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Hexeract, a software synth for filmmakers as much as for musicians

I love synthesisers, especially the hybrids that you can create deep rich sounds with based on samples and waveforms like Logic Pro X’s Alchemy. Hexeract is a bit like Alchemy in that it is a very powerful software synth, but it’s much easier and more intuitive to use and allows you to create sounds for any use, such as, of course, music, but also soundscapes, soundtracks and the creation of cinematic atmospheres.

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Avid Pro Tools

Included with the Ultimate version are 115 plug-ins at no extra charge of which UVI Falcon 2, a virtual instrument that makes it easy to create real-world and out-of-this-world sounds and HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology), a software add-on that gives you the euphonic characteristics of prized analogue gear.

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IK Multimedia UNO Synth

The UNO Synth is a monophonic, true analogue synthesiser and IK Multimedia’s entry in the hardware synthesiser world. It’s a combination of IK Multimedia’s experience, the knowledge of synth expert Erik Norlander and the expertise of synth-maker Sound Machines.

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Violinist, composer and producer Daniel Weltlinger is now using a DPA Microphones d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone

Daniel Weltlinger – born in Sydney but based in Berlin – composes and plays Gypsy-swing, jazz, Yiddish-klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He has long been a fan of DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, but when one of the two he owns was recently damaged during a live show, he decided it was time to upgrade.

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iZotope Neutron 3’s new features review

iZotope today launches Neutron 3, the mix workflow plug-in. Thanks to advances in machine learning, Neutron 3 Advanced is the first-ever plug-in that listens to the entire session, communicating with every track in the mix.

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Audio Editor's Choice 2019

The DPA Microphones d:dicate 4017 and 4018 shotgun and supercardioid mics Review

When I mention a shotgun microphone many of you will spontaneously think of a Sennheiser MKH 416 or perhaps a Schoeps CMIT 5. But if you’re really into quality and flexibility, a DPA Microphones d:dicate 4017 or – for smaller spaces and other recording types – a d:dicate 4018 could be a much better fit.

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iZotope announces Neutron 3

iZotope today launches Neutron 3, the mix workflow plug-in. Thanks to advances in machine learning, Neutron 3 Advanced is the first-ever plug-in that listens to the entire session, communicating with every track in the mix.

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Audio

Exponential Audio Reverb bundle: first impressions

iZotope acquired Exponential Audio, a small company with important DAW plug-ins to create reverbs and other effects. That company was founded by Michael Carnes, a classical musician and recording engineer, who also created many of the preset effects. It was quickly recognised as a trendsetter in the industry.

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Audio

The superior VOVOX Sonorus direct S mic cable

They don’t come cheap, VOVOX cables, but then they can’t be, given their build quality and the sound you get out of them. But, as always with cables, the question is whether you hear a difference. I received a test unit of a VOVOX Sonorus direct S and compared it with an ordinary Cordial, an Inco X-Lead, a Mogami Gold Studio and Gold Stage, and a d’Addario Planet Waves ASMC cable.

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Musings Pentacles

The EU Copyright Directive and its impact

The EU Parliament has given its blessing to the new Copyright Directive which aims to strengthen the position of EU-based creators – filmmakers, actors, musicians, journalists and writers – when negotiating with publishers and producers. It should lead to a fairer system of exploitation of their works and performances, but a lot of people, including academics who have reported on this issue, seem to believe the Directive will actually lead to less available content, legal confusion that can be taken advantage of, and more censorship within Europe.