Sep 26

LinPlug Albino 3 by Rob Papen reviewed by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi in The Technofile

It seems like there’s a million soft synths on the market. Most are pretty good, a few are excellent. Albino? It’s one in a million! Continue reading »

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May 24

Arturia Jupiter-8V reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

In 1981, Roland released the Jupiter 8 synthesizer. A true flagship, it offered, amongst other things, a massive (for the time) 8 voices, keyboard split and layering, a powerful arpeggiator, a unison mode…and lots of sexy multi coloured buttons. Most importantly though, it was more reliable and flexible than many of its contemporaries. Continue reading »

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Apr 13

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Native Instruments Absynth 4 in The Technofile

Absynth is one of the best sound design tools out there. Like its brethren, ‘Battery’ (reviewed below) and ‘FM8′ (review coming soon), it has recently had a makeover.

If you’re not already familiar with this soft synth, then check out my Absynth 3 review. If, on the other hand, you already know the score, read on. Continue reading »

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Oct 08

Cakewalk Rapture reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiRapture is the third in Cakewalk’s trilogy of soft synths (as opposed to their soft synth, trilogy) and builds on its forerunners Zeta and Dimension Pro, by combining the superior sounds of the former, with the superior programmability of the latter. Intended primarily for electronic musicians, it ships with over 500 presets aimed squarely at the dance floor…the ambient…and everything in between.

Unfortunately the copy I was sent was missing its manual. Fortunately though it has a well designed, easy to use  interface that’s very similar to the big Z and DP, so I felt immediately at home. Continue reading »

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Aug 25

MC rebbe the Rapping Rabbi reviews Arturia Analog Factory in The TechnofileA few years ago, French company, Arturia, set about emulating the classic Moog modular synthesizer in software. Their resultant ‘Moog Modular V’ sounded so authentic that it earned the endorsement of  no less a luminary than the late great Dr. Bob Moog himself.

Since then, they have released several more highly acclaimed soft emulations of classic synths including Yamaha’s CS-80, Moog’s Minimoog, ARP’s 2600 and Sequential Circuits’ Prophet 5 & Prophet VS…my review copies of which seem to have got lost somewhere over the English Channel…but never mind, as their latest release ‘Analog Factory’, which arrived recently at Technofile HQ, offers 2000 of the best presets from all of these, in one mega package. Continue reading »

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Aug 11

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Ik Multimedia T-Racks in The TechnofileSo you’ve spent large on a professional 24/192 soundcard, you have enough plug-ins to bring a room full of computers to a standstill and your tunes are happening, but every time you listen to your mix there seems to be something missing…sound familiar? If so, then what you might be missing is mastering. Continue reading »

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Apr 09

Cakewalk Dimension Pro reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiBrought to you by the same team who were responsible for the seriously excellent Z3TA, Dimension Pro started life as part of Cakewalk’s music creation tool ‘Project 5’ and quickly proved to be so popular, that they decided to spin it off as a self contained cross platform plug in.

At the time, this was major audio news, because it was the first time in their history that Cakewalk had released a piece of software compatible with anything other than a PC, so it prompted speculation about the possibility of Mac versions of their other products… Continue reading »

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Mar 18

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Celemony Melodyne Uno in The TechnofileOne of the great thing about making MIDI based music is that once you’ve finished recording, you can use your sequencer to edit the results to perfection. If only editing audio were as simple…

I’ve got news for you…it is! In fact, thanks to an excellent user interface, it’s actually simpler to edit audio with Melodyne Uno, than it is to edit MIDI with any of the major sequencing packages! Continue reading »

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Feb 08

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Native Instruments Reaktor 5 in The Technofile 

If I ask you to imagine a synthesizer, the chances are that either you’ll think of an oblong box housing a plastic keyboard, various knobs, buttons and sliders, or you’ll think of  the virtual software equivalent…though if you’re of a certain vintage…and still have the flares…(but no longer have the hair) to prove it, you might just imagine racks of electronic modules connected together with a spaghetti like jumble of patch leads, that looks more like the deranged experiment of some mad physicist, than a musical instrument, as, prior to the advent of the ‘integrated synthesizer’,  that’s pretty much what a synthesizer was. Continue reading »

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Oct 25

Native Instruments Guitar Combos reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

If you’re part of my huge posse of regular readers, then over the last few months you’ll have seen reviews of various NI plug-ins like Absynth and Electronic Instruments…which are wicked for keyboardists…but what if keys aren’t the only thing you like to finger? What if you also like a good hard pluck?

Well, if you like me like to play a bit of axe…or even a bit of saxe (that’s a guitar of Lithuanian origin…), then you’ll love NI’s latest plug in which offers three classic guitar amp simulations, plus added effects. Continue reading »

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