Production Reviews

[Review] Soundways Core Production Bundle

While many producers first focus on purchasing EQ’s, Compressors, and other effect plugins to expand the basic capabilities of their DAW, many of these investments will be for nought if room correction and monitoring issues aren’t dealt with first; after all, the best EQ plugin on the market isn’t all that useful in a room with problematic resonances or with monitors that are hyping one part of the frequency spectrum.  Accurate monitoring is the most important factor to address in any studio, and over the past several years, we’ve seen a handful of new plugin companies aim to tackle the issues encountered in many non-professional mixing environments.

Soundways, a new plugin company, aims to do exactly this with their Reveal plugin, which seeks to clarify the most critical areas of a mix for the human ear and help producers and engineers make better mixing decisions, regardless of their monitoring setup.  In this review, we’ll put the Reveal plug-in (as well as their Core Production Bundle) through its paces to see if it can deliver on its promise of faster, more reliable, and more accurate mixing.

Serato launches Sampler Plug-In Beta [Video]

Great news from DJ Software Juggernaut Serato. This time around they’ve given us a beta program Sampling music and directly using it with your favorite DAW system. Including FL Studio, Ableton, Logic Pro, and NI Maschine are current supported software (may work with other DAW’s but not currently supported through beta).

Maschine ELASTIC THUMP Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion is called ELASTIC THUMP which fuses some smooth R&B sounds mixed with futuristic funk style for people to make new music with. As always it’s available for $50 and there’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.

[Review] PreSonus Central Station PLUS

PreSonus’ Central Station Plus is one of the most feature packed monitor control systems available for professional studios and home setups alike, enabling easy activation and bypass of up to three pairs of monitors, built in talkback mic functionality, remote control, and much more.  In this review we’ll put the Central Station Plus through the paces at the Audiomack & DJBooth studios in NYC to see if the unit lives up to the hype!

Swizz Beatz & Just Blaze Beat Battle [Video]

Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze were both at the Hot 97 studio recently where they had a classic battle of their beats using DJ gear.  The video starts out with Swizz and Just using the recently reviewed Roland DJ-808 Serato DJ controller to show off their skills.  The Roland DJ-808 is a top tier DJ controller with the built in Roland TR drum maschine/sequencer and it worked perfectly for this dope battle.

NI KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 Released [Video]

Native Instruments released a free update to its KOMPLETE KONTROL software.  KOMPLETE KONTROL Version 1.8.0 contains bug fixes and three main features which include New Smart Play Scales, Enhanced Smart Play chord features, and Stand Alone Transport Control.  Check out a rundown of these features and our KOMPLETE Keyboards review for more info.

Maschine HEADLAND FLOW Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion is called HEADLAND FLOW which uses Breaks with R&B flavor and southern style hip-hop samples and sounds for people to make new music with.  As always it’s available for $50 and there’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.

Maschine 2.6 Features [Videos]

The Maschine software has just updated to the 2.6 version and it features many helpful upgrades that make the music creation experience even that much more simple and enjoyable.  Native Instruments has released a few new videos to show users how they can take advantage of the new features using both the Maschine Jam and the Maschine Studio.

Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1 [Video]

Pioneer has just announced a new analog synth called the TORAIZ AS-1.  The new TORAIZ AS-1 was created in conjunction with Dave Smith and is a great synthesizer for live performances and studio production.  The TORAIZ AS-1 features a 64-Step sequencer, rubber pads for playback, a bright OLED display, USB and MIDI ports, all in a metal chassis.

MASCHINE & TRAKTOR With Ableton-Link [Video]

The MASCHINE and TRAKTOR workflows can now easily sync together with the use of the Ableton Link software that allows many different platforms to work in harmony without the use of an additional MIDI clock style setup.  The MASCHINE 2.5.5 update is out now on Native Access, and TRAKTOR PRO 2.11 update is out now on the Service Center which will allow the Ableton Link to communicate with the two.

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