Ten Minute Master: Orchestral Recording

The theories and practices behind orchestral recording contrast sharply to the accepted wisdoms of popular music recording. Mark Cousins has the score.  The M 150...

Two New Premium Synths From Ableton

Ableton have just released two new Max for Live instruments called Ensemble and DiGiTAL. These packs were developed by Ableton's pack partner, Max for...

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VSL are famed for their technically and musically superb orchestral instruments and Dimension Strings is their most ambitious venture to date. Keith Gemmell delves...

Spitfire Audio BML Mural Volume 1 Review

Spitfire Audio adds a symphony-size string orchestra to its samples library range. Keith Gemmell has a brush with Mural... Details Price £399 Contact via website Web Minimum system requirements -...

Project SAM Lumina Review

The third of Project’s SAM popular Symphobia series takes a musical journey into fantasy and mystery. Mark Cousins reports in this review of Project...

Da Capo Review

Sonokinetic’s range of Kontakt-based orchestral instruments have all demonstrated a varied approach to sampling, including the collection of unhinged effects and textures contained in...

Native Instruments Action Strings Review

Action Strings is a set of cinematic string orchestra phrases recorded by game music producers Dynamedion and performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague. Designed...

Albion II Loegria Review

Again, it’s an all-British production recorded at London’s Air Lyndhurst, but this time the material is more generally suited to small-scale film work for...

Recording Acoustic Instruments Tutorial

Whether you’re capturing a full choir, a solo performer or just a few steel-string overdubs, the process of recording and mixing acoustic instruments offers some unique challenges. Mark Cousins helps you over the hurdles.

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