iZotope Ozone 10 review

Ozone, iZotope’s mastering plug-in, is available in its tenth reincarnation. Its Master Assistant takes a lot of work out of your hands. And yet, it doesn’t force you to accept its results, leaving all the room you need for a creative result. Oh, and the Assistant can match your music to a musical reference, including your own reference tracks. In short, iZotope has released a master plug-in that towers above everything else.… Read More iZotope Ozone 10 review

Subscription based software licences can make sense, but…

How long has it been now? Could it be about eight years that we see more and more subscription based software pop up? Is it worth the money, paying those yearly fees? Or has it been a rip-off as many people thought when the first developers (I remember Adobe, which do you?) switched to them with a nice marketing peptalk to go with them?… Read More Subscription based software licences can make sense, but…

The Berlin Orchestra in all of its glory: Orchestral Tools Berlin Series Bundle

After having tried 23 sample collections including the free ones from Orchestral Tools, I am impressed and can wholeheartedly advise the company’s SINE Player plug-in and collections. The quality of sound, the articulations (or techniques), styles, modes, and customisability are all unsurpassed.
Orchestral Tools’s flagship collection bundle is The Berlin Series Main Collection, which I got a chance to review a few weeks ago.… Read More The Berlin Orchestra in all of its glory: Orchestral Tools Berlin Series Bundle

Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings for film composers and musicians who need emotion on the verge of exploding

Orchestral Tools’s SINE Player is the only music creation plug-in for DAWs I know of that allows you to achieve results so close to conducting a real-world instrument or orchestra you can’t hear the difference. Their Berlin Series has been expanded with the Berlin Con Sordino Strings collection. It’s a large set of string samples,… Read More Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings for film composers and musicians who need emotion on the verge of exploding

Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

Neutron 4’s new features all build on the machine learning algorithms that are now at the core of all iZotope products I have reviewed. Neutron is a mixing plug-in and its AI-powered Mix Assistant no longer asks questions before it starts analysing your track. It comes with a new Assistant View that is much better than the previous version’s. The Assistant starts listening as soon as you play audio. It produces a reference starting point, like the old one. The resemblance ends there, though. Once you have your starting point, which in my tests was faster than with the old version, you’ll be taken to a control center where you can perfect your sound or associate it with an instrument from a list of presets or one that you sampled.… Read More Unmasking tracks, adding Trash distortion and matching a track’s sound with that of an instrument? iZotope Neutron 4 makes it easy

SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review

The SINE Player sound system based on actual recordings in the famous Teldex Studios in Berlin, Germany, is constantly growing with new collections. The latest one is called TIME Macro and TIME Micro. Both collections are associated with “chronographic” or “chronometric” scenes. The Macro set uses a symphonic orchestra setup, while the Micro set uses a chamber orchestra. Orchestral Tools calls them “structures” and while that is a close description of these collections it might make people think they’re not suitable for music not related to scenic events like in a documentary or a movie. That would be a mistake.… Read More SINE Player Time Macro and Micro bundle sounds review