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2007 - The Beginning - News and Reviews

Guitar Player TV
Review by:
Jimmy Leslie

RiffWorks Reviewed on Guitar Player TV
"Riffworks is a really straightforward software program designed for guitar and bass players. The interface is designed to have the familiar real world look and feel of guitar gear rather than a typical confusing, complicated digital audio workstation."

Sonoma Wire Works RiffWorks Standard 2
"Sonoma Wire Works have set a fine standard here - their software is genuinely different from everyone else's and all the more appealing for it. A fine sequencing solution for guitarists, particularly those who fancy a bit of online collaboration action." Rated 4.5 out of 5!
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RiffWorks Makes Songwriting Easy!
"This is a really fun bit of software, it really takes me back to when my brother and I got our first 4-track (Yamaha MT100II) and started recording song after song. The key to RiffWorks is that it has been tailored to creating songs by Riffs (not suprisingly!). So you can just keep adding layer after layer without touching the computer and it keeps each take which you can also set to mute as it finishes so that you can do multiple takes."

Review by:
Eliot Van Buskirk

RiffWorks: Real-Time Loop-Based Online Music Collaboration
"RiffWorks allows up to 4 people to work together on multitrack recording projects online in "what feels like real-time" using a loop-based system, with "no worries about latency or distance," using an add-on called RiffLink that enables online collaboration within RiffWorks."

Beat Magazine
Review by:
Umit Mericier

RiffWorks Makes the Work of Guitar Players Easier
"RiffWorks does really make the work of guitar players easier as it plays to their way of thinking. It offers a lot of possibilities for the money. Clever concept."

Sound and Recording Magazine
Review by:
Andrea Scheffler

RiffWorks Your Ideal Sparring Partner
"RiffWorks keeps its promise: The software is easy and fun to use. All essential steps are intuitive. Smooth workflow."

Review by:
Jim Dalrymple

New Drum Loops Available for RiffWorks
"Jason McGerr, drummer for indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, recorded the new loop packages specifically in the RiffWorks format."

Guitarist Magazine
Review by:
Trev Curwen

Sonoma RiffWorks (July 2007 Issue)
"Once you get going with RiffWorks it's all too easy to lose yourself in the moment and get carried away with playing as you add on increasing layers."

Skinnie Magazine

Stuff You Want (June 2007 Issue)
"The cost effective RiffWorks presents an easy-to-use interface for recording your guitar ideas at the moment of inspiration."


Product Spotlight: RiffWorks Standard (June 2007 Issue)
Looped recording, automatic track creation, InstantDrummer, 7 guitar-oriented effects, AmpliTube 2 Live, RiffLink online jamming, and RiffCaster instant podcasting make RiffWorks the easiest, most creative guitar recording system ever produced."

Keys Magazine

RiffWorks Review (June 2007 Issue)
"The concept behind the program makes perfect sense and it can therefore be picked up extremely fast...RiffWorks has abandoned the well-worn timeline path of sequencers such as Cubase or Logic and is built around the basic musical components of a song...RiffWorks does keep its promise: intuitive usage and a lot of fun."

Electronic Musician

RiffWorks Standard 2.1 Review (May 2007 Issue)
Reviewed in What's New Section of Electronic Musician Magazine May 2007: "RiffWorks rolls digital recording, real-time effects, a virtual drum machine, and online collaboration into an affordable solution for computer-savvy guitarists."

Review by:
Jim Dalrymple

RiffWorks Eases Mac Song Creation
One company has taken a new approach to helping musicians create music and, in the short time Iive been using it, I have found that it really works for me. With the release of RiffWorks 2, Sonoma Wire Works has changed the way I think about building a song."

Review by:
Chuck Joiner

Doug Wright of Sonoma Wire Works Discusses RiffWorks
RiffWorks not only lets the musician capture their works easily, but also frees them to play and create wherever their motivation takes them."

Remix Magazine
Review by:
Jason Scott Alexander

Long Distance Relationships
"RiffWorks looks and feels like a vintage multitrack tape setup, complete with a suite of vintage guitar VST effect plug-ins. The software is extremely easy to use and acts as your stand-alone sketch-pad recording environment and online collaboration client. Clicking on the RiffLink button [takes you to the] collaboration service, where any musician (as many as 4 at a time) can join your session and work with you on the same song. Each instrument layer is streamed to participants' computers, as well as saved on the Sonoma server for users who wish to contribute later. As song changes are made, they are instantly uploaded by that user's RiffWorks client and displayed to the other musicians only when fully downloaded. It all happens behind the scenes, appearing transparent and instant."

Musico Pro

RiffWorks by Sonoma Wire Works
In Spanish: RiffWorks de Sonoma Wire Works - Programa para Complementar al Guitarrista by Musico Pro Magazine December 2006.

MusicTech Magazine
Review by:
Mike Miller

RiffWorks Standard 2 (Issue 45)
"Guitarists have traditionally shied away from loopbased recording, believing it to be more suitable to electronica and hip hop genres than to styles more commonly associated with the guitar. However, with more and more musicians turning to the digital realm for inspiration, even the most thick-skinned guitarists are beginning to use elements of loopbased music in their compositions."

Recording Magazine

RiffWorks - A New Way to Meld Guitar Playing with Your Computer (November 2006 Issue)
"The RiffWorks user interface is well designed and very detailed. I found RiffWorks to be appealing and simple to navigate. One of the most gratifying features of RiffWorks is the diversity and quality of drum loops available."

Home Recording Connection
Review by:
dB Masters

RiffWorks Version 2.0
"I haven't spent as much time as I would have liked with RiffWorks yet, but from the time I have used it, it is a very easy to use, feature filled, great sounding application for quick, moment-on-inspiration type work. Sometimes when you just stumble across a good idea and don't feel like firing up your whole DAW to get a quick take, RiffWorks is easy to start and lay down a quick track of two. A digital scratch pad, if you will."

Computer Music Magazine

Sonoma Wire Works' RiffWorks Standard v2 (October 2006 Issue)
Sonoma Wire Works RiffWorks Standard v2 - Rated 9 out of 10 and Won Performance and Innovation Awards by Computer Music Magazine October 2006: "RiffWorks installation takes around 30 seconds, and although instructions are provided, you probably won't need them...just start up RiffWorks, plug in and play. Verdict: Extremely easy to use, highly productive, good effects and useful backup section."
Read the RiffWorks Review (.pdf)

Review by:
Jim Dalrymple

Top 3 Music Programs for Musicians
Podcast by Jim Dalrymple of MacWorld & MacCentral

Music Dish
Review by:
Lou Lombardi

Cool Gizmo Alert: RiffWorks
Riffworks comes with it's own drum looping application called InstantDrummer What sets InstantDrummer apart from a program like Acid, is that you can vary the complexity of the loops with the turn of a virtual knob. By cranking up the "intensity knob the loop becomes more complex...more fills, variations etc... How do they do that?!!! This beats the hell out scrolling through hundreds of loops to get the groove that you want.
Review by:
Fabio Garcia

RiffWorks v2
RiffWorks v2...Para crear tu cancion sin trabas En espanol by Fabio Garcia of

Harmony Central
Review by:
Craig Anderton

Pro Review: RiffWorks
Pro Review: Sonoma Wire Works RiffWorks by Craig Anderton of Harmony Central & EQ Magazine

Chicago Tribune
Review by:
Eric Gwinn

Make Your Own Kind of Music on These Websites
"These programs show you how to plug your guitar or keyboard into your computer and use the Internet to jam with musicians worldwide."

Review by:
Jim Dalrymple

RiffWorks Guitar Recording Software Comes to the Mac
"Riffworks is contains a Riff-based workflow, allowing guitarists to record short riffs and piece together a song in the applications interface. You can also add real-time effects, changing your sound and tone in a variety of ways."

Future Music Magazine

Harmony Central

Sonoma Releases RiffWorks Standard

The Press Democrat

Jammin' at MacWorld in Santa Rosa Press Democrat

EE Times

Sonoma Wire Works Announces Version 2 of RiffWorks Recording Software Coming Soon in EETimes

Alternative Press

Line 6 GuitarPort RiffTracker in Holiday Buyers Guide, Alternative Press Magazine

Guitar World Magazine
Review By:
Emile Menasche

Line 6 GuitarPort RiffTracker USB Guitar Interface and Recording Software
"On behalf of every guitarist who has seen inspiration vaporize in the face of technology, Line 6 has set out to remove every possible obstacle between imagination and reality with its new GuitarPort RiffTracker [with included RiffWorks recording software by Sonoma Wire Works]."

Musician's Friend
Review By:
Mishan Aktzanian

GuitarPort RiffTracker Hands-On Product Review, by Mishan Aktzanian, Musician's Friend

Music Connection Magazine
Review By:
Barry Rudolph

GuitarPort RiffTracker from Line 6, by Barry Rudolph Music Connection (New Toys Section)

Electronic Music Magazine
Review By:
Orren Merton

Computer Music Magazine

GuitarPort RiffTracker & RiffWorks Receive Performance & Innovation Awards in Computer Music Magazine

Total Guitar Magazine

GuitarPort RiffTracker & RiffWorks Receive 5 Stars & Best Buy in Total Guitar Magazine

Guitarist Magazine

GuitarPort RiffTracker & RiffWorks Receive Guitarist Choice Award in Guitarist Magazine.
Read the RiffWorks Review (.pdf)

Harmony Central

Sonoma Wire Works Releases 7 New Effects for VST Hosts by Harmony Central

Harmony Central

Line 6 Intros RiffTracker Recording Package by Harmony Central

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"DrumCore is so handy and so very easy to use! It's very close to having a live drummer with you."

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Anthony Gonzalez of M83

"I'm obsessed with this recording app on my iPhone- the Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack. It's like you have a superpowerful studio in your pocket."

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Trey Anastasio of Phish

"Just tried out Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack plus the new upgraded FourTrack app. Beautiful crystal clear sparkling audio in iOS!"

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Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater

"RiffWorks is an incredible tool to get songs done stupid fast!"

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Johnny "Juice" Rosado of Public Enemy