New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)

4th Apr 2013 | 08:39

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Vengeance-Sound Essential FX Bundle
A solid multi-FX bundle on a budget

Every month MusicRadar's sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent gear reviews.

In this gallery we've collected the latest plug-in, DAW, DJ gear, app, synth and other music-making hardware reviews to have passed through their hallowed pages.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 188/189 and Future Music issue 263.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great sound and impressive price, but Essential FX offers little functionality that you probably don't already have."

FULL REVIEW:Vengeance-Sound Essential FX Bundle review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Steinberg Cubasis
Now with Audiobus support, this is a very appealing iPad DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"GarageBand might not be as powerful, but it's certainly in the same ballpark at less than a tenth the price. However, Cubasis now has an ace up its sleeve in the form of well-implemented Audiobus support, making it a great option if you want to create a multi-app iPad studio."

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg Cubasis review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Best Service Cinematique Instruments 2
Weird sounds of the silver screen

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not every one is a hit, but there's still an abundance of original, intriguing and well-produced patches."

FULL REVIEW: Best Service Cinematique Instruments 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Arturia iMini
Is this the definitive Minimoog for iPad?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

This would be a terrific Minimoog emulation at any price, but it's a steal for what you pay. It's too bad it doesn't integrate easily with most other apps, but if you're a live performer or a Tabletop user who's longing to add the classic Moog sound to your iOS rig, you'd be nuts not to buy it."

FULL REVIEW: Arturia iMini review

(Reviewed in Computer Music)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Sonokinetic Da Capo
Orchestral Kontakt library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There are plenty of orchestral libraries on the market already, but this is yet another that demands attention."

FULL REVIEW: Sonokinetic Da Capo review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Ableton Live 9
The long-awaited DAW update shifts the focus back to what Live is best at

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A fantastic update that refines and builds upon the creative features that Live is best at."

FULL REVIEW: Ableton Live 9 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Ableton Push
We get our hands on Ableton's first hardware MIDI controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"All hype aside, Push is a fantastic tactile interface for programming. For working with MIDI in Live, Push is pretty-much unbeatable."

FULL REVIEW: Ableton Push review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Blue Mikey Digital
Stereo recording on your iOS device

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you want to record stereo sound on your iOS device, you can use a pair of mics with an appropriate audio interface such as the Tascam iU2, but if you're looking for a neat and extremely compact portable solution, Mikey Digital could be the way to go."

FULL REVIEW: Blue Mikey Digital review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Akai MPC Studio
MPC controller with a slim figure

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The hardware has a few downsides but its size, price, and improving software makes it a winner."

FULL REVIEW: Akai MPC Studio review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Native Instruments The Giant
A huge piano condensed to a plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An interesting addition to your piano armoury, especially if you head straight for Cinematic."

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments The Giant review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Looptrotter SA2RATE
Solid-state saturation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A useful tool for recreating that old vintage sounding saturation and valve-style distortion in the mix."

FULL REVIEW: Looptrotter SA2RATE review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Samplr
A must-have music-making iOS app

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"At such a low price, Samplr is a must-have."

FULL REVIEW: Samplr review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 263)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Pro Audio DSP Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2
The labour-saving plugin gets updated

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"DSM V2 is one of those quasi-magical plugins, destined to become a studio classic. Flexible, powerful and effective."

FULL REVIEW: Pro Audio DSP Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Waves Element
Plugin developer's first software synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A rather basic virtual analogue synth with a great sound and just enough interesting features to make us want more for our money."

FULL REVIEW: Waves Element review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Universal Audio Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery
Does your mix need focus?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"On the right kind of material, K-Stereo Ambience Recovery is an impressive stereo/ambience adjustment tool."

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Kuassa Amplifikation Vermilion
No frills, quality amp emulation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sonically lifelike, easy to use and incredibly good value, Amplifikation Vermilion is a real winner."

FULL REVIEW: Kuassa Amplifikation Vermilion review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
XILS-lab LX122 Premium
Lush Leslie speaker emulator

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The best virtual Leslie we've come across to date, LX122 Premium is another brilliant effects bargain from XILS-lab."

FULL REVIEW: XILS-lab LX122 Premium review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
IK Multimedia T-rackS CS Grand
Mixing package gets a makeover

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"T-RackS itself sounds as great as ever, and the Custom Shop makes it fabulously flexible - can you resist buying them all?"

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia T-rackS CS Grand review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP
Unique hardware EQ turned plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With its deliberately restrictive controls and idiosyncratic style, this plugin requires a new approach but sounds brilliant."

FULL REVIEW: Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Toontrack The Blues EZX
Old, curio kits in ROMpler form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're after some properly old-fashioned drum sounds, for whatever musical purpose, these highly playable, sonically authentic kits are the real deal."

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack The Blues EZX review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Synthogy Ivory II: American Concert D
Awe-inspiring Steinway piano samples

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"We might go so far as to say it's the best sampled piano we've ever heard, and at this price, any serious digital pianist needs to check it out at the earliest opportunity."

FULL REVIEW: Synthogy Ivory II: American Concert D review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Akai Professional iMPC
An MPC for the iPad

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"iMPC is certainly fun to throw beats together with, but it's all very 'short range', and with the exception of the excellent bundled samples, nothing really sets it apart from the many other grooveboxes and mini-DAWs in the App Store."

FULL REVIEW: Akai Professional iMPC review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
ESI Gigaport HD+
USB audio interface aimed at digital DJs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a tidy little package for anyone after plenty of outputs on a budget."

FULL REVIEW: ESI Gigaport HD+ review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
MeldaProduction MStereoSpread
Stereo-spreading plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"MStereoSpread offers a novel take on stereo spreading, but getting the most out of it requires a reasoned approach."

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MStereoSpread review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
A Tasty Pixel Audiobus
Inter-app streaming for iOS devices

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Audiobus is a genuine game-changer. Hopefully some sort of MIDI sync setup and the ability to save setups are on the way, but as it stands, this a truly essential app for any iOS musician."

FULL REVIEW: A Tasty Pixel Audiobus review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Sound Radix Pi
Plugin tackling phase interaction

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Wielded with due care and attention, Pi can certainly improve your mixes. Many will find it unpredictable, though."

FULL REVIEW: Sound Radix Pi review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Waves REDD
Abbey Road desk in plugin form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Both useful and interesting, the REDD plugins bring the authentic sounds of vintage consoles to modern DAWs."

FULL REVIEW: Waves REDD review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Harmonicdog MultiTrack DAW 3
Multitracking on the move

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Competition among iOS DAWs is only going to get hotter, but the MultiTrack DAW offers ease of use and value for money."

FULL REVIEW: Harmonicdog MultiTrack DAW 3 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 189)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Eowave Ribbon
A 3-in-1 synth, MIDI and CV controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's not the smoothest design we've seen, but Eeowave nonetheless deserves praise for the Ribbon's idiosyncratic concept and functionality."

FULL REVIEW: Eowave Ribbon review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 264)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Akai MAX49
The keyboard controller evolves

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A feature-packed controller with its eyes on the past, present and future, all at once."

FULL REVIEW: Akai MAX49 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 264)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
iZotope Insight
Analysis and metering pro plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Powerful, intuitive and awesomely geeky, it's a must for pros, but overkill for the average muso."

FULL REVIEW: iZotope Insight review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 264)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Brainworx bx_limiter
Limiter potential

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent low-latency plug-in limiter that does far more than its name implies."

FULL REVIEW: Brainworx bx_limiter review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 264)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2013)
Fostex PM641 Monitors
Three-way monitor pair

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A practical nearfield monitoring choice - if you're up for a three-way, these won't disappoint."

FULL REVIEW: Fostex PM641 Monitors review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 264)

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