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Review: The Amazonic AMA Complete Edition

Price $249 Contact The Amazonic Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is, perhaps, Earth’s most fertile ground. Home to a staggering number of animal species, it is also the birthplace of nearly 400 separate tribes of people, many of whom have their own languages and traditions. The Amazon region is also under enormous threat, with giant swathes of rainforest...

Spotify Singles hit 5B streams, their producer William Garrett shares his recording advice

On May 12, 2021, Spotify celebrates a milestone in its music recording history. Spotify Singles, the in-house produced series featuring many of the biggest names in popular music, crosses 5 billion streams. READ MORE: Plug-ins I Actually Use: Kudu Blue Since the inaugural recording session in July 2016 with Aoife O’Donovan, veteran producer and...

Metropolis Studios celebrates five BRIT Award wins from four different artists

Independent recording studio Metropolis Studios is celebrating five BRIT Award wins from four artists. All four artists recorded their winning works in the London space. READ MORE: Video Exclusive: Amon Tobin on his high-end monitoring, distortion and ISAM’s legacy Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, J Hus and Little Mix all took home a BRIT Award last night,...

Craft heroic orchestral scores with Native Instruments Action Strings 2

Native Instruments has released Action Strings 2, the second iteration of its Kontakt instrument primed for cinematic scores. The virtual instrument comes in collaboration with Sonuscore and features performances from the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. READ MORE: Iconic Strings: from Bach to Britney – the POPularisation of classic strings  Building...

The National’s Matt Berninger and Ronboy cover Tom Petty’s Only A Broken Heart on a long-lost synth

The National’s Matt Berninger and Ronboy have teamed up to cover Tom Petty’s Only A Broken Heart on the Resynator, a rare synth from the 70s. READ MORE: The MusicTech Buyer’s Guide To Synthesisers The cover arrived in anticipation of a documentary about the long-forgotten synth, alongside other tracks from a star-studded array of artists: Lucius...

Numark’s Party Mix II and Party Mix Live are DJ controllers with a built-in light show

Numark has announced two new DJ controllers geared for live performance: the Party Mix II and Party Mix Live. READ MORE: The best mixers to buy in 2021: 12 best rotary mixers for DJs These are entry-level DJ controllers, with the difference between them being that the Party Mix Live has internal stereo speakers. Both controllers feature large...

Learn the various methods to record audio into FL Studio

In this FL Studio Tips video, Max Venus shows you how to record audio in FL Studio. You’ll learn how to record directly into FL Studio’s Playlist across multiple tracks, and how to use the loop function to overdub existing parts. You’ll also learn how to record and sample using Edison. We’re starting off with the basics in our FL Studio Tips series,...

Universal Audio’s Luna 1.1.8 can “transform” into an API Vision Console

Universal Audio has released Luna v1.1.8 and UAD Software v9.14. Luna now boasts end-to-end analogue console emulation with the API Vision Console Emulation Bundle, plus UAD gets plug-ins from API and C-Suite Audio. READ MORE: Review: Universal Audio Luna API Vision Console Emulation The API Vision Console Emulation is the significant feature...

Plug-ins I Actually Use: Kudu Blue

Kudu Blue’s melody-driven dance-pop has garnered support from Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Jamz Supernova on Radio 1 Xtra, and Lauren Laverne on 6 Music, as well as securing a BBC Introducing Track of the Week. Encompassing influences from trip-hop, reggae, garage and artists such as Bonobo, Four Tet and bicep, the Brighton-based group is gearing up for...

Akai rewinds to the 90s with MPC One Retro, inspired by early MPC models

Fancy the new workflow of an MPC One but can’t peel away from the iconic design of the MPC2000XL and MPC3000? Akai has released the MPC One Retro for lovers of the classic models, combining the MPC One technology with aesthetics that hark back to the original era of the MPC. READ MORE: The Big Review – Akai MPC Live II The standalone sampler now...

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