Steinberg have today announced a major new update to their Cubase and Cubase Artist DAWs. Cubase 7.5 and Artist 7.5 pack in a shed load of brand new features and workflow improvements to aid creativity and the production process. With new and improved instruments and effects, the 7.5 version also offers enhanced sonic possibilities for the modern producer/engineer.
The 7.5 updates will be available as paid updates for all existing users of the Cubase DAW, or if you activated after the 14th of October 2013 it's free! Read on to find out more...
It's time for more Metal Month news with the announcement that Toontrack are releasing a new SDX expansion pack for their Superior Drummer drum software.
'The Rock Warehouse' was recorded by Rock producer Randy Staub in The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, making use of the building's superb acoustics, professionally tweaked drums, expensive selection of mics and plenty of vintage outboard gear.
As the makers of Pro Tools, the industry's leading audio recording DAW software, as well as top-of-the range Pro Tools HD systems, Avid are synonymous with professional quality. However, you don't need to have cash to burn in order to get an Avid product. Avid's range of compact interfaces offer exceptional quality and features for your money and to make them even more tempting, the Fast Track Solo, Duo and Mbox have all taken significant price dives recently.
Grab a Fast Track Solo for just £109, a Fast Track Duo for just £159 or an Mbox for an amazing £219. All come with Pro Tools Express software, over £600-worth of plug-ins and an iLok. That's a lotta stuff for your money!
Synthogy's Ivory II range is the piano software of choice for many-a-professional, including artists such as Howard Jones, Imogen Heap, Gary Barlow, Pete Townsend and many more.
The Ivory II range is renowned for its detailed, realistic sound, allowing you to perform authentic piano pieces without having to splash out thousands of pounds or dedicate a large amount of space to a single instrument.
This review was written by Joe Mann, who is part of the Absolute Music guitar team and one of our guitar technicians...
I currently own a Digitech Whammy & so when we got our first shipment of Electro Harmonix Slammi pedals in, I couldn't resist performing a side-by-side comparison to see how it shaped up. Before going into any details, I'll cut to the chase & just say that I was very impressed!
iZotope's Iris software is a sampler with a difference. As well as allowing you to load in samples and manipulate them, Iris is also an amazing tool for sound designers, as it allows you to pick out the exact elements of a sample that you would like to hear and eliminate others. It does this using an intuitive draw tool. It's probably best to see it in action in order to fully understand it, so check it out in the video below!
From now until the end of November 2013, you can grab Iris for just £119 (usually £155)!
The Arturia MicroBrute is a compact analogue synth with mini-keys. However, despite its size, it features plenty of hands-on controls and a huge, aggressive, analogue sound, which is perfect for big basses and tearing leads.
The MicroBrute also features a classic Steiner Parker multimode filter, an external audio input, a step sequencer, plus Arturia's unique Metalizer and Brute Factor controls.
If you want to get your hands on one asap then you will need to hurry, because our first delivery is selling fast! More due in soon though.
For an extremely limited time (10 days), anyone purchasing a Roland TD-11, TD-15 or TD-30 kit or module, or an SPD-SX or SPD-30 sampling percussion pad will be eligible to claim a FREE BT-1 bar trigger. This offer only applies to purchases between the 7th and 17th November 2013 inclusive, so be quick if you want to take advantage of it.
Waves make some of the best software plug-ins in the industry and theWaves Native Diamond bundle provides you with over 50 of them for perfecting your mix. It includes a collection of professional EQs, reverbs, delays, dynamics plug-ins and more.
During November 2013 ONLY, you can make unbelievable savings on the Waves Native Diamond bundle by bagging it for just £749 - usually £1250!