Audio production

  • Cubase Pro 8 - workspaces

    Steinberg Cubase Pro 8

    Ben Pitt
    19 Dec 2014

    A host of worthy improvements help Cubase remain the most accomplished music production system around

  • Magix Samplitude Music Studio 2014

    Magix Samplitude Music Studio 2014 review

    Darien Graham-Smith
    19 Feb 2014

    A great-value package that includes everything you need to create and produce studio-quality recordings

  • Sony Acid Music Studio 10

    Sony Acid Music Studio 10 review

    Ben Pitt
    27 Jan 2014

    Minimal improvements, but Acid still carves a niche for creating sonic collages and soundscapes

  • Steinberg Cubase 7.5

    Steinberg Cubase 7.5 review

    Ben Pitt
    3 Jan 2014

    Elegant workflow refinements and impressive new plugins – a superb update

  • Sony SpectraLayers Pro 2

    Sony SpectraLayers Pro 2 review

    Darien Graham-Smith
    10 Sep 2013

    A new take on audio editing that makes it possible to do amazing things with pre-mixed audio

  • Sony Sound Forge Pro 11

    Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 review

    Darien Graham-Smith
    30 Aug 2013

    Improvements to the recording and editing workflow, plus iZotope’s bundled Nectar Elements, make this great audio editor more powerful than ever

  • Steinberg Cubase Elements 7

    Steinberg Cubase Elements 7 review

    Ben Pitt
    18 Jul 2013

    A lot of Cubase for a low price, but far too complicated for dabblers

  • Ableton Live 9

    Ableton Live 9 review

    Ben Pitt
    8 May 2013

    Mature and rounded, but Ableton still knows how to push technical and sonic boundaries

  • Steinberg Cubase 7

    Steinberg Cubase 7 review

    Ben Pitt
    17 Dec 2012

    A big overhaul of a heavyweight audio production tool: Cubase has never been so sophisticated or more complex

  • Sony Acid Music Studio 9

    Sony Acid Music Studio 9 review

    Ben Pitt
    14 Sep 2012

    Higher quality and more polished recordings than before, but the ease of use runs only skin deep

  • Acoustica Mixcraft 6

    Acoustica Mixcraft 6 review

    Darien Graham-Smith
    10 Sep 2012

    A surprisingly well-featured and usable digital audio workstation at an attractive price

  • A closer look at the main Studio One interface

    PreSonus Studio One 2 review

    Darien Graham-Smith
    20 Feb 2012

    A terrifically usable audio workstation that makes everyday music production a pleasure

  • Sibelius 7

    Sibelius 7 review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    lt has a steep learning curve, but Sibelius deserves its place as the definitive package for orchestral composition

  • Propellerhead Reason Essentials 6

    Propellerhead Reason Essentials 6 review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    An exciting, powerful music recording and sequencing package for older students, where the UI is part of the draw

  • MagixMusic MakerMX

    MagixMusic MakerMX review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    Perfect for classroom use: simple enough to allow instant results, but powerful enough to make great-sounding tracks

  • Apple GarageBand '11

    Apple GarageBand '11 review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    An attractive, rugged and beautifully presented piece of software that's perfect for most school music making tasks

  • Steinberg Cubase Elements 6

    Steinberg Cubase Elements 6 review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    Elements 6 might be too complex for the classroom, but it's a strong introduction to professional multi-track recording

  • Ableton Live Intro

    Ableton Live Intro review

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    An effective tool, with a focus on live performance and an unusual workflow, but Ableton Live Intro isn't for everyone

  • Buying music software for schools

    Buying music software for schools

    Jay Stansfield
    18 Feb 2012

    Music software can transform a classroom into a recording studio. Jay Stansfield looks for the pitch-perfect package

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    Steinberg Sequel 3 review

    Ben Pitt
    26 Jan 2012

    A music-making package that aims to be powerful without baffling casual users – and mostly succeeds