Author Archives: Steve Mueske

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Samplers that Fly Under the Radar, Pt. 1

TAL Sampler Introduction If you’re like me, the tendency for music software to become bigger and more bloated as time progresses can be a problem. There are times when complexity is nice, even necessary, but overall I prefer plugins that are focused on specific tasks or concepts, and would rather mix and match when more…

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Nomad Factory Garbage LSD Review

Background Nomad Factory is known for their innovative and great sounding plugins. With the passing away of founder Bernie Torelli, the company lost some direction and headway, but has since been picked up by Plugivery, and the company is currently being restructured. In that sense, Garbage LSD came out at a rather difficult time in…

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Loomer Sequent Review

Introduction Sequent is a very cool FSU plug-in that is a virtual Swiss Army knife of ways to treat and abuse sound. It’s modular, very easy to use, is rock stolid, and cleverly designed to introduce elements of surprise in your composition or live performance. Everything from subtle changes to all out mayhem is possible. Predictable…

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Review of Über Compressor by Sonalksis

Sonalksis was formed in August of 2002 in Liverpool England by R&D engineers originally employed by AMS-Neve. As the company grew, they added people from Sony and Focusright. With a pedigree like this, good things are bound to happen. Their first plug-in was released in 2003, and since then they have grown into a highly-respected…

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Review of Spectrasonics Omnisphere Power Synth

Background Spectrasonics, led by synthesist Eric Persing, made a big splash in the world of virtual instruments with Atmosphere, a lush synthesizer renowned for its gorgeous ambient textures. Earlier this year, Spectrasonics released a series of teaser videos for a new synthesizer that promised to be both an evolution of Atmosphere and a deParture from…

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Review of Rob Papen Predator

Background Rob Papen bills his virtual instrument line as “inspiration soundware.” At the age of 15, he began composing music with a Korg MS-20 synthesizer and an SQ-10 sequencer, and by the time he was 18, he had a number one hit with the Dutch synthesizer group Nova. Papen, a Christian artist, was inspired by…

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Review of Power Suite 5

Background Wave Arts was founded in 1998 by MIT Media Lab Ph.D. William Gardner. Before founding the company, which focuses on a broad range of DSP technology for the consumer plug-in market and for licensing in other products by heavy hitters like Motorola, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Denon, Gardner received a bachelor’s degree in computer…

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Review of Orion, by Synapse Audio

In the DAW world everyone knows who the big boys are — Sonar, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, Mark of the Unicorn, and Samplitude. These come with big boy price tags. Are they needed in a project studio setting when there are a number of lower cost alternative host solutions available? Orion is, admittedly, a lesser…

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Review of Metal Amp Room, by Softube

I’ve been playing guitar for 35 years. During that time I’ve had Marshalls, Laneys, combos, practice amps, and solid state setups with processors and poweramps (starting with the Roland GP8, back in the day). Naturally, guitar amp modeling has been an interest of mine ever since Amplitube came out, demonstrating that software modeling is a…

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Review of Camel Audio Cameleon 5000

Background Camel Audio, founded in 2000 by programmer Ben Gillet, is an Edinburgh, UK-based company that is making waves in the software and effect plug-in market.  And with good reason.  Along with Gillet, the team that created Cameleon 5000 include programmer / musician Rob Martino, and sound designers Tim Conrardy and Colin Fraser (AKA BioMechanoid),…

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He has Van Gogh's ear for music.”
  Billy Wilder