by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/22/2021
A complete and unified system for electronic music production, Akai Professional’s MPC Studio merges purpose-built hardware and potent DAW software, offering fluid creativity and intuitive workflow to all beat makers, remixers, and producers. So, give your mouse a break and stop squinting at your screen; use MPC Studio to take control of your artistic processes while experiencing a new level of power and speed
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 02/10/2021
Alesis has released its latest update to the Q-Series USB-MIDI keyboard controllers with velocity sensitivity and synth-action keys, making them well suited for stage and studio use. The controllers provide all the essential controls you’ll need to help give your playing character. There are three models available; Q88 MKII, Q49 MKII
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 02/04/2021
Don’t let your mouse and keyboard slow your flow; work faster in your DAW and let your focus stay on the sound with the Solid State Logic UF8, a highly customizable USB Type-C control surface that can scale up to meet the needs of expanding setups and sessions without dominating your desktop. Whether you run Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One, Cubase, Nuendo, or several at the same time, the UF8 is poised to
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 11/12/2020
Fusing extreme onboard processing, uncompromising sonic performance, and industry-standard Pro Tools software, Avid Pro Tools | Carbon gives artists, bands, producers, and engineers a unified and premium hybrid production system for creating music with a fluid, professional workflow, supercharged plug-in power, and all the I/O needed to run an impressive session.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 11/11/2020
Designed for anyone, from professional engineers to home recording artists, Steinberg 11 is a complete music-production environment that combines sophisticated audio and MIDI tools with pristine audio quality. Offering a fast, flexible, and intuitive workflow, this powerful software can be
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 08/04/2020
Akai has announced the MPK Mini MKIII compact keyboard and pad controller, which builds upon the success of the MKII with several enhancements, including a redesigned keybed, OLED display, eight endless encoders, and the MPC Beats DAW software. The MPK Mini MKIII is available in three color schemes: white,
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 07/07/2020
PreSonus Studio One has quite the reputation in the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs); being the only DAW that can take a producer from inception to dissemination of DDP master files has its appeal for self-starters, especially in the electric genres. Now PreSonus is releasing Studio One Version 5, and it’s jam-packing this software with everything but the kitchen sink. From writing musical notation to performing, from creating vibey mixes to sending off error-free masters,
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 04/02/2020
In the era of social distancing, it may seem hard for songwriters and producers to collaborate from their houses. But remote collaboration is not new: just last fall, Robbie Robertson re-recorded his band’s classic hit, “The Weight,” with a globe-trotting lineup of musicians; almost 20 years ago, The Postal Service got its band name from its method of collaboration: its prominent members traded material over the mail. But there are roadblocks to modern collaboration: producers often use digital audio workstations (“DAWs” for short), but there
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 01/17/2020
Bitwig Studio 16-Track is your gateway into the fascinating world of Bitwig, an innovative music creation and performance software that allows you to arrange in the timeline, perform from the clip Launcher, and transform your ideas throughout each stage of production. Bitwig is a native class-platform DAW that is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. It’s modular device structure provides advanced nesting and routing, allowing you to modulate any device program-wide. And with unlimited VST and VST3 support, you can be as creative as your
by Staff Writer ·Posted 09/25/2019
Look, we don’t need to tell you about the legendary DAW Reason—it’s one of the oldest, most reliable, and most trustworthy tools for electronic music production. You probably know about its powerful sequencer, rack effects, and excellent soft-synths. So, if we were to announce a new version of Reason 11, we could see why it might not elicit excitement. What is there be to announce? New soft-synths? A higher-quality mix engine? An overhaul to Re-Wire behavior, so that it might better
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/27/2018
If you make beats or create electronic music, you've probably heard of FL Studio, the music production DAW from Image-Line. For years, it has been a go-to tool for producers and songwriters operating on anything from compact laptops to tricked-out desktops. However, there has never been a hardware controller designed specifically for FL Studio… until now! The new Akai Pro Fire, created in cooperation with Image-Line, is the
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 05/22/2018
The latest explosion of new software from PreSonus will come as a welcome shock to creators in music and video production, whether in your home or at the studio. From plug-in emulations of classic analog equipment to bold innovations in functionality, PreSonus aims to make what you do easier, more inspiring, and sonically pleasing by offering a host of new Fat Channel plug-ins and the impressive
383 Views ·Posted 05/08/2018
In this video, AB looks at the Sound Devices MixPre 10M, a multichannel recorder and USB interface with features that enable musicians to make simple, professional-sounding recordings. From overdubbing parts to bouncing tracks, the 10M gives you the versatility of a simple DAW without need for a computer, though it is extremely capable as a USB audio interface. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/29/2018
At NAMM 2018, Ableton announced the new iteration of its loveable DAW. Yes folks, Live 10 is finally here, and we at B&H are pleased to enumerate its many virtues. The DAW is famous for plug-ins and synths whose timbres you can’t find anywhere else, and in keeping with this aesthetic, Ableton has loaded the software with more modules destined to be future classics. Wavetable is the new virtual instrument, and it delivers on the ability to shape, morph, and stretch
2,829 Views ·Posted 10/26/2017
The new iZotope Spire Studio is the perfect piece of technology for tracking and recording music or musical ideas while on the go. This mini studio features an omnidirectional mic, a soundcheck feature for adjusting gain, built-in effects, and an easy-to-use mobile app for additional options.