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

2nd Aug 2013 | 07:10

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Plug & Mix VIP Bundle
40-strong plugin FX bundle

MusicRadar's sister mags - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - print the best independent reviews of music-making gear on a monthly basis.

Here we've brought together any music-making hardware, app, DAW, DJ gear, plug-in, synth and other related gear reviews posted on the site during July 2013.

All the gear on display here was reviewed in Computer Music issue 193/194 and Future Music issue 267/268, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A keenly priced collection of 40 mixing and creative plugins that covers a broad range of bases concisely and effectively."

FULL REVIEW: Plug & Mix VIP Bundle review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Reveal Sound Spire
Powerful debut synth plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With terrific waveshaping and a monster mod matrix, this hybrid subtractive synth is an impressive debut for Reveal Sound."

FULL REVIEW: Reveal Sound Spire review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Sinevibes Shift
Frequency-friendly audio unit shifter

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A uniquely creative rhythmic frequency shifter that, at this price, deserves to be part of everyone's plugin arsenal."

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Shift review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Sugar Bytes Turnado
Full desktop port for iPad!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A few tiny control niggles aside, Turnado on iPad is every bit as good as its €119 plugin counterpart. Impressive."

FULL REVIEW: Sugar Bytes Turnado review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Moog Sub Phatty
Affordable analogue synths return, in style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A truly stimulating instrument that punches above its weight to live up to the Moog legacy."

FULL REVIEW: Moog Sub Phatty review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

BUY: Moog Sub Phatty currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers-Sons | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
UVI Digital Synsations
Classic digital synth selection

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Digital Synsations hangs together wonderfully as a collection of well-chosen presets representing the coming of age of digital synthesis."

FULL REVIEW: UVI Digital Synsations review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
M-Audio Axiom Air 61 Keyboard
Complex MIDI controller becomes controllable

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Axiom range comes of age. Check out all the options to find the model that suits you."

FULL REVIEW: M-Audio Axiom Air 61 Keyboard review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

BUY: M-Audio Axiom Air 61 Keyboard currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Kevin Kripper Ultimate Mixer
Ableton Live floating mixer patch

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Worth the cash if you want to put your Live Mixer on a second monitor. But that's all it does."

FULL REVIEW: Kevin Kripper Ultimate Mixer review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Selig Audio Selig Leveler
Reason Rack dynamics processor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sophisticated, powerful and highly recommended. We'd love to see a VST plugin version!"

FULL REVIEW: Selig Audio Selig Leveler review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
UAD-2 Ocean Way Studios
Canned room sound from the studio

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Book unlimited studio time in California without leaving home. Remarkable."

FULL REVIEW: UAD-2 Ocean Way Studiosreview

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Apple Logic Pro X
The classic DAW gets overhauled

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"X marks the sweet spot for Logic Pro, being accessible enough not to offend GarageBand graduates while pulling enough new tricks to keep the faithful satisfied without compromising its heritage in the process."

FULL REVIEW: Apple Logic Pro X review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
SPL Masterbay S Model 1150
Problem-solving processor hub

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent and very well executed solution to the problems of chaining hardware processors."

FULL REVIEW: SPL Masterbay S Model 1150 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Audeze LCD3 headphones
Bank-breaking studio cans

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A gloriously luxurious pair of headphones that ooze quality and refinement."

FULL REVIEW: Audeze LCD3 headphones review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Ultimate Support HyperPad
5-in-1 support stand for iPad

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"iPad music-makers need look no further for their stand solution."

FULL REVIEW: Ultimate Support HyperPad review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Aves Mercury Bluetooth Music Receiver
Budget bluetooth streaming

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"At this price, it makes getting a Sonos system look increasingly crazy."

FULL REVIEW: Aves Mercury Bluetooth Music Receiver review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2013)
Scosche RH656md

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The RH656mds don't sound terrible, but add up the cons and the pros can't keep up."

FULL REVIEW: Scosche RH656md review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 268)

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