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Gig Performer 3 VST Host For Mac And PC Explored At NAMM 2019
Use your VST and AU plug-ins independently of a DAW for live performance with instant switching, full routing and mix support and much more. Here's a demo of how it works.
Jan. 25, 2019
Steinberg Unveils Absolute 4 - For VST, AU And AAX Hosts
With over 100GB of sounds and instruments, this is the cream of Steinberg's virtual sound tools. Plus they're also compatible with AU and AAX formats - so nobody is left out.
Jan. 25, 2019
Imaginando's DRC Synth V2 Now Supports AUv3 Plugin Format On iOS
Use this innovative synth as a plugin inside your iOS DAW with enhanced support in version 2.
Jan. 10, 2019
Best Of 2018: Software Synthesizers
2018 saw a raft of updates and new releases, from emulations of vintage gear to new and totally unique soft synthesizers. There's never been a better time to make music with virtual synths.
Dec. 27, 2018
Native vs Powered Processing For Music Producers: Picking A Plugin System
Native and powered plug-ins trade off price and power in different ways - but which system is right for you? In part one of this guide, Matt Vanacoro explains the pros and cons of each.
Dec. 22, 2018
Bolt Is The First Softsynth Release From Hardware Specialists Nektar Tech
16 voice polyphonic with 2 oscillators per voice, Bolt is a confident first foray into the world of plug-in synthesis from the maker of Impakt and T-series hardware controllers.
Dec. 20, 2018
Imaginando Releases DLYM Delay Modulator, FREE App And Plugin For iOS
The developer has brought its delay / mod plugin to iPhone and iPad for free and as well as a standalone app it also runs in AU format inside your mobile DAW.
May. 31, 2018
Propellerhead Releases Reason 10's Europa Synth As VST / AU Plugin & FREE On Web
Well here's something unexpected! Propellerhead just released their powerful Europa spectral wavetable synth as a VST/AU plugin and also as a free online web version too.
May. 30, 2018
Imaginando Releases Free Delay Modulator Plugin, DYLM
Imaginando's latest VST / AU effect is a delay modulator, and it's completely free! Check out the details here and download it today.
Mar. 8, 2018
5 Reasons Your Main Music Production Platform Can Be An iPad
Long gone are the days when the iPad was a mere sketchpad. Now, it really can be the heart of your music-making setup, as Hollin Jones explains.
Feb. 8, 2018
Sinevibes Releases Reshuffle, An Audio Swing Manipulation Plug-In
Innovative new plug-in from Sinevibes looks set to change the way we think about manipulating the timing and feel of audio parts in realtime.
Sep. 15, 2017
Rob Papen PRISMA Plug-In Stacks All Software Instruments as Single Sound Source For Free
One of the announcements at NAMM 2016 that really impressed us was regarding the upcoming (free) Rob Papen PRISMA. Essentially it's a software plug-in host that stacks multiple synth plugins together.
Feb. 11, 2016
Apple Fix Audio Unit Bug in Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.1
Back on October 9th we reported about the BETA for OS X 10.11.1 with a fix for Audio Unit validation! Today OS X 10.11.1 has been officially released and Apple tell us all is well.
Oct. 22, 2015
Sinevibes Releases Hologram Spectral Re-Synthesizer Plugin for Mac
Sinevibes Hologram is an audio unit that spectrally re-synthesizes your sounds in real-time. It's Mac only... but check out the video and you'll likely agree it looks interesting for just $29.
Sep. 8, 2015
Apple Wants iOS 9 iPad to be Your Music Studio Hub: Here's How
If you make music and own an iPad (capable of running the upcoming iOS 9) then allow yourself a wide smile. Apple are bringing audio units (you know effect and instrument plugins) to iOS 9 iPad soon.
Jun. 14, 2015
Adding More Instruments to Garageband
Garageband makes it really easy to get in there and easily set up virtual instruments that come built-in. However, if you're going in to Garageband with the intention of using a third-party plug-in, y
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