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

1st Jul 2011 | 07:00

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Korg nanoKey2 (£48)
A mixed result from the second incarnation of this controller

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 synths, plug-ins, interfaces, outboard gear, apps, controllers and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music and Total Guitar’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 166/167, Future Music issue 241 and Total Guitar issue 215 and published on MusicRadar throughout June.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Korg’s NanoKey 2

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Mini controllers are all about making music on the move or saving precious desk real estate, and the nanoKey2 fulfils this role well.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg nanoKey2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Korg nanoKontrol2 (£60)
There's more control on offer this time around

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The new version of the nanoKontrol seems more geared towards mixer control.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg nanoKontrol2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Korg nanoPad2 (£60)
A sturdy controller that's great to get hands-on with

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The original nanoPad pleased us greatly with its sturdy, responsive drum pads, and now they've grown in number from 12 to 16.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg nanoPad2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
4Pockets MeTeoR (£11.99)
A fully formed audio recording and mixing solution for iOS?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you just want to record and mix audio on-the-go, then Meteor is highly recommended.”

FULL REVIEW: 4Pockets MeTeoR

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Tascam DR-05 (£109)
The no-fuss way of capturing your ideas

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The DR-05 simple but highly effective.”

FULL REVIEW:Tascam DR-05

(Reviewed in Total Guitar magazine issue 215)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Way Out Ware SynthX (£3.99)
A great sounding iOS synth but with some stability issues to sort out

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Once they get the stability issues fixed, this one'll be a no-brainer.”

FULL REVIEW: Way Out Ware SynthX

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Tim Bolstad Dingsaller (£2.99)
An iOS-based 'workstation for creating algorithmic compositions'

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Dingsaller is a humdinger!”

FULL REVIEW: Tim Bolstad Dingsaller

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
DMG Audio Compassion ((£150)
From the developer of the excellent EQuality equaliser comes this super-flexible dynamics chameleon

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There's a lot to learn! An outstanding, musical dynamics tool that's a jack of all trades and master of most.”

FULL REVIEW: DMG Audio Compassion

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter (£159)
Has this studio classic emulation got what it takes to excite us?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Like a real Aural Exciter, this emulation is by no means essential - yet it offers a sound that's seductive in certain situations.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Korg Kronos (£3118)
Can one of the most hyped products of recent times live up to expectations?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Simply put, Korg has made one of the best-sounding and most fully featured keyboards to date.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Kronos

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Fairlight Player (£6)
The pioneering sampler steps into the ultra-portable future

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A true emulation, for better or for worse. A rich source of excellent world-famous sounds, though.”

FULL REVIEW: Fairlight Player

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Universal Audio UAD-2 Lexicon 224 Reverb ($349)
Lexicon's classic is the latest legend to get the UAD treatment

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A faithful and simply sumptuous-sounding Lexicon 224 emulation. Soon to be a go-to reverb.”

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio UAD-2 Lexicon 224 Reverb

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Generic Audio Preceptor (£3600)
A no-compromise approach to component choice, coupled with a chunky boutique design

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A serious tool for a serious price that will pay back dividends in tracking, mixing and mastering.”

FULL REVIEW: Generic Audio Preceptor

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 (£249)
It has all the features, but it's the software that tips the balance

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Ideal intro package or superb second interface. Sounds good, works first time and is built to last.”

FULL REVIEW: NI Komplete Audio 6

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Universal Audio 4-710d (£2039)
Pres and compressors, topped off with eight channels of A/D

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A complete front-end solution that delivers flexible high fidelity with creative tone shaping.”

FULL REVIEW:Universal Audio 4-710d

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Lexicon PCM Native Effects (£870)
After the Reverb bundle blew us away, the company returns with a suite of new effects

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A super-classy set of effect algorithms that further enhance Lexicon's reputation.”

FULL REVIEW: Lexicon PCM Native Effects

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 241)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
ValhallaDSP ValhallaRoom ($50)
A straight-to-the-point algorithmic reverb workhorse

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Minor operational grumbles aside, ValhallaRoom has it where it counts with its fabulous-sounding reverbs.”

FULL REVIEW: ValhallaDSP ValhallaRoom

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
SoundToys Devil-Loc Deluxe ($129)
A virtual reinterpretation of Shure's Level-Loc

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Another analogue modelled hit from SoundToys, and one that's particularly delightful on drums and loops.”

FULL REVIEW: SoundToys Devil-Loc Deluxe

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 166)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Rob Papen Punch (£125)
The Papen returns with his first ever drum machine, combining synthesis, sampling and sequencing

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Another winner from the Papen stable, Punch sounds awesome and is fair bursting with powerful features.”

FULL REVIEW:Rob Papen Punch

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 167)


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