Category: Plug-In Reviews

Reason 9 Has Been Released!

The beta tests are now over and Reason 9 is available. We checked out the beta, and the improvements were many! Here are some of the new features: Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that instantly transform any MIDI input into compelling music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls, and more. Scales & Chords turns… Read more →

Akai MPD16 USB Percussion Pad Controller

There’s something about an Akai MPC sampler/sequencer/workstation that is conducive to making great programmed drum tracks. I know that’s not exactly a newsflash, but it’s no coincidence that almost everyone who is anyone in the urban music scene uses an MPC for at least some of the rhythm programming duties. To my way of thinking, it’s at least partially due… Read more →

Native Instruments FM-7

I remember just how blown away I was the first time that I got to use the newly introduced Yamaha DX-7. I was an intern at a NYC recording studio, and like interns everywhere, when there was downtime (and I had no critical tasks such as cleaning the bathroom to attend to) I was using anything and everything in the… Read more →

See you at the show!

Looking forward to seeing many of you (manufacturers, distributors, producers, and fellow journalists) at theĀ  Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. I will be there for all 4 days of the show, and will be updating this blog with the skinny on the latest and greatest from the 1.5 million square foot Frankfurt Messe. See you there! -Rich Read more →