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

6th Dec 2011 | 11:21

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
DigiTech iPB-10 (£499)
A pedalboard that uses an iPad as its control surface

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, DJ gear, outboard, synths, effects, interfaces and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music and Guitarist’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 172, Future Music issues 246/247 and Guitarist issue 348.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: DigiTech’s iPB-10

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A state-of-the-art multi-FX floorpedal with the easiest editing ever, but you'll be needing an iPad. Then again, this might just give you the excuse you need to buy one…”

FULL REVIEW:DigiTech iPB-10

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 348)

BUY: DigiTech iPB-10 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro (£299)
The blockbuster groovebox is reduced in size and price, but does smaller equal better?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This shrunken Maschine is everything you'd expect it to be, and crucially, it retains the fun factor of the big 'un.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Maschine Mikro

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 172)

BUY: Native Instruments Maschine Mikro currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | 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 (December 2011)
hamburg-audio Nuklear (€169)
A fusion of traditional synth features and a novel sound generation technique

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Nuklear is imperfect, but within its self-defined remit, it can produce some fantastic, ear-catching sounds.”

FULL REVIEW: hamburg-audio Nuklear

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 172)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
Waldorf Lector (€169)
Waldorf's in-demand synth engine allied to a multiband vocoder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Rich vocoding, instant-harmonising and true sci-fi mayhem all await your command.”

FULL REVIEW: Waldorf Lector

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Waldorf Lector currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
Steinberg RND Portico Bundle (£672)
Emulations of two of Rupert Neve's compact Portico hardware units

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Undoubtedly among the finest analogue emulations that money can buy, though for the price, you'd expect nothing less.”

FULL REVIEW:Steinberg RND Portico Bundle

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 172)

BUY: Steinberg RND Portico Bundle currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Univers Sons

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
Reloop Digital Jockey III Master Edition (£599)
A robust DJ controller aimed at Traktor users

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There's plenty to love, but depending on your DJ style, there may be a few important oversights.”

FULL REVIEW: Reloop Digital Jockey III Master Edition

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Reloop Digital Jockey III Master Edition currently available from:
USA: American Musical
FR: Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
Steinberg UR28M (£380)
We test the latest Steinberg interface and decide if it deserves a place on our desktop

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile interface that, alongside the enclosed software, makes for a great DAW system.

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg UR28M

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

BUY: Steinberg UR28M currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | 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 (December 2011)
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 (£499)
The two-channel child of the acclaimed Kontrol S4 is born

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Stripped-back but much more immediate - not as flexible as the S4, but there's still a lot to love.”

FULL REVIEW: NI Traktor Kontrol S2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

BUY: NI Traktor Kontrol S2 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | 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 (December 2011)
Steinberg Sequel 3 (£67)
Steinberg releases version 3 of its entry-level DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Version 3 makes Sequel an even better deal, with a simple workflow and plenty of great features.”

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg Sequel 3

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

BUY: Steinberg Sequel 3 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (December 2011)
TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch (£415)
After being impressed by VoiceLive 2, we test the cutdown version of the vocal effects unit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Many of the VoiceLive 2's capabilities come to a smaller, cheaper device.”

FULL REVIEW: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

BUY: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia


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