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…”

DigiTech iPB-10 currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Hard To Find

FULL REVIEW:DigiTech iPB-10

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 348)

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.”

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Scan Pro Audio | WoodBrass | Hard To Find

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Maschine Mikro

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 172)

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.”

Waldorf Lector currently available from Thomann

FULL REVIEW: Waldorf Lector

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

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.”

Steinberg RND Portico Bundle currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive

FULL REVIEW:Steinberg RND Portico Bundle

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 172)

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.”

Reloop Digital Jockey III Master Edition currently available from WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Reloop Digital Jockey III Master Edition

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

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.

Steinberg UR28M currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Studiospares | Scan Pro Audio | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg UR28M

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

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.”

NI Traktor Kontrol S2 currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Scan Pro Audio | WoodBrass | Hard To Find

FULL REVIEW: NI Traktor Kontrol S2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

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.”

Steinberg Sequel 3 currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg Sequel 3

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)

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.”

TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Studiospares | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 247)


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