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

1st Feb 2013 | 10:22

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
PSP Audioware PSP Echo
The old-school tape delay is brought up-to-date

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, apps, DJ gear and other hardware to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythm, Total Guitar and Guitarist's test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 186/187 and Future Music issue 261.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"PSP Echo sounds great once you dial it in, with an authentically 'rough' tone."

FULL REVIEW:PSP Audioware PSP Echo review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: PSP Audioware PSP Echo currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Plugin Boutique

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Native Instruments Premium Tube Series
NI and Softube's latest EQ/comp plugin bundle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Keenly priced, gorgeous-sounding EQ and compression, and all without the Guitar Rig wrapper."

FULL REVIEW:Native Instruments Premium Tube Series review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Toontrack Rock Solid EZX
A select collection of modern drum samples

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Rock Solid is not the most interesting EZX yet, but it's spot on in terms of rock credentials, sound and authenticity."

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack Rock Solid EZX review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: Toontrack Rock Solid EZX currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann
USA:
Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Native Instruments Action Strings
Cinematic string samples take a star turn

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Action Strings is a success, sounding rich, full and intense, and packed with exciting rhythms."

FULL REVIEW:Native Instruments Action Stringsreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
UVI IRCAM Prepared Piano
The ultimate avant-garde ROMpler?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's weird, wild, splendidly high-brow and aurally dazzling – very much a top-end instrument for those of an esoteric bent."

FULL REVIEW:UVI IRCAM Prepared Pianoreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
FXpansion Maul
A distortion plugin suffering an identity crisis

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A stunning multiband distortion plugin that epitomises the concept of the creative effects plugin."

FULL REVIEW:FXpansion Maulreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: FXpansion Maul currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Plugin Boutique
USA:
Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Eventide H3000 Factory Harmonizer Native
One of the processor greats, now in plugin form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's nowhere near being a full Ultra-Harmonizer, but H3000 Factory does what it sets out to do very well indeed."

FULL REVIEW:Eventide H3000 Factory Harmonizer Native review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: Eventide H3000 Factory Harmonizer Native currently available from:
USA:
American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac
The PC editor gets its Mac on

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A decent start for Sony's audio editor on Mac, though PC veterans may be disappointed at the missing features."

FULL REVIEW:Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Macreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac currently available from:
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Numark iDJ Pro
Numark's latest iPad DJ controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A niche product, perfectly implemented. Shame about the 30-pin connector, but iPad owners should take this seriously."

FULL REVIEW:Numark iDJ Pro review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

BUY: Numark iDJ Pro currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Scan Pro Audio | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
UAD-2 Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
High-end hardware turned UAD plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another expensive, highly-coveted hardware 'legend' undergoes a successful UAD transformation."

FULL REVIEW:UAD-2 Shadow Hills Mastering Compressorreview

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

BUY: UAD-2 Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor currently available from:
USA:
Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Novation MiniNova Synthesizer
A new micro synth with superstar potential

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There are a few minor downsides but the MiniNova's depth and sound are killer for the money."

FULL REVIEW:Novation MiniNova Synthesizer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

BUY: Novation MiniNova Synthesizer currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Scan Pro Audio | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Pioneer XDJ-AERO DJ System
WiFi streaming DJ controller/media player

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A versatile, well-built and forward-thinking DJ device. Pioneer live up to their name."

FULL REVIEW:Pioneer XDJ-AERO DJ System review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

BUY: Pioneer XDJ-AERO DJ System currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann | Scan Pro Audio | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Rhythmic Robot Audio Jennings
60s synth reborn as a Kontakt plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"In a market full of generic sounding soft synths, Jennings recreates a unique flavour from a bygone age."

FULL REVIEW:Rhythmic Robot Audio Jenningsreview

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
DiscoDSP Corona R4.6
New FX aplenty for the powerhouse synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A considerably better synth than the one we first reviewed, yet still at the same very fair price."

FULL REVIEW:DiscoDSP Corona R4.6review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Audiofile Engineering Triumph
Wave Editor gets revamped and retitled

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Unarguably powerful audio editing, but the layers concept feels musically flawed and the workflow is laborious."

FULL REVIEW:Audiofile Engineering Triumphreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
zplane vielklang Instant Harmony 2
More MIDI for the harmonising plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Powerful auto-harmonising, but requires a moderate knowledge of music theory.

FULL REVIEW:zplane vielklang Instant Harmony 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

BUY: zplane vielklang Instant Harmony 2 currently available from:
USA:
Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra
Virtual instruments with authentic Eastern sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The most comprehensive and convincing sampled authentic Chinese instrument sounds in the world, in our opinion."

FULL REVIEW:Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
iZotope Trash 2
Update time for the multiband distortion plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An update of a classic, Trash 2 is one of the most versatile and sonically impressive distortion plugins around."

FULL REVIEW:iZotope Trash 2review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

BUY: iZotope Trash 2 currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
FabFilter Pro-DS
A powerful, comprehensive de-esser plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you need a de-esser, you'll sssstruggle to find better than FabFilter's utterly comprehensive solution."

FULL REVIEW:FabFilter Pro-DS review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Blue Cat Audio Multi Pack 2
The ultimate analysis tools bundle?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Multi Pack 2 is about as powerful as analysis plugins get, though it might be overkill for some."

FULL REVIEW:Blue Cat Audio Multi Pack 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
LinPlug CrX4
Version 4.0 of the Cronox sampling synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A big step forward for LinPlug's powerful synth/sampler, which now sounds and works better than ever."

FULL REVIEW:LinPlug CrX4 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
MeldaProduction MVocoder
A complex vocoder plugin that might short some circuits

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"More suited to the diehard mod freak, MVocoder requires patience and understanding to get the most from it."

FULL REVIEW:MeldaProduction MVocoderreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
FXpansion DCAM EnvShaper RE
DCAM Dynamics suite plundered for digital gain

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"EnvShaper-RE is a highly usable mix utility for producers of any level of experience. What it does is easy to understand, and it affords a much greater degree of control over a sound than many traditional dynamics processors. For €25, this is a no-brainer for Reason users looking for an easy way to get better-sounding mixes."

FULL REVIEW:FXpansion DCAM EnvShaper REreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2013)
Vir2 Studio Kit Builder
A 54-kit Kontakt drum library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Studio Kit Builder offers a solid 6GB of quality sample content, and while there's nothing particularly unusual on offer, the package represents decent value for those who require virtual drums."

FULL REVIEW:Vir2 Studio Kit Builderreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 187)

BUY: Vir2 Studio Kit Builder currently available from:
UK/Europe: Absolute Music

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