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TECH AWARDS 2016 PRODUCTION SOFTWARE

Some of the best studio software for making those killer tunes. Which one will bring the noise?

Logic Pro X


£149.99
Hype
The latest update includes a free Alchemy soft synth one of the most powerful plugin instruments on the market.
Gripe
Some still go on about the GarageBand look.
Summary
Logic Pro X is still considered one of the go-to DAWs for dance music production and with the new improvements with each upgrade, it is hard to fault.
Tech Verdict
9/10

Ableton Live 9.5 Suite


£469
Hype
Completely refreshed with new features and new sounds to make this piece of software even better than before. Now with Link
Gripe
No Multi Screen Support — this is a must in this day and age…
Summary
Ableton are steadily improving Live with each new update. Link is a great way for Live to become the hub of your studio and performing set-up. Coupled with Push 2 this is a hell of a package.
Tech Verdict
9/10

Propellerhead Reason 9


£312
Hype
Reason 9 seems to be slowly growing up into a very professional package with each and every update.
Gripe
Still seen by a few as a beginners tool to music production.
Summary
Reason 9 is a fully-featured DAW that is shaking away its earlier reputation as being the go-to DAW for beginners with new and advance features, and a hefty compliment of sounds and plug-ins. There is not better Reason to jump onboard.
Tech Verdict
8/10

Bitwig Studio


£279
Hype
Bitwig have started to build a cool following working with new partners to bolster their stock worth. Close integration with Microsoft’s surface computers take it to a new level.
Gripe
Still an unknown quantity and seem to be aligning themselves more closely with the PC world.
Summary
Bitwig are slowly and surely starting to make waves in the production world with their software and partner tie-ups. The future is definitely bright for these guys.
Tech Verdict
8/10


Mixvibes Remixlive for MAC


£23
Hype
Bringing grid-based production and remix environment to the OS X format at a wonderfully-pleasing price point.
Gripe
Too soon to say if it will become a firm favourite with producers and DJs.
Summary
Bringing iOS-style production formats into the desktop environment, with great MIDI implementation. A fast and fun way to sketch out tunes.
Tech Verdict
8/10

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