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Reviewed By Rah [read all by] on August 12th, 2014
Version reviewed: 1.01 on Windows.
Last edited by Rah on 12th August 2014.

T-Bone is a 'tilt' or 'slant' EQ. A tilt EQ raises the amplitude at one end of the spectrum and lowers it equally at the other. I find them really useful for doing quick and dirty adjustments to overall tone, and for 'pushing' sounds into a more suitable spectral space in my mix.

T-Bone is impressive to me in every way. The filter sound is top quality, I immediately noticed how good the sound was compared with my previously favoured tilt EQ. Boz makes mention of special filters that "do not have any of the wonky side effects to your high end". This claim bears out, and I would certainly be interested in more filter and EQ products from Boz Labs.

The GUI is also beautiful and impressive to me. I know a lot of people dislike the Skeumorphic designs, but I think this one works well, and I really enjoy looking at it and using it.

T-bone extends the usefulness of a basic tilt eq by adding a number of features that really help you sculpt and shape your sound. The low and high pass filters are a great addition, and allow me to dispense with one or more extra plugins from my chain. Having the filters and tilt all in one plugin really speeds up my workflow.

The 'Harsh' and 'Boom' controls are great; if you push the treble up, and it's pushed too much into the high treble, you can use the harsh control to smooth the top off. Boom can be used similarly to keep the low end under control.

There's mid/side/stereo options (useful) and mix control (useful for parallel processing) and an analog button, which imparts subtle saturation.

CPU seems very low (I haven't actually measured; I generally only look at my CPU hit if something seems to be using it excessively), I use these all over my projects, and my DAW and I don't notice any strain.

All in all, an incredibly well designed and useful plugin that I use all the time. I don't usually give a 10 score, but until I find something better, I believe T-Bone is the best at what it does.

Reviewed By Rah [read all by] on October 18th, 2013
Version reviewed: 1.1 on Windows.
Last edited by Rah on 12th August 2014.

A large and diverse selection of excellent shaker (and tambourine) material

It is an incredibly comprehensive set, and I'm not sure why I'd need any other shaker products after purchasing this one. You get more shakers than you can shake (ahem) a stick at.

You get two parts in the package; loops and samples. You can buy them as two individual products if you wish, but you save if you purchase the complete caboodle.

The loops are very nice, I can simply drop one into Reaper and it's there and shaking in time to my track, whatever the tempo.

The samples come in Kontakt and other popular sampler format instruments, so you can build patterns from individual hits mapped to keys. Multiple velocity layers and round robin samples really bring these instruments to life. I am well satisfied with how 'deeply' sampled they are.

The sound is top notch quality through and through, and the price is very reasonable for what you get (33 shaker and tambourine types, thousands of loops, well over 3 gigabytes of content)

Excellent stuff.

Reviewed By Rah [read all by] on September 21st, 2013
Version reviewed: 2.6 on Windows.
Last edited by Rah on 21st September 2013.

Little One seems rather overlooked, which seems a bit of a shame to me, considering how good it is.

I don't possess a modern Moog for direct comparison, but to my ears this VSTI synth sounds gorgeous; thick, rich and 'analog' sounding.

Here's a great video that demonstrates the sound very well;


It's not expensive, and there's a plethora of presets bundled with it. And unlike the physical synth it's modelled on, LO does polyphonic as well as monophonic. I like it particularly for rich pads.

There's also a 'rack' section on a second page, which features a gate (for making choppy, trance sounds), a step sequencer, and two effect slots, into which you can rack some useful standard effect units; reverbs, chorus, delays, distortions, etc.

Synth Edit made plugins have garnered a bad rep in years gone by. Don't let the SE label put you off. This is a very high quality synth.

For a (modern) Moog-y synth on a small budget, I don't think you can do better.

Reviewed By Rah [read all by] on September 21st, 2013
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows.
Last edited by Rah on 21st September 2013.

Bong is a virtual drum machine. A very good one.

It sounds highly reminiscent of (but not exactly like) those old drum machines that everyone knows and loves, such as the Roland TR series (I guess the name is a play on that - 80n9; took me a while to get)

From what I can gather, Xoxos has been analysing classic drum machine sounds and creating algorhythms to match or approximate them, and I have to say, the results sounds great. Bong booms, clicks, ticks, and pops in all the right places.

You can make it do 808ish sounds, and you can make it do 909ish sounds (there's no PCM samples though, so don't expect 909 style hats etc.) You can make it do things that sound like no particular classic drum machine, but that sound as though they are from a classic drum machine. It's a vibe thing.

If you've used drum synths before, It's very easy to use, very intuitive, and it's very quick to dial in a sound you like. Each section seems to have been thought through very well, with each sound offering individual parameters that give direct access to the stuff you really want to tweak, without any clutter.

Bong is priced very low (too low), and Xoxos offers a discount for previous customers, making it even cheaper.

Bong is for everyone who is interested in useful, quality drum machine sounds. Go get the demo.

Reviewed By Rah [read all by] on September 16th, 2013
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows.
Last edited by Rah on 12th August 2014.

Satin, for me, is what some people call a 'game changer'.

I've been trying to achieve a satisfying approximation of an analogue/hardware sound with an entirely software setup for a while, without much success.

There was a lot of pre-hype/buzz around Satin, and I (sceptic that I am) wasn't holding my breath. But I heard what the demo did to my sounds and had to have it

I find it can comfortably replace many other individual plugins that I've been chaining together in an attempt to get the sound I want; Eq, compressors, limiters, clippers, saturators etc. Using Satin massively reduces the amount of fiddling about I need to get those thick, juicy, present tones I've been craving.

For me, this is 'it'; This is VST software that has cracked it; enough that I don't crave expensive hardware anymore.

It's not a budget plugin. In fact it's the most expensive effect plugin I've purchased so far, even at the intro price. However, I think it's worth it in spades.