The online cloud-based mastering service known as LANDR has taken the audio world by storm since it’s launch in May of 2014. Less than a year and a half later, it’s already become a disruptive force that has captured the attention of the music world.
XLN Audio remains the most interviewed company on Speakhertz, and for good reason. Their flagship product, Addictive Drums, is a huge favorite of mine, and they continue to expand upon it’s appeal with the release of packs like United Pop.
Fabrice Gabriel has risen to fame within the audio world as an essential part of Steven Slate’s team. As the technical powerhouse behind Slate Digital plugins, like the VCC and VTM, his programming skills have given us a number of acclaimed emulations of analog gear over the years.
As a major fan of Darren King, the drummer from Mutemath, I was beyond excited to find out that he was collaborating with a sample company called I WANT THAT SOUND to create his own sample pack.
Whilst Native Instruments and Scarbee tend to make waves in the world of virtual guitar and bass instruments, it’s worth noting that Pettinhouse has been around for almost 10 years, providing its own version of such products. This Italian company, operated by Andrea Pettinao, has it’s own range of playable guitar libraries that range from acoustic to electric.
Most producers will at some point become familiar with the software behemoth known as Native Instruments, which will lead them to also become acquainted with a company called Scarbee. With their sample libraries taking up a chunk of NI’s production package, Komplete, Scarbee is responsible for some highly usable software versions of real instruments.
You may have already seen my interview with XLN Audio from last year, where I spoke with their Product Manager about the company’s origins and their popular drum plugin, Addictive Drums. Well, they’ve just recently put out the sequel, titled Addictive Drums 2, so me and Lars Erlandsson once again had a talk about XLN and their new release.
Whilst I’m quite familiar with some of Cakewalk’s synthesizer plugins, I had some catching up to do with their audio workstation, SONAR. From it’s integrated 3rd part plugins to it’s visually appealing interface, there was already quite a lot to attract my attention from a distance. But there was no better way to get acquainted with their products than to … Read More
Without a doubt, Universal Audio stands as not only one of the most recognizable brands in pro audio, but also one of the most acclaimed, with both their hardware and software products having ascended to “classic” status in the pro audio community. At the helm of this growth is Bill Putnam Jr, who recently had a chat with me about … Read More
Whilst the name PSP Audioware might not be immediately familiar, chances are that the producers and mix engineers among you will have heard of the Vintage Warmer plugin, which has become something of a revered piece of digital equipment that is both used and abused in the mix-down process. Based in Poland, much of PSP’s product line boast the same … Read More
As you may have figured after reading my interview with Bitwig Studio, it’s not easy to find success with a new audio sequencer. The market is already saturated with heavy competition, from industry veterans like Pro Tools to game-changers like Ableton. But PreSonus were clearly aiming to create a game-changer of their own, with the introduction of Studio One in … Read More
For those of you who make music, the term “Bitwig Studio” may be a name that you vaguely remember from a few years back, when it caused a major stir due to being new audio workstation that would hit the market and possibly change the game with it’s fascinating features. However, as years passed by, many wrote it off as … Read More
For most music producers in today’s digital environment, Softube is a name that you will most likely have come across at some point. Whether you’ve purchased their own line of products, or seen their logo plastered across the ones that came with your audio workstation, this Swedish company has made it a point to leave a mark in enough places … Read More
iZotope’s influence as a plugins manufacturer extends beyond the music-making world, into the lands of audio repair, post-production for film and sound design for soundtracks. Despite its current repute, however, the company had its humble start in the dorm room of some students at MIT. I reached out to one of those students, now the company’s CEO, Mark Ethier, and … Read More
In the world of digital mixing, Waves is king. It’s hard to argue that the Israeli manufacturer of music-related software is anything but a pioneer and major advocate of digital music tools. Famous for it’s hundreds of mix plugins, and partnership with the most famous names in the music engineering world, Waves products are used by musicians and producers all … Read More
At the recent DellVenue event, the Texas based music product manufacturers, Open Labs, and made their new sequencer available for public use, in partnership with Dell, Music Unites and Intel. Though I attended and found that it defied all expectations, I had prior to that had a chance to talk with Open Labs CEO, Cliff Mountain, about his company and … Read More
Although users of FL Studio were bound to be happy when I interviewed the CEO of Image-Line Software, I suspected that other DAW users might have become expectant of receiving similar insight into the workings of their respective software manufacturers. Rightly so, as I’m not the one to leave stones unturned. Of equal interest to me was how another acclaimed … Read More
There are 2 companies based in California that I’ve been keeping my eyes on for quite some time. They’re run by a guy who has quite some experience in the music industry, in everything from recording and mixing to engineering, hardware manufacturing, and plugins creation. He’s been pushing out a range of hardware and software products for some years now that … Read More
The producer’s among you will be quite acquainted with the name Rob Papen. Whether you use his products or not, the breadth of his name is far-reaching in the world of music production, with hundreds of artists having spoken highly of his products, from Armin Van Buuren to Skrillex. I decided to approach this software giant, to find out some … Read More
Another big-name software company is up for interviewing, for all the producers out there! This time, I sat down with the Swedish VST manufacturer, XLN Audio, and got some insight into their history and product-line, consisting of 2 main software instruments, Addictive Drums and Addictive Keys. The company’s Product Manager Lars Erlandsson, did me the honors of answering my questions. … Read More
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