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Although Cakewalk's synthesizer plugin, Z3TA+ 2, is a plugin I knew about, their audio workstation, SONAR, was less familiar me. Even though it's integrated third-party plugins and colorful interface is enough to attract attention from a distance, I seem to have overlooked this...
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 top-tier status in the audio community. At...

Naughty Dog [Audio Team]

It’s fair to say that Naughty Dog haven't made an unsuccessful game since 1996. Starting with the "Crash Bandicoot" franchise, which sold over 40 million copies, and continuing in the 2000s with "Jak & Daxter", which has sold over 12 million copies, and...
As the third-largest game publisher, with an employee count of 2000+ and titles like "Assassin’s Creed" and "Splinter Cell", Ubisoft is one of the behemoths of the video game industry. The latest installment in their Tom Clancy series, "Splinter Cell: Blacklist" happened to be...
Capcom has been around for 30+ years, and has created some of the most iconic video game franchises, like "Mega Man", "Resident Evil", "Devil May Cry" and "Street Fighter". When I attended the recent Game Developers Conference, they were one of...
Dragon Ball is the 2nd best-selling manga of all time (230+ million volumes sold), and the anime is equally as decorated as one of the brands that helped boost the global appeal of Japanese animation. Bruce Faulconer played an instrumental part...
PSP Audioware is a software company that have become famous for their VintageWarmer plugin, a somewhat revered piece of digital equipment that is both used and abused in today's music. Based in Poland, much of PSP's product line is no less...
PMC Speakers have been gaining traction over the last few years, and have ended up in the studios of some major music engineers. At the recent NAMM show, I got the chance to not only sit and listen to their products,...
Blizzard Entertainment established their presence in the 90s with games whose shelf life seems to have no expiry date. With titles like "Diablo" and "Starcraft" still going strong, the company shows no sign of slowing down its reign as one...
It's not easy to find success with a new DAW in today's overcrowded market, but PreSonus have successfully made a name for Studio One, which was released in 2009. It advocates things like ease-of-use and a fast workflow, and the response...
The Halo franchise stands as one of the most lucrative and acclaimed media franchises in the world, having grossed well over $4 billion. After my interview with Microsoft’s Audio Director, Mike Cavaziel , I moved on to talk to Ken...
Many a gamer will have spent the holiday season in front of their TVs, playing the new “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag” or it’s downloadable add-on, “Freedom Cry“. Olivier Deriviere scored the game, along with a number of other titles in...
Bitwig Studio is a DAW that caused a stir some years back with rumors of being able to challenge Ableton Live's workflow. The software has been in a beta phase for the past two years, but is finally ready to be released on...
For over 40 years, Dave Smith has been contributing to the world of music by pioneering the technology that is now in widespread use, whether through the creation of the first polyphonic synthesizer in the 70′s, or his role...
AIAIAI’s name might seem like a mouthful to pronounce but it actually sounds just like it looks. The Danish audio manufacturer came onto my radar last year, thanks to their line of headphones. They’ve been able to enlist a variety...
"Softube" is a name plastered across both their own third-party plugins and native ones in DAWs like Ableton Live. This Swedish company has made it's mark through delivering well-received emulations amp, compressors, channel strips, reverbs and more. In order...
Anthony Baldino is a sound designer and composer who has provided music for a bevy of famous movie trailers, including some of the biggest blockbusters of recent times, from Star Trek: Into Darkness and Zero Dark Thirty, to The Avengers...
Mick Gordon is responsible for a track called "Voices of Dev”, which was made using nothing but sounds of the human voice. After watching the video, I decided to track him down and asked for an interview. Fast forward...

Lucky Star [Artist]

Lucky Star is one of my favorite up-and-comers. I recently got the chance to ask him about his music production techniques, and took a look at what went into the making of his "Spectrum" remix. PART A – PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES In...

Demon [Artist]

Electronic music remains as vibrant as ever, but its initial global success came from a wave of artists in the 90′s, who took dance-floors around the world hostage with a wave of funky, sample-driven music, of which Demon’s "Midnight...