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

1st Jul 2013 | 08:00

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
HDAnywhere 4x4 Multiroom+
Pro-level VFX routing

Every month, MusicRadar's sister publications - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - print the best independent reviews of music-making gear.

We've collated any music-making hardware, app, DAW, DJ gear, plug-in, synth and other related gear reviews posted on the site during June 2013.

All the gear on display here was reviewed in Computer Music issue 192/193 and Future Music issue 266/267, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's not cheap but it works great, right up to full 1080p and surround sources."

FULL REVIEW: HDAnywhere 4x4 Multiroom+ review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
eaReckon EARebound
Multitalented multitap delay plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A superb creative delay plugin that succeeds wholeheartedly in making a complex system very easy to use."

FULL REVIEW: eaReckon EARebound review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Yamaha MX61
61-key synth with 1,000 sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An attractive, entry level board with some handy features at a fair price that beginners will especially love."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha MX61 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

BUY: Yamaha MX61 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Kirnu Cream
Arpeggiator and 'instant inspiration' plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A kick-ass arpeggiator with a mind- boggling array of MIDI-generating and manipulation systems on board."

FULL REVIEW: Kirnu Cream review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
Interface covers a connection spectrum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A flexible, sonically superlative audio interface with comprehensive I/O and a price that can't be argued with."

FULL REVIEW: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

BUY: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
MuTools MuLab 5 UL
Should you take this budget DAW seriously?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"We're disappointed by MuLab 5's dated interface and limited featureset. MUX, however, is definitely worthy of attention..."

FULL REVIEW: MuTools MuLab 5 UL review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Sinevibes Sequential 2
Glitch-happy effects plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sequential 2 is a gift for the glitch-happy producer, generating an endless array of unpredictable sounds from anything you care to feed into it."

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Sequential 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
iZotope Nectar Elements
Stripped-down vocal processing plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For the vast majority of amateur and semi-pro producers, there's more than enough here to get the job done."

FULL REVIEW: iZotope Nectar Elements review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

BUY: iZotope Nectar Elements currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Univers Sons

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Techné Media Different Drummer
iOS drum sequencing app

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An innovative app that when used in conjunction with your DAW could prove a powerful rhythm design tool."

FULL REVIEW: Techné Media Different Drummer review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
FL Studio Mobile for Android
Google's mobile OS gets fruity

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're got a decent Android device FL Studio is worth looking at, though you'll need to accept that it has certain limitations that may not be removed any time soon."

FULL REVIEW: FL Studio Mobile for Android review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Tronsonic/Synth Magic System 1000M
Riotous Kontakt synth emulation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A riotous, engaging retro synth that sounds great and is a true bargain."

FULL REVIEW: Tronsonic/Synth Magic System 1000M review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
UVI UVX-3P
80s Roland synth emulation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"With UVX-3P, UVI have captured the spirit of yet another classic, but although it sounds ace, if your analogue synth folder is already well-stocked, it may be somewhat redundant."

FULL REVIEW: UVI UVX-3P review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

BUY: UVI UVX-3P currently available from:
FR:Univers Sons

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Denon MC2000 DJ Controller
Budget and beginner friendly

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The MC2000 is robust enough for DJ travels and so simple to use beginners will get it straight off."

FULL REVIEW: Denon MC2000 DJ Controller review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

BUY: Denon MC2000 DJ Controller currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Echo Audio Echo 2 USB Interface
A touched based interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The touch control surface comes down to personal taste but this is a great sounding, compact interface."

FULL REVIEW: Echo Audio Echo 2 USB Interface review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

BUY: Echo Audio Echo 2 USB Interface currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Arturia SparkLE
Beat-making software/ controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A powerful beat-making tool with functionality and sound quality way beyond its low price point."

FULL REVIEW: Arturia SparkLE review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

BUY: Arturia SparkLE currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Michenaud

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Spitfire Audio Sable Strings Vol.1
Detailed string sound library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Sable Vol.1 brings Spitfire Audio's ambitious orchestral library concept sharply into focus."

FULL REVIEW: Spitfire Audio Sable Strings Vol.1 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Meridian Audio Explorer
Portable DAC power

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Is it worth the cash? £249 is relatively cheap for a high quality DAC but it's still a fairly serious investment. For anyone who travels and has to make decisions on headphones, yes it's worth it."

FULL REVIEW: Meridian Audio Explorer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Thermionic Culture The Fat Bustard II Special Limited Edition
Analogue summing mixer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A classy summing mixer for Fat Bustard fans and beyond whom enjoy greater clarity and less noise."

FULL REVIEW: Thermionic Culture The Fat Bustard II Special Limited Edition review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
XILS-Lab Le Masque: Delay 1.5
Quirky filter/ delay plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Le Masque: Delay 1.5's masking system takes the ubiquitous filter/ delay combo to new heights."

FULL REVIEW: XILS-Lab Le Masque: Delay 1.5 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 267)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
Nektar Panorama P1
Multi-DAW-friendly control surface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"After a painful setup, the P1 proves to be a deeply comprehensive and powerful controller for Cubase and Reason."

FULL REVIEW: Nektar Panorama P1 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
MuTools MUX
DIY plugin building kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This VST-hosting modular construction kit would still be a monster bargain if it cost twice as much. Highly recommended!"

FULL REVIEW: MuTools MUX review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2013)
MeldaProduction MWobbler
Where's your wobble?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Although aimed foremost at bass music producers, MWobbler's extensive bag of tricks could find favour in any genre."

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MWobbler review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 193)

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