New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)

1st Sep 2010 | 12:56

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Steinberg Nuendo 5 (£1,531)
Cubase's big brother strikes back

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, controllers, synths and mics 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 155, Future Music issue 230 and Guitarist issue 332, and published on MusicRadar throughout July, August and September.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Steinberg’s Nuendo 5.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid and attractive update that's light on pointless 'whizz bang' additions.”

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg Nuendo 5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Toontrack Beatstation (£80)
This beatbox wants to be all things to all users

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“More flexible than it seems at first look, Beatstation will appeal to those who want to create drum kits and grooves in a hurry.”

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Beatstation

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Wizdom Music MorphWiz (£5.99)
An engaging performance instrument

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“MorphWiz turns your iPad into an expressive and playable electronic instrument.”

FULL REVIEW: Wizdom Music MorphWiz

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
4Pockets Aurora Sound Studio HD (£23.99)
Create complete tracks on the go

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A decent (if slightly expensive) option for anyone who wants to produce music on an iPad.”

FULL REVIEW:4Pockets Aurora Sound Studio HD

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Waves HLS Channel (£232)
Waves remodels a channel strip based on the classic Helios mixing console

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Another analogue-modelling triumph for Waves, though the EQ section is a little too close to the original for comfort.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves HLS Channel

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Waves PIE Compressor (£232)
The classic Pye bus emulated to put the squeeze on your DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A splendid-sounding compressor that adheres strictly to the original's spec.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves PIE Compressor

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
NuGen Audio Monofilter 4 (€119)
A noticeable facelift for v4, but it's what's inside that counts

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Typical NuGen attention to detail makes Monofilter 4 a one-stop solution for monoising bass.”

FULL REVIEW: NuGen Audio Monofilter 4

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Cakewalk A-300 Pro (£210)
A multi-faceted Cakewalk-branded MIDI controller keyboard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A well-designed, do-it-all controller keyboard that delivers that extra dash of Roland quality.”

FULL REVIEW: Cakewalk A-300 Pro

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
112dB Big Blue Limiter ($149)
A limiter with a vintage tube sound that adds 'mojo' to just about anything

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's slightly quirky, but Big Blue Limiter gives easy access to a range of warm and tasty tones.”

FULL REVIEW: 112dB Big Blue Limiter

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vocalist Live 3 (£334)
Wouldn't it be great to have two backing singers who fitted in your gig bag?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you can sing and play, this will widen your sound considerably with harmony vocals.”

FULL REVIEW: Vocalist Live 3

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 332)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
MeldaProduction MMultiBandChorus (€30)
A chorus of choruses?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Multiband chorus might sound crazy, but MeldaProduction have proved that the concept is sound with this great plug-in.”

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MMultiBandChorus

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
MeldaProduction MMultiBandDistortion (€30)
Yet another application of Melda's multiband mastery

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Another multiband winner from MeldaProduction and, once again, it comes at a price that's hard to resist.”

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MMultiBandDistortion

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 155)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Yamaha CP1 (£4,501)
We get playing with Yamaha's new flagship stage piano

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The technology combination impresses but, considering the price, it could have more features.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha CP1

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Novation Dicer (£79)
What's rubbery, sits on the corner of a deck and promises to change your DJing game?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A clever little solution for DJs that puts the control buttons in just the right place.”

FULL REVIEW: Novation Dicer

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Thermionic Culture Little Bustard (£2,262)
The Fat Bustard gets itself a more compact mate at last

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A simple, well-designed summing mixer with a focus on clarity. Not cheap, but this kind of quality costs.”

FULL REVIEW:Thermionic Culture Little Bustard

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Pioneer DJM-2000 (£2,000)
We take control of the mixing mothership

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The most comprehensive mixer available, but best when used in the full setup. Time to re-mortgage.”

FULL REVIEW:Pioneer DJM-2000

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Adam Audio A3X Monitors (£398)
Promising big performance for a very small outlay

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent speaker from Adam with a big, detailed sound that far exceeds its diminutive size.”

FULL REVIEW:Adam Audio A3X Monitors

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Apogee One (£161)
A high-quality but modestly-appointed audio interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For those with modest input requirements, this is a high quality, simple-to-use package.”

FULL REVIEW:Apoee One

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vermona Mono Lancet (€449)
We clear some desk space and plug in this little analogue synth box

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A credible mono synth that's great sounding and easy to use, but faces competition from similar boxes.”

FULL REVIEW:Vermona Mono Lancet

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Wallander Instruments Brass and Wind collections (from $399)
We get our arranging hat on with Wallander's new libraries

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Virtual reality comes of age - these are great libraries containing a fantastic range of sounds.”

FULL REVIEW:Wallander Instruments Brass and Wind collections

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Vermona Kick Lancet (€265)
A stylish, specialised synth box from Vermona

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A limited but lovable analogue synth that provides kicks with serious attitude.”

FULL REVIEW:Vermona Kick Lancet

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51 (£1,522)
The new addition to the R-F-T range draws upon classic heritage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A classic smooth condenser with great all-round performance that lives up to the Telefunken name.”

FULL REVIEW:Telefunken Elektroakustik AR-51

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2010)
Solid State Logic X-Patch (£822)
A SuperAnalogue routing matrix that's home in the studio or on the stage

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great straightforward device that allows complex routing combos to be achieved simply and quickly.”

FULL REVIEW:Solid State Logic X-Patch

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 230)


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