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

10th May 2010 | 09:16

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 (€318)
The king of amp sim software returns better than ever

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - 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 151 and Future Music issue 226. The reviews were published on MusicRadar throughout April and May.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great update that sees AmpliTube 3 hanging in there as one of the premier amp sims for tone, flexibility and choice.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Acoustica Mixcraft 5 (£69)
The entry-level PC DAW comes of age

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A lot of solid and sensible tweaks have made Mixcraft one to seriously consider, and it represents great value for money.”

FULL REVIEW: Acoustica Mixcraft 5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Moog Taurus 3 (£2,042)
The meaty, foot-controlled bass synth returns

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A very worthy successor to the original Taurus. The Taurus 3 marries a modern interface to a classic and powerful sound.”

FULL REVIEW: Moog Taurus 3

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Yamaha Tenori-on Orange (£599)
It's more affordable, but what's missing?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Still an exciting concept but there are restrictions here, so you may decide that the original Tenori-on is the better bet.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha Tenori-on Orange

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Akai MPK88 (£600)
A large, hammer-action version of the MPK

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A few issues here and there considering the price, but the MPK88 is a fine 'board with a great keybed.”

FULL REVIEW: Akai MPK88

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Analogue Solutions Europa (£586)
A flexible hardware step sequencer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Europa is the ideal hardware sequencing solution for your MIDI-equipped drum machines and synths.”

FULL REVIEW: Analogue Solutions Europa

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
JamHub GreenRoom (£499)
The 'Silent Rehearsal Studio' is here

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not cheap, and a tad niche, but as an all-in-one, portable practice solution, JamHub delivers.”

FULL REVIEW: JamHub GreenRoom

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Softube Trident A-Range EQ (£135)
A vintage EQ in plug-in form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Yet more great virtual analogue hardware from Softube, this is emulation done right.”

FULL REVIEW: Softube Trident A-Range EQ

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Image-Line Harmless ($79)
Additive synthesis in a user-friendly package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“At last, a quality additive synth that doesn't require a PhD in Synthesis to program!”

FULL REVIEW: Image-Line Harmless

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Zoom R16 (£350)
A multitrack recorder, interface and controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The R16 is an easy-to-use portable recorder with plenty of channels and acceptable quality at a good price.”

FULL REVIEW: Zoom R16

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
MXL V69 Mogami Edition (£249)
A decent valve mic at a reasonable price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“With a sheen and response that outshines its asking price, the V69 Mogami is a gem.”

FULL REVIEW: MXL V69 Mogami Edition

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
D16 Syntorus (€35)
A chorus plug-in that's a cut above most of its rivals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Syntorus is one of the sweetest chorus plug-ins out there, and its flexibility means that it's no one-trick pony.”

FULL REVIEW: D16 Syntorus

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Arturia Brass 2 (£199)
Can physical modelling produce realistic brass sounds?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Brass 2 is smartly presented and sounds decent, but the Holy Grail of realistic brass simulation remains elusive, alas.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Brass 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 (£2,149)
A high-spec mixer for the studio or stage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comprehensive, well laid-out mixer that feels at home in the studio or front of house.”

FULL REVIEW: PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Arturia Hip Hop Producer (£99)
A DAW, soft synths and samples

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A credible all-in-one solution for hip-hop beginners with synths, samples and a sequencer covered.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Hip Hop Producer

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Pro Audio DSP Dynamic Spectrum Mapper (£200)
A unique plug-in that can capture frequency and dynamic content

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“DSM is a unique and highly impressive plug-in at a great price. Prepare to make things easier on yourself.”

FULL REVIEW: Pro Audio DSP Dynamic Spectrum Mapper

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 226)

Best music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2010)
Best Service Titan (€249)
A ROMpler that's as big as its name suggests

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For a massive feast of meat-and-potatoes synth and keyboard sounds, Titan satisfies.”

FULL REVIEW: Best Service Titan

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 151)

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