Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)

15th Mar 2010 | 14:47

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
u-he ACE (€69)
A superior semi-modular synth at a bargain price

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, DAWs, controllers, interfaces, mixers and mics 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 149 and Future Music issue 224. It was published on MusicRadar throughout February and March.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: u-he’s ACE synth.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This exceptional synth is about as close as software gets to a genuine analogue semi-modular experience. It really is ace!”

FULL REVIEW: u-he ACE


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Magix Samplitude 11 Pro (£725)
A perfunctory DAW update

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It doesn't feel as focused as some DAWs, but Samplitude remains strong in terms of power, flexibility and sound quality.”

FULL REVIEW: Magix Samplitude 11 Pro


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
112dB Redline Preamp ($99)
A subtle but significant effect plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're already creating good mixes, try Redline Preamp - it could be just what's needed to edge them towards greatness.”

FULL REVIEW: 112dB Redline Preamp


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-in Bundle (£1174)
Legendary reverbs finally in software

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Lexicon reverb in a plug-in - do we really need to say more?”

FULL REVIEW: Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-in Bundle


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Softube Passive-Active Pack (£146)
A classy analogue-modelling EQ bundle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Softube has served up three wonderful examples of just how good modern analogue-modelling plug-ins can be?”

FULL REVIEW: Softube Passive-Active Pack


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Cableguys FilterShaper 2 (€49)
A dual filter that specialises in 'wobble'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“FilterShaper 2 offers a neat concept and is not without its merits, but it could be so much more with a few further tweaks.”

FULL REVIEW: Cableguys FilterShaper 2


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Akai LPK25 and LPD8 (£45 each)
Mini MIDI controllers to rival Korg's nanoSeries

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Akai's offerings provide seriously stiff competition in the increasingly packed mini controller market.”

FULL REVIEW: Akai LPK25 and LPD8


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Mackie Onyx 1220i (£799)
A Pro Tools-compatible mixer and audio interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A practical and versatile recording front-end at a reasonable price.”

FULL REVIEW: Mackie Onyx 1220i


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Eventide PitchFactor (£459)
Pitch-based and rhythmic effects in a stompbox

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Eventide's expertise with pitch-based effects shines through here. It's pricey but it's worth it.”

FULL REVIEW: Eventide PitchFactor


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
PreSonus FireStudio Mobile (£269)
A compact and rugged audio interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not the cheapest, but FireStudio Mobile is one of the highest quality mobile interfaces around.”

FULL REVIEW: PreSonus FireStudio Mobile


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Progress Audio Kinisis (£80)
A unique synth that specialises in movement

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Kinisis's forward-thinking timeline approach will thrill those seeking a fresh perspective on synthetic sound design.”

FULL REVIEW: Progress Audio Kinisis


(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 149)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Sample Logic Morphestra (£449)
A splendid cinematic ROMpler

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Inspirational and instantly 'visual', there's something here for everyone. Morphestra gets two thumbs up.”

FULL REVIEW: Sample Logic Morphestra


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Toontrack Custom & Vintage SDX £125
Superior Drummer 2.0 gets another shot in the arm

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Toontrack hits the mark again with a distinctive sound and samples of extremely sought-after hardware.”

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Custom & Vintage


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2010)
Behringer T-47 and T-1 £148
Valve mics that won't break the bank

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Very affordable valve mics that you could use for a variety of applications.”

FULL REVIEW: Behringer T-47 and T-1 £148


(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 224)

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