New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2012)
5th Apr 2012 | 06:54
Cubase 6.5 (£508)
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
"Cubase is as terrific as ever, and with its new features and two very cool synths, we reckon 6.5 justifies the upgrade fee."
Heavyocity Damage (€299)
"More specific than previous Heavyocity outings but just as awesome, this is a superb source of dramatic percussion."
PocketLabWorks iRiffPort (£89)
Toontrack EZmix 2 (£115)
Steinberg CMC USB controllers
"Interesting controllers, but only time will tell if they can wrestle users away from their mice."
Wave Alchemy Pro-II (£40)
"The Pro-II takes the Pro-One as its sonic starting point and updates it solidly for the 21st century."
Presonus AudioBox 22VSL (£199)
"An interface and DAW package with low latency that could find a home in many project studios."
IK iRig MIDI (€55)
"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."
Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors (£40)
MXL Trio ($99)
AAS Chromaphone (£127)
"AAS's refined approach to acoustic percussion can bring a vibrant colour to your sound palate."
Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S (£649)
"A flexible synth that excels at raw and percussive tones. The sequencer is a great addition."
Alesis 3632 Compressor (£100)
"By no means high-end, but the 3632 offers significant improvements on the popular 3630 sound."
Beat Kangz Beat Thang (£799)
Yonac Shredder (£3.99)
"If you have an iPad this will be more fun for much longer than spending your four quid on that pint and pork scratchings."
Presonus Audiobox 44VSL (£289)
"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."
Positive Grid Jam Up Pro (£6.99)
"A reasonably-priced and feature-packed guitar jam station for the iPad. The deluge begins…"
Line 6 POD HD Pro (£629)
"A solid choice if you want modelled amp and effects sounds in your studio or your live rack."
Best Service Nitron (£129)
"Synth-based sample packs are ten a penny, but Nitron stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of them."
UltimateSoundBank Emulation II (€179)
IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS (£13.99)
"There's a free version of SampleTank on the iTunes App Store, and we would emphatically recommend trying it before buying."
ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials (£359)
VirSyn iVoxel (£6.99)
"If you're at all into vocoding and/or resynthesis, this is one app that definitely needs to be on your iOS device."
Toontrack Roots SDX (£209)
Kush Audio UBK-1 ($199)
FXpansion Tremor (£99)
Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A
"A studio classic, the TLA-100A brings diamond-standard volume levelling and tube saturation to your desktop. Beautiful!"
Eventide Omnipressor (£119)
Flux Elixir (€149)
EastWest Hollywood Brass ($995)
"Hollywood Brass Diamond is quite possibly the ultimate professional solo/section brass ROMpler - hear it and weep."