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Westwood Instruments’ ALT Piano gives you the sound of an old upright piano

British virtual instrument maker, Westwood Instruments, has released ALT Piano, a Kontakt instrument that brings an old 60s upright piano to your DAW. The brand specialises in recording instruments that are imperfect by nature and transforms them into playable virtual instruments. ALT Piano is no different, recorded in two different ways – once with...

AmpliTube Joe Satriani is an authentic software rendition of the guitar virtuoso’s rig

IK Multimedia has launched an AmpliTube collection of amps and pedals, not only accurately based on, but built with the input of guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani himself. The software is designed to run on both desktop and iOS versions of AmpliTube, or as a standalone desktop app. The brand is also currently giving away $100 worth of AmpliTube software...

Why was Korg fined £1.5 million?

Last month, it was revealed that Korg, Roland and GAK had been collectively fined a total of £5.75million for enforcing the illegal practice of Resale Price Maintenance (RPM). The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has now published a report that details the case and how Korg was found to be breaking the law. Background The CMA found that between...

Native Instruments and Orchestral Tools’s Arkhis creates compelling underscores

Two of Berlin’s elite music software developers have collaborated on a powerful cinematic sound design tool, Arkhis. Orchestral Tools and Native Instruments combine pristinely recorded sounds at Teldex Scoring Stage and an easy-to-use layering engine that’s designed to excel in creating textural, storytelling sounds. Specialising in creating everything...

Mike Mago: “Technology is responsible for about 80 per cent of my success”

From promotor and label owner to producer and artist, Mike Mago has gone from running Bmkltsch Rcrds to creating club bangers of his own. We peek into his studio to learn about the tools of his trade, hear his advice for producers, and learn about the biggest regret of his career. What are your earliest memories of music and electronic music? My first...

Review: Denise Audio God Mode

Price £55 Contact Denise Audio The market is rife with tube, warmth, drive and fuzz plug-ins. New additions are nothing to get excited about, right? It’s not quite so simple. We welcome novel variants with open arms, especially if they have something new to offer. Here, Berlin’s Denise Audio, makers of other such products as Bad Tape (reel-to-reel...

Symphonic AI brings a new kind of intelligence to your DAW

Sample Logic has introduced a new Kontakt orchestral library with a twist. With symphonic samples recorded by Red Room Audio in Bulgaria, Symphonic AI blends orchestral sounds and wavetable synthesis with ‘Animated Intelligence’. The process pushes the Kontakt engine to the limits, cleverly weaving organic and electronic sounds together, then setting...

Understanding Ableton Live’s Echo and Delay effects

Time-based effects like delay and echo can drastically change the nature of an instrument – there’s a reason you see so many of these effect pedals on a guitarists pedalboard. We know already that Ableton Live 10 comes preloaded with some pretty powerful Audio Effects, so it’s time to figure out what Echo and Delay can do for us. In this Ableton Live...

Blue Cat Audio’s dynamic plug-ins just got a performance-boosting update

French software developer, Blue Cat Audio, has just announced an update across four of its dynamic processing plug-ins. Blue Cat’s MB-5 Dynamix, MB-7 Mixer, Protector and Dynamics plug-ins all receive new preset handling and workflow enhancements. The update boosts performance across the aforementioned plug-ins, plus brings new GUI technology that...

Ennio Morricone: scores, samples and covers

Iconic Italian composer Ennio Morricone is credited with over 500 movie scores – a body of work that’s so impressive that to describe him as writing the “ah-ee-ah-ee-ah” theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, seems woefully reductive. Morricone’s work has entered the public psyche in myriad ways. Beyond earning plaudits and awards for his scores...

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