the world.
Listed are three EZ Drummer 2 EZX Expansion that I absolutely adore. If like me you are a regular drum VI user then I strongly recommend you try some of these EZ Drummer 2 EZX pack for yourselves.
Our friends at Toontrack have released two new MIDI packs - Fusion Grooves MIDI & Fusion EZkeys MIDI for EZ Drummer 2 and EZKeys
When it comes to getting song ideas down I need to work with the minimum of fuss whilst being inspired by the instruments I use. Whilst there are a lot of huge sound libraries out there which offer almost limitless potential, at the start of the process I really don't need to adjust the squeak on the chair of the second cello player or search through 700 different splash cymbals.
It is for this reason that I use rock solid, bread and butter VIs, I use them like a trusty old acoustic guitar. If I need to swap them out for something with more versatility later then I will - often I don't. Here are those bread and butter VIs I use for songwriting. At the end of each section, I also tell what VIs I swap them out for if I choose to do so.