Orchestral Tools Drones review

Sample library developers Orchestral Tools have released their latest sample collection — Drones by Alexander Hacke. Designed by Sascha Knorr and Timo Loosli, Drones explores the titular musical effect through a series of instruments chosen specifically for their atmospheric and evocative qualities, providing lengthy (some over a minute) sonic textures ideal for sound design, avant-garde composition, and film and game scoring.… Read More Orchestral Tools Drones review

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iZotope AudioLens captures and manages reference audio for Ozone 10 and Neutron 4

For a limited time, iZotope is offering its new AudioLens app for free. AudioLens is a very specific little app that does but one thing: it lets you create and manage audio references used by the Assistants in the latest versions of Neutron and Ozone. AudioLens is the surefire way to analyse them and populate the Assistants with references collected from any resource your Mac has access to, bar external audio.… Read More iZotope AudioLens captures and manages reference audio for Ozone 10 and Neutron 4

sE Electronics DM3 is a DI Box that’s actually cylindrical and performs brilliantly

The sE Electronics DM3 is a phantom powered DI box with features that put it in the expensive range, but costs only €119 EUR. A “direct box” is a small connection box for instruments and line signal equipment. Cheap DI boxes have a 1/4in input to connect an instrument such as a guitar and an XLR output that send the signal to the mixer, console or audio input. Somewhat more expensive models have a ground lift switch to correct ground loop noise and/or a pad switch to accommodate different signal source levels. Expensive DI boxes have more features, such as a preamp and they’re powered.… Read More sE Electronics DM3 is a DI Box that’s actually cylindrical and performs brilliantly

Moogerfoogers, the Moog effects for anything from delay to soundscape

Moog recently introduced its digital version of seven analogue Moogerfoogers “effect pedals” that are direct descendants of the original Moog synthesizers ($149 intro offer; $249 regular — 7-day free trial available). They can be used individually or combined to deliver maximum flexibility with an unparalleled number of controllable parameters.… Read More Moogerfoogers, the Moog effects for anything from delay to soundscape

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

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

Spacelab Interstellar reverb plug-in review

Fiedler Audio, the company behind Spacelab Ignition and Interstellar, was founded in 2013 and based its plug-in on scientific research. Much of Spacelab’s appeal is related to the interface and the Fraunhofer-based 3D-reverb technology. Spacelab combines reverb, 3D-panning, and spatialisation in one plug-in. Spacelab’s Interstellar reverb plug-in is like the movie: a grand scale on a scientific foundation. … Read More Spacelab Interstellar reverb plug-in review

IK Multimedia’s new iRig Pro Quattro I/O takes four to tango

IK Multimedia has started selling its basic iRig Pro Quattro I/O audio interface. The Deluxe version that comes with an XY microphone, a power supply and an accessory bag, will be shipping by the end of June. The iRig Pro Quattro I/O is a 4-in/2-out portable audio and MIDI interface aimed at field recordists, content creators, live streamers, podcasters and performers. IK Multimedia claims it is a professional-grade device. I put it to the test to find out.… Read More IK Multimedia’s new iRig Pro Quattro I/O takes four to tango