Software & Plugins
Camel Crusher VST by Camel Audio Review

Camel Crusher VST by Camel Audio Review

Camel Crusher VST is an old skool VST that became famous for its simple design and cutting-edge sounds. It is primarily a distortion and saturation plugin with onboard controls for a filter and compression. It was acquired by Apple in 2015 and features from it were added into a stock plugin on Logic Pro X DAW ...

Converting PDF to MIDI (Optical Music Recognition)

Converting PDF to MIDI (Optical Music Recognition)

Optical Music Recognition (OMR) allows for the computers to read through PDF files of sheet music and convert them to MIDI files (or alternatively MusicXML format) This is essentially like OCR software for music. There are some free options for this kind of software out there, but they are often quite limited ...

Free Synthesia MIDI Files – Adding Songs to Synthesia

Free Synthesia MIDI Files – Adding Songs to Synthesia

Synthesia is a very useful software app to learn piano. With it you can learn how to play any song on a piano easily, essentially using your keyboard as a controller. The great thing about this is that you can add any song you like (using MIDI files), and the program will automatically read it and make it available ...

10 Great Max for Live Devices for Ableton Live

10 Great Max for Live Devices for Ableton Live

'Max for Live' is a creative platform that allows you to build instruments, effects, and tools for use inside the Ableton Live DAW. It is an incredibly powerful tool that often gets overlooked by music producers. From creating custom synths/samples to sequences to modifying Live clips to native devices, Max for ...

The Best Ableton Live 10 Themes and Skins

The Best Ableton Live 10 Themes and Skins

If you're bored of the stock themes available in Ableton Live 10, then it's definitely worth installing some new ones. Making a change in the theme of the DAW meant that you could get a fresh view of things. Abelton Live 10 is a top of the line DAW that top producers and sound technicians use in their everyday ...

Installing and Setting Up ASIO4All on Windows 10

Installing and Setting Up ASIO4All on Windows 10

ASIO4All is a free Windows tool that provides a generic high-performance audio driver for professional audio production in the absence of an audio interface with a dedicated driver. If you are a Windows user and you are not using a dedicated audio interface (such as a Focusrite Scarlett 4i4Focusrite Scarlett ...

ValhallaDSP VintageVerb Review

ValhallaDSP VintageVerb Review

VintageVerb continues ValhallaDSP’s excellent streak of ambiance plugins, with a rich, lush dreamy reverb emulating the hardware from the 80s. Excellent, lush sound right out the box Elegant, simple GUI Creative algorithm additions apart from standard ones ‘Color’ setting quickly imparts ...

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 ...