Software & Plugins
The Differences Between VST 2 and VST 3

The Differences Between VST 2 and VST 3

The VST standard has gone through a few upgrades over time, with the most recent major update being the introduction of VST3. Even though it has been around since 2008, it is only now that developers and users are fully embracing VST3 and beginning to utilize its enhanced features. There is still some amount of ...

The 6 Best DAWs for Linux (Ubuntu) – Free and Paid

The 6 Best DAWs for Linux (Ubuntu) – Free and Paid

Several Linux DAWs, both free and paid, now exist with fully-fledged audio capabilities. We discuss some of the best options below that are supported on Ubuntu. They may also work on other Linux distros, so be sure to check out the system requirements of each DAW. Although it has been possible to run Windows ...

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 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 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 ...

Loopmasters Khords Review – Is It Worth It?

Loopmasters Khords Review – Is It Worth It?

Khords is a sample-based virtual instrument plugin that uses a large bank of sounds and presets. It has an easy interface and workflow that allows you to quickly create quality sounds that are suitable for many genres. There are 550 presets, which are well put together. Different types of sounds in this plugin ...