New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)

2nd Apr 2014 | 15:41

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
LSR Audio VLB525
Classic 70s compressor plugin

Computer Music and Future Music - MusicRadar’s excellent sister magazines - publish a wealth of music tech gear reviews every month.

We've collected all of the hardware, app, DAW, DJ gear, plugin and synth gear reviewed in their pages and published on MusicRadar throughout March.

All of the gear featured in this gallery was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 201/202 and Future Music issue 275/276, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A character compressor with a unique flavour and capable of great results, so long as you can get the hang of it."

FULL REVIEW: LSR Audio VLB525 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Sinevibes Torsion 2
The monosynth hybrid returns

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Version 2 makes Sinevibes' Torsion an even more appealing a proposition than it was already."

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Torsion 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Cakewalk ScratchPad HD
Cakewalk makes its iOS app debut

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Ultimately, ScratchPad HD is a very casual experience indeed."

FULL REVIEW: Cakewalk ScratchPad HD review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Korg littleBits
Mini modular synth in a box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An interesting educational tool, limited in terms of connectivity and sonic scope, but lots of fun."

FULL REVIEW: Korg littleBits review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Sonic Academy Kick
Kick drum producing plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A game-changer? Of course not, but certainly an excellent tool for building kicks from scratch."

FULL REVIEW: Sonic Academy Kick review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
UVI UVX-10P
Software incarnation of Roland's JX-10 synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's hard to get a bad sound out of the thing..."

FULL REVIEW: UVI UVX-10P review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Universal Audio Mäag EQ4
A producer's secret weapon now in plugin form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you have your main EQ bases covered, this will provide you with something different."

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio Mäag EQ4 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: Universal Audio Mäag EQ4 currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Eve Audio TS108 Subwoofer
A superior sub?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It seems odd to get excited about a subwoofer but the TS108 is an excellent, feature-packed design."

FULL REVIEW: Eve Audio TS108 Subwoofer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: Eve Audio TS108 Subwoofer currently available from:
USA:Full Compass
FR:Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer
A true investment instrument?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A beast of a synth with a unique pedigree, that can deliver a vast array of sound design possibilities."

FULL REVIEW: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Tascam DA3000
Ultra-high quality recorder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As a standalone recorder, player and D/A converter the DA3000 is a high-quality, very portable workhorse."

FULL REVIEW: Tascam DA3000 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: Tascam DA3000 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Radial USB Pro
A laptop-to-desk DI box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This unit is a must for the roving soundsmith. It's small, simple and works beautifully."

FULL REVIEW: Radial USB Pro review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: Radial USB Pro currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Toontrack Metal Amps EZMix Pack
Heavy tones made EZ

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For demos, and even the occasional tone in a pro-quality production, here's all the heavy you need."

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Metal Amps EZMix Pack review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
ART Auto-Tune Pre
T-Pain vox in a clever box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A packed feature set, and the presence of a proper valve amplifier make this a grown-up mic-amp which sounds excellent with dynamics and condensers. Would you belie-eee-eeee-ve it?"

FULL REVIEW: ART Auto-Tune Pre review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: ART Auto-Tune Pre currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Subatomic Software Audulus
Modular synth for Mac and iPad

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A well-stocked, great-sounding modular playground that's cheap enough to warrant buying on both Mac and iPad."

FULL REVIEW: Subatomic Software Audulus review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Roland FA-08 Synthesizer
Workflow-focussed workstation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The FA is a versatile workstation that's a serious and keener-priced alternative to the Krome and MOXF."

FULL REVIEW: Roland FA-08 Synthesizer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

BUY: Roland FA-08 Synthesizer currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Axis Plugins 3Q
A simplified, surgical EQ plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A simplified alternative to Track EQ that doesn't add hugely to the Axis Plugins bundle, but doesn't hurt it, either."

FULL REVIEW: Axis Plugins 3Q review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Acustica Audio Cooltec EQP1 Program Equalizer Suite
Pultec plugins for retro fetishists

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Seven well-crafted plugins modeling one legendary EQ, the Cooltec EQP1 Suite's approach is unusual, but its sound is great."

FULL REVIEW: Acustica Audio Cooltec EQP1 Program Equalizer Suite review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
XILS-lab RAMSES
Filter/delay plugin for added rhythm and motion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Despite being great at what it does, and bang on the money sonically, RAMSES just doesn't get our pulses racing as much as we'd hoped it would."

FULL REVIEW: XILS-lab RAMSES review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Acon Digital Verberate
From tiny Acon a mighty reverb grows

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An algorithmic reverb that really does sound as realistic as a convolution reverb! Could this be the start of a revolution?"

FULL REVIEW: Acon Digital Verberate review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Steinberg VST Connect Pro
High quality remote recording

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Steinberg's solid, practical remote recording system truly feels like the future - as long as your broadband's up to it."

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg VST Connect Pro review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Cableguys FilterShaper 3
Latest update helps you master modulation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"FilterShaper 3 makes up for its standard- sounding filters with its amazing customisable LFOs and quick workflow."

FULL REVIEW: Cableguys FilterShaper 3 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Tone2 Nemesis
FM synth plugin with a twist

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Powerful, flexible and different, Nemesis is a synth that any producer of high-impact electronic music will be blown away by."

FULL REVIEW: Tone2 Nemesis review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Wolfgang Palm PPG WaveGenerator
iPad synth drops on the desktop

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An exceptional iPad synth proves to be no less exceptional on Mac and PC - buy both if you can afford it."

FULL REVIEW: Wolfgang Palm PPG WaveGenerator review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
sE Electronics Magneto
Affordable condenser microphone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A solid workhorse mic that gets decent results on a variety of sound sources at an amazing price."

FULL REVIEW: sE Electronics Magneto review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Bitwig Studio
The long-awaited DAW is finally here, so does it live up to the hype?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Ableton Live is in no danger, but Bitwig Studio is a fantastic, forward-thinking DAW in its own right - and this is only version 1!"

FULL REVIEW: Bitwig Studio review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 203)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Thermionic Culture Phoenix HG 15
Valve compressor becomes recording channel

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Beautifully built, highly versatile and with a stunning sound. A unit of the highest quality."

FULL REVIEW: Thermionic Culture Phoenix HG 15 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 276)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours Animator & Orchestrator
Symphobia expansion packs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Animator and Orchestrator both sound stunning and couldn't be easier to use. They are aimed at pro media producers, though, so are still quite pricey."

FULL REVIEW: ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours Animator & Orchestrator review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Wolfram Franke Stroke Machine
Virtual studio joins the app store

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is one of the best virtual studios on the App Store, successfully combining synthesis, sampling and sequencing in a package that serves a genuinely productive role both in the studio and on stage."

FULL REVIEW: Wolfram Franke Stroke Machine review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 202)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (April 2014)
Fluid Audio F5
Compact monitors looking to compete

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A real contender in the sub £200 bracket offering smooth highs and some punchy power."

FULL REVIEW: Fluid Audio F5 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 277)

BUY: Fluid Audio F5 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Scan

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