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

5th Aug 2014 | 07:40

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Positive Grid Final Touch
iPad mastering suite that competes

Every issue, MusicRadar’s sister publications, Future Music and Computer Music review the latest music tech hardware and software, including interfaces, MIDI controllers, synths and even mobile music-making apps.

In this gallery we’ve collected all of the reviews to appear on the site during July - originally published in Future Music issues 281/282 and Computer Music 205/206/207. First up it’s Positive Grid’s iPad-based mastering app, Final Touch…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's unlikely to put any pro mastering houses out of business, but for 'project studio' mastering duties, Final Touch is a thoroughly viable proposition. Amazing!”

FULL REVIEW: Positive Grid Final Touch review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
e-instruments Session Keys Grand Bundle
Kontakt-based piano collection

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A rich, versatile, fun package at a good price.”

FULL REVIEW: e-instruments Session Keys Grand Bundle review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Vir2 Acou6tics
Acoustic-based Kontakt bundle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile, flawless-sounding collection. A thing of beauty.”

FULL REVIEW: Vir2 Acou6tics review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

BUY: Vir2 Acou6tics currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
LVC-Audio HotPhuzz
Affordable, flexible saturation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For valve and transformer saturation, HotPhuzz is a highly recommended and functionally unique bargain.”

FULL REVIEW: LVC-Audio HotPhuzz review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
IK Multimedia iRing
Hands-on new app controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“All in all, iRing is pretty impressive, and the price is fully justified by the experience - just a couple of bits of plastic it may be, but sometimes good ideas are worth paying for.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iRing review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

BUY: IK Multimedia iRing currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Unfiltered Audio G8 Dynamic Gate
Feature-filled gate plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is a superb plugin that any producer would do well to investigate.”

FULL REVIEW: Unfiltered Audio G8 Dynamic Gate review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Native Instruments Rise & Hit
'Swell' Kontakt library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An amazing resource for sound designers and musicians alike.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Rise & Hit review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Mozaic Beats AutoTheory
Reason 'MIDI mapper' goes standalone

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“While it doesn't totally demystify music theory, AutoTheory does make it easier to produce harmonically-pleasant tunes.”

FULL REVIEW: Mozaic Beats AutoTheory review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Z3 Audiolabs Repeat-X
Good value sequencing/ multi-fx plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent sequencer-driven multieffects processor that any adventurous producer could get plenty of mileage out of.”

FULL REVIEW: Z3 Audiolabs Repeat-X review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Zivix PUC
Problem solving MIDI-to-wifi interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“We really wish the PUC also accepted USB MIDI and had two or three more inputs, but other than that, it's a neat, well-realised device that works exactly as advertised.”

FULL REVIEW: Zivix PUC review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
AudioSpillage DrumSpillage 2
Drum modelling plugin making a splash

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A powerful, intuitive drum synth made truly versatile with pitched and polyphonic triggering. But we want those features back...”

FULL REVIEW: AudioSpillage DrumSpillage 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
FXpansion BFD Orchestral
Percussive expansion pack

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For the BFD user in need of a perfectly integrated set of orchestral skins and metals, though, this is a lot of percussion for the money.”

FULL REVIEW: FXpansion BFD Orchestral review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

BUY: FXpansion BFD Orchestral currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
SSL Duende Native Expansion Pack 2
Three new plugins in a bundle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Three quality additions to the Duende Native roster, but note that X-Phase is more for phase correction than creative usage.”

FULL REVIEW: SSL Duende Native Expansion Pack 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 206)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Genelec 8010A
Mini monitors worth a wee listen

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“High-quality monitoring that combines portability and durability at a sensible price.”

FULL REVIEW: Genelec 8010A review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Genelec 8010A currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Korg MS-20 kit
Build your own synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's fun to build, has big keys and MIDI and includes both MS-20 filter revisions. Grab one quick!”

FULL REVIEW: Korg MS-20 kit review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Korg MS-20 kit currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Michenaud | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Prism Sound Lyra 2
Classy interface from the pedigree producer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Incredible conversion quality, outstanding mic amps and excellent control features.”

FULL REVIEW: Prism Sound Lyra 2 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Prism Sound Lyra 2 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Sonic Faction Dope Matrix
Virtual modular synth for Live

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“By chasing the Push modular vibe, Sonic Faction have built a synth that succeeds in its own right.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonic Faction Dope Matrix review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Spitfire Audio Enigma
Guitar-based cinematic sample library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sonically rich and diverse, it will appeal to composers, producers and sound designers alike.”

FULL REVIEW: Spitfire Audio Enigma review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter
Brand new old school hardware

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Gritty, flexible and a lot of fun, the 2-Pole is a great way to instantly add character to your sounds.”

FULL REVIEW: Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Sinevibes Hexonator
Harmonic chord generation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Decidedly mental but well worth a creative punt, Hexonator is another worthy addition to the Sinevibes catalogue.”

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Hexonator review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
JBL Series 3 LSR305
Nearfield monitors that are worth a listen

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“One of the best compact nearfield monitors on the market, and blends seamlessly with the subwoofer.”

FULL REVIEW: JBL Series 3 LSR305 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
sE Electronics X1T
The X1 condenser mic gets valved-up

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Adding valve circuitry to the X1 offers a slightly different but pleasant tonal perspective.”

FULL REVIEW: sE Electronics X1T review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: sE Electronics X1T currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Madrona Labs Kaivo
Hybrid granular/modelling synth plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It may be CPU hungry, but it makes every cycle count with its engaging architecture and dazzling sounds.”

FULL REVIEW: Madrona Labs Kaivo review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 281)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Renoise 3
The return of Renoise

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's nothing like a conventional DAW, but with its different way of working, Renoise 3 could change your music-making life.”

FULL REVIEW: Renoise 3 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Acustica Audio Silk EQ2
Hardware EQ gone soft-plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This recreation of a popular 60s EQ gets the sound and interface spot on, but it eats drive space and has a few Mac issues.”

FULL REVIEW: Acustica Audio Silk EQ2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Vengeance Sound Glitch Bitch
Specialist glitch edit plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not as feature-rich or powerful as some glitch plugins, but Glitch Bitch's workflow, envelopes and presets make it a winner.”

FULL REVIEW: Vengeance Sound Glitch Bitch review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Arturia Spark 2
V2 for the drum machine software

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The already-popular virtual drum machine just got much better, particularly with the addition of its excellent new Modular system.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Spark 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: Arturia Spark 2 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Synapse Audio Dune 2
Adventurous synth returns in style

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The best-sounding synth we've heard in quite a while, Dune 2 is powerful, flexible and bursting with a character all its own.”

FULL REVIEW: Synapse Audio Dune 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2
Virtual kit goes the IAP route

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Addictive Drums 2 keeps the ease of use and lightweight resource demands of v1 while improving both flexibility and sound.”

FULL REVIEW: XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
IK Multimedia EQ73
Neve-aping classic EQ sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent Neve EQ and preamp emulation, with its own sound. The EQ81 is also worth owning if you can stretch to it.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia EQ73 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: IK Multimedia EQ73 currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Arturia MiniBrute SE
The analogue synth gets a silvery update

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Despite some aesthetic annoyances this remains a great little synth and still packs plenty of punch.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia MiniBrute SE review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 281)

BUY: Arturia MiniBrute SE currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Sample Logic Arpology
Step Animator-based sample library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“In practical use, though, it's a fun, intuitive, powerfully creative instrument that's perfect for conjuring up high-impact sounds and interesting grooves in next to no time.”

FULL REVIEW: Sample Logic Arpology review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: Sample Logic Arpology currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Zoom TAC-2
Thunderbolt and a lighter price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you don't need lots of channels and fancy finally taking advantage of your Thunderbolt port, the TAC-2 is something of a revelation - a great performer in a compact package.”

FULL REVIEW: Zoom TAC-2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: Zoom TAC-2 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Audient ASP880
Colourful, quality preamp and A/D converter

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An extremely flexible, high-quality mic pre and converter unit with a functionality well beyond its price.”

FULL REVIEW: Audient ASP880 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 207)

BUY: Audient ASP880 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
UAD Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection
UAD and Brainworx team up again

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Despite a seemingly limited control set, this 'finishing EQ' delivers fantastic results.”

FULL REVIEW: UAD Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 281)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (August 2014)
Pioneer Remix-Station 500
Fun and flexible DJ effects unit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It does what it says, and very well, though there are perhaps cheaper alternatives for the studio-bound.”

FULL REVIEW: Pioneer Remix-Station 500 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 282)

BUY: Pioneer Remix-Station 500 currently available from:
UK:Scan | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Star's Music

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