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Music Software Review: SonicCouture Konkrete 3

Konkrete 3 is the third and, by far, the most complete incarnation of the series. What started out as some clever and experimental, but simply presented, electronic drum kits has developed into a truly remarkable drum machine sample library. It’s a ‘Powered by Kontakt‘ library, so you don’t need the

Sample Library Review: 8Dio Bazantar

It’s been quite some time since I last played with an 8Dio sample library. Their output and my writing style seem to have diverged somewhat recently. However, being something of a strings addict and a lover of quirky instruments, their Bazantar library seemed very much up my street. The Bazantar

Antisamples Cinematic Grand Review

Before undertaking this review, I double-checked how many piano sample libraries I already owned. Thirteen. Of varying quality. I worked out that I probably used only six of them regularly. Which still means that there is clearly a need for a wide variety of pianos in the composer’s palette. Therefore,

Impact Soundworks: Forest Frame Drums Review

If there’s one thing that we composers always like more of, it’s percussion. Impact Soundworks have delivered some great libraries of both acoustic and electronic drums in the past and now they tackle ethnic percussion. This should be no surprise to those who are aware of Andrew Aversa and his

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