Ivory 1.0 provides superbly recorded virtual instruments with plenty of controls to help you achieve the specific tone you’re seeking in your song arrangements.
For improving sound quality of your recordings, Metric Halo’s ULN-2 and Lynx Studio Technology’s L22 leave the Mac’s built-in converters in the dust.
Each of these devices significantly reduces the tedium of mouse-based mixing and brings professionalism to a home studio.
Spectrasonics' Trilogy bass module and FXpansion's BFD drum kits are examples of sampling done right; and they offer an amazing array of sound-customization tools.
Two new software synthesizers -- Native Instrument's B4 organ and Applied Acoustics Systems' Lounge Lizard EP-2 electric piano -- both offer superb emulations of their real ancestors.
The NAMM tradeshow, held last week at the Anaheim Convention Center, is the prime event for music manufacturers to display their upcoming products to distributors and retailers. Five sections of the show are dedicated to instrument-makers and publishers, but the sixth section is all about technology and music. And here, in "the digital ghetto," Apple was at the center of attention, both explicitly and implicitly.
MOTU's Digital Performer 4.1, the second upgrade to the OS X–only music-production app, is a robust, attractive piece of software that supports Apple's Audio Units, Core Audio and Core MIDI technologies.