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The SubPac is a product that people in the electronic music and hip-hop worlds are talking heavily about. By transferring sub-frequencies directly into your body, the Subpac allows for the direct monitoring of low-end content. In order to better...
Ken Lewis is an all-around production powerhouse whose credits are littered across popular music, from solo acts like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay Z and Drake, to bands like Fun and Krewella. When my Universal Audio interview led to an opportunity to chat with him, I naturally...
XLN Audio have just recently the sequel to their drum software, titled "Addictive Drums 2", so Lars Erlandsson and I once again had a talk about the company and what can be expected from their new product. If you haven't read...
As someone familiar with Norah Jones' music, I couldn't help but notice the credits on the backside of one her albums. Peter Malick was a producer on her 2000 album "New York City" and  he happened to live in LA, where...
Crytek is behind some of the most acclaimed games of the last two decades, namely the "Far Cry" and "Crysis" series, and with the arrival of a new generation of consoles, they're releasing the Xbox One launch title, "Ryse: Son Of Rome", which...

Phil Tan [Mixer]

Phil Tan is one of the leading names in the world of urban and pop music mixing. His credits extend from 90's hits like Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" to modern charters like Rihanna's "Diamonds" and newly released...
After having purchased their USB 500 Rack, I was immediately struck by how little I knew of Aphex Audio, who have been around for quite some time and boast a significant product line. So I made my way over...
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...