Reviewed: PreSonus Studio One 4.6
PreSonus have continued to listen to their customer feedback and requests to bring yet another update to their DAW Studio One, packed full of new and improved features. Perhaps this is why Studio One is rapidly becoming a preferred DAW for beginners right through to professionals – its sensible, high calibre design and industry standard quality has got your software audio needs covered.
Reviewed: BABY Audio I HEART NY Parallel Compressor
It’s often hard to justify spending money on software plugins but it’s a road most musicians these days must face. A daunting road it may be to the up and coming producer and I assure you, once you’ve begun there’s rarely any turning back. BABY Audio’s new I HEART NY compressor is certainly no exception to the rule.
Reviewed: iZotope VocalSynth 2 VST Plugin
For those of you who have used iZotope plugins before, you will no doubt be aware of the wide range of effects they offer to cater for all range of needs in audio production and repair work. There is essentially a tool for just about every audio task in the iZotope range, and those of you looking for vocal effects are certainly not left wanting. With VocalSynth, many loyal users were converted to iZotope’s products and now that the latest update has been officially released, I am sure there is about to be a much wider user group for VocalSynth 2 with the range of effects it has on offer.
Reviewed: iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced
iZotope have again proven they are committed to delivering exceptional quality audio mixing and mastering tools that don’t require a degree to operate and won’t leave you crying poor either. Ozone 8 Advanced is the most up to date collection of mastering tools from iZotope and for a limited time it is being offered at a very competitive price through local dealers. If you want that final polished cut to your audio production, so that it will work with a range of media and platforms, this is a plugin package that you simply must take a look at. Better still, have a listen and your ears will tell you what you need to know.
Reviewed: Propellerhead Reason 9.5
Propellerhead Software has just released the long-awaited Reason 9.5, which finally introduces VST support, opening Reason up to even more users and plugins than ever before. It’s a free update to existing Reason 9 users too, so if you already have Reason you’ve just greatly expanded your creative options. ”We’ve seen some amazing VST instruments and effects that are available in the market, and we simply wanted our Reason users to have access to them without compromising Reason’s unique workflow,” Reason product manager Mattias Häggström Gerdt says. “Reason finds all the VSTs on your computer and displays them next to your other Reason devices. You can simply drag and drop a VST plugin into the Reason rack and get started right away—or you can go as deep as you want and access the CV and audio connections for a truly modular music-making experience.”
REVIEWED: iZOTOPE RX6 ADVANCE AUDIO REPAIR SOFTWARE SUITE
I’ve been through a few versions of iZotope’s award winning audio repair software in recent years. This may not be something that everyone thinks of when setting up their digital audio workstation, as most people concentrate on amassing synthesisers, sound banks, preamps, EQ and dynamic plugins all designed to work at the front end of their audio production. But what iZotope realised some time ago was that there were a lot of issues with recorded audio that often needed to be fixed later when re-recording was not an option. So they delivered us RX audio repair solutions, which have grown over the years to become a production suite of tools that is almost invaluable for post-production sound design and mixing. But with the latest release of RX6 Advanced, the flagship product in the range, there are now even more tools that work well in a studio environment for recording instruments and voices alike.
REVIEWED: THE IMAGINE-LINE FL STUDIO 12.4 DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION
Throughout the noughties, budding music-makers worldwide found solace in FL Studio’s unpretentious, easy to use layout and affordability. In fact FL Studio, originally released as a 4-track sequencer called Fruity Loops in 1998, could easily claim part responsibility for the rise of bedroom electronic music producers. Fast forward to now, and FL Studio has well and truly grown up to become an all encompassing professional level DAW, without losing its roots.
iZotope Ozone 7 Elements
Ozone 7 Elements is iZotope’s slimmed down, budget and beginner friendly mastering plug-in solution. The idea of a mastering plug-in with very little in the way of technical control over your sound is fairly odd, but actually makes sense in this day and age where automated online mastering services like Landr have flourished. At least with Ozone Elements you have a degree of control and some human ears actually listening to the mix.