New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)

29th Jul 2011 | 13:43

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Steinberg HALion 4 (£295)
The German software maker gives its sampler a major overhaul

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, interfaces, outboard gear, apps, controllers and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Guitarist and Total Guitar's test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 167, Future Music issue 242, Guitarist issue 344 and Total Guitar issue 216 and published on MusicRadar throughout July.

Scroll on for this month's top picks and click through to read each product's full review. First up: Steinberg HALion 4

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“ HALion 4 proves to be well worth the wait, though only time will tell if it can regain its status as a first-tier sampler.”

FULL REVIEW: HALion 4

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 168)

BUY: HALion 4 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Audio Damage PanStation (£39)
Serious about traversing the stereo field? Check this autopan plug-in out…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Classic autopanning with new twists, and unrivalled at the price.”

FULL REVIEW: Audio Damage PanStation

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 168

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Adobe Audition CS5.5 (£334)
This classic audio editing suite finally goes cross-platform. Is it a smooth transition?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Taken on its own terms, we'd mark Audition higher, but as an update, CS5.5 is a step back in some respects.”

FULL REVIEW: Adobe Audition CS5.5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 168)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Line 6 POD HD (£349)
This HD amp modeller claims to be '10 times' better than before...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For bedroom and studio use this is perfect, but if you mostly play live, other PODs could be better suited.”

FULL REVIEW: Line 6 POD HD

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 216)

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

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Blip Interactive NanoStudio 1.2 (£10.49)
The best iPhone music-making app just got even better

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're an electronic musician and you own an iOS device, there's no excuse for not buying NanoStudio.”

FULL REVIEW: NanoStudio 1.2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 168)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Zoom R8 (£250)
A compact HD recorder, audio interface and software controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Hardware or software recording? The R8 offers both options for anyone wanting to make a start in recording.”

FULL REVIEW: Zoom R8

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 344)

BUY: Zoom R8 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop
A pick'n'mix amp sim that offers maximum flexibility

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“When you add the flexibility that the Custom Shop offers to IK's established dedication to first-class digital tones and consider the great equipment that you get in the free download, this is a truly unmissable package.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 216)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Korg Pandora Mini (£95)
Mini size, maxi sound from this pocket-sized practice powerpack

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A diminutive but immensely practical pocket-sized practice tool for headphone use.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Pandora Mini

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 344)

BUY: Korg Pandora Mini currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Kush Audio UBK Fatso (£2278)
A chubby new tool for tracking and mixing

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A sonic enhancement tool that will cast away the digital blues and leave your audio oh-so fat(so).

FULL REVIEW: Kush Audio UBK Fatso

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 242)

BUY: Kush Audio UBK Fatso currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Harrison Mixbus 2.0 ($219)
The high-end console company provides a quality software DAW solution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An analogue-sounding DAW with an easy-to-use mixer and a flexible audio routing structure.”

FULL REVIEW: Harrison Mixbus 2.0

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 242)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec £295
A plug that lets you hear different formats before you convert? We're impressed

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A brilliantly designed plug-in that fulfils its, albeit specialist, brief in practically every way.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 242)

BUY: Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Arturia Analog Experience: The Laboratory (£299)
Don your white coat and grab your test tubes…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Analog Experience hybrid approach comes of age. Lab experiments recommended!”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Analog Experience: The Laboratory

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 242)

BUY: Arturia Analog Experience: The Laboratory currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Sonimus Satson $39
Can this mixing desk channel emulation newcomer dent the market?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For more advanced engineers looking to push their mixes up another notch, Satson is an attractive option.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonimus Satson

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 167)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Arturia Spark (£420)
We put Arturia's new hybrid hardware/software beat-making tool to the test

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great beat-making system and future updates should help the sound editing experience.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Spark

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 242)

BUY: Arturia Spark currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
FabFilter Pro-G £114
Another 'Pro' plug-in from FabFilter, this time a noise gate/expander

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Minor operational grumbles aside, Pro-G is a golden gate indeed. Anyone working with recorded material needs to try it.”

FULL REVIEW: FabFilter Pro-G

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 168)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
2CAudio Breeze ($150)
A straight-to-the-point, streamlined spin-of from 2C's highly-regarded Aether reverb

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“2CAudio has hit another home run with this excellent workhorse reverb.”

FULL REVIEW: 2CAudio Breeze

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 167)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Mackie Onyx Blackbird (£415)
A flexible DAW front end with eight quality mic amps

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A very practical, versatile and high-quality choice for those looking for more than two I/O.!”

FULL REVIEW: Mackie Onyx Blackbird

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 242)

BUY: Mackie Onyx Blackbird currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Yamaha MOX 8 (£1576)
Is this cut-down version of the applauded Motif XS up to the task?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile board, with great sounds. Let down by its stepping filter and unintuitive interface.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha MOX 8

(Reviewed inFuture Music magazine issue 242)

BUY: Yamaha MOX 8 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2011)
Scuffham Amps S-Gear ($90)
The amp sim software market is a crowded place, but this debut effort is worthy of attention

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Blues hounds and classic rockers will be unable to suppress their urge to gurn when they clap ears on S-Gear's golden tones.”

FULL REVIEW: Scuffham Amps S-Gear

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 167)

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