The 12 best Max for Live devices in 2021

Max for Live is a powerful extension framework to the native plug-ins available in Ableton Live. Owners of Live Suite will already have it, and Live Standard users can purchase it as an add-on. At its core, it runs like other Live devices but can be used to excitingly expand the capabilities of your Ableton…

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Best freeware of the month: April 2021

It can be easy to overlook free software when you have big companies shouting about their shiny new plug-ins and instruments, but to do so would mean you miss out on some treats. We’ve rounded up a handful of this month’s free releases for you to check out, covering instruments, effects and more. Surge 1.9.0…

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Best sample packs of the month: April 2021

April has been an especially good month for sample lovers, with some tasty releases in a range of genres. We’ve rounded up our top picks that cover plenty of ground, including rare vintage synth multisamples, soulful vocal hooks, beautiful, cinematic cello and piano textures, stomping club beats, free funk-heavy basslines and more. 1. Sample Tools…

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Best headphones to buy in 2021: 10 best Bluetooth headphones

For many listeners, Bluetooth is now the default route for delivering pristine audio to your headphones. The benefits of Bluetooth cans now far exceed those of their wired predecessors thanks to the increased fidelity of new compression standards such as aptX and Sony’s LDAC, the control over other functions of your phone, and the prevalence…

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Best freeware of the month: March 2021

Audacity Audacity 3.0 Mac & PC Standalone (Can host VST/AU/LADSPA/LV2 plug-ins) Contact AudacityAudacity is a free, standalone audio editing program that needs little introduction. Many producers and DJs started by messing around with the fully-featured software, and it has just been updated to version 3. The most significant change here is the way Audacity handles…

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Best sample packs of the month: March 2021

There seem to be more new loop packs each month than anyone has any business keeping track of. However, we’ve done precisely that to bring you our top picks. This months selection includes finely crafted synth basses, beautiful, soulful vocals, radio-ready piano riffs, and rare Greek instruments. You can also grab a tasty selection of…

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Best speakers to buy in 2021: 10 best portable Bluetooth speakers

Over the last ten years, the purchase of portable Bluetooth speakers has become an essential consideration for music listeners. Whether to be used while lounging in the park, hosting (socially distanced) outdoor parties or just moving one around the home in lieu of a multi-room speaker system, Bluetooth speakers have come a long way, shedding…

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