Gift guide 2020: Presents for producers under £150

Even though Black Friday is behind us, there are still some great deals out there for producers during the festive season. If you’re looking for something fun to gift yourself or another producer, we’ve got just the stocking-fillers for you. Contents Fun hardware This section is all about affordable instruments and controllers – fun and…

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Black Friday 2020: The best software deals for producers

This year’s Black Friday will be different for retail store shoppers, but it’s pretty much business as usual for us plug-in patrons. Software developers and marketplaces are all planning on slashing prices for Black Friday, so we’ve compiled a list of the best online deals for new plug-ins, DAWs, samples and subscriptions. Plugin Boutique has…

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The best synths to buy in 2020: 14 best polysynths

Complex chords, multi-timbral parts or lush ambient progressions – if you’re looking to fulfil any of these duties on a synth, then you’ll likely want one with polyphonic talents. In the last few years, hardware instruments have been enjoying a major resurgence; polysynths and their monophonic brethren now come in more shapes, sizes and employ…

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12 best controllers for Ableton Live

1. Ableton Push 2 Price £529/$799 It’s the de facto controller for Live. Many pick up the Live/Push combo on day one of their musical mission. Push is available bundled with any of the three versions of Live. The truth is that Push does such a thorough job out of the box, you need a…

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13 of the best freeware reverbs

In situations where natural ambience is scarce or subpar, plug-in reverbs can fill the gap to add a sense of depth and space to our productions. From organic and grounded to ethereal and otherworldly, we’ve compiled a list of the best software reverbs that can be applied both as creative effects and to solve more…

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10 of the best freeware soft synths

Hardware synths can be expensive. Even soft synths can cost over £200. So, before you empty your wallet for that synth you think you need so badly, why not see what instruments the freeware community has cooked up? We’ve handpicked some of our favourites, which include original soft synths, modular environments, software emulations of classic…

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The best mics to buy in 2020: 16 best vocal microphones

Vocals are often the most recognisable element in a song – after all, the human voice is our oldest musical instrument. Because of our familiarity with its qualities, it’s also where listeners are most likely to pick up on recording artefacts, mixing mistakes and other oddities. So your vocals must be well-recorded, and choosing the…

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