New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)

28th Jul 2010 | 13:11

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Propellerhead Software ReBirth (£3.99)
A Mac and PC classic comes to the iPhone

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, controllers, synths and mics to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music and Rhythm’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 154, Future Music issue 229 and Rhythm issue 179, and published on MusicRadar throughout July.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Propellerhead Software’s ReBirth.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Get past the fiddly interface and you'll fall in love with ReBirth all over again.”

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Software ReBirth

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Line 6 Pod Farm 2 Platinum ($299)
An overhauled plug-in from the pioneers of digital amp modelling

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not quite the update it could have been, but Pod Farm 2 remains a strong contender in the amp sim arena.”

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 Pod Farm 2 Platinum

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Korg iElectribe (£5.99)
The much-loved groovebox comes to the iPad

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“iElectribe really does turn your iPad into a functional groovebox, and a hugely enjoyable one, too.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg iElectribe

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Universal Audio Precision Enhancer HZ ($199)
The UA Precision range now boasts a bespoke bass enhancer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid, straightforward bass enhancer with Universal Audio's usual attention to detail and slick sound quality.”

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio Precision Enhancer HZ

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Softube Valley People Dyna-mite (£215)
A highly explosive '80s VCA dynamics unit in handy software form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not an all-purpose dynamics unit by any means, but Dyna-mite excels in those situations where you need crack and snap.”

FULL REVIEW: Softube Valley People Dyna-mite

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
BBE Sound Stomp Ware (£110)
BBE teams up with Nomad Factory to bring us an octet of guitar pedals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“As with real guitar pedals, BBE's bundle o' boxes is simple yet effective, with plenty of rude 'tude (dude).

FULL REVIEW: BBE Sound Stomp Ware

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
BBE Sound Sonic Sweet (£110)
A collaboration with Nomad Factory focusing on the 'black box' enhancers that made BBE's name

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The L82 we can live without and the H82 is limited in scope. The D82 is a winner, though, with its time-proven processing.”

FULL REVIEW: BBE Sound Sonic Sweet

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
MeldaProduction MMultiBandHarmonizer (€35)
A collision of multiband processing and flexible pitchshifting

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Great for glitchy granular effects and generating additional harmonic content, though vocals aren't this plug-in's forte.”

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MMultiBandHarmonizer

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
MeldaProduction MMultiBandTransient (€40)
More multiband madness in the form of a transient manipulation plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“MeldaProduction have made a potentially overwhelming effect relatively easy to wield, with some good results to be had.”

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MMultiBandTransient

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Loomer Sequent (£58)
Can this crafty plug-in exceed the sum of its parts?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Inspiring, fun and with a fine sound, Sequent is a fine effort from Loomer.”

FULL REVIEW: Loomer Sequent

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
MOTU Ethno Instrument 2 (£299)
This world/ethnic ROMpler has grown to nearly three times its original size

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“While the multisampled patches can be hit and miss, Ethno 2's splendid selection of loops is highly desirable.”

FULL REVIEW: MOTU Ethno Instrument 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Iced Audio AudioFinder 5 ($69)
Not the sexiest bit of music software, but does it make up for it in usefulness?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not the sexiest bit of music software, but when it comes to getting a grip on your samples, nothing beats AudioFinder.”

FULL REVIEW: Iced Audio AudioFinder 5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Synchro Arts VocALign Project 3 (£234)
Discover the secret behind incredibly tight vocal arrangements

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Do you want perfectly aligned vocals? Then get VocALign! It's that simple.”

FULL REVIEW: Synchro Arts VocALign Project 3

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 154)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Dave Smith Mopho Keyboard (£550)
All the sound power of the tiny Mopho but with some much needed interface improvements

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Adding a keyboard and improving the interface takes the Mopho to the next level.”

FULL REVIEW: Dave Smith Mopho Keyboard

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Korg Monotron (£59)
Korg's first venture into analogue synth territory for nearly three decades

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Forget about its weaknesses. At such a low price it's impossible to resist its many charms.”

FULL REVIEW:Korg Monotron

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Allen & Heath Xone:DX (£999)
Four deck action with this complete digital DJ solution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A total quality system, easy to use with loads of power for the ultimate decks 'n' FX DJ set.”

FULL REVIEW:Allen & Heath Xone:DX

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Korg Sound on Sound (£234)
A must-have bit of kit with infinite overdubs and amp sims too

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Korg Sound on Sound is likely to become a must-have utility item for many musicians.”

FULL REVIEW:Korg Sound on Sound

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Apogee GiO (£288)
Apogee and Apple bring their Mac-based guitar effects into the hardware world

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Should definitely prove a popular choice for guitar- and Apple-based musicians and producers.”

FULL REVIEW:Apogee GiO

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
SPL Frontliner Model 2800 (£1644)
SPL's new flagship recording channel strip

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A flexible, hybrid, modular channel strip from SPL with a sound and tone to die for.”

FULL REVIEW:SPL Frontliner Model 2800

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Alesis Palmtrack (£119)
Alesis's multi-mic recorder gives performance and price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Its no-nonsense design makes it an ideal 'point and shoot' stereo recorder at a great price.”

FULL REVIEW:Alesis Palmtrack

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Toontrack Electronic EZX (£49)
Tired of the traditional drum kit? Try this far-out collection of synthetic sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Control freaks may be better off elsewhere, but for a plug-and-play solution featuring some of the freshest, most inspiring electronic percussion around, Electronic EZX hits the mark.”

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack Electronic EZX

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Pioneer CDJ-350 & DJM-350 (£1479)
Entry level DJ gear with many pro features included

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A fantastic, ready-to-go DJ setup that is future-proofed with USB and the RekordBox software.”

FULL REVIEW:Pioneer CDJ-350 & DJM-350

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Fostex PM0.4n (£140)
The new babies of Fostex's studio monitor range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Packing more sonic weight than their size would suggest - good for those on a budget.”

FULL REVIEW:Fostex PM0.4n

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Avantone BV-1 Valve Mic (£1056)
A new valve mic that could be just what you need for your BVs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The BV-1 is a very stylish mic. It's not cheap, but the price is reasonable given what's included.”

FULL REVIEW:Avantone BV-1 Valve Mic

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Audio Damage Discord 3 ($60)
Get discordant with the pitch-shifter from hell

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Another fantastic sound mangler from Audio Damage that won't hurt your wallet.”

FULL REVIEW:Audio Damage Discord 3

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
Focal Professional CMS 40 Compact Monitors (£564)
The new mini addition to Focal's CMS range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The CMS 40s performed beyond my expectations for their size. Put them at the top of your list!”

FULL REVIEW:Focal Professional CMS 40 Compact Monitors

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2010)
VIR2 Electri6ity (£259)
Eight classic guitars in virtual form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comprehensive and intelligent library that impressively meets all electric guitar needs.”

FULL REVIEW:VIR2 Electri6ity

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 229)


Liked this? Now read: In pictures: the best hi-tech gear of 2009

Connect with MusicRadar: via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

Connect with Rhythm: via Twitter and Facebook

Get MusicRadar straight to your inbox: Sign up for the free weekly newsletter

TopView classic version