New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)

5th Apr 2012 | 06:54

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Cubase 6.5 (£508)
The latest Cubase point release brings new synths, effects and feature enhancements to the mighty Germanic DAW. Is it worth paying for?

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 synths, plug-ins, DAWs, interfaces, iOS apps and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythmm Total Guitar and Guitarist’s test teams.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Cubase 6.5

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Cubase is as terrific as ever, and with its new features and two very cool synths, we reckon 6.5 justifies the upgrade fee."

FULL REVIEW: Cubase 6.5

BUY Cubase 6.5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Heavyocity Damage (€299)
If you want a bold, cinematic ROMpler, Heavyocity makes some of the best - and the latest release aims to supersize your percussion

MusicRadar's verdict:

"More specific than previous Heavyocity outings but just as awesome, this is a superb source of dramatic percussion."

FULL REVIEW: Heavocity Damage

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
PocketLabWorks iRiffPort (£89)
Another mobile iNterface?

MusicRadar's verdict

"A versatile, handy little device."

FULL REVIEW: PocketLabWorks iRiffPort

BUY PocketLabWorks iRiffPort currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann| Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Toontrack EZmix 2 (£115)
EZ does it

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you need a suite of effects and don't know where to start with mixing, we'd highly recommend it."

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack EZmix 2

BUY Toontrack EZmix 2 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Full CompassSweetwater
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Steinberg CMC USB controllers
We get physical with Steinberg's colourful range of fader, knob and button-laden controllers

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Interesting controllers, but only time will tell if they can wrestle users away from their mice."

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg CMC USB controllers

BUY: Steinberg CMC USB controllers currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | MichenaudWoodbrass


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Wave Alchemy Pro-II (£40)
Is this Pro-One rompler simply a bunch of samples or something more interesting? We take this new/old synthesizer for a spin

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The Pro-II takes the Pro-One as its sonic starting point and updates it solidly for the 21st century."

FULL REVIEW: Wave Alchemy Pro-II


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Presonus AudioBox 22VSL (£199)
An audio/MIDI interface with inaudible latency. We spare no delay and dive in…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"An interface and DAW package with low latency that could find a home in many project studios."

FULL REVIEW: Presonus AudioBox 22VSL

BUY: Presonus AudioBox 22VSL currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
IK iRig MIDI (€55)
Yet another addition to IK's iOS range

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The iRig MIDI is easy to use, highly versatile and with mini USB power while you use it, is one step ahead of the pack."

FULL REVIEW: IK iRig MIDI

BUY IK iRig MIDI currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors (£40)
Can your ears take the weight of the IEM3?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Ideal for studio work and if you plain ol' love it loud."

FULL REVIEW:Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors

BUY: Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors currently available from:
FR:Star's Music


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
MXL Trio ($99)
The latest addition to MXL's huge stable of microphones

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you're looking for a quick and easy microphone for podcasts, web-chats and demos the Trio is certainly worth considering."

FULL REVIEW: MXL Trio


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
AAS Chromaphone (£127)
Applied Acoustics System morphs Ableton's Collision synth into its latest physical modelling instrument, Chromaphone

MusicRadar's Verdict:

"AAS's refined approach to acoustic percussion can bring a vibrant colour to your sound palate."

FULL REVIEW: AAS Chromaphone


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S (£649)
Tom Carpenter's revised Leipzig now includes a sequencer. We get stuck in…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A flexible synth that excels at raw and percussive tones. The sequencer is a great addition."

FULL REVIEW: Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Alesis 3632 Compressor (£100)
A '90s classic returns with a 21st century makeover. We check out the successor to the infamous Alesis 3630

MusicRadar's verdict:

"By no means high-end, but the 3632 offers significant improvements on the popular 3630 sound."

FULL REVIEW: Alesis 3632 Compressor

BUY Alesis 3632 Compressor currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's MusicWoodbrass


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Beat Kangz Beat Thang (£799)
Can this beat machine survive in a market of big names?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"It's a mixed bag but we wish it well."

FULL REVIEW: Beat Kangz Beat Thang

BUY: Beat Kangz Beath Thang currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Yonac Shredder (£3.99)
A guitar synth for the iPad

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you have an iPad this will be more fun for much longer than spending your four quid on that pint and pork scratchings."

FULL REVIEW: Yonac Shredder


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Presonus Audiobox 44VSL (£289)
This multiple-input audio interface offers low-latency monitoring with processing and effects

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A very practical compact audio interface: a great starter pack for the beginner or a worthwhile upgrade from a basic two in/two out interface if you want to expand your facilities."

FULL REVIEW: Presonus Audiobox 44VSL

BUY Presonus Audiobox 44VSL currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Positive Grid Jam Up Pro (£6.99)
A reasonably-priced and feature-packed guitar jam station for the iPad. The deluge begins…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A reasonably-priced and feature-packed guitar jam station for the iPad. The deluge begins…"

FULL REVIEW: Positive Grid Jam Up Pro

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Line 6 POD HD Pro (£629)
Line 6's High Definition technology powers its latest top-of-the line rack unit

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A solid choice if you want modelled amp and effects sounds in your studio or your live rack."

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 POD HD Pro

BUY: Line 6 POD HD Pro currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Best Service Nitron (£129)
What's this synth toolkit got to set it apart from the herd?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Synth-based sample packs are ten a penny, but Nitron stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of them."

FULL REVIEW: Best Service Nitron


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
UltimateSoundBank Emulation II (€179)
A true '80s great rears its head once more

MusicRadar's verdict:

"There's real substance here, not just wistful nostalgia."

FULL REVIEW: UltimateSoundBank Emulation II


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS (£13.99)
What has this pocket DAW got in the 'Tank?

MusicRadar's verdict:

"There's a free version of SampleTank on the iTunes App Store, and we would emphatically recommend trying it before buying."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS

BUY: IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS currently available from:
UK: Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials (£359)
Whether you're dabbling in sweeping film scores or straight-up music production, this is a great package.

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Cut to the chase with this wide-ranging library"

FULL REVIEW: ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

BUY: ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
VirSyn iVoxel (£6.99)
There are endless 'comedy' voice manipulation apps on the App Store, but iVoxel most assuredly isn't one of them…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"If you're at all into vocoding and/or resynthesis, this is one app that definitely needs to be on your iOS device."

FULL REVIEW: VirSyn iVoxel


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Toontrack Roots SDX (£209)
Whichever weapon you choose, this is a great drum library…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Whichever weapon you choose, this is a great drum library…"

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Roots SDX

BUY: Toontrack Roots SDX currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Kush Audio UBK-1 ($199)
Want to give your digital tracks some of that old-time analogue warmth? This could be the one-stop solution you've been waiting for

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Sonically stunning, UBK-1 excels at bringing authentic, flavoursome analogue character to drums, acoustic instruments and mixes."

FULL REVIEW: Kush Audio UBK-1

BUY Kush Audio UBK-1 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
FXpansion Tremor (£99)
The mighty Brit developer behind Synth Squad and BFD makes its drum synth debut with this eight-channel semi-additive groovebox

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Stunning sounds, endless depth and sublime sequencing make Tremor the ultimate virtual analogue drum machine."

FULL REVIEW: FXpansion Tremor

BUY: FXpansion Tremor currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A
One of the all-time classic compressors is recreated in virtual form, with official endorsement from the original manufacturer

MusicRadar's verdict:

"A studio classic, the TLA-100A brings diamond-standard volume levelling and tube saturation to your desktop. Beautiful!"

FULL REVIEW: Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A

BUY: Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Eventide Omnipressor (£119)
Processing king Eventide has kept native DAW users out of the loop for some time, but that's about to change…

MusicRadar's verdict:

"This slightly kooky unit will nicely complement more meat-and-potatoes dynamics tools."

FULL REVIEW: Eventide Omnipressor


BUY Eventide Omnipressor currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Woodbrass


New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
Flux Elixir (€149)
The dynamics processing specialist sets its sights on clean, transparent multichannel peak limiting

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Quick and easy to use, impressively transparent and multichannel-capable, Elixir is a versatile and powerful limiter."

FULL REVIEW: Flux Elixir

BUY: Flux Elixir currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
EastWest Hollywood Brass ($995)
Following the success of the Hollywood Strings package, EastWest's Quantum Leap imprint turns its attention to Brass

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Hollywood Brass Diamond is quite possibly the ultimate professional solo/section brass ROMpler - hear it and weep."

FULL REVIEW: EastWest Hollywood Brass

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