Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up

9th Apr 2010 | 10:26

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Audio Damage Tattoo ($79)
AD's first instrument is an old-school drum machine

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Future Music and Guitar Techniques - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

We’ve collated the latest plug-ins, audio editors, synths, interfaces, monitors, mics and DJ gear to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music and Future Music’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 150 and Future Music issue 225. It was published on MusicRadar throughout March and April.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Audio Damage Tattoo.

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A neat and tidy instrumental debut for Audio Damage, Tattoo has a solid sound and a deceptively powerful feature set.”

FULL REVIEW: Audio Damage Tattoo


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor ($79)
A Mac app that does what it says on the tin

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A refreshingly bloat-free app, Wave Editor's sensible, streamlined approach is certainly its strength.”

FULL REVIEW: Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Beat Kangz Electronics Beat Thang Virtual ($149)
An Akai MPC-style software groovebox

MusicRadar’s verdict

“It's not the most advanced MPC-alike, but Beat Thang captures the spirit better than most and has a bright future ahead of it if development goes as planned.”

FULL REVIEW: Beat Kangz Electronics Beat Thang Virtual


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Intermorphic Mixtikl 2 ($80)
A bewildering but superb-sounding generative music app

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Get past Mixtikl's diabolical interface and you'll find a superb generative music engine waiting to be explored.”

FULL REVIEW: Intermorphic Mixtikl 2


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Korg Kaossilator Pro (£350)
The mini phrase synth grows up

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A big improvement on the original Kaossilator, the Pro version gives you a great new way of making music.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Kaossilator Pro


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Akai MiniAK (£379)
A credible alternative to the microKORG?

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A great set of fresh, powerful sounds but MiniAK is let down by its lack of editing and poor vocoder.”

FULL REVIEW: Akai MiniAK


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Softube Tube-Tech CL 1B (£320)
The classic compressor is now a native plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Softube deliver a superb compressor with a genuine analogue sound.”

FULL REVIEW: Softube Tube-Tech CL 1B


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
OTO Biscuit (€529)
Bitcrushing, filtering... and biscuiting

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A magic black box for lo-fi, 8-bit and retro-game crunch. Perfect for adding quality grit.”

FULL REVIEW: OTO Biscuit


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Focusrite Saffire 6 USB (£164)
An audio interface for those who don't need oodles of I/O

MusicRadar’s verdict

“The perfect Saffire for those with restricted I/O needs and budgets. A quality package.”

FULL REVIEW: Focusrite Saffire 6 USB


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Wacom Nextbeat (£1100)
A one-box digital DJing solution

MusicRadar’s verdict

“The Nextbeat delivers all it set out to, but the price and lack of auto features will put off a lot of people.”

FULL REVIEW: Wacom Nextbeat


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Nomad Factory Pulse-Tec EQs ($149)
Pultec's MEQ-5 and EQP-1A in a plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Nomad Factory has turned out a fine Pultec EQ emulation - if you don't already have one, give it a try.”

FULL REVIEW: Nomad Factory Pulse-Tec EQs


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 150)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
PMC DB1S-AII (£2056)
A compact and highly musical set of monitors

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Outstanding tiny monitors that pack a serious punch. Accurately priced for their quality.”

FULL REVIEW: PMC DB1S-AII


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Newmann Retro NR47 (£999)
A quality mic inspired by a classic

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Big and bold with plenty of punch, the NR47 is a modern variation on a classic theme. A fantastic mic.”

FULL REVIEW: Newmann Retro NR47


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up
Pioneer CDJ-900 (£1099)
A cheaper alternative to the CDJ-2000

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A great deck with a couple of killer features. The CDJ-900 stands robust and reliable in a very crowded market.”

FULL REVIEW: Pioneer CDJ-900


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 225)


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