<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/only-one-can-survive-513.jpg" alt="" title="EBS Classic Session 120, Ibanez Promethean P3115 and Peavey Max 115 Comparison" /></p>Imagine for a moment that a fellow dressed as the mailman shows up at your door when you are about to start playing your favorite instrument: "Ding-dong! It's the mailman! I've got a parcel for you!," says an affable figure, all sweaty, with a tone that is meant to be cheerful.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/halion-doing-482.jpg" alt="" title="Steinberg HALion 5 Review" /></p>Twelve years after the first version of HALion — the sampler "made in Steinberg" — came out, it's time for the fifth generation to make its debut with a lot of new features. But will it be enough to compete with the two major players, namely Kontakt and MachFive?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/mini-mini-mini-517.jpg" alt="" title="TC Electronic Hall of Fame Mini Review" /></p>"...must be funny...in a midget's woooorld". It's probably what ABBA would've sung if they had started their career in 2013. Indeed, this year has seen the appearance of a good number of bonsai-sized and more-or-less useful pedals.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-kingdom-of-three-511.jpg" alt="" title="FXpansion BFD3 Review" /></p>FXpansion recently introduced BFD3, the third version of its comprehensive drums software. A simple revision or a true update deserving a new version number? And what is its place in a universe already overcrowded? Let's find out.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/22-show-me-your-id-509.jpg" alt="" title="Audient iD22 Review" /></p>The interface market is very crowded, but who cares. Audient, the English brand renown for its consoles and preamps, decided to take the plunge with a desktop interface that has caught our eye. Let's see what's the iDea behind it…
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/one-two-510.jpg" alt="" title="Apogee One for iPad & Mac Review" /></p>When it came out four years ago, the Apogee One delighted us in several ways. Elegant and compact, it established itself as one of the best audio Swiss knives to use with a MacBook to do some music or a podcast while traveling light. But even if it exhibited undeniable qualities, the bellissima was not without defects.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/are-you-pod-to-date-488.jpg" alt="" title="Line 6 POD HD500X Review" /></p>The final exam of the music course I took at the Audiofanzine academy, read as follows: "With a theorem-article of at least 10,000 characters, resolve the equation LINE 6 POD HD500X where X = (new footswitches + powerful DSP)".
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/behringer-gives-its-interfaces-the-midas-touch-507.jpg" alt="" title="Behringer Firepower FCA1616 Review" /></p>The digital audio interface market is very saturated (pun intended) with lots of brands and many new models struggling to find their niche.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-magnificent-505.jpg" alt="" title="Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Review" /></p>During the NAMM 2013, the Prophet 12 swept all other synths. It took DSI more than six months to finish it. Let's see if it was worth the wait or not so...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/genetically-gifted-502.jpg" alt="" title="Arturia MicroBrute Review" /></p>Less than two years after the introduction of the MiniBrute, the MicroBrute has set out to conquer the electronic music world with even more aggressive price and dimensions. But how far will it go?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/eris-ramazzotto-485.jpg" alt="" title="Presonus Eris E8 Review" /></p>In Greek mythology, Eris is the goddess of discord, but also of emulation: In the Iliad, Zeus asked him to inspire the Greek war chiefs on the battlefield. Does this first PreSonus monitor speaker inspire home-studio owners to create perfect mixes? The answer is here...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/looper-trooper-483.jpg" alt="" title="Boss Loop Station RC505 Review" /></p>While guitar players might have been disappointed by Musikmesse 2013, keyboard players, sound designers and home-studio owners were delighted by numerous new products.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-case-against-x-478.jpg" alt="" title="Apple Logic Pro X Review" /></p>The time has finally come for the new Logic Pro version. It was almost four years without a major update, many were doubtful that it might ever see the light of day and even ventured it would disappear. The software has arrived. Should we be happy or not? Here are some answers.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/a-controller-on-air-479.jpg" alt="" title="Hercules DJ Control AIR+ Review" /></p>Hercules, one of the pioneers in USB controllers for digital DJs, continues to introduce easily transportable and ever more innovative models, like the DJ Control AIR+ with a very particular feature...
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/tone-box-from-the-usa-481.jpg" alt="" title="Flickinger Caged Crow, Vicious Cricket and Germanium Griffin Review" /></p>Let me introduce you today to a pedal series directly from the U.S. of A.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/all-ears-480.jpg" alt="" title="Gibson ES-335 Bass Review" /></p>Kalamazoo isn't the name of a strange bird. It's a town in Michigan where Gibson was founded. While the brand is very present among six-string colleagues─ to the point of fanatism sometimes ─ it never really did, after its creation, stir the bass guitar world.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/tune-to-white-471.jpg" alt="" title="TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Review" /></p>TC Electronic recently announced the second version of its famous PolyTune tuner and we have already tested it for you… Is it a simple evolution or a masterly revolution?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-best-eleven-on-the-pitch-473.jpg" alt="" title="AVID Pro Tools 11 Review" /></p>The war between the biggest audio sequencers in the market is raging. Apple has introduced Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, MOTU Digital Performer 8, Cakewalk Sonar X2 and Steinberg Cubase 7 (and that's without mentioning FL Studio 11 and Reason 7), but AVID wants to defend its territory and launches a counterattack in the form of Pro Tools 11. PT 11 versus the rest of the world!
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/a-pod-for-the-ipad-472.jpg" alt="" title="Line 6 Sonic Port Review" /></p>Line 6 was among the first manufacturers to offer peripheral devices for iOS and now it has decided to up the stakes with Sonic Ports, a guitar/bass audio interface with a very aggressive price/performance ratio
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/nice-little-fatty-474.jpg" alt="" title="Novation Bass Station II Review" /></p>Introduced in Frankfurt last spring, the Bass Station II marks the return of Novation to the analog world. Let's find out if the brand was able to retain its know-how.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-caribbean-touch-469.jpg" alt="" title="Native Instruments Cuba Review" /></p>The newest addition to Native Instruments' Kontakt libraries is called Cuba. It was conceived to provide the typical sound of Afro-Cuban music, a territory seldom treaded by music library publishers. So, how did they do?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/igain-468.jpg" alt="" title="IK Multimedia iRig HD Review" /></p>After Apogee, now it's IK Multimedia's turn to present an audio interface for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Mac aimed at nomad guitarists.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/is-it-time-for-the-truth-467.jpg" alt="" title="VI Labs True Keys Review" /></p>As a newcomer in the virtual acoustic pianos family, VI Labs declares its ambition right from start, and it begins with the name: True Keys. Does it hold its promises?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/a-spark-in-the-dark-465.jpg" alt="" title="TC Electronic Spark Mini Booster Review" /></p>In spite of the unbearable Harlem Shake, the awful slim jeans or the my-favorite-black-metal-artist-is-David-Guetta studded ankle boots, trends can sometimes be good.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/return-to-the-fast-track-456.jpg" alt="" title="AVID Fast Track Duo Review" /></p>The M-Audio Fast Track audio interfaces used to be one of the most successful series, with its ideal price and ease of use for beginners.
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/unfiltered-464.jpg" alt="" title="Zynaptiq Unfilter Review" /></p>As its name implies, the purpose of Unfilter, the new product of Zynaptiq, is to eliminate all filter effects applied to an audio file. How and does it really succeed?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/ik-rigs-it-again-470.jpg" alt="" title="IK Multimedia iRig Pro Review" /></p>Decisively relentless, IK Multimedia completes its iOS interface series with the iRig Pro. Pro? Three letters that imply that what we have in our hands is an iOS interface capable of managing a microphone, a guitar or a line level signal, while also featuring a MIDI input... The perfect interface?
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/the-antelope-turns-into-a-predator-466.jpg" alt="" title="Antelope Audio Orion 32 Review" /></p>At Antelope, they are passionate about clocks and converters, among which we can find their famous atomic clocks that are supposedly 100,000 times more stable than a normal clock. Audiophiles became very interested from the beginning, but now the pro audio market might start to turn its attention to the brand thanks to the Orion 32, a €2500 32-channel USB interface introduced during the AES 2012, which we'll test here today…
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/red-or-black-461.jpg" alt="" title="Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Review" /></p>It's almost two years since the Scarlett audio interfaces from Focusrite saw the light of day and the manufacturer has been introducing new models in the series ever since. The newest family member, the 18i20, which was introduced at the last NAMM, has just been launched, so it was the perfect opportunity for AudioFanzine to put it to the test. At first sight, the Scarlett seems to be in top shape…
<p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/images/u/en/article/main/modern-classics-455.jpg" alt="" title="UVI Vintage Legends Review" /></p>UVI seems to have decided to bring back to life the myths of synthesis in the form of sample libraries for its own UVI platform and compatible programs. Let's have a detailed look at one of them: Vintage Legends.