Dave Gale

Review: Roland A-88MKII

Size matters. While smaller and lighter keyboard controllers have their place, sometimes bigger is better – and Roland’s updated A-88 justifies its sizeable price tag.

Review: Toontrack The Rooms of Hansa SDX

As part of its never-ending tour of global drum content, Swedish sampling supremo Toontrack explores rooms big and small in Berlin’s Hansa recording studios.

Vintage Rewind: Fairlight CMI

If you were immersed in pop culture throughout the 1980s, you didn’t just see the light, you heard it. We pick up a light pen and write history on the green screen of the CMI.

Review: Cinesamples CineBrass Sonore

The LA-based maker’s latest library forgoes trendy overblown trumpets and horns in favour of more nuanced, melodious and, yes, sonorous samples. But is it cut out to be top brass?

Review: Toontrack Kicks and Snares EZX

The latest expansion pack for EZDrummer shelves any sense of ambiguity and zeroes in on the most important drums in the kit. We get a kick out of its snappy snares.

Review: Slate + Ash Cycles

The latest Kontakt instrument from Bristol-based Slate + Ash offers granular synthesis on repeat – but will it have us going round in circles? We get acquainted with Cycles.
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