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FabFilter has released their new FabFilter Pro-Q 3, a modern equalizer plug-in with a ton of power. While many in the audio plug-in industry are focusing on replicating old hardware, FabFilter has maintained laser focus on providing modern tools that make your life easier. We all love analog modeling plug-ins with GUI's that mimic the old analog gear, but there is much to be said for graphical interfaces that have as much flexibility as possible. Take a look at the FabFilter Pro-Q 3's GUI and you'll see what I mean. You simply cannot pull off that level of detailed EQing...

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Eventide has released a SP2016 Reverb plug-in based on their history-making SP2016 rack-mount effects unit. The original hardware unit was and still is a go-to reverb for many great engineers, but this plug-in gives you access to the algorithms used in the original in a much cheaper and more convenient format. Eventide has released a Reverb 2016 rack-mount unit that recreates the SP2016 hardware, but that sells for almost $2,000. Every so often a used SP2016 will pop up online, and sell for around $800 or more - so the plug-in gives an excellent value compared to both hardware options...

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Sound Dust makes some of the best and most innovative Kontakt libraries on the market. For the second time around, Spitfire Audio has combined 5 of their recent libraries into a very well-priced collection. Including: Flutter Dust, Infundibulum, Oddhop, Pendleonium, and Ships Piano. Its currently available for only $149 until November 20th, but the full retail price is only $199. Sound Dust Vol. 2 is available from Spitfire Audio here. I purchased the previous Sound Dust bundle, Dust Bundle, and I fell immediately in love with the Plastic Ghost Piano (my song 'Plastic' from my album Sleepless was heavily inspired...

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Christian Henson has started something marvelous - a website with a growing library of free piano samples and sample instruments, all of which feature some kind of story behind them. If you aren't familiar with Christian he is one of the people behind Spitfire Audio - one of the best sample library companies in the world (especially for orchestral libraries). He also runs a YouTube page covering many interesting topics in music such as instrument sampling, Eurorack, music business advice, and much more. The website is called pianobook: https://www.pianobook.co.uk/ . I think the idea is fabulous and will help get...

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I've never heard of Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware until very recently. Apparently he (or they) have been making virtual instruments and effects for a while, because they have a huge bundle of software called Explorer-5. Explorer-5 by Rob Papen (RP) comes with 20 RP products, 3 of them being new additions to their Explorer series: 13 virtual instruments (as well as older versions), 6 virtual effect plugins, and Prisma which is a kind of interface that ties their products together. You can buy the Explorer-5 bundle for only $499 on their website. This bundle is massive, and I probably don't...

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