Studio & Production
Ableton Live vs Bitwig Studio – Which One is Better?

Ableton Live vs Bitwig Studio – Which One is Better?

Ableton Live, which originally launched in 2001, has long been a top contender of DAWs centered on live performance and electronic music. But Bitwig Studio, headed by ex-Ableton International Sales Manager Placidus Schelbert, is the (relatively) new kid on the block seen as a serious rival to Ableton’s reign. But ...

The 5 Best Sound Cards for Music Production (2020)

The 5 Best Sound Cards for Music Production (2020)

A sound card (or audio interface) is a crucial component of music production. This article takes you through 5 of the best options available, to suit all budgets. This unit has enabled the possibility of music processing through the modern computer in every home and studio across the globe. This article presents ...

10 of the Best Music Theory Books

10 of the Best Music Theory Books

It’s easy to learn some basic notes on any instrument and to play easy melodies correctly. However, knowledge of music theory opens a wide ranges of musical options in both songwriting and performance. Using a good music theory book in combination with some tuition (either in-person or online) can really push your ...

The Glue by Cytomic Review

The Glue by Cytomic Review

Cytomic’s The Glue compressor delivers exactly what its name suggests: gluing a multitude of sources into a coherent, balanced mix, while also being surprisingly useful on a variety of individual elements. What is The Glue? The Glue by Cytomic is an analog-modeled compressor plugin based on the ubiquitous SSL G ...

The 4 Best MIDI Wind Controllers (2020)

The 4 Best MIDI Wind Controllers (2020)

MIDI Wind Controllers have always been a niche instrument, but there are still some great options available by brands such as AKAI, Roland, and Hornberg Research. 'Breath control' was built into the MIDI standard since the very start of its implementation. You can use a MIDI Wind Controller in conjunction with a ...

The 8 Best DAWs for Android (2020)

The 8 Best DAWs for Android (2020)

There are an increasing number of good quality DAWs for Android available in 2020, including mobile versions of FL Studio and Cubase (Cubasis). Some of these android DAW apps can be used for free, though most of them are paid (though not very expensive). All of them have some distinct features, so whether you’re ...

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Review

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Review

BIAS FX 2 is an excellent, sleek looking guitar and bass amp modeling and effects powerhouse providing high-quality tones and a unique Guitar Match feature, but with a bit of a ‘quantity over quality’ issue in places. At first glance, two things about Bias FX2 grab your attention: the gorgeous GUI and the sheer ...

The Best Rent-to-own Plugins (VST, AU)

The Best Rent-to-own Plugins (VST, AU)

Rent-to-own plugins have started to greatly increase in popularity as customers can get access to quality plugins right away, while paying a small monthly fee. Once the payment term is completed, you get a full licence for the software. You can decide to stop paying at any time, in which case your licence is put on ...

What are VST Plugins? (And How to Use Them)

What are VST Plugins? (And How to Use Them)

VST (Virtual Studio Technology) Plugins act as an extension to your digital audio workstation (DAW). They can be in the form of Virtual Instruments (e.g. Synths, Drum Machines), Effects (e.g. Distortion, Reverb), or MIDI effects. Virtual Studio Technology or “VST” is a software standard that extends the ...

The 5 Best Microphones for Smule (and How to Connect them)

The 5 Best Microphones for Smule (and How to Connect them)

You need a good microphone to get great audio recording quality on smule, the popular karaoke app. There are two options: Get a good microphone (options below) and use a device such as the IK Multimedia iRig Pre HD to allow you to connect this to your phone. OR you can get a quality mic like the Shure MV51 ...