New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)

10th May 2011 | 12:44

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Nomad Factory Magnetic ($129)
Analogue tape might be practically obsolete, but its sound isn't

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, synths, DJing products, mics, apps, keyboards and other 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 164, Future Music issue 239 and Guitarist issue 341 and published on MusicRadar throughout April.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Nomad Factory Magnetic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not the last word in tape emulation, but as a tasty analogue thickening agent, Magnetic really shines.”

FULL REVIEW: Nomad Factory Magnetic

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Softube TSAR-1 (£209)
A digital algorithmic plug-in from one of the most respected developers around

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not the most flexible reverb we've used, but when it comes to pure quality of sounds, TSAR-1 is up there with the best.”

FULL REVIEW: Softube TSAR-1

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
eaReckon EAReverb (€129)
Natural-sounding true-stereo ambience at a price that's right

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“We've heard countless quality reverb plug-in, but EAReverb's natural sound and neat interface fully justify its existence.”

FULL REVIEW: eaReckon EAReverb

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Sonic Charge Bitspeek ($35)
An effect for giving voices - and more - a retro-synthetic edge, but is it a toy or a genuine sound design tool?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A terrifically fun little plug-in that you simply have to try - it could even be the next big thing in overt vocal processing.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonic Charge Bitspeek

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Overloud TH2 (£203)
The original TH1 guitar amp simulator impressed us. Now its successor brings official Randall, Brunetti and THD models to the table

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Overloud has brought TH2 up to current guitar amp sim standards, and in some respects exceeded them.”

FULL REVIEW:Overloud TH2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Apple GarageBand for iPad (£2.99)
The beginner-friendly DAW in tablet form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent iPad DAW that's both forward-thinking and very traditional. We're looking forward to version 2 already.”

FULL REVIEW: GarageBand for iPad

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Leisuresonic SynthTronica (£2.99)
A different kind of synth experience on the iPad

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“SynthTronica takes you to places that other iPad synths don't and is well worth getting your hands on.”

FULL REVIEW: Leisuresonic SynthTronica

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 164)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2 (€199)
NI's DJ software reaches another landmark with version 2

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Traktor is now officially a DJing monster with more performance options than ever before.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 239)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Pioneer DDJ-T1 (£899)
Pioneer's first dedicated Traktor controller is a big one

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An effective and powerful controller but one that lacks the future-proof features that would justify the price.”

FULL REVIEW: Pioneer DDJ-T1

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 239)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
RME Fireface UFX (£1649)
The UFX adds USB, DSP and a host of goodies to this interface range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A convergence of flexibility, usability and sound which even RME will find hard to surpass.”

FULL REVIEW: RME Fireface UFX

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 239)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2011)
Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio (£439)
Record and mix your music, then pop it straight on to CD

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A compact, straightforward, great-sounding recording and mixing machine.”

FULL REVIEW: Tascam DP-03 Digital Portastudio

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 341)


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