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

3rd Feb 2014 | 10:22

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Cerberus Audio Epoch
Comb filter compression plugin

MusicRadar's sister publications Computer Music and Future Music review the best new music tech gear on a monthly basis.

In this gallery we've collected all of the hardware, app, DAW, DJ gear, plugin and synth reviews posted throughout January.

All of the gear featured in this gallery was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 199/200 and Future Music issue 273/274, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. First up, the Cerberus Audio Epoch...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Once you get your head around Epoch, its unique combination of compression and tonal shaping will have you hooked."

FULL REVIEW: Cerberus Audio Epoch review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Novation Launchkey Mini
Mini midi iPad keyboard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Cheap, cheerful and with a few perks, the Launchkey Mini works well but doesn't inspire confidence in terms of build quality."

FULL REVIEW: Novation Launchkey Mini review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

BUY: Novation Launchkey Mini currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann |Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Sonimus SonEQ Pro
Multi-pack analogue EQ emulations

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An impressive, affordable hybrid EQ that successfully jigsaws together a series of classic-inspired components."

FULL REVIEW: Sonimus SonEQ Pro review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Ohm Force Ohm Studio
Game-changing online collaborative DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"While its operation as a DAW is basic, we're hugely enthusiastic about this ground- breaking online collaboration platform."

FULL REVIEW: Ohm Force Ohm Studio review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Klanghelm SDRR
Quartet of saturation effects

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"SDRR is a no-brainer! It sounds phenomenal, offers a broad range of sonic colours and is so cheap it's criminal."

FULL REVIEW: Klanghelm SDRR review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Cymatic Audio LR16
Live multitrack recorder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great way of capturing your live gigs. Just add band and talent."

FULL REVIEW: Cymatic Audio LR16 review

BUY: Cymatic Audio LR16 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Propellerhead Parsec
Spectral synth goes the distance

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This spectral synth proves to be another worthy addition to the Reason Rack."

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Parsec review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Inear Display BowEcho
Zany modular sonic manipulator

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"BowEcho is an absolutely bonkers plugin, capable of darkly beautiful and terrifyingly horrific things in equal measure, and at this price, it shouldn't go unmissed by any producer of electronic music."

FULL REVIEW: Inear Display BowEcho review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Arturia iSEM
SEM V soft synth port

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"iSEM is brilliantly and respectfully realised, and sounds truly gorgeous; and with AudioBus and Inter-App Audio also on the feature list, it's a must-have for any iPad musician."

FULL REVIEW: Arturia iSEM review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Toontrack Metal! EZX
Heavy beats for metal beasts

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"We can't think of a better library of metal-orientated multisampled drums at any price."

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Metal! EZX review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

BUY: Toontrack Metal! EZX currently available from:
UK:Thomann | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
UVI Urban Suite
Hip-hop sample instruments

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The sheer volume of samples involved and presets programmed is impressive, and it'll take us a long time to run out of uses for them. One of UVI's best yet, no question."

FULL REVIEW: UVI Urban Suite review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 199)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
EastWest Complete Composers Collection 2 Gold Edition
Pick your own instrument package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A comprehensive range of inspiring and detailed sampled instruments that will broaden your creativity."

FULL REVIEW: EastWest Complete Composers Collection 2 Gold Edition review

(Reviewed in Future Music 274)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE
The quality synth that won't quit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The extra octave and case are nice, but ultimately it's the familiar Mopho engine in the X4's case."

FULL REVIEW: Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE review

(Reviewed in Future Music 274)

BUY: Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass | Guitar Center
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Akai MPC Element
The smallest, most affordable MPC yet

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Element is a brilliantly mobile MPC at a crazy price that any producer could fall in love with."

FULL REVIEW: Akai MPC Element review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

BUY: Akai MPC Element currently available from:
FR:Michenaud | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Analogue Solutions Telemark v2
Patch-happy analogue synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Telemark v2 builds on a solid heritage to deliver a great piece of truly analogue hardware."

FULL REVIEW: Analogue Solutions Telemark v2 review

(Reviewed in Future Music 274)

BUY: Analogue Solutions Telemark v2 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Adam F Series Monitors
Affordable Adams - too good to be true?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Serious performance at an affordable price - you'd be crazy not to give them a listen."

FULL REVIEW: Adam F Series Monitors review

(Reviewed in Future Music 274)

BUY: Adam F Series Monitors currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Acon Digital DeVerberate
Plugin reverb remover

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"More successful on short sounds than longer ones, DeVerberate does a good job when used with care and consideration."

FULL REVIEW: Acon Digital DeVerberate review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Novation Launch Control
Portable, versatile iOS/PC controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Novation's Mini range makes it possible to have 'real' controllers you can use everywhere you go."

FULL REVIEW: Novation Launch Control review

(Reviewed in Future Music 275)

BUY: Novation Launch Control currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Slicksquare SVF-42
Akai-aping analogue filter plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a flying start for Slicksquare and a righteous gem of a filter for the rest of us at a great price."

FULL REVIEW: Slicksquare SVF-42 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Rode NT1
The classic condenser mic gets revamped

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great performance from an affordable large diaphragm condenser for vocals and more."

FULL REVIEW: Rode NT1 review

(Reviewed in Future Music 275)

BUY: Rode NT1 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | Guitar Center
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
IK Multimedia iLoud
The portable speaker for mobile musicians

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"You wouldn't want to mix with it, certainly, but for writing, sound design and recording on the go - not to mention simply listening - the iLoud is a resounding success."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iLoud review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

BUY: IK Multimedia iLoud currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Shure SRH1540
Super light premium headphones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Shure has produced truly premium headphones that make monitoring an easy pleasure."

FULL REVIEW: Shure SRH1540 review

(Reviewed in Future Music 275)

BUY: Shure SRH1540 currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
UAD API Vision Channel Strip
Classic API modules get the plugin treatment

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A faithful and versatile emulation. For UAD-based fans of the API sound it's party time."

FULL REVIEW: UAD API Vision Channel Strip review

(Reviewed in Future Music 275)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Blue Cat Audio PatchWork
Problem-solving plugin chainer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"PatchWork works well and is worth every penny of its asking price."

FULL REVIEW: Blue Cat Audio PatchWork review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard
Bluetooth MIDI/app foot controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A flexible bit of kit and essential if you already use IK Multimedia's apps."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

BUY: IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
UVI Sparkverb
UVI's first effects plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With its quality sound, easy interface and Preset Voyager system, Sparkverb is a welcome addition to the reverb pantheon."

FULL REVIEW: UVI Sparkverb review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

BUY: UVI Sparkverb currently available from: Guitar Center

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
iZotope Nectar 2
Vocal plugin suite hits the right notes

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another must-have plugin from iZotope, Nectar 2 gives you everything you could need for vocal processing and then some."

FULL REVIEW: iZotope Nectar 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

BUY: iZotope Nectar 2 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
MeldaProduction MVintageRotary
Speaker emulation plugin for Leslie lovers

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great-sounding model of the legendary Leslie. Loads of vintage appeal and more uses than you might immediately think."

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MVintageRotary review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Native Instruments Action Strikes
Project-ready cinematic percussion sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For impressive instant results, this is hard to beat, particularly for soundtracking."

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Action Strikes review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Sinevibes Multitude
Quad channel delay plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sinevibes' most engaging, powerful plugin yet, Multitude combines gate sequencing, delay, processing and modulation brilliantly."

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Multitude review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Output REV
Forward-thinking reverse sample library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"How much use you'll find for REV will depend on your style, but it's particularly good at effects, pads, ambiences, risers and esoteric instrumentation. We like it a lot."

FULL REVIEW: Output REV review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2
Unexpected update for the virtual synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"VA-2 is a back-to-basics virtual analogue synth with an awesomely authentic sound, but it doesn't come cheap."

FULL REVIEW: Applied Acoustics Systems Ultra Analog VA-2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (February 2014)
FabFilter Pro-MB
A non-mastering multiband compressor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Making multiband compression/expansion easier and more flexible than ever, Pro-MB is beautifully designed and sounds superb."

FULL REVIEW: FabFilter Pro-MB review

(Reviewed in Computer Music 200)

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