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With 36 rare instruments to play with, could Spectrasonics’ new virtual instrument, Keyscape, be the ultimate keyboardists’ dream? Mark Cousins investigates…


Having waited almost four years to move from Omnisphere 1.5 to version 2, it would be fair to say that Spectrasonics doesn’t exactly like to rush its creative process. However, the task of crafting a world-class virtual instrument with thousands of presets isn’t something you can roll off the production line every few months.

In truth, instruments like Omnisphere, Trillian and Stylus RMX are all products of years of investment. From the task of sampling a range of acoustic and electronic sound sources, through to creating a creatively rewarding virtual instrument – not to mention all the presets required to show all of this off – Spectrasonics has demonstrated perfection is time-intensive task. Given this supreme attention to detail, the fact that Keyscape has been almost 10 years in the making shouldn’t really come as a great surprise to us.

The concept is simple – an exhaustive library of 36 sought-after ‘collector’ keyboards painstakingly multisampled and presented in an Omnisphere-like interface. Scan the list of instruments and you’ll be impressed by the comprehensive set of electromechanical and acoustic pianos, or the host of intriguing additions like the Dulcitone and Chimeatron, but does Keyscape really raise the bar over what many players have access to already?

Instruments like Omnisphere, Trillian and Stylus RMX are the result of years of investment

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In this issue of MusicTech it's tips, tips and more tips… and a free calendar! Tips are always good and and this time, we’ve gone a little further: we’ve asked studios across the world, big and small, to offer their nuggets of wisdom. And they have, in their droves. So we have over 70 pro tips plus a calendar full of pictures of the best studios in the world! Elsewhere we have reviews of the plug-in that does your mixing, the new and rather incredible Keyscape from Spectrasonics and the latest modular synths – both reviews and tutorial. Add the usual software workshops, and over a 1GB of free samples and it's an end of year issue not to be missed!