New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)

2nd Jul 2012 | 12:40

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
13 products at a glance

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, hardware, iOS apps and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of the Computer Music and Future Music test teams.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 180 and Future Music issue 254. First up, a top-class processor courtesy of Brainworx.

NEXT: Brainworx bx_saturator

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Brainworx bx_saturator ($229)
The clever folks at Brainworx continue to expand the possibilities

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent processor that, quite simply, makes things sound bigger and better.”

FULL REVIEW:Brainworx bx_saturator

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
sE Munro Egg 150 Monitors (£2,061)
Two major players in the world of pro audio join forces to produce a radical new monitor speaker design

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A fantastic product on all fronts, the Eggs let you hear the music not the speakers.”

FULL REVIEW:sE Munro Egg 150 Monitors

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

BUYsE Munro Egg 150 Monitors currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Livid Instruments CNTRL:R (€899)
Another expandable controller - but can it keep the competition at bay?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An attractive but pricey controller that struggles to compete with DAW-specific hardware - and iPads.”

FULL REVIEW:Livid Instruments CNTRL:R

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

BUYLivid Instruments CNTRL:R currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
SE Electronics 2200a MkII (£335)
The 2200a has been a big success - please be upstanding for the aptly-named MkII

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“More stylish and more flexible than its predecessor, the MkII will surely be an instant success.”

FULL REVIEW:SE Electronics 2200a MkII

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

BUYSE Electronics 2200a MkII currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Zynaptiq PITCHMAP ($399)
We take a look at the pitch processor that claims to make light work of real-time polyphonic correction and manipulation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Getting good results takes patience and practice but PITCHMAP is flexible and useful.”

FULL REVIEW:Zynaptiq PITCHMAP

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
UAD UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection ($299)
The 1176 has been an obsession for Universal Audio since the '60s - we witness the next stage of its evolution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A plug-in classic to the power of three offering all the 1176s you could ever want.”

BUY UAD UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection currently available from:
USA: American Musical

FULL REVIEW:UAD UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Line 6 Mobile Keys (£99 and £129)
Line 6 goes direct to your iDevice

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Quite simply, superb.”

FULL REVIEW:Line 6 Mobile Keys

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

BUYLine 6 Mobile Keys currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Logic Café ControlSkin (£30)
Customised key commands from Logic Café

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're on the road a lot or restricted to single-screen use, ControlSkin will turn your keyboard into an intuitive and comprehensive Logic controller.”

FULL REVIEW:Logic Café ControlSkin

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 254)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
IK Multimedia iRig Mix/DJ Rig (£71)
IK's DJ Rig app gets a dedicated mixer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's portable, powerful and versatile, and ideal for those seeking iOS DJing with dedicated hardware.”

FULL REVIEW:IK Multimedia iRig Mix/DJ Rig

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 180)

BUYIK Multimedia iRig Mix/DJ Rig currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Sample Logic Synergy X ($399)
Synergy gets a welcome upgrade

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Anyone working on soundtrack-style compositions will find plenty to get their hands dirty with here, and in fact, just about anyone would find it inspirational. Impressive stuff.”

FULL REVIEW:Sample Logic Synergy X

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 180)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Toontrack Pop! EZX (£55)
Toontrack expands its range of kits once again

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Pop! sounds ace and plays beautifully via drum pads or keys. In short, it's yet another EZdrummer essential.”

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack Pop! EZX

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 180)

BUY Toontrack Pop! EZX currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
TriTone Digital ClassicTone-560 (€129)
An understated classic gets a digital makeover

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sounds gorgeous, exhibiting the smoothness, tonal colouring and fabulous mid-range 'betterising' associated with the real thing.”

FULL REVIEW:TriTone Digital ClassicTone-560

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 180)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2012)
Best Service Peking Opera Percussion (£109)
Add some Chinese character to your percussion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sounds simply phenomenal, capturing the full flavour of some uniquely characterful instruments.”

FULL REVIEW:Best Service Peking Opera Percussion

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 180)

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