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

4th Jan 2013 | 12:00

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Audiofile Engineering FiRe 2
Version two of the leading field recording app

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 184, Future Music issue 259 and Guitarist issue 361.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It all adds up to enough editing and signal-processing power to make your FiRe exports (to SoundCloud, Dropbox, iTunes or over FTP) far more polished than before."

FULL REVIEW:Audiofile Engineering FiRe 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
UltimateSoundBank Emulation One
E-MU's classic sampler gets digitally reincarnated

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Emulation One also sounds great, although more work would be required to bed its idiosyncratic but utterly lovable tones into the modern mix - unless an overtly retro sound is your goal, in which case it becomes even more of a winner."

FULL REVIEW:UltimateSoundBank Emulation One

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano
Sample-based upright piano with added MIDI

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A pretty playable instrument, certainly, and arguably more characterful than its Grand sibling."

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

BUY: Toontrack EZkeys Upright Piano currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel
Three plug-in bundle modelling fine analogue hardware

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Softube flex their analogue emulation muscles with this great bundle."

FULL REVIEW:Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

BUY: Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann
USA:
Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Wolfgang Palm PPG Wavegenerator
PPG Wave synth's accomplished leap to iOS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"One of the best, most professional synths on iPad, Wavegenerator will knock the socks off PPG fans and newcomers alike."

FULL REVIEW:Wolfgang Palm PPG Wavegenerator

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Togu Audio Line TAL-U-NO-LX
A TAL synth plug-in with a price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Justifying the price tag, TAL-U-NO-LX sounds right on the money - hopefully TAL addicts won't mind paying for it!"

FULL REVIEW:Togu Audio Line TAL-U-NO-LX

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 185)

BUY: Togu Audio Line TAL-U-NO-LX currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Plugin Boutique

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Casio XW-P1 Synthesizer
We test the limited gold edition of Casio's performance synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It tries a little too hard at times but the XW-P1 rewards your patience with some great features."

FULL REVIEW:Casio XW-P1 Synthesizer

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 261)

BUY: Casio XW-P1 Synthesizer currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
MOTU Track 16 Interface
Does MOTU's slick interface live up to the hype?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great sound, flexibility on tap and the software/hardware relationship works well."

FULL REVIEW:MOTU Track 16 Interface

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: MOTU Track 16 Interface currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
IK Multimedia iRig Keys
The iOS app experts unleash an iPad-friendly keyboard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're looking for 'Pad powered keys, these are our new favourites."

FULL REVIEW:IK Multimedia iRig Keys

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: IK Multimedia iRig Keys currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann | Absolute Music
USA:
Sweetwater | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Unity Audio Boulders
The mid-field monitors that think big

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Big, bold and powerful, these are truly professional monitors - in the right room they will shine."

FULL REVIEW:Unity Audio Boulders

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Sontronics Sonora 2
The dual-channel mic preamp returns

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Looking to get the best sound from your mics and instruments? The Sonora 2 is a great place to start."

FULL REVIEW:Sontronics Sonora 2

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: Sontronics Sonora 2 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Absolute Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer
A digital audio mixer controlled via your tablet

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It might be small, but the big features could attract a new generation of Mackie lovers."

FULL REVIEW:Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Audio Technica AT2020 USB
A serious USB microphone with a pleasing price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A solid workstation, with great keyboard sounds and DAW integration, at a good price."

FULL REVIEW:Audio Technica AT2020 USB

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: Audio Technica AT2020 USB 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 (January 2013)
Brainworx bx_stereomaker
One becomes two with this mono in/stereo out processor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Particularly useful for stereoising beats and thickening basses, bx_stereomaker is a powerful mixing tool."

FULL REVIEW:Brainworx bx_stereomaker

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Electronic Music Works DX700
A DX7 patch bank that opens up a world of presets

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This is a very niche product for a niche crowd, but it will transform the way you view the DX7 and if you're an FM nut, it'll take your beloved synth to the next level."

FULL REVIEW:Electronic Music Works DX700

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4
The Mopho keyboard synth goes polyphonic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Great sounding and well featured, the X4 is a must to check out in the sub £1,000 bracket."

FULL REVIEW:Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4 currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Thomann
USA:
Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Focusrite Forte USB Interface
A new flagship mobile interface in a familiar package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Forte sounds great, integrates seamlessly and, while it's not very original, looks good."

FULL REVIEW:Focusrite Forte USB Interface

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 260)

BUY: Focusrite Forte USB Interface 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 (January 2013)
D16 Group LusH-101
Roland's classic synth gets beefed up in software form

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An absolute classic taken to dazzling new heights, LuSH-101 proves to be well worth the wait, despite a few flaws."

FULL REVIEW:D16 Group LusH-101

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

BUY: D16 Group LusH-101 currently available from:
UK/Europe:
Plugin Boutique

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (January 2013)
Cableguys Curve 2
A synth plugin that throws a serious curveball

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb synth with slick customisable waveforms and a brilliant cloud-based preset library."

FULL REVIEW:Cableguys Curve 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 186)

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