How We Test Plugins, Hardware, and DAWs

Music Gear
Testing VST Plugins

At LANDR, we understand the importance of thorough testing to provide accurate and reliable reviews for musicians and producers. Our commitment to quality ensures that you can trust our evaluations when choosing the best plugins, hardware, and DAWs for your needs. The LANDR team has experts with years of experience creating music using a wide variety of plugins, DAWS and hardware in their own music productions. Our contributors include music producers, mixing and mastering experts, performers, music experts and music teachers.

Anthony Albanese - Product Specialist

Anthony Albanese - Product Specialist

How We Select Products

Our Selection Criteria
All of our recommendations are based purely on the product’s merit. We select products based on their popularity, innovation, and feedback from the music community. Our team relies on their extensive experience, discussions with other experts, and the latest trends in the industry to choose products worth reviewing.

Independence and Integrity
We operate independently of manufacturers, ensuring that our reviews are unbiased and honest. We never accept payment for reviews and we are not afraid to point out the flaws in a product.

Expertise of Our Team
Our team consists of seasoned professionals with years of experience in music production, sound engineering, and gear evaluation. Each review reflects the expert opinion of writers who have tested numerous products in their respective categories.

How We Test

VST Plugins

Plugin Testing

Plugin Testing

  • Features: We evaluate the plugin’s compatibility with various DAWs, its functionality, and ease of use. We look for innovative features that set it apart from others.
  • Performance: Our tests include assessing system requirements, stability, and sound quality. We use a variety of test sessions to determine how the plugin performs under different conditions.
  • Comparison: We compare the plugin to similar products on the market to provide a comprehensive view of its strengths and weaknesses.

Hardware

Hardware Testing

Hardware Testing

  • Build Quality: We examine the materials, design, and durability of the hardware. This includes checking for any visual defects and assessing the feel of the knobs and buttons.
  • Installation and Setup: We test the installation process on both Windows and Mac OS to identify any potential challenges.
  • Performance Tests: Our performance tests include evaluating signal-to-noise ratio, latency, and sound quality. We use a variety of instruments and microphones to ensure thorough testing.
  • Usability: We replace our personal equipment with the hardware under review to test its usability in real-world scenarios. This includes tracking, mixing, and mobile recording sessions.

DAWs

DAW Testing

DAW Testing

  • Features and Interface: We evaluate the key features and user interface, assessing how intuitive and functional they are for both beginners and professionals.
  • Performance: We conduct tests to determine the DAW’s ability to handle multiple tracks, plugins, and high-intensity sessions without crashing.
  • Usability: We assess the overall user experience, focusing on workflow efficiency, ease of navigation, and customization options.

Meet Our Experts

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Alex Lavoie

Alex Lavoie is a drummer, music producer, songwriter and marketing professional living in Montreal, Quebec. He works as a staff writer at LANDR by day and writes indie post-punk tunes in his band UTILS while moonlighting as drummer for folk-rock outfit The Painters. Connect with Alex Lavoie on LANDR Network!

 

 

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Devon Hansen

Devon Hansen is a producer, DJ, and writer who has been working in electronic music for 20 years. Having worked under various names and in a wide range of styles, Devon has accumulated extensive hands-on experience in studio recording, mixing, sound design, and live performance. When not working on creative projects or playing tunes on Montreal’s n10.as radio, Devon can be found watching movies, cooking, and reading too much about gear.

 

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Anthony Albanese

Anthony is a music producer and educator with notable placements for Universal, Guitar Center and CBC. He currently resides in Montreal and leads LANDR’s YouTube channel & Premium Courses education platform. He also works as composer and producer at RVRSPlay and founded jazz pop duo Elluisoir. Connect with Anthony on LANDR Network!

Hands-On Demos

We provide comprehensive written reviews and hands-on video demos on the LANDR YouTube channel. Our videos include reviews, guides, and tutorials to help you make informed decisions and to become a better musician.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us at blog@landr.com